Alipay Makes Buying Food Easy—Privacy, Not So Much

Alipay Makes Buying Food Easy—Privacy, Not So Much

Through the magic of machine learning and facial recognition, Chinese restaurant-goers are now able to use Alipay to order and purchase delicious chicken using their face. What is Alipay? Job advocates may complain about how computer terminals are slowly replacing human cashiers at places like McDonald’s or Tim Hortons, but this new way of paying is rather unprecedented. In fact,

How Much Will You Pay For An App That Respects Your Privacy?

How Much Will You Pay For An App That Respects Your Privacy?

It’s the Internet’s newest favourite adage: if you don’t pay for a product, you are the product. There’s a lot of truth there. Free online services generally harvest your data in some way or another and sell the information to advertisers—if you’re lucky. Most users are aware of that—but how much would we pay to avoid all that? According to

What the Cossacks are Doing at the Olympics, and More

What the Cossacks are Doing at the Olympics, and More

What the Cossacks Can Do – Grantland “The Cossacks can’t shoot anyone, because they aren’t carrying their guns. They can’t whip anyone, because they aren’t carrying their nagaikas, their horsewhips — leather braids as short and thick as a devil’s tail. They can inflict pain, no doubt; strong men need only fists. But they are not in Sochi to beat

Zombies, Astronauts, and Apartheid Prosecutors

Zombies, Astronauts, and Apartheid Prosecutors

Zombies vs. Animals? Zombies Wouldn’t Stand a Chance – Boing Boing That’s because zombies are essentially walking carrion, and Mother Nature doesn’t let anything go to waste. Chris Hadfield: Out of this World – the Guardian “Since returning from space last year, he has faced an old-school astronaut problem, one that general boredom with the space programme had all but erased:

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