The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.
Posts by Jack McDonald Burnett:
Starbucks, Disney parks, and the European Union all have single-use plastic straw bans in the works, Vox reports. While straws only amount to about 0.03 percent of total plastic waste by mass, campaigns against straws are really about putting a “face” on the broader issue of single-use plastic pollution. “Our straw campaign is not really […]
Donald Trump says the United States will pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia. The treaty has kept Europe free of U.S. and Soviet/Russian nuclear missiles for thirty years. The treaty bans ground launch nuclear missiles with ranges from 500 km to 5,500 km. It eliminated nearly 2,700 short- and […]
At the moment, one garbage truck-ful of plastic is dumped into Earth’s oceans every minute. The rate is set to double by 2030, and then double again by 2050. That’s the context in which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ban on single-use plastic bags in his state. “The blight of plastic bags takes a […]
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Minnesota are developing materials that can be 3D printed based on the flexibility and nimbleness of invertebrates such as a squid, according to an ARL release.
“Looking to Listen at the Cocktail Party” is Google’s “deep learning audio-visual model for isolating a single speech signal from a mixture of sounds such as other voices and background noise,” as reported on the Google Research blog. In this work, we are able to computationally produce videos in which speech of specific people is […]
Europe divided over robot “personhood,” Politico reports: The battle goes back to a paragraph of text, buried deep in a European Parliament report from early 2017, which suggests that self-learning robots could be granted “electronic personalities.” Such a status could allow robots to be insured individually and be held liable for damages if they go rogue and […]