France to Ban Smartphones at Schools

It began in 2017: French officials imposed a law that limited how frequently and in what manner employers may contact employees outside of office hours. Now, the French government is setting their sights on schools. Smartphone-less students, they believe, will improve classroom efficiency, effectiveness and, on a broader level, preserve the “sanctity” of the classroom and learning experience. This new law will, however, make “exceptions …

Researchers Pen Severe Report About AI’s Threat to Humanity

Assembling in Oxford, 26 researchers from 14 organizations have drafted a 100-page report on the dangers artificial intelligence poses the future of humanity. As VICE notes, AI is already all around us, operating background processes in everything from medicine to finance. The two-day conference declared that superhuman artificial intelligence can be turned on humanity and those working in the field must take the potential misuse …

Chinese Police Equipped With Facial Recognition Sunglasses

Police can’t recognize every face from the vast database of criminals, but facial recognition sunglasses can—much like the ones Chinese police in Zhengzhou have been employing recently. The glasses connect to an offline 10,000-person database on a connected tablet. According to Quartz (where you can read more) a more basic version (retailing for $630 each) has been sold to the US, Japan and other countries. …

How UFO Reports Change Over Time

Since ancient times, there have been reports of mysterious, unidentifiable objects flying through the skies. Interestingly, those reports have changed over time—thanks to evolving flight technologies. From “phantom” Zeppelins in the early 1900s to “ghost rockets” in the 1940s and “flying saucers,” the commonality with all these sightings “raised a question: why were the extraterrestrials visiting us now?” Read more at the Smithsonian.

DJI’s Portable, Powerful Mavic Air High-Resolution Drone

The company's most dynamic three-axis gimbal device shoots videos in 4K

by Michael Frank When DJI launched the Spark Drone last year, anyone who likes to take photos on the move went a little nuts. Past drones, even the reasonably small, 1.6 pound Mavic Pro (three by three by four inches) couldn’t touch the .6 pound weight of the Spark, which—even with spare batteries and rotors—fits in a six by six by 2.5 inch case. Basically, …