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In an effort to avoid a dystopian sci-fi future where Artificial Intelligence knows pretty much everything about you, and a team of cops led by Tom Cruise run around arresting people for crimes they did not commit because of bad predictive analysis; Bernie Sanders and other Democratic candidates have some proposals on how we can stop it.

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Swiss auto manufacturer Rinspeed has a released a new concept car called the Oasis that's jam-packed with every feature you could possibly want — plus some you didn't even know you needed — including a garden beneath the hood.

Most importantly, it provides the industry with a glimpse into the future of transportation. The car is great for the environment, has incredible safety features, and can senselessly integrate into its passenger's lifestyle via artificial intelligence.

The Oasis is an electric car designed for personal ownership or as a self-driving, ride-sharing vehicle. Its hatchback design is almost completely see-through and it has a 5K display screen.

In the future, when everything is self-driving, the Oasis' steering wheel can be turned into a table, so you can start work early on your morning commute. It has a top speed of 80 miles per hour and solar panels are integrated into the roof design.

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At this past weekend's North American International Toy Fair in New York, not every participant was a toymaker. In the back of the huge space was a booth for BuddyTag—a smart wristband that helps parents monitor children within 120 feet. BuddyTag was invented by Willie Wu after he lost his daughter at Six Flags. “His child did everything right—waiting in one place with an employee of the park," said Wu's sister, who was stationed at the booth. The kid was found in an hour, “but it was the worst hour of his life." It also sparked an idea.

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12 Postcards From The Freaky Side of Google Earth

12 times when Google Earth freaked out.

Artist Clement Valla has an unusual hobby, he collects Google Earth images. Throughout his quest for interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon images where Google’s seamless and accurate representation of the Earth’s surface breaks down, creating warped and surreal representations of actual places. These distortions happen when the 3-D model that forms the Earth’s surface and Google’s aerial photography do not match up. The slideshow above shows some of the most surreal images that Valla has collected in a gallery he calls “Postcards From Google Earth.”



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Cavemen must have been perpetually late, given that humans didn’t get around to inventing the sundial until 1500 BCE. The first attempts at measuring time via sun movement were shadow clocks created by the Egyptians and Babylonians. These led to the sundial, an instrument that tells time by measuring shadows cast by the sun on a dial plate. Sundials were our preferred method of timekeeping until the mechanical clock was invented in 14th-century Europe.

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A NASA Engineer Invented A Brilliant Moving Dart Board That Makes Every Toss A Bull’s-Eye

This insane device tracks the dart’s flight and makes over a hundred movements, ensuring a bull’s-eye every time

If your enthusiasm or love for darts exceeds your actual talent, you’ll probably want to keep an eye on engineer Mark Rober. The former NASA engineer has created a dart board that puts the responsibility of precise movement on the board itself, rather than on the person throwing the darts.

This motion-tracking dartboard uses six cameras to follow the flight of darts (customized with reflectors for visibility). The board doesn’t react to the dart’s movement instantly—rather it uses the data collected mid flight to make an educated guess as to where the dart’s trajectory will have it end up. Then, using six motors, the board moves into place a first time. That whole process of observation, analysis, and initial movement takes about 200 milliseconds.

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