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The Complete Beginners' Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Ten years ago, if you mentioned the term “artificial intelligence” in a boardroom there’s a good chance you would have been laughed at. For most people it would bring to mind sentient, sci-fi machines such as 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL or Star Trek’s Data.<p>Today it is one of the hottest buzzwords …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft’s AI is learning to write code by itself, not steal it

What if instead of searching through menus within programs like Microsoft Excel, our computers could understand the problem we’re trying to solve and write the software to solve it? It’s a hyper-futuristic idea, but one that has recently seen progress from Microsoft Research and the University of …

Artificial Intelligence

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living? - CNN Style

Written by Katy Scott, CNN<p>Many a child spent their youth scrambling up trees and building secret dens in the branches.<p>In an instant, plain-planked interiors propped in the trees transformed into faraway lands, forts and hideaways.<p>Brothers Andy and Simon Payne were no different. Growing up in Kenya, …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

Writing

How Scared Should I Be of the Singularity?

Maybe extermination by an army of self-aware machines isn't in humanity's future, but that doesn't mean we should be complacent.<p><b>Get the VICE App on iOS and Android</b><p><i>Time for "How Scared Should I Be?" the column that quantifies the scariness of everything under the sun and teaches you how to allocate</i> …

Blinded by the Dark (Energy)

It outweighs everything else in existence, it governs the fate of the Universe and it cannot be explained by known physics.<p>Dark energy is the name …

5 Investments That Made the Difference in My Writing Career

I used to think that to be a writer, all you had to do was learn to write well. But that’s just not true. There’s a lot more to writing than that.If …

Patterns In Writing I: Introduction

So much of our writing time is spent correcting details of grammar that we neglect the larger picture in writing. This article introduces a writing …

Storytelling: An Exercise In Empathy

photo by Flickr’s ValeriePlease welcome today’s guest Liz Lazzara, a freelance writer and editor living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She …

Bear is a beautiful writing app for crafting notes and prose

<i>BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at a beautiful writing app for crafting notes and prose. Submit your startup to get featured too.</i><p>What is Bear?<p>Bear allows you to write everything from quick ideas to essays and even books, then send your work to just about anywhere …

Writing

6 Tips For Getting More Traffic on your Author Blog - Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris

Shares 4<p><i>Is your author blog getting crickets?</i><p>by Anne R. Allen<p>You finally did it! You started your author blog. And put up your first post..and the …

How To Launch A Brand: Lose The Ego, Gain A Soul

Chances are, if you're a startup or a small business, at some point you've asked yourself: "How do I effectively launch my brand?"<p>While there are quite literally hundreds if not thousands of ways to get the word out these days, the truth is, unless you have a solid foundation from which to launch, …

Artificial Intelligence Recreates Nobel Prize-Winning Physics Experiment - In One Hour

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence capable of recreating the physics experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize.<p>The AI system was able to recreate the complex quantum experiment to create an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam, known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.<p>“I didn’t …

Artificial Intelligence

Gravitational Waves Could Reveal a Stringy Universe, Say Physicists

Time to brush up on your string theory.<p>Back in February, physicists gave us one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of the century - the …

Physics

Universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists

Measurements taken by Hubble space telescope conflict with studies of radiation left over from Big Bang – fuelling theories of ‘dark energy’ and mystery particles<p>The universe is expanding faster than anyone had previously measured or calculated from theory. This is a discovery that could test part …

Universe

Elon Musk thinks we should insert ‘neural laces’ into our brains so we can become cyborgs

Elon Musk is never shy to share his concerns about artificial intelligence. In August 2014, he tweeted that the technology was “potentially more …

Singularity

Facebook built a chat bot called “Crisis Bot” to monitor global crises

Facebook has built an internal-only Messenger bot called “Crisis Bot” to monitor what happens during major crises, when its Safety Check feature is activated.<p>Safety Check is a tool that Facebook has periodically deployed that allows users to broadcast to their Facebook connections whether they’ve …

Someone is writing a mysterious, dystopian novel of the future in Reddit comments

It all began in April, when Reddit user _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 posted a bizarre comment on a thread on Reddit about the cover of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i>. The comment described a botched CIA program, called the MKUltra experiments, where subjects were fed a steady stream of LSD and other psychoactive …

Frontier inadvertently drives Elite: Dangerous AI to create superweapons

<i>"We don’t think the AI became sentient in a Skynet-style uprising!"</i><p><i>- Frontier Developments' Zac Antonaci.</i><p>A recent upgrade of the artificial …

A Writer Should Get As Much Education As Possible

A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired …

Urban Quilt: Photography series celebrates Chicago's overlapping architecture

This stunning photography series, quite appropriately entitled Urban Quilt, features Chicago's urban density and its various eras of design, which …

Google is working on a kill switch to prevent an AI uprising

Humans don't like the idea of not being at the top of the food chain; having something we've created taking power over us isn't exactly ideal. It's why folks like Tesla mastermind Elon Musk and noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking are so determined to warn us of the terrifying implications that …

Machine Learning

Physicists discover an infinite number of quantum speed limits

(Phys.org)—In order to determine how fast quantum technologies can ultimately operate, physicists have established the concept of "quantum speed …

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence | Reuters

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Reuters) - Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.<p>Tesla …

5 helpful hints for writing at night

Here's what I'd do if I were the Queen of the World or had the supernatural powers of Harry Potter.<p>I'd give every would-be writer the determination …

Billionaire Investor Michael Moritz And Wife Gave $50 Million To Help Low-Income UChicago Students

Billionaire Michael Moritz, chairman of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, and his wife have committed $50 million to support low-income students at the University of Chicago and Chicago’s public schools, the university announced today.<p>The gift, which challenges other donors to …

Eric Trump compares Trump University to Harvard

Eric Trump, the son of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump’s infrastructure plan hits a dead end Trump makes …

What's The Most Popular College Application Essay Topic?

Nearly half of the college applicants who used the Common Application this year submitted an essay about their “background, identity, interest, or talent.” Only 4% of applicants using the Common App wanted to dig deep on the question of challenging a belief or idea.<p>The Common App organization …

College & University

How one student used Twitter to figure out which college was right for her

Social media has changed the way high school seniors are approaching the college application process. It has, at the same time, influenced the way that college admissions offices are recruiting and potentially selecting the best and the brightest students.<p>So what happens when Twitter connects a …

College Admissions Officers Describe the Wildest Applications They've Seen

We asked people who work in college admissions offices about the strangest things they've seen.<p>For a certain subset of high school seniors across the country, April 1 might as well be Christmas. It's the day when teens anxiously tear open envelopes containing their college admissions fates; the …