Technology: Good or Bad?

Is technology good or bad? If we look at case law, such as Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) or, more recently, MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005), the courts have consistently deci…

Forget Drinking, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day By Learning Awesome Facts About Ireland

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Take a break from consuming all the beer you can handle, and watch this cool video created by the Trade of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs to honor Ireland’s national day.

The video showcases some of the incredible accomplishments that have come out of the nation.

In addition to being the birthplace of 14 Oscar winners, 24 Olympic medalists and nine Nobel laureates, Ireland is also home to Europe’s most charitable people, according to the World Giving Index 2013.

To learn more about Ireland’s achievements, watch the video above and share it with the hashtag, #IrelandInspires.

h/t The Grand Island Independent

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Your Car May Soon Be Able To Tell If You’ve Got Road Rage

Fiction is one step closer to reality.

A team from the Swiss technical school Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (aka EPFL) has teamed up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen to develop an in-car emotion detector.

Yes, like KITT from “Knight Rider” or Herbie from “The Love Bug,” cars may soon be aware of humankind’s fragile emotional states.

As seen in the video above, the emotion detector uses an infrared camera located behind the car’s steering wheel to determine what emotions a driver is displaying. The system can then determine the driver’s “stress level.”

In particular, the system looks to see if a driver is experiencing anger or disgust — emotions, as a news story on EPFL’s website notes, that are associated with aggression. If the system is able to detect a driver displaying one or both of these emotions, it can then work “to limit a vehicle’s speed, or flash and sound a warning…to calm down,” Gizmodo writes.

Of course, not everyone expresses anger and disgust in the same way. Since the emotion detector currently pieces together a driver’s emotional state from a database of images and videos depicting individuals expressing these emotions, the system’s accuracy is still in need of perfection. The EPFL news story notes the school will continue research on the device.

The Huffington Post reached out to EPFL to find out more information about the system’s future but did not receive an immediate response.