In this week’s What I’ve Been Reading, the future is here! (For all you smartasses out there who say that we can technically never live in the future because that’s what makes it the future, have you seen my middle finger?)
- HOLY SHIT MIND CONTROL IS HERE. Actually, not exactly, but Doree Armstrong and Michelle Ma report that Rajesh Rao, Andrea Stocco, and Chantel Prat of the University of Washington have managed to create the first human brain-to-brain interface. Rao was able to use his brain to send a signal to Stocco, causing Stocco to involuntarily move his finger. Don’t worry; you won’t have to start wearing a tinfoil hat just yet. The technology is in its infancy, and it can’t be used to make the receiver do anything he or she really doesn’t want to do.
- Last week, an eight-year-old boy in Slaughter, Louisiana accidentally shot his grandmother to death. As Robert Rath of The Escapist explains, mainstream media outlets were quick to grab onto the fact that the boy had been playing the incredibly violent Grand Theft Auto IV beforehand, but completely ignored that he had access to an unattended, loaded firearm. Last time I checked, it’s pretty fucking hard to kill someone with a video game.
- With the recent premieres of shows like Low Winter Sun and Ray Donovan, TV critics have been talking about the difference between genuinely good TV and TV that has the appearance and trappings of “good” TV, but is actually kind of terrible, like the aforementioned two shows. Now, at his personal blog, Javier Grillo-Marxuach has a handy guide to differentiating between quality TV and “quality TV.”
- Australian advertising agency Whybin\TBWA has created flags for different countries out of the foods commonly associated with them. For example, Italy’s flag is made out of green basil leaves, white spaghetti, and red tomatoes. (Courtesy of Paul Caridad of Visual News)
- More stuff from the future: artist Simon Stålenhag has created a series of paintings that imagine rural Sweden with sci-fi technology. (Courtesy of Dante D’Orazio of The Verge)
- Here’s a handy recipe for ice cubes. (Courtesy of I Raff I Ruse)
- Finally, a list of dos and don’ts for taking care of babies.
So, how are you guys enjoying the future so far? Me, I’m severely disappointed in the lack of jetpacks. Comment on your jetpack-related experiences (or any of the links) below.