Life Inside a Giant Space Beast May Not Be So Bad

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. In Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back the Millennium Falcon (above) had to escape from the inside of an exogorth, or giant space worm. Photograph: Lucasfilms Ltd./Everett CollectionIn Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back, when the heroes find themselves in the belly of a giant…

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How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False

“Are you in a precarious situation? … You sound like you can’t talk.” Karah Preiss’ cousin Leslie accused her of being sleepy and distracted and eventually hung up, but didn’t guess the truth. Preiss had placed the call using a software clone of her voice made to demonstrate artificial intelligence’s ability to deceive.Preiss relates her…

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When Discord’s Down, All Hell Breaks Loose

Press F, y’all. Screenshot: GizmodoGoogle’s suite of cloud computing services were hit with some technical difficulties most of the day Saturday that caused connectivity problems on at least one of the services dependent on it: Discord, a chat and voice platform geared towards gamers (don’t worry, it’s back up now). Now, if you don’t use…

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Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

In August, presidential candidate and senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) proposed spending $85 billion to expand high-speed internet access in rural America and other underserved communities. Senator and rival presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) thinks that’s not enough. Friday, he offered his own $150 billion broadband plan that goes far beyond connecting rural communities to the…

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