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How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.

“We should take seriously the possibility that things could go radically wrong.”<p>Imagine that, in 20 or 30 years, a company creates the first artificially intelligent humanoid robot. Let’s call her “Ava.” She looks like a person, talks like a person, interacts like a person. If you were to meet Ava, …

Artificial Intelligence

A psychologist explains why so many women oppose feminism

Sexism against women, by wome, is real and the negative perceptions of Hillary Clinton only reinforce this reality<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>Just when you thought sexism was a thing of the past, revelations about Donald Trump bragging about …

Google's self-driving car isn't a car, it's the future

Speaking about self-driving cars last September, Elon Musk preached caution. The man who wants to send us all to space and shuttle us between cities at outrageous speeds told the <i>FT</i> that "my opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars."<p>Somewhere deep inside the secret labs at …

One year of NSA leaks: where are we now?

Exactly one year ago today, <i>The Guardian</i> published a four-page court order that would become one of the year's biggest news stories. Issued by the low-profile Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, it required Verizon Business Network Services to hand over phone metadata, including numbers dialed …

Read the Google CEO's New Letter on the Company's Future

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin typically write a public letter every year to reflect on the company’s accomplishments and goals. This …

Artificial Intelligence

The 20 best hip-hop artists of all time

How does one judge the best hip-hop artists of all time? Is it based on deft wordplay? Influence on the genre? Ability to celebrate and unite one’s …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

Apple vs. FBI: Congressman urges Comey to drop demands, 'take a deep breath'

Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, a Los Angeles congressman on Tuesday urged FBI Director James Comey to drop the demand the tech giant help the agency unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.<p>Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) wrote in a letter to Comey that it should …

Privacy

Bill Gates thinks everyone is wrong on Apple iPhone case and backs FBI

Have we got this whole encryption debate wrong? Bill Gates seems to think so.<p>Despite Apple gathering support from Twitter, Facebook, Google and even Microsoft via its membership of the Reform Government Surveillance group, Gates, like the FBI, says he does not believe this is about backdoors or …

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

John Doran speaks to Joe Mellen about the importance of expanding your consciousness.<p>"This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high."<p>As far as opening lines to memoirs go, they don't come much more compelling than the first sentence in Joe Mellen's 1970 book,</i> …

How the Illuminati Stole the Mind, Soul, and Body of Hip-Hop

The true story of how an 18th-century secret society came to dominate today’s music industry (allegedly).<p>Have you noticed how a lot of musicians have …

The Engadget Guide to Tokyo

Robots, the <i>otaku</i> culture epicenter, the country that gave us Nintendo, Sony and Hatsune Miku. In Tokyo, there's so much to see -- and maybe that's why I live here. Being the good friend that I am, I've curated a map of restaurants, shops and attractions that are a must for tech-happy tourists and …

CourseBuffet serves up a free DIY degree in Computer Science or Management

CourseBuffet understands that while college may be a rite of passage, it’s certainly not the only way to get the knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-changing tech or business world.<p>Look, school is expensive.<p>Even worse, we’re now finding out that the degrees that set us back years to obtain …

Computer Science

US presidential candidates' attempts to woo the youth are painful to watch

As we get nearer to the actual election year in the US, as opposed to the endless preamble of the last 12 months, we must prepare ourselves for an unpalatable sight: that of politicians trying to ingratiate themselves with young people, and young people trying to be fun in the general direction of …

What 12,000 Emails Tell Us About Being Hillary Clinton

My window into four years of HRC’s over-scheduled, under-rested, BlackBerry-centric life.<p>“I hope we can achieve both power and poetry,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton writes to Jake Sullivan, one of her top deputies, before giving a speech in Berlin in 2009.<p>“You’re a softie underneath that …

Life, the multiverse and everything

“I SEEM to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than …

Dark Matter

'Minecraft' meets 'Grand Theft Auto V' in space

Imagine: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, reclines behind a desk built out of spare rocket ship parts. A gleaming saber rests to his right. Sean Murray, founder of the independent development studio Hello Games, sits across from him, chatting about Hello's new title, <i>No Man's Sky</i>. There's …

How Bernie Sanders Shaped the Northeast Punk Scene

The youth music center Sanders opened as mayor of Burlington in the 1980s is now the country's oldest all-ages DIY venue renowned for its punk scene.<p>In Burlington, Vermont, 242 Main Street was originally the location of the city's water department. A nondescript building situated near the campus of …

The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.<p>On an April Monday in 2010, Patrick Mettes, a fifty-four-year-old television news director being treated for a cancer of the bile ducts, read an article on the front page of the <i>Times</i> that would change his death. His …

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

SEATTLE (AP) — An oil rig outfitted for Royal Dutch Shell's exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle's harbor Thursday, marking a …

Scientific study confirms hotboxing a room with weed totally works

A recent study conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that secondhand cannabis smoke can intoxicate nonsmokers under "extreme conditions," meaning unventilated rooms. It's the first comprehensive study on secondhand pot smoke released since the 1980s, whose findings needed to be …

Here's the Secret Truth About Economic Inequality in America

We all know that inequality has grown in America over the last several years. But the conventional wisdom among conservatives and even many liberals …

Income Inequality

The sad state of inequality in America in 12 charts

Looking beyond just the real incomes of the 1%, several other measures show that inequality in the US has been rising for the past few decades.<p>We put together a dozen charts and maps that show some of the core issues of inequality.

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

Edward Snowden Is Acting Very Strange Inside Russia

Russian spy-watcher Andrei Soldatov on Snowden’s strange behavior in Russia, the Nemtsov assassination, and signs of a power struggle in Putin’s …

A Q&A with the First Human Set to Get a Head Transplant

"It’s something like being the first man in space, the first man on the moon."<p>On June 22, 2013, Valery Spiridonov sent the following email to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero:<p>"Dear Doctor Sergio!<p>I am a 29 years old disabled man with a muscle atrophy. I was so excited to read from newspapers about …

Medical Education

America's Only Humor Site

Sometimes it’s the smallest details that turn out to be the most insane to get right.<p>60<p>By CRACKED Readers<br>• /<br>• May 28, 2018<p>Let's talk about olive oil, …

Kanye West made a brilliant analogy about a marble table to explain his ego

The most interesting nugget comes when Kanye talks about something that has been central to his music for the better part of a decade: ego.<p>In explaining how he has come to understand and accept his ego, Kanye told a story about a marble table that was placed in his house without his permission but …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

A Tale of Two Drakes

A fictional account of Drake twins<p><i>Drake wakes up. He looks out his sizable bedroom window and across his swelling, well-manicured grounds while thinking about his saltwater pool. It's so big. Bigger than most pools. Maybe he will go swimming today. He turns around and notices a man lying in his</i> …