The Effect Of Smartphones On Dream Quality And Recall

phone-sleep.jpg

Here’s a personal observation I’ve made over numerous occasions…but I didn’t even want to believe the conclusion. And that is: sleeping either listening to my iPhone (you know, to meditative music or a podcast) or having my iPhone even near me (by the pillow/on the bed) greatly messes up my dream quality and recall. I mean: messes them up to the point where it almost “bleaches” them out completely.

The first time I noticed this was after I temporarily “banished” my phone from the bedroom after reading an article about its possible impact on the pineal gland. To replace the uses of the phone for my sleeping needs, I bought a little battery-powered wooden alarm clock and an inexpensive Conair sound machine (for white noise). Not only did I sleep better, but my dreams were far more vivid & I remembered more of them when I awoke.

Continue reading “The Effect Of Smartphones On Dream Quality And Recall”

Can Hackers Turn A Sex Robot Into An Assassin? (Probably) (Seriously)

fembot.jpg

Folks, we’ve come to the part of the show where we need to face The Big Questions about our Crazy Hi-Fi Space-Age Future: mainly, “Hackers Could Program Sex Robots To Kill.”

The fine folks at The Daily Star explore this perhaps previously unthinkable wrinkle in the burgeoning sex robot fad—the idea that these devices could be conceivably remotely accessed and used as a weapon. Sounds crazy? No more crazy than how other appliances and machines from The Internet Of Things could be similarly hacked.

Continue reading “Can Hackers Turn A Sex Robot Into An Assassin? (Probably) (Seriously)”

Key Self-Driving Car Bill Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

self-driving-car.jpg

It is my belief that #1, Industry wants self-driving cars, #2, the U.S. Government wants self-driving cars, and #3 America will see self-driving cars become an everyday way of life much sooner than we think.

Case in point, the “Self Drive Act,” which has just passed with a bipartisan unanimous vote today in the U.S. House Of Representatives. The basic gist of the bill—and you can read it here—is to make it as easy as possible for driverless vehicles to be adopted on the roads, keeping state “interference” to a minimum.

Continue reading “Key Self-Driving Car Bill Passes U.S. House Of Representatives”

USA Today Article Promises: “You Will Get Chipped”

chip-hand-2.jpg

USA Today just wants you to know, just in case you have any ideas otherwise:

You will get chipped.

Their article picks up on the aftermath of the “Chipping Event” at Three Square Market (see: “Company Implanting Microchips In Workers”), including news that there has been some online pushback against the company (1-star reviews, complaints on Facebook, and etc.).

Continue reading “USA Today Article Promises: “You Will Get Chipped””

AI Invents Own Language (Nothing To Worry About)

ai-conversation-language.jpg

Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.
–Alice, AI Client

Crammed between all the palace intrigue and reality-show gossip that dominates the news cycle is word that an artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook just invented its own language. That’s not Terminator-level uh-oh material, but neither is it inconsequential; it was deemed “serious” enough by the Facebook researchers to shut the AI down.

Continue reading “AI Invents Own Language (Nothing To Worry About)”

Company Implanting Microchips In Workers (OR: When Bats**t Crazy Prophecies Sort Of Come True)

chip-hand-scream-homer.jpg

One of the most common batshit crazy prophecies I have come across, most often in conjunction with those “Book of Revelation”-type conspiracy things, is that of people being forced to receive “The Mark”—getting microchips implanted in their hands or whatnot. These chips are like a “hotline” to the Anti-Christ or Satan, and people who refuse to have them implanted are killed.

Now here is a real-life (as opposed to Conspiracy Life) company who is offering to implant microchips in the hands of their workers.

Continue reading “Company Implanting Microchips In Workers (OR: When Bats**t Crazy Prophecies Sort Of Come True)”