Boing Boing readers in Los Angeles, save the date: On June 22 at La Luz de Jesus gallery, John Law will be speaking and signing copies of "Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society." It's a wonderful book, and one or more Happy Mutants will likely be in attendance.
Timnit Gebru, an AI ethics researcher at Google, was fired this week after sending an internal email complaining that marginalized voices at the company were being silenced. Google, for its part, claims that Gebru failed to follow Google's requirements for a paper submission and that she subsequently threatened to resign. Ms Gebru is a well-respected… READ THE REST
Scotty H created this spectrographic animation of a classic dial-up modem's startup noise. Here's a breakdown, by Oona Räisänen, of what each section concerns: READ THE REST
Apple's Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer was charged with bribery Tuesday after allegedly giving 200 iPads to local officials in exchange for concealed-carry gun licenses for Apple's security team. The Morgan Hill Times reports that others indicted included Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Rick Sung, Capt. James Jensen, and local businessman Harpreet Chadha, also… READ THE REST
For some coffee drinkers, java is life. Now, as it turns out, scientists might be willing to, at least tentatively, back up that claim. A new study by Italian researchers says they've found that espresso drinkers might actually do a better job staving off death than their non-espresso drinking friends and neighbors. They say, of… READ THE REST
When happy revelers unwrapped a brand new smartphone under the Christmas tree last month, which model do you think was most often beaming back at those delighted giftees? If you thought it was likely the new flagship of the Apple iPhone fleet, the iPhone 12, you'd be incorrect. But only half incorrect – because the… READ THE REST
Every day, you hear another incredibly cool or incredibly inventive new use for 3D printing technology. Whether it's NASA successfully creating their own 3D printed rocket engine parts, Swedish researchers printing complex brain cell structures, or a Japanese retailer crafting hyper-realistic, creepy-as-all-heck face masks, 3D printing technology proves every day that its only limits are… READ THE REST