China Park Uses Facial Recognition To Prevent Toilet Paper Theft

(PCM) Geez! We never knew that park toilet paper theft in China was such a big problem. It must be a big issue because the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing has installed new machines that use facial recognition software to only allot so much toilet paper per user.

There has got to be some kind of privacy violations in place here, as we certainly wouldn’t want our faces scanned each time that we enter a bathroom. In fact, there is something about the idea of cameras in bathrooms that doesn’t make us feel comfortable in general. Definitely not a good idea.

The machines work by scanning visitors’ faces for three seconds before rationing 24 to 27.5 inches of toilet paper, which the park upgraded from one-ply to two-ply. Wow, how very generous of them! The machines are placed at the height of an average man or woman and only dispense toilet paper every nine minutes.

Users have already begun complaining saying that the process for using the bathroom at the park is taking twice as long now and when the machine malfunctions it can take extra time to get the required amount of toilet paper.

There was also some concern over certain bathroom situations that could require additional toilet paper to which a park spokesperson responded, “If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper.”

The park felt the need to install the facial recognition machines because too many park guests were using too much toilet paper and stealing some extra on the side to take home. Definitely seems like a bit of a drastic measure to us and something tells us that these machines will be making an exit sometime in the near future. Bathroom + cameras = Not Cool!

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Could Your Amazon Echo Be Linked To The CIA? Alexa’s Answer Was A Bit Puzzling!

(PCM) Ever since the introduction of the Amazon Echo device conspiracy theories have surfaced claiming that the various government agencies, including the CIA are using it as a tool to spy on individuals from the privacy of their own homes. We know that the Amazon Echo, which is a smart speaker that utilizes voice recognition, can do anything from play your favorite tunes to order your favorite dinner items, but could the device have a more sinister purpose.

One Reddit user by the name of DominarRygelThe16th decided to put the conspiracy theory to the test and outright asked Alexa if she was working for the CIA. Well, first she warmed things up a bit by asking if Alexa would ever lie to her to which the device replied ,”I always try to tell the truth. I’m not always right, but I would never intentionally lie to you or anyone else.” Here’s where things get a little weird. When the woman asked Alexa if she knew what the CIA was, to which Alexa replied, “The United States Central Intelligence Agency—CIA.” However when the woman asked whether or not Alexa worked for the CIA there was suddenly no answer at all. Seriously … dead silence.

Makes you think that there could be a reason behind Alexa’s silence and it certainly leads to a few questions. Another Reddit user posted another video showing that the Amazon Echo has been updated to answer this particular question, however the answer is just as vague. When asked “Alexa are you connected to the CIA?” the device responds “No, I work for Amazon”! Hmmm … definitely some food for thought.

It is very unsettling to think that someone could be using a device such as the Amazon Echo and other similar products to listen in on the private conversations that occur in our homes. Technology has brought us to a place now where we have to be paranoid of just about everything and everybody. What do you think? Could the Amazon Echo be connected to the CIA  or other government spy agencies?

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The World’s First ‘Smart Condom’ Has Arrived!

(PCM) We find ourselves forever writing about the ways in which technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds each and every year and it leaves us to ponder just what in the world will they come up with next. Well, friends, we have now seen it all! A British company called i.Con has invented the world’s first smart condom that works much the same as a fitness tracking app except for your penis.

A man places on the i.Con ring on the base of his penis which then measures various attributes such as speed, duration of sessions, penis girth, and more. It even has the ability to compare your sexual ability with other men all over the world. While the i.Con smart condom is still currently in beta-testing at this time, we have learned that there will be an associated app for the product where all of your data will be stored and the unit can be recharged for additional use.

It should be noted that the i.Con condom ring is not an actual condom. It is a smart ring that can be used in conjunction with any condom brand of your choosing. The device itself is reusable. It should also be noted that according to the i.Con FAQ section of their website that all user data is kept anonymous. They go on to say, “users will have the option to share their recent data with friends, or, indeed the world. You will be able to anonymously access stats that you can compare with i.Con users worldwide.”

