Robots are heavy, metal, clumsy, and expensive, but we generally assume they eventually plan on taking over. Still, they're far from being intelligent -- or organized -- enough to do so. How to remedy this? Well, maybe we could outsource all the processing power that makes them so heavy and expensive? What if we could put their brains into the cloud, let them communicate with one another, and then trust them to use the information they get there to help us out? That's just what a bunch of European researchers are doing, and it's not really as scary as it sounds.Read More
Here at Geekosystem we spend all our time online. All of it. It's kind of what we do. Whether we're on our computers, our phone, our tablets, our gaming consoles, or any other of the countless devices we own that connect us to the Internet, we're somehow connected at all times. This new video from PBS Idea Channel asks the question of whether or not its even possible to be offline anymore, or if the line is so blurred that we're all now online at all times. IS THIS THE MATRIX!?Read More
Everyone is almost always online nowadays, but what is anyone actually doing there? Most often, wasting time, but you may be surprised to learn that there are actually a number of productive things you can do on the Internet. I know! I was surprised when I found out too! According to this infographic by Flowtown, some of the most common Internet activities are simple things like "using a search engine" or "watching videos," but also more important things like online banking and practically everyone is sending emails to practically everyone else. The one curious thing is how low Tweeting ranks in the lists, but I suppose it doesn't take very long, so that might explain way. How do you square up against the norm?
Check after the jump to find out.Read More
You know how you have browser-based games or listicles about your favorite celebrity breakups open in your browser window right now, but have mastered the art of alt+tabbing back to your spreadsheet when your supervisor walks by? Well, according to a new study, you may just want to leave that session of Civ World up and running next time your supervisor hovers around your desk, because wasting time on the Internet may actually increase your productivity.Read More
Imprisoned for "illegally petitioning" the government over corruption in his town, the former Chinese inmate known as "Liu Dali" has told the U.K. Guardian that in addition to back-breaking manual labor he and other prisoners were forced to play video games for hours on end. Not as a form of punishment or leisure activity, but because their overseers had assembled a massive "goldfarming" operation, wherein they exploited prison labor to earn money playing online games. From the Guardian:
"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu told the Guardian. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off."While the idea of prisoners being forced to play video games may seem chuckleworthy, and it certainly is absurd, it is no laughing matter. Read More
Facebook says it has been grappling with how to handle the ghosts in its machine but acknowledges that it has not found a good solution. “It’s a very sensitive topic,” said Meredith Chin, a company spokeswoman, “and, of course, seeing deceased friends pop up can be painful.” Given the site’s size, “and people passing away every day, we’re never going to be perfect at catching it,” she added.This phenomenon is not limited to baby boomers and older. Reading the article became quite eerie when I suddenly remembered that I also have a deceased Facebook friend. Facebook does have a method of dealing with profiles of those who have died, though it needs improving. Read More