This computer can tell what people are thinking instantaneously

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A new computer program can decode people’s thoughts almost in real time, new research shows.

Researchers can predict what people are seeing based on the electrical signals coming from electrodes implanted in their brain, and this decoding happens within milliseconds of someone first seeing the image, the scientists found.

The new results could one day have applications for helping people, such as those who cannot speak or have trouble communicating, express their thoughts, Rajesh Rao, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, said in a statement. Read more…

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Bill Gates confessed he memorized license plates to keep tabs on staffers

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Bill Gates once had a habit of memorizing his employees’ license plate numbers to keep tabs on when they came and left during the early days of Microsoft

As a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show, Gates discussed various topics including his philanthropy work, career, personal life and the playlist he would make if he got stuck on a desert island (he’s into U2 and the Hamilton soundtrack). But perhaps the most interesting nugget was how “fanatical” he was about the company — so much so that he secretly tracked employees to learn how many hours they were putting in.

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Report: Forget 'Going Dark,' surveillance will survive the age of encryption

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Don’t panic. Seriously, don’t. That’s the message to the intelligence community — especially the FBI — from a group of cybersecurity and policy experts who make a fairly compelling case that, despite law enforcement concerns, end-to-end encryption will not result in the Internet “Going Dark” or hamper efforts to track and foil terrorists.

Those concerns were raised anew after the deadly attacks in Paris last November. New York City Police Commission William Bratton said at the time that end-to-end messaging encryption was hampering their investigative efforts. “We’re losing the ability to gather intelligence… Offense is intelligence and we are losing a lot of that offense momentum because of this issue.” Read more…

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Hello Kitty flip phone may not be cutting edge, but it's freakin' adorable

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Who needs an iPhone or Galaxy when you can buy a Hello Kitty flip phone?

The Figurine KT-01 doesn’t feature any cutting-edge technology like a high-res screen or an app store. Heck, the phone doesn’t even have a camera. But who cares? Look at it. It’s so damn cute.

The phone, which will be available this April for purchase in Japan for 12,000 yen (about $100), has a 1.54-inch color screen with a 240 x 240 resolution. We’d be falling out of our seats — if this were the ’90s and phones with color screens were a big deal. In a world where we hardly look up from our phones to experience the world around us, though, adopting flip phones again may do society some good. Read more…

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Dutch police are training eagles to grab drones from the sky

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Remember those two sassy eagles that snatched a DJI Phantom 3 drone out of the air last last year, thinking it was a meal? It turns out they were on to something

The Dutch police are training eagles to grab rogue drones from the sky and bring them to justice. Watch for yourself in the video above, which police released on Sunday.

The video shows an eagle clutching a drone midair and taking it down a few feet. However, this leaves open the possibility of birds getting hurt by drones’ robot blades; a Dutch police spokesperson said they are looking into ways to protect the eagles from injuries, Engadget reported Read more…

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