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Elon Musk’s brain computer interface (BCI) venture Neuralink will provide some more insight into what they’ve been working on for the past two years, during which time we’ve heard very little in the way of updates on their progress. In 2017, we learned that Neuralink’s overall driving mission was to help humans keep pace with rapid advancements in AI, ensuring that we can continue to work with ever-more advanced technology by closing the input and output gap between ourselves and computers.

Musk has famously forewarned of the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, and what happens when it becomes more powerful relative to our own ability to control and understand it. He also founded OpenAI alongside Sam Altman and others as a research organization hoping to collaborate on the development of AI specifically designed to benefit, not harm humanity.

At Recode’s Code conference in 2016, and again in 2017 at an event in Dubai, Musk discussed how BCI could help people communicate with computers with much higher bandwidth and lower latency than is possible now, using our relatively primitive input methods (keyboard, mice and touch all introduce a surprising amount of lag and fidelity loss if you think about it).

Neuralink seems to be Musk’s long-term play to help bridge this gap, which basically amounts to an effort to accelerate the kind of “singularity” moment advocated by Ray Kurzweil and others wherein humanity effectively merges with technology as a new stage of engineered evolution. In the interim, however, it originally set its sights on addressing medical conditions, including epilepsy and clinical, chemical depression via implanted brain interfaces, as a stepping stone to its more ambitious and more broadly applicable goals for BCI.

This update from Neuralink should shed light on where they are with that approach (if that’s even still the approach), and who knows: we might even get a clue as to how and when we can expect to truly become one with our computers.
Lakers fans can’t wait to watch Space Jam 2. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are already hooping on set, and we are definitely happy. There’s a video of the stars and their first game on the floor. It happened on set.
Davis joined the Los Angeles Lakers and triggered an avalanche of reactions. It was more than obvious that he was interested in playing alongside LeBron James. The NBA superstars have been hooping on the floor while shooting in Los Angeles. The players are warming up alongside Damian Lillard and a few WNBA stars who appear in the movie.
There’s also a player rocking the #2 jersey, but we can’t really tell who he is. We believe that players in this movie actually wear jerseys reflecting their jersey numbers in the NBA. So, if you recognize this player, please let us know.

As we already reported, Warriors’ Klay Thompson was on the set. Will the injury he suffered in the NBA Finals prevent him from shooting scenes. Draymond Green was also seen on set practicing with the fellows.
LeBron was wearing No. 6 on the set, and Davis was wearing No.23. This matches the numbers they will wear on the field. LeBron gave up on his number, and gave it to Davis. He was wearing No. 6 in Miami and Team USA.
We are told that Chris Paul will also appear in the movie. We haven’t seen him yet, but he will sure show up at one point. Paul is out of the country at the moment with Aaron Rodgers throwing a golf tournament in the Bahamas.
Space Jam 2 will be a real success despite the rumors about its failure. Joe Pytka said that it was doomed.
“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing… They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”
Well, this won’t make LeBron change his mind. He is super excited about the project.

She responds to accusations of cultural appropriation: “I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture.”

