Self-Driving Cars Mean Cops Won’t Have Excuses to Pull People Over

Self-driving cars are coming; there’s nothing to be done about it. Automation, in general, is going to radically remake the way we live our lives and our society, and if we look at self-driving cars as one of the early dominoes, the challenge then becomes what are the second, third, and fourth cultural dominoes that

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What to Expect From the Future of Server Farm Design

As we sit here in North Dakota trying to imagine how to reinvent and diversify our economy, the amount of information stored on computers quietly doubles. As that happens, the server farms that store that data become an ever more important cog in the world’s machinery. And what do server farms need? They need electricity,

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An Algorithm Is Replacing Bail Hearings in New Jersey

When an individual is arrested for a crime, they’re typically required to post a bond in order to be released until their trial. But what is the bond rate set at? Typically a judge sets that rate based on an assessment of risk that the defendant¬†will return to stand trial. But in New Jersey, the

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Technology & Culture: Leaked Trade Proposal Would Give Facebook Free Reign to Censor by Algorithm

The idea of free speech, what it means, and where we can use it is constantly being redefined in the new world where technological tools are reshaping everything about our culture. And in that light, Motherboard has the story on a leaked European trade proposal that would privatize censorship and potentially leave it in the

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How The Dakota Pipeline Fight Is Digging in For a Brutal Winter

Whatever your thoughts on the protest taking place over the Dakota Access pipeline, the reality is a large number of protesters have stated they’re going to tough it out through the North Dakota winter. And it has officially arrived. The past few weeks, many members of the camps were busy with fortifying themselves and the

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The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak

A NASA paper that leaked over the weekend is forcing scientists to question a fundamental bedrock theory in physics — that every action comes with an equal and opposite reaction. Right now, there’s no explanation for the data, but if proven viable, it could be the key to long distance space travel.

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Barcelona is Pushing Cars Out and Reclaiming Roads as Public Space

The third in a series of articles today on the designing for the future is not intended to editorialize our direction in Minot. Rather, it’s only intended to demonstrate that in many parts of the world, the future is already here.

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Boston Is Covered In Goose Poop and People Are Mad As Hell

It’s a problem that’s growing across the country, but in Boston, citizens have become particularly vocal. Motherboard has that story. We have our own goose challenges in Minot, and if you haven’t been through Oak Park in a while, it’s worth a trip. We have some new methods for managing our increasingly-resident goose population.

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