The i.Con condom ring is currently only available in the UK, however the company does plan for a worldwide release sometime in the coming year. Do you think that technology has gone to far? Does this product further promote unrealistic comparisons between ourselves and others? We could definitely see it having the potential to do so!

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Scientists Claim We Could See A Return Of Woolly Mammoths In The Next Ten Years

(PCM) For many years researchers and scientists have been attempting to find a way to bring back the mysterious and extinct Woolly Mammoth and they now claim to be closer than ever to making that goal a reality. In fact, scientists are now saying that we could once again see a hybrid species of the great Woolly Mammoth once again roaming the earth within the next ten years.

Scientists at Harvard have been working diligently over the last few years with a gene-editing program called Crispr to combine the DNA of an elephant with that of an extinct Woolly Mammoth. The new creature would be called a “mammophant”, which would be an elephant that features a good number of Woolly Mammoth traits such as long shaggy hair and the ability to exist in sub-zero temperatures, as well as, have specially adapted blood.

The process of “de-extinction” is quite controversial, as many feel that nature has already taken it’s course and animals should not be “brought back” so to say, however advocates of the process feel that we should explore the technology and possibly get some answers to exactly what may have happened to these majestic creatures in the first place. There has always been some debate over just why Woolly Mammoths became extinct in the first place, with some believing that humans evolution played a big role and others feel it was strictly environmental factors.

The scientists began the project to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth back in 2015 after a fully preserved Woolly Mammoth carcass was discovered frozen in a Siberian tundra. The scientists were able to obtain some of the Woolly Mammoths DNA and continuously add to it to bring this creature back to life. The team is hoping to grow an embryo in an artificial womb and are confident they should be able to complete that task within the next ten years.

It is a concern of some that the Woolly Mammoth is not fit to survive in today’s climate conditions or would not be accepted by a herd of elephants in the wild, however the Harvard team feels that it is important to give this animal hybrid a fighting chance. What do you think? Should we bring back the Woolly Mammoth or just leave well enough alone?

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New Tostitos Bag Knows When Your Drunk And Will Call You An Uber

(PCM) Technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and continues grow even more each and every day. That is why it is not too very surprising that the Frito-Lay’s company has created a bag of Tostitos that cares about your personal safety and can literally let you know when you are too drunk to drive and call you an Uber to arrive home safely.

Frito-Lays has partnered up with both Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and created the “Party Safe” bag of Tostitos that has the ability to detect traces of alcohol on your breath. If the bag senses that there is too much alcohol on your breath it will flash red and display a don’t drink and drive message. If the bag does not detect alcohol on your breath it will flash green letting you know that you are sober enough to drive home.

But, wait, there’s more! If the bag flashes red with the don’t drink and drive message, you will receive a $10 Uber discount code. When you touch your smartphone to the bag it will then automatically call an Uber for you to pick you up from your location and get you home safe and sound.

The special Tostitos “Party Safe” bags are being offered for a limited time only and available in conjunction with Super Bowl Sunday in a effort to prevent drinking and driving during the Big Game. It has not yet been revealed where the bags will be available for purchase and if the company has any plans to make them a permanent fixture for their brand in the future.

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New App Let’s Males Check Their Sperm Count Proving There Truly Is An App For Everything!

(PCM) It has been said many times that there truly is an app for everything and we can certainly agree, especially now that it has been revealed that there is a new app that allows males to check their sperm count. We suppose there is not very much difference between this and the ovulation predictor apps geared towards women.

The app comes from the folks over at Medical Electronic System and is called Yo Home Sperm Test. The company is labeling the app as the world’s first sperm tester to be powered via a smartphone app. Men now have the ability to test their sperm counts from the comfort of home and the company has even created several hilarious how-to-videos to teach men just the way the app and device operate.

Analyzing how fast sperm is moving can be vital to determining fertility, so it is definitely something that men should want to keep an eye on especially if they are in the process of trying to start a family. The company claims that their app also allows men to avoid the awkwardness of going to the clinic to have their sperm count tested several times a month.

The testing process involves the app taking a video of the sperm under the microscope, and then completing a series of simple analyses from the clip. The test takes just two minutes to provide results. The app provides users with in-depth information about their result, which the company claims to be 97 per cent accurate.

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