Cyberculture agenda: Foxconn moved from China to western Turkey…Q&A with James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher


Foxconn whose clients include Apple Dell and HP have moved from China to western Turkey, the gateway of Europe.


In 2012 Organized Rage pointed out in a series of articles if Foxconn Technology Group which manufactures Apple, Dell, HP and other high tech companies products, are given half a chance it will bring it’s sweatshop mentality of poor working conditions and low wages from China to Europe and the USA.

Finally, a Ruling That Recognizes Snowden as a Whistleblower


Edward Snowden is living in exile in Moscow, accused of espionage at home for leaking NSA documents outlining a vast electronic eavesdropping program, part of which a federal judge declared this week as an infringement of the Fourth Amendment. So who’s the traitor? Snowden or a government prosecuting a U.S. citizen for bringing to light illegal government activities?

2013: The Year Of Open Source For Facebook Engineering

2013 was the year of open source for Facebook Engineering, as the social network was involved in several projects along those lines throughout the year.


Who Owns the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Wallet? The FBI

In September, the FBI shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace, and it started seizing bitcoins belonging to the Dread Pirate Roberts ? the operator of the illicit online marketplace, who they say is American man named Ross Ulbricht. The seizure had an unforeseen side-effect: It made the FBI the holder of the world’s biggest Bitcoin wallet.

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses


Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of Web-based courses, but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.

Q&A with James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher

At a military contest in Miami, a Google scientist discusses the future of robotics.

At a racetrack in Florida this weekend, 16 robots competed to complete a series of tasks inspired by challenges faced in cleaning up the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Two of the companies involved in the DARPA contest?Boston Dynamics and Schaft?were recently acquired by Google, which has also bought at least six other robotics companies in recent months. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of its new robotics team, spoke to MIT Technology Review?s news and analysis editor, Will Knight, on the sidelines of the event.

Queen Elizabeth pardons computer science pioneer Alan Turing of ?gross indecency? conviction

The father of modern computing Alan Turing has been pardoned by the UK?s Queen Elizabeth for a 60-year-old conviction of ?gross indecency? for being gay, The Independent reports.


NSF study shows more than 90% of US businesses view copyright, patent and trademark as “not important”

In March 2012, the National Science Foundation released the results of its “Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey” study, a rigorous, careful, wide-ranging longitudinal study on the use of trademark, copyright, and patents in American business. The study concluded that, overall, most businesses don’t rate these protections as a significant factor in their success (in 2010, 87.2% said trademarks were “not important”; 90.1% said the same of copyright, and 96.2% said the same of patents).

A Tour of the Newly Acquired Robots Google Will One Day Unleash on Us All

iron-maidenOver the past several years numerous studies have shown that on average file-sharers spend more money on legal purchases, including concert tickets and merchandise.


Edward Snowden said his goal was simple: to start a conversation.

The 29-year-old former NSA contractor discussed his motivations for leaking a trove of secret government documents during a face-to-face interview with the Washington Post‘s Barton Gellman, one of the journalists he entrusted with the materials, published on Monday.

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