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Meet Pepper, the robot that caters to those looking for a bit of additional emotional support (and don’t mind shelling out US$1,600 to get it). Pepper can’t cook, clean, or repair anything, but it can listen, learn, and respond. Created by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. and its subsidiary...

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Internet addiction, and online gaming in particular, has really gotten out of control in China. There are now some 24 million “Internet addicts” in a country where nearly 700 million use the Internet. Stories of those who shut themselves off in their rooms or at Internet cafes for marathon...

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In today’s environment of oversensitivity to most everything, it should come as no surprise that someone is upset about something. In some instances, this ire is even deserved. This is one of those times. Ayako Sono, well-known author, former host to impeached Peruvian president (and convicted human rights violator)...

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Anyone that has ever spent time near the ocean as kid has held up a seashell to their ear to “hear the waves.” Spoiler: You are listening to the waves, because you’re at the beach. This is known as seashell resonance, and it is the result of ambient sounds vibrating...

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It seems as if everyone nowadays has a strong opinion about the state of mainstream media. We here at knowmadic news are certainly no less guilty of this. But beyond the all-too-familiar refrains of “it’s bought and paid for by (insert corporations or the government here)” and “it’s totally...

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Turns out that last year’s prediction for El Niño was a bit premature. This year? Both the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and The Japan Meteorological Agency have released statements that an early stage El Niño pattern has emerged, and will most likely continue to develop into autumn. That means two things...

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Future is Now

Joi Ito’s bio reads more like the forward to a novel. A very long, very interesting novel. Currently the director of MIT Media Lab, Ito is also a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, activist, journalist, board member of several well-known companies and organizations, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, popular blogger, and...

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Ever hear of QQ? What about WeChat? If you answered “no” to either—and plan on visiting or working in China—then you should probably acquaint yourself with both. Immediately. These messaging apps are huge in China, and they are only continuing to grow at a rapid pace. WeChat recently surpassed...

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