WIRED: Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Jigsaw, Google’s think-tank, has used Google’s search advertising algorithms to help dissuade people searching for information on joining ISIS to, y’know, not join. The program, which Jigsaw calls the Redirect Method and plans to launch in a new phase this month, places advertising alongside results for any keywords and phrases that Jigsaw has determined people […]

Should All Locks Have Keys

Given the hullaballoo over the idiotically-dangerous “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” that was released in draft form today, I thought it might be wise to remind people why strong encryption is a good and necessary thing. Fortunately, this video does all the legwork for me, which is really rather considerate of it.

Quantum Chess: Paul Rudd vs. Stephen Hawking

Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, which apparently is a thing that exists, released a video where Paul Rudd plays Dr. Stephen Hawking in a game of Quantum Chess, which is also apparently a thing that exists. It’s directed by Alex Winter, who played Bill in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and/or Bogus Journey”, […]

Hyperloop

Elon Musk, the dude behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and was a founding member of PayPal, announced his intentions for the Hyperloop transportation system yesterday. The solar-powered system, which Musk previously described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, would shoot as many as 28 passengers in each enclosed capsule through a […]

Cicadas On Parade!

The Huffington Post reports that we’re going to see some crazy on the East Coast this summer: If you live on the East Coast between Georgia and Connecticut, get ready for the air to be filled with billions of large, buzzing insects known as cicadas, a massive brood of which have been feeding on roots underground […]