CreditCreditVanessa Beecroft

Another week, another cultural appropriation controversy. Or so it’s beginning to seem when it comes to fashion and its faux pas.
This time around the lightning rod is Kim Kardashian West’s latest venture, announced on Tuesday: a line of “solutionwear,” itself a creative take on the more typical “shapewear,” which used to be called girdles, and before that corsets. This one happens to be called Kimono.
Turns out Romeo and Juliet had it wrong. When it comes to names, there is a lot involved — at least when attempts at catchy branded wordplay, national heritage and influencer-associated fame collide.
Kimono, a riff on Ms. Kardashian West’s name that is in line with her other brands (Kimoji and KKW Beauty) and what she said in a statementto The New York Times was meant to be “a nod to the beauty and detail that goes into a garment,” quickly became the subject of online charges of ignorant and offensive misuse. Especially because the name was juxtaposed against images by the photographer Vanessa Beecroft of many women of different sizes and colors undressed in the collection.
Ms. Kardashian West said in her statement that she has no plans “to design or release any garments that would in any way resemble or dishonor the traditional garment.” She also has no plans to respond to the reaction by changing the name.
“My solutionwear brand is built with inclusivity and diversity at its core and I’m incredibly proud of what’s to come,” she said. That includes bras, briefs, shorts and bodysuits, among other undergarments.
The line is scheduled to make its debut in July. But while traditional kimonos, which date from the 16th century, according to the Victoria & Albert Museum, have many associations, those tend not to involve lingerie, Hollywood celebrities or reality TV. Hence, the problem.
One exception to those posting their objections was Chrissy Teigen, who tweeted, “Oh my god, I don’t have to cut one side of my Spanx anymore.” Ms. Kardashian West promised to send her “the biggest package ever.”
People became even more incensed when they learned that Ms. Kardashian West had applied for trademarks for her Kimono lines. She has applied for eight, around variations on the name and its design, and in classes that include Clothing and Apparel Products, Leather Products (not including clothing) and Advertising, Business and Retail Services.
The application also involves a specific font version of the word Kimono — a sort of bubbly print created, she has said, by her husband, Kanye West — as opposed to the general word itself.
“Filing a trademark is a source identifier that will allow me to use the word for my shapewear and intimates line but does not preclude or restrict anyone, in this instance, from making kimonos or using the word kimono in reference to the traditional garment,” Ms. Kardashian West said in the statement. The nuance was lost in the outrage.
As of Thursday morning, a new hashtag was making the rounds on Twitter — #KimOhNo — and a petition had been started on change.orgby Sono Fukunishi, who wrote of wearing a kimono every day.
“I do not wish to share the word with an underwear brand,” the petition says. “‘Kimono’ means ‘clothing’ in Japanese.”
The petition calls the use of the name “horrible cultural disrespect.” As of Thursday afternoon, more than 11,000 people had signed, though it does not specifically call for any action other than demonstrating general unhappiness with Ms. Kardashian West’s choice.
Ms. Kardashian West has been accused of cultural appropriation before, most recently in April, when she attended her husband’s Coachella “Sunday service” wearing what looked to many like a maang tikka, the head pendant that is one of 16 traditional Indian wedding adornments; and previously for wearing what she called “Bo Derek braids.”
She has chosen not to engage in the public self-recrimination and apology that has become de rigueur in the fashion world (see: Gucci, Prada, H&M) and has remained silent, at least on social media, during much of the controversy.
By Thursday, however, she had decided to make a statement. Perhaps because the chaos had overshadowed the line itself, which was conceived for many different body types and skin tones and is clearly meant to carve out a space in a market somewhere between Spanx and Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line.
“I understand and have deep respect for the significance of the kimono in Japanese culture,” Ms. Kardashian West said.
In any case, she is not, it turns out, the first brand with no particular kimono-related history to attempt to attach the name to a product. There are Kimono condoms, and Kimono Lash eyelash extensions. Still, Ms. Kardashian West’s brand is the first created on an individual persona — and her internet fame.
And therein lies the moral of this particular story. Those who live by the power of viral social media moments and sharing can also be vulnerable to the power of viral social media backlash and sharing.

Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher posted a powerful video on Facebook related to abortion, and it has garnered millions of views.

The video was testimony from actor and Special Olympian Frank Stephens before Congress in 2017 where he defeated the notion that babies with Down Syndrome should be aborted by forcing those listening to acknowledge his right to life.

"Whatever you learn today, please remember this," said Stephens in his testimony, "I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living."

"Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don't need research concerning Down Syndrome," he explained. "Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down Syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated."

"It's hard for me to sit here and say those words," he added.

Stephens went on to explain how people with Down Syndrome can lead full and satisfying lives. He also argued that the condition helps doctors understand other medical diseases in order to help defeat them.

"First, we are a medical gift to society," Stephens explained, "a blueprint for medical research into cancer, Alzheimers, and immune system disorders. Second, we are an unusually powerful source of happiness: a Harvard-based study has discovered that people with Down Syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings, are happier than society at large. Surely happiness is worth something? Finally, we are the canary in the eugenics coal mine. We are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life."

Kutcher posted the video with the title, "This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome," and added simply, "Everyone's life is valuable." He has over 17 million followers on the social media site.

The viral post has almost 100,000 shares, and millions of views.

Kutcher stars in the show "The Ranch" on Netflix, which he has said reflects more of the conservative outlook that he remembers in shows he watched as young man.

Here's the video of Stephens' powerful testimony:

SNY news anchor Chris Williamson tweeted a bizarre photo of a passed out, or possibly dead, rat clinging to an empty bottle of Hennessy. "Just another day in New York City," the caption read. Willamson later joked that the animal "was drinking away the pain from the Knicks' 18th straight loss."

