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We don't understand AI because we don't understand intelligence

Artificial intelligence prophets including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Raymond Kurzweil predict that by the year 2030 machines will develop consciousness through the application of human intelligence. This will lead to a variety of benign, neutral and terrifying outcomes. For example, Musk, …

A popular diet trend could actually lead to an increase in weight gain

The high-fat, low carbohydrate diet has no scientific evidence to back it as a weight-loss technique and poses particular risks to people who are already overweight and lead inactive lifestyles.<p>Researchers from the University of Melbourne had originally been looking to see if the Paleo diet could …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

Physics

Get Better Sleep: 5 Powerful New Tips From Research

Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Or you get plenty of shut-eye but you’re not refreshed? Everyone wants to get better sleep. …

5 Shortcuts To Bonding Deeply With a Romantic Partner

How do you get to crazy love — or get crazy love back when it’s gone away?<p>Forget the silly relationship books, let’s look at the real science and get …

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

19 hard things you need to do to be successful

You have to do the hard things.<p>The things that no one else is doing.<p>The things that scare you.<p>The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.<p>Those are the things that define you.<p>Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous</b> …

Self-improvement

Slavoj Žižek on Obama, Bernie, sex and democracy: “That’s the reality of global capitalism. Everyone is violating the rules”

Salon exclusive q-and-a: “When voters really do have a choice, it’s usually perceived as a crisis of democracy”<p>As academic disciplines become more specialized, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek flirts with the line between relic and rebel. His interests are unabashedly broad — from Hegel to …

How to train your brain by thinking like an expert

Gary Klein is one of most influential psychologists today. In his 2013 book, "Seeing What Others Don't", he postulated a model categorising all types …

Noam Chomsky: America is a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy

The linguist and political scientist weighs in on the forthcoming elections and our politicians’ radical move right<p>As the war of words between presidential candidates have only begun to blossom, I’ve already grown battle weary, anxious, and disheartened.<p>While critiquing the existing state of …

Political Science

A Single Neuron May Carry Up To 1000 Genetic Mutations

<b>A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it,</b> …

Google's algorithm for happiness

Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and the world more peaceful.<p>A few years ago, Chade-Meng Tan, one of the company's first engineering employees in Mountain View, noticed many of his colleagues were stressed out and …

Happiness

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Singularity

The first results of a brain study reveal something fascinating about smart, successful people

The researchers found that people with more traits the researchers classified as "positive," like high IQ, tended to have a greater number of brain connections than people with more traits the researchers classified as "negative," like high drug use.<p>But some say we should be cautious in how we …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Time Travel

The films to watch in autumn 2015: from Everest to Star Wars

Everest<p>Could it be this year’s Gravity? A 3D adventure-disaster thriller set, not in space, but up a really high mountain? It is based on the real-life incident of 1996, when an attempt to climb Mount Everest ended in a terrifying catastrophe. The film – from British screenwriters William Nicholson …

Stephen King

Computers can now paint like Van Gogh and Picasso

Computers are learning how to write sonnets, compose classical music, and now they’re mastering another high art form: painting. Researchers from the University of Tubingen in Germany recently published a paper on a new system that can interpret the styles of famous painters and turn a photograph …

Machine Learning

How to make more money while working less

That was my belief, too, until I started surrounding myself with successful entrepreneurs who have put systems in place so their businesses will thrive with or without them.<p><i>Related: Time Management Is Really Life Management</i><p>In an episode of my podcast, The Mentee, I spoke with Keefe Duterte, who …

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

18 Science Facts You Believed In The 1990s That Are Now Totally Wrong

The 1990s had better music, but it was a more primitive time. Science is a constantly changing endