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I tried the ketogenic diet for 30 days. Here's what happened

As a dietitian, my patients ask about a wide variety of diets. One plan has dominated the inquiries lately: the ketogenic diet. Since I’ve never put a patient on a diet I haven’t tried myself, I knew I needed to experience it personally. I dove in for 30 days with two carb-loving feet — and a …

Net Neutrality is over. It's time to get a VPN.

<i>Futurism has forged a partnership with ExpressVPN, the world’s largest premium VPN service provider. As part of our partnership, ExpressVPN is</i> …

This Chart of How Long Foods Last in the Freezer Will Blow Your Mind

If you've ever reached into your freezer for something – anything – to make for dinner, and spent a good 15 seconds wondering how long it's been in there (and the followup question: is it still good?) before anxiously deciding if it belongs on your plates or in the garbage, you are going to want to …

Woman who can smell Parkinson's disease helps scientists develop first diagnostic test

A British woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease has helped scientists discover 10 molecules linked to the condition which could lead to the first diagnostic test.<p>Researchers at Manchester University first began to believe Parkinson’s might have a discernible odour when Joy Milne of Perth, …

AI-assisted fake porn: How an algorithm made 'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot perform in an adult film

"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot appears in a fake porn video, created with the help of a machine learning algorithm.<p>A new video showing Gal Gadot …

Against Empathy: Why Reason, not Empathy, leads to Better Decisions

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit. We are in great need of people being able to stand …

San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors made it a lot tougher to test delivery robots this week. In a five to one vote, the committee handed down some strict regulations on on the cargo bots, which have been piloted on city sidewalks over the past several months. Supervisor Norman Yee, who initially …

Did Religions Arise from Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

YouTube promises to increase content moderation staff to over 10K in 2018

Now that its bottom line is being affected, YouTube says it will begin to take additional steps to protect its advertisers and creators from inappropriate content on its network. In a blog post authored by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Monday, the company said it will increase its staff to over …

Nvidia looks to reduce AI training material through 'imagination'

Cats are lions and winter is now summer as Nvidia researchers show off a pair of generative adversarial networks that can be used to generate …

Does Smoking Weed Make People Creative, or Do Creative People Smoke Weed?

Does marijuana boost creativity, or are creative people drawn to marijuana more than others?<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Consciousness and</i> …

A.I. bots just dropped a black metal album that will make your head explode

We tend to think of robots as suitable for repetitious and mundane mechanical tasks, and that creative endeavors like art or music are things only …

Black Metal

This High-Flying Banker Became a Buddhist Nun. Here’s Her Advice on Happiness

Emma Slade was once a high-rolling, high-stakes banker. The Cambridge graduate managed accounts worth upwards of $1 billion, and liked her Armani …

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI):<p>Let an …

33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect

Most of these are small, subtle changes in behavior, but they can have a big impact on how much other people respect you.<p>What do people want out of work? More than money, more than benefits, much more than job security, a recent survey says they want to be treated with respect.<p>If that sounds like …

7 Reasons Why No One Has Quit My Team In 12 Years

Around 40% of sales and marketing employees were looking to switch jobs in 2015, according to a Michael Page report. Companies are bleeding their best employees for a myriad of reasons.<p>In my 12-year career, I’ve been fortunate that no one has ever quit my team (at least for non-personal reasons, …

We may finally have a map that shows how memories are made

Which Way to the Amygdala?<p>What’s a computation device that we all carry with us, that holds all of the most important information about our lives, …

The Brain

If You're an Entrepreneur, This Is the Only Type of Content You Should Be Creating

Content creation for entrepreneurs is about one thing, and one thing only.<p>I am not your average writer.<p>My degree is in creative writing, but my background (and most formative mentorship) took place in advertising.<p>Between the ages of 22 and 26, I spent all day, every day, immersed in that world. …

Entrepreneurship

Google's AI expert believes humans and AI will merge before 2030

Google futurist Ray Kurzweil believes AI-powered humans are coming within the next 12 years<p>Humans and AI could merge by 2029 if Google’s AI and …

Singularity

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

Human consciousness has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person's ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we are, we actually know very little about how consciousness works.<p>Scientists currently believe that consciousness is …

Consciousness

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

Biology

If music gives you chills your brain might be special, research finds

If listening to music gives you goosebumps, you’re not just in touch with your emotions, you might actually have a unique brain, research has …

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

Leadership

A.I. Could Be the "Worst Thing Ever to Happen to Humanity," Stephen Hawking Says

This isn't the first time Hawking has warned A.I. could replace us.<p>Filed Under Elon Musk & Stephen Hawking<p>The great Stephen Hawking warned this week …

Singularity

Paradise Papers: Queen's private estate invested millions in offshore funds, leaked files reveal

The Queen's private estate, Bono and one of Donald Trump's closest advisors are among those whose offshore investments have been revealed in one of the largest ever leaks, dubbed the "Paradise Papers".<p>The 13.4 million files, which were obtained after a hack on law firm Appleby which has offices in …

Corruption

Radical new approach to schizophrenia treatment begins trial

Exclusive: as evidence emerges that schizophrenia could be an immune system disease, two-year trial will use antibody drug currently used for MS<p>British scientists have begun testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging evidence that it could be a disease of the …

A Really Common Medication Has Been Linked to Doubled Risk of Stomach Cancer

Here's what you need to know.<p>A class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux and heartburn has been linked to a greater-than-doubled risk of …

Cancer

Google’s AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

If you want to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.<p>The droll …

These lost type symbols need to make a comeback

Where would we be without punctuation marks? In a land of grammatical misunderstandings, that's where! (See, we're only three sentences into this …

Language

Science says IQ may be the best predictor of your potential to excel at work — and no one wants to hear it

"The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people," Bill Gates once said in an interview. "There is no way of getting around that in terms of IQ, you've got to be very elitist in picking the people who deserve to write software."<p>Gates was talking specifically about Microsoft, …

Psychology