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Researchers Tricked AI Into Doing Free Computations It Wasn't Trained to Do

Google researchers demonstrated that a neural network could be tricked into performing free computations for an attacker. They worry that this could one day be used to turn our smartphones into botnets by exposing them to images.
Daniel Oberhaus
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The Claustrophobic Dystopia of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is its Own Unique Horror

Infertility is a common dystopian trope—but 'The Handmaid's Tale' creates a world that bears little resemblance to others in the genre.
Brenden Gallagher
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Watch the Trailer for Spielberg's VR Blockbuster 'Ready Player One'

In the future of 'Ready Player One,' people actually use VR. That's the problem.
Leif Johnson
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How Amazon's Tech Could Change Whole Foods

How long before drones are delivering us emergency organic cat food?
Carl Franzen
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Dubai Wants to Use Data to Become the 'Happiest City on Earth'

Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, director of Smart Dubai, tells us about the city's efforts to harvest customer data to improve government services. But who defines what happiness is?
Grennan Milliken


A train ride gives way to a hallucinatory and grisly news interview in this excerpt from the upcoming sci-fi sequel 'Archetypal.'
Joseph Mackinnon
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What Keeps ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creators and Stars Up at Night

Showrunner Bruce Miller, director Reed Morano, and actors Max Minghella and Samira Wiley tell us how much they think our reality resembles Gilead.
Sam Fragoso
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Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom

Echo Look will use machine learning to decide if you look fat in that shirt.
Jason Koebler
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Man Fined $500 for Crime of Writing 'I Am An Engineer' in an Email to the Government

An electronics engineer says he found a flaw in traffic lights. The Oregon engineering board fined him for it.
Jason Koebler

Straight Croissants Are Harbingers of Our Dystopian Future

If Uber designed a croissant, this is what it would look like.
Victoria Turk

The Rise and Fall of ‘Boring Dystopia,’ the Anti-Facebook Facebook Group

Started by cultural theorist Mark Fisher as a comment on the state of contemporary Britain, the group became a victim of "capitalist cyberspace."
Roisin Kiberd

California Issues the State's First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

California is digging up lawns and imposing water bans all around the state—its present could be the rest of the country's future.
Jason Koebler