author_name|Andrew Tarantola

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Hitting the Books: In England’s industrial mills, even the clocks worked against you

America didn’t get around to really addressing child labor until the late ’30s when Roosevelts New Deal took hold and the Public Contracts Act raised the minimum age to 16. Before then, kids could often look forward to spending the majorities of their days doing some of the most dangerous and delicate work required on […]

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Hitting the Books: The dangerous real-world consequences of our online attention economy

If reality television has taught us anything, it’s there’s not much people won’t do if offered enough money and attention. Sometimes, even just the latter. Unfortunately for the future prospects of our civilization, modern social media has focused upon those same character foibles and optimized them at a global scale, sacrifices at the altar of

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Hitting the Books: ‘Vision Zero’ could help reclaim roads from American car culture

Despite decades of focusing our national infrastructure on personal vehicles (often at the direct exclusion and expense of other modes of transport), modern folks gets around on far more than planes, trains and automobiles these days. With our city streets and suburban neighborhoods increasingly populated by an ever-widening variety of vehicle — from e-scooters to

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Tesla plans to license its Full Self-Driving system to other automakers

In a surprise announcement during Tesla’s Q2 2023 investor call, company head Elon Musk revealed that Tesla plans to license its Full Self-Driving system to other automakers and OEMs. “We are very open to licensing our FSD software and hardware to other car companies,” Musk said, “and we’re already in discussions with a major OEM

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Researchers give robots roly-polies for hands

The human hand is a marvel of evolutionary development, offering 27 degrees of freedom and unrivaled touch sensitivity. But it’s the same aspects that make our hands so, well, handy, that also make them an absolute nightmare to recreate robotically. That’s why one team of researchers has abandoned human-derived gripper design in favor of woodlice.

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Screenshots of Instagram’s answer to Twitter leak online

After Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter last October, Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta reportedly began working on a social media platform of its own, codenamed Project 92. During a company-wide meeting on Thursday, Meta chief product officer Chris Cox showed off a set UI mock-ups to the assembled employees, which were promptly leaked online. The

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Neuralink receives FDA clearance to begin human trials of its brain-computer interface

Turns out Elon Musk’s FDA prediction was only off by about a month. After reportedly denying the company’s overtures in March, the FDA approved Neuralink’s application to begin human trials of its prototype Link brain-computer interface (BCI) on Thursday.  Founded in 2016, Neuralink aims to commercialize BCIs in wide-ranging medical and therapeutic applications — from

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Ford EV drivers will get access to 12,000 North American Tesla Superchargers next spring

Last February, the Biden administration unveiled its $5 billion plan to expand EV charging infrastructure across the country. Not only with the Department of Transportation help states build half a million EV charging stations by 2030, the White House also convinced Tesla to share a portion of its existing Supercharger network with non-Tesla EVs. On

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