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What will destroy us first: Superbabies or AI?

At Silicon Valley’s inaugural Comic Con, we gave a talk called “Superbabies vs. AI.” Astro, who is captain of moonshots at Alphabet’s X division, argued that genetically engineered babies are going to destroy civilization as we know it. He sees the horror of eugenics, X-Men, and a planet entirely …

Artificial Intelligence

23 Products That'll Make You Look Smart

That is, IF you understand them.


Vegetarianism: Nutrition Science Meets Media Nonsense

We get hyberbolic headlines about nutrition studies almost every week; it's how we roll. We can come back to the reasons why we roll that way, and who profits from it, some other time.<p>For now, it's enough to note that the global spate of headlines saying things like "vegetarian diet raises risk of …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 10 – The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

What is man, and what are we for? Remarkably, it was not until Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859 that anyone, in our history, had thought methodically to address the reason for our existence. Darwin’s answer to this simple question was to show that every earthly species – …


The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world

In Japan, it was said that sacrificing a woman at a rushing river would placate the spirit who lived there, allowing for the construction of bridges and the safe passage of boats. In Greek myth, the warrior king Agamemnon decides to kill his own daughter in exchange for a favorable wind on the way …


Nothing is real: German scientists figured out a way to make Putin and Trump say anything

You’ll never believe what you watch someone say in a video again.<p>A research team has created software that allows them to control the face of anyone in any video. Using advanced facial recognition, it looks at about 15 seconds of any face in a video and creates a 3D model of that face in real time. …

Stanford University

13 Best Marvel Comics You Should Be Reading

Iron Man, Black Widow, and more.<p>Excelsior! We already did a list of the top DC comics you should be reading, so now it's time to take a look at the …


Inside the Trump machine: the bizarre psychology of America’s newest political movement

Over the span of three days in March, in far-flung corners of Ohio, more than 20,000 people—retired schoolteachers, hair stylists, chinos-clad Young Republicans, Nicaraguan immigrants, Vietnam vets, primly coiffed soccer moms—braved downpours, traffic, muscle spasms, hunger, and protesters for a …

Donald Trump

7 Habits That All Great Leaders Have |

There's the popular image of great leaders involving lots of stern-faced seriousness and pointing confidently into the future, and then there's real-life great leadership. According to a host of experts, the two often look nothing alike.<p>The charismatic and ever-confident giver of rousing speeches …