Willamson told NBC 4 he snapped the picture at around 11 a.m. on Valentine's Day in Bed-Stuy. As of Friday afternoon, the tweet had officially gone viral, garnering more than 2,000 retweets, about 6,000 likes, and a slew of headlines. 

A day before Willamson's post, comedian Patton Oswalt shared a photo of what we assume was the same rat. Oswalt's image showed the rodent in between the Hennessy bottle and an empty pack of Newport cigarettes. The rat's position change led some to believe Willamson had staged the picture—a theory he has since denied. 

Despite the speculative questions, it's clear Twitter users are enjoying Henny Rat.

Any time Gordon Ramsay is out of his element, it's a treat to watch, so seeing him completely lose it with a batch of hot wings is nirvana.

Ramsay appeared as a guest on First We Feast's Hot One's, and fans of the YouTube series know that Ramsay is the holy grail of guests. Hot One's has gone through 7 seasons of spicy interviews, and for 7 seasons, the comment section was always littered with, "Get Gordon Ramsay," requests.

It has finally happened, and the biggest takeaway was that Ramsay's spice tolerance is trash. It'd be surprising if he could comfortably tolerate anything spicier than soy sauce.

The show's challenge is to get through 10 wings, each one hotter than the last, and Ramsay was fidgety by the second wing, which had a cute little green turtle on the sauce's bottle.

Probably worst of all, Ramsay ran to the restroom with hot sauce hands, causing a down south burn that no man deserves.

By the time he got to the 7th wing, which was covered in Torchebearer's Garlic Reaper Sauce, he started cracking really badly, claiming his heartbeat was elevated, and worrying about anal leakage.

The very next wing was Da Bomb, which Ramsay compared to, "Sticking your tongue in fucking acid."

By the end of it all, Ramsay was in tears, chugging Pepto Bismol, spitting out water, and spraying lime juice directly into his mouth for some reason.

I don't know if I've ever seen a human being so uncomfortable around hot wings, but he still made it all the way through the challenge. Not very well, but he did it.

His reward was teaching host Sean Evans to make scrambled eggs with his mouth on fire.

This video is probably the most entertaining thing in 2019, so far. If you have 31 minutes to spare, do yourself a favor and watch Gordon suffer like he never has before.

Horses are smart, majestic creatures. Except for the ones that aren’t. Twitter user @mckellogs has just posted a thread, portraying the way their family are preparing for the impending snowmageddon, and it’s their horse Tango that needs the most attention. To put it lightly, let’s just say that it’s not the smartest animal in the barn, and it needs quite a bit of extra attention when the Northern Hemisphere enters into the winter. Scroll down to check out why!

Say what you want about corporate coffee chains and their pesky market dominance, but big java has really been stepping up to the plate in recent years when it comes to food waste reduction.

Starbucks, which in July became the most visible brand by far to announce it was ditching plastic straws, just announced the expansion of its widely-acclaimed FoodShare program into Canada.

Described as "a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people in need," FoodShare goes beyond the mere donation of unsold pastries and baked goods to local shelters.

Essentially, Starbucks developed a proprietary system to safely store and transport perishable food items that haven't been sold over the course of a day.

Items like paninis, breakfast sandwiches, salads, boxes, yogurts, milk and more are donated under strict guidelines that ensure a food's temperature, texture, flavour and safety upon its arrival.
The program has been running successfully in the U.S. since 2016 and is on track to deliver roughly 50 million meals per year in the States at full capacity.

Starbucks Canada is aiming to provide more than 1.5 million meals annually once FoodShare is up and running at all 1,100 of the country's company-owned locations.

A national solution is set to be in place by 2021, but the Canadian branch of the program will start running in earnest on February 22 with more than 250 stores across the GTA participating.

The coffee giant says it plans to eventually rescue 100 per cent of all food available for donation from all of its Canadian stores with the help of Second Harvest (Canada's largest food rescue organization) and other community organizations.

"Wasted food is a wide-scale problem for everyone in the food business, while more than 4 million Canadians are impacted by hunger," said Starbucks VP of Public Affairs Luisa Girotto in a press release announcing the news on Monday.

"This is unacceptable, and we will help solve this now that we have a way to safely donate chilled, perishable food, while preserving its quality."

Tess Thompson Talley is an american women who has caused an  outrage on social media after she posted pictures of herself posing next to a slaughtered black giraffe while on a hunting trip to South Africa and it went viral.

