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,
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 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 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:
You don’t have to like Toronto’s transformation into a jungle ruled by monolithic condo towers. You just have to live in it. Privacy is no longer a right but the conceit of things that go bump in the night. You should just be happy your neighbours have only reported six of your conversations to the Shield and Sword this week.