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  • Tech Crunch
  • 2020
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What will tomorrow’s tech look like? Ask someone who can’t see.

This narrative explains that the push for technology to help with accessibility for disabled groups, especially blind or visually impaired individuals, has spurred scientific innovation which is to the benefit of everyone.

  • Tech Crunch
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • Gizmodo
  • 2020
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You Need to Opt Out of Amazon Sidewalk

This article describes the new Amazon Sidewalk feature and subsequently explains why users should not buy into this service. Essentially, this feature uses the internet of things created by Amazon devices such as the Echo or Ring camera to create a secondary network connecting nearby homes which also contain these devices, which is sustained by each home “donating” a small amount of broadband. It is explained that this is a dangerous concept because this smaller network may be susceptible to hackers, putting a large number of users at risk.

  • Gizmodo
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • Vice
  • 2020
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Robotic Beasts, Wildlife Control, and Environmental Impact

Robot researches in Japan have recently begun to use robotic “monster wolves” to help control wildlife populations by keeping them out of human civilizations or agricultural areas. These robots are of interest to robot engineers who work in environmentalism because although the process of engineering a robot does not help the environment, the ultimate good accomplished by robots which help control wildlife populations may outweigh this cost.

  • Vice
  • 2020
  • 7 min
  • Singularity Hub
  • 2018
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Hacking the Mind just got easier with these new tools

New inventions which help study or improve brain functions will hopefully become more democratized and obtainable down the road, despite being currently expensive. Machines such as wearable MRIs or Brain-Machine Interfaces ideally simplify invasive medical procedures, and provide hopes for recovery from afflictions such as strokes or depression.

  • Singularity Hub
  • 2018
  • 10 min
  • The New York Times
  • 2021
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Virtual Reality Aids in Exposure Therapy

This article tells the story of Chris Merkle, a former U.S Marine soldier who was able to work through former traumatic memories and PTSD using virtual realities similar to his lived experiences in war as a form of exposure therapy. As virtual reality sets become more affordable and commercialized, and as experts and universities develop more impressive virtual and augmented reality technologies, the opportunities for exposure therapy through VR technology become far more widespread, with the potential to help civilian disorders and traumas as well as those of veterans.

  • The New York Times
  • 2021
  • 3 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2020
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Real vs. Virtual Assistance

Nora works as an “angel” figure, or assistant, in the digital afterlife known as Lakeview. Her job is to help digitally immortal residents of this afterlife, such as Nathan, acclimate to their surroundings and their digital existences. However, Nora decides to take her breaks from work in the same virtual reality in which she operates during her job.

  • Kinolab
  • 2020
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