The effects of the advent of social media on our social relations has already been documented, and all signs point to the fact that social media has been slowly and surely disconnecting us from the world around us. But virtual reality promises an immersive experience whose potential for disconnect is far greater.
Tell me how you type, and I’ll tell you who you are… BankID, an electronic identification solution used by all Norwegian banks, has been using behavioral biometrics to store profiles on its 3.2 million Norwegian users since fall 2014. More specifically, BankID has been relying on keystroke dynamics, a method for identifying an individual based on the way they type.
Location-based analytics are growing fast, and many IT companies are offering solutions to map the footfall and habits of customers in shopping malls by tracking their mobile phones. This may happen with shoppers’ approval, when they download a brand’s app or connect to a free Wi-Fi network, or without it, when sensors receive signals from their mobile phones without their knowledge, raising privacy questions.
While humor may make life’s little disappointments and frustrations slightly easier to bear, it fulfills a much more crucial mission: to be a defense mechanism we can yield whenever we face a traumatic event, and to help us build resilience in the aftermath of such trauma.
This week: avant-garde filmmaker Agnès Varda receives the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Chinese businessmen illegally log Mozambique’s hardwood forests; Charlize Theron shines bright in the impressive Mad Max: Fury Road; Rats hand each other a helping paw; Kazakhstan’s saiga antelopes are mysteriously dying; and a musician reinvents her way of playing music after she loses hearing.
Technological progress has changed a lot of things for the better. From therapeutic innovations that can cure most deadly diseases to washing machines, there are tons of examples that show how technological innovations can have positive effects. But what we forget to ask is: how much of this progress is really a necessity, and how much of it is an unending urge to make human lives easier, longer, and more productive?
Injection-induced earthquakes are upon us by Marie Baleo Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists in drilling a pipeline as deep as 10,000 feet into the ground before injecting a specific mixture of water, “proppants” such as sand or ceramic, and various chemicals. The injection of this high-pressure fluid fractures shale rocks; in turn, the resulting fissures …
This week: The devastating outcome of the earthquake in Nepal; Depression may change your DNA; Deforestation continues to progress and to threaten biodiversity; poignant images of the 1975 Lebanese Civil War; and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner proves quite entertaining.
This week: Bears having a pool party; Sherpas will risk their lives again to help Everest climbers reach their dreams; there are no alien supercivilizations nearby; Paracetamol can dull your emotions; will France get a 100% energy mix by 2050? Why do we have chins? And a video of rock climbing prodigy Ashimaa Shiraishi.
This week: The francophone network TV5Monde hacked by terrorist group Daesh; Dutch people are growing taller faster than other people; another Black man, Walter Scott, is shot in the back by a police officer; Ikea produces mobile shelters for refugees; and fracking causes the earth to tremble in Oklahoma.