Africa Digest posted the picture of Thompson Talley on their Twitter feed with the following caption:

“White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. If our so-called governments can’t care for our wildlife then its time we stand up and responsibility of our continent, lands, resources, and wildlife…. share share share! and let’s have a united voice against pillage of Africa, it’s the only home we have.”

Ms. Talley said the kill was her”best memory in camo thus far.”

She claimed that half of the giraffe’s meat was donated, except for what she herself ate for dinner, that she described as “absolutely delish.”

“Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s MY passion!

I’m thankful for every hunt and every memory!”, she added.

Despite being posted almost one year ago, the images of Ms. Talley’s kill recently went viral and caused a backlash.

The Actress Debra Messing condemned Ms. Talley for her actions as well.

In a quite lengthy Instagram post, Messing called the hunter a “disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.

It’s estimated that around 1.7 million trophies were traded between 2004 and 2014.

Of those trophies, approximately 20,000 a year were animals that have been classified as being threatened with extinction by the IUCN.

44 percent of the traded trophies were black bears which tended to be hunted in Canada and the US. Mountain zebras, African elephants, Chacma baboons, leopards, and lions were also among the most traded trophies in the world.

Some countries have recently started to give in to public outrage about trophy hunting.

Several countries including India, Kenya, Brazil, and Botswana have banned the practice altogether in their jurisdictions.

Other countries like Australia, France, and the Netherlands have also banned the importation of trophies of lions, and the UK is likely to follow suit.

Many South Africans hope that their government will also follow suit and ban trophy hunting.

Others, though, are more cynical pointing out that since the government doesn’t seem to care too deeply about addressing serious human issues like poverty, human rights abuses, and soaring crime it is doubtful that they will act to protect animals.

1. Richard Madden (Robb Stark) had no idea that his character would die. He didn't find out reading the books but accidentally when he was googling the character!

Yikes. Talk about spoiler alert! Side note: RIP Robb and everyone else that attended the Red Wedding. I'm still mourning their deaths. Don't mind me.

2. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) is the only actress on the show with a clause in her contract that says she doesn't have to do topless scenes anymore. 

For those of you wondering why she stopped appearing topless on the show after season 3.

3. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) never speak to each other on set.

4. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) is a very successful DJ who performs all over the world at club nights called "Rave of Thrones." 

Enjoy the music styling of Hodor on SoundCloud! Don't worry - it's not remixes of him saying "Hodor." Even though I wish it was!

5. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) ended up adopting the dog that played her direwolf in the show. 

6.  Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) is currently the world's third strongest man. 

So, yeah. Remember that whole thing where he crushed Oberyn's skull with his own hands? That could have totally happened because he really is that strong!

7. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) had no idea his name was Christopher until he was 11 years old. It's true - he really does know nothing.

8. Richard Madden is dating Jenna Louise Coleman who played the companion on Doctor Who. They may be the coolest geek couple ever.

A situation where two fandoms collide...

9. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) is the brother of pop star Lily Allen. He's also the subject of her song, "Alfie."

There are some real gems in the song about Alfie.

"O Alfie get up it's a brand new day.
I just can't sit back and watch you waste your life away.
You need to get a job because the bills need to get paid."

I'd say Alfie got a pretty great job in the end.

10. Do you know Gwendoline Christie's (Brienne of Tarth) birthday? It's ok - she doesn't either. Still to this day.

Her and her mother never kept track of the day she was born. Uh...what?!

11. Lena Headey got divorced.

12. I know you don't want to remember it but the scene where Ned Stark's head gets cut off? Sean Bean ended up playing soccer with it!

Still crying over Ned's death? Bean probably wasn't too heartbroken about it because he's been killed at least 22 times on screen.

13. Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey have both played Sarah Connor. Clarke was in Terminator Genisys and Headey was in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

14. Richard Brake (Night's King) also played Joe Chill in Batman Begins. Yeah, he's the guy that kills Bruce Wayne's parents.

15. Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) was also in Batman Begins. 

What? You thought you'd be able to make it through a list about Game of Thrones without seeing Joffrey's annoying face? Sorry! 

Bloomberg has revealed in its recently published report that a nation-state has launched a significant supply chain attack. It is believed to be one of the largest corporate spying and hardware hacking campaigns ever launched by a nation-state. The espionage campaign is launched through a very small surveillance chip, which is only the size of a grain of rice. This chip is hidden in the servers currently in use by about 30 US firms including the bigwigs Apple, Amazon, and Elemental.

According to Bloomberg, these chips weren’t part of the server motherboard originally. These have been designed by Super Micro, a US-based firm. Reportedly, the malicious chips were inserted when the server motherboards were undergoing manufacturing process, which was carried out in China by their subcontractors.

Amazon notified the US authorities about the discovery, which sent shockwaves across the intelligence fraternity since these servers are also in use at the Department of Defense data centers, the Navy warships’ onboard networks, and the drone operations from the CIA.

The probe has been active for over three years and investigators believe that the chips have been inserted to let the attackers get an entry to any network that is connected to the servers. This attack is a lot more serious and severe than other software-based attacks identified so far considering that hardware attacks are quite difficult to identify immediately, and by the time these are, a lot of information has been leaked. Spy agencies are the most important beneficiaries of such campaigns and are keen on investing into such a campaign.

The report suggests that Chinese-government sponsored groups infiltrated the supply chain for installing tiny surveillance chips. The devices then were deployed by mainstream US firms as well as the US military, US intelligence agencies, and many other important organizations. Apple, however, discovered the chips installed in Super Micro servers in 2015 after identifying firmware issues and suspicious network activities.

Although the chips were tiny these are capable of performing two key tasks; firstly, the chips can force the device to communicate with an anonymous computer anywhere on the internet, which may be loaded with complex code. Secondly, the chips can prepare the device to accept the new code.

Naturally, the Chinese government is believed to be involved in this campaign, and the primary objective seems to be to spy on US firms and the military.

However, after the report was published, Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro all denied the claim from Bloomberg. Apple stated that it hasn’t ever identified malicious chips on the server motherboards from Super Micro or any other hardware manipulations resulting from the planting of tiny chips. The company also denied contacting the FBI or any other investigation agency regarding finding tiny surveillance chips.

Amazon also claims that the story from Bloomberg is untrue and denied anything related to identifying a supply chain compromise or hardware hack. It also denied contacting the FBI for investigation of the incident.

Super Micro and Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also denied the findings of the report.
Today’s mechanical keyboards often carry a technological, edging-towards-medical aesthetic, with precise lines and geometric forms being as present as ever! However, the same cannot be said for the RCK (Retro Compact Keyboard), where modern technologies and retro styling collide and create a nostalgic piece of kit!

The timeless design may be what grabs your attention, but it’s the beautiful integration of modern technology that will keep it; ‘Blue’ mechanical keys offer tactile feedback that is both hugely satisfying and reminiscent of typewriters back in the day! LED backlights gently illuminate the keys, adding to the beautiful blend of modern and retro design.

Complimenting the keyboard is an equally as alluring mouse. Just like the keyboard, it too is available in a wide selection of colors and finishes that range from the warmth and culture of genuine leather through to the striking-boldness of artisan copper!

Whether it’s destined for a life in your home as an elegant addition to your interior design, or a replacement for your conventional (and boring) keyboard in your office, the retro design is bound to keep you smiling!

Artisan Copper.

Walnut Elwood.

Posh White.

Gunmetal Black.

Genuine Leather/Walnut Wood

Leather and wood have always been associated with premium customized goods and exclusiveness. It reflects taste, craftsmanship, and culture while emitting a unique charm that inspires.

Metal Frame & Logo Plate

The RCK frame is forged from a solid piece of aluminum alloy to give it robustness and durability. Hex bolts are added for structural enhancements and to add an industrial vintage element.

Works on PC & Mac

Supports both Windows and Mac keyboard layouts. Includes 18 keycaps corresponding to Windows and macOS. Select your desired OS and replace the keycaps accordingly.

Connect via wireless Bluetooth or wired-USB. When USB mode is selected, simply connect the included USB-C cable to the computer and type away.

Long Battery Life

Built-in is a high-capacity 5,000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With the backlight off, usage time is about 9 months. With the backlight on, approximately 1 to 2 months depending on backlight intensity and usage frequency.

Matching Palm Rest

A matching palm rest utilizing the same premium material and design language is included.

Pillar-style Feet

Two sets of interchangeable feet with different heights are included to enhance the ergonomics of your typing position.

Vintage inspired and packed with modern features, the Azio Retro Classic Mouse is the perfect companion for your Retro Compact Keyboard. Built with premium leather and contrasting alloy frame, this retro mouse renders a sophisticated and timeless impression. Versatility is accentuated with its ambidextrous design and ability to work on virtually any surface. Available in different design themes, the RC mouse is well suited for both mobile and stationary lifestyles.