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It From Bit: Is The Universe A Cellular Automaton?

In the early 1970s, computer programmers around the world were entranced by the strange happenings taking place on their screens. Right before their eyes, they observed digital creatures emerging from the void, crawling around, propagating, gobbling each other up, and vanishing into nothingness. It …

Physics

These Six Clever Gmail Add-Ons Will Make You Infinitely More Productive

Feel like your inbox could use an upgrade? Give Gmail new productivity powers with practical, efficiency-enhancing add-ons.<p>Gmail may be the de facto standard for web-based email—but sometimes, the service can start to feel a teensy bit stale.<p>After all, Google’s younger Inbox app is the where the …

One year later, Microsoft AI and Research grows to 8k people in massive bet on artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s first mission statement envisioned a computer on every desk and in every home, but Bill Gates also had another goal: that computers would …

Artificial Intelligence

The best explainer on how blockchains will upend banking comes from an unexpected source

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) isn’t given to analyzing financial fads. Based in Basel, Switzerland, it’s a “bank for central banks,” so it’s usually concerned about things like the stability of the global financial system.<p>In its latest quarterly review, though, it reached out to an …

Central Banks

The 1 Deeply Sad Reason Success Can't Create Real Happiness | Inc.com

Success doesn't occur without exploitation. Using the conventional measurements of titles and money to define success--a limited definition to be sure--we can observe that obtaining a limited resource implies the negation of its access to others. Basically, if you're eating half of a warm apple pie …

Happiness

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

University of Washington

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning - MIT Technology Review

Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout's cramped workspace in …

Basically every problem in the US economy is because companies have too much power, new research argues

Competition is good. This might be the most basic tenet of economics. In a healthy economy, when one company is selling a product for well above what it costs to produce, other companies jump in that market to compete with them, reducing the resulting markup on goods. This is good for consumers and …

Economics

The age of AI surveillance is here

For years we’ve been recorded in public on security cameras, police bodycams, livestreams, other people’s social media posts, and on and on. But even if there’s a camera in our face, there’s always been a slight assurance that strangers wouldn’t really be able to do anything that affects us with …

Machine Learning

Forget puzzles — if you want to improve your brain function, look to music

For companies like BrainHQ, Luminosity, and Cogmed, it's actually a multimillion dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020.<p>But do they actually benefit your brain?<p>Research doesn't believe so. In fact, the the University of Illinois determined that there's little or no evidence …

A counterintelligence expert says there are 4 types of people — and you can't earn someone's trust without knowing theirs

At some point during his career with the FBI, Robin Dreeke abandoned the "golden rule" — the old adage that you should treat others as you would like to be treated.<p>He replaced it with another guideline, this one from author and speaker Tony Alessandra, called the "platinum rule": Treat others as …

The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

From space-invader thrillers to interstellar-overdrive headscratchers, we're counting down the best science fiction films since the turn of the …

Forever Labs preserves young stem cells to prevent your older self from aging

Forever Labs, a startup in Y Combinator’s latest batch, is preserving adult stem cells with the aim to help you live longer and healthier.<p>Stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell needed in the body. It’s very helpful to have younger stem cells from your own body on hand should you …

11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch to Break iPhone Ties

Apple Inc. is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to …

Here is how transhumanism’s faithful are following it blindly into a future for the wealthy elite

The rapid development of so-called NBIC technologies – nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science – are giving rise …

Singularity

IBM Watson Chief Says Computers Will Soon Be Smarter Than People

And that's not a bad thing.<p>It’s estimated that we are inundated with 2.5 exabytes of data every single day. To put that into perspective, that’s the …