Faceswapping, Unethical Videos, and Future Shock

Please rate. From Tom Scott. I was going to tell a science fiction story about faceswapping, and mass blackmail. Then the news broke about unethical faceswapping videos, and software designed and marketed for creating them: and I realised the future had arrived faster than I thought. (This was originally a talk given at An Evening…

Controlling An Airport From 80 Miles Away

Please rate. From Tom Scott. London City Airport’s getting a new control tower: but it’s just going to be a large mast with 14 high-definition cameras on it. The actual tower will be 80 miles away, in the headquarters of NATS near Swanwick. It feels questionable: but is it? Thanks to all the team at…

Canada’s Most Successful King

Please rate. From Tom Scott. This week’s guest is Evan Hadfield, from Rare Earth. Go subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtGG8ucQgEJPeUPhJZ4M4jA — start with his video on the last elephants of Cambodia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4SETSsXkx0 William Lyon Mackenzie King was a sexually repressed, hypocritical, guilt-ridden, prostitute-visiting momma’s boy who was exceptionally weird. He was also, perhaps, Canada’s greatest prime minister. This…

17 Tonnes of Spinning Glass: Making the World’s Largest Telescope

Please rate. From Tom Scott. This week’s guest video comes from Active Galactic Videos: go subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/ActiveGalacticVideos/ They got to walk on the dish of a telescope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lfXsN45088 At the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, under the football stadium of the University of Arizona, there’s an enormous rotating furnace, keeping tonnes of glass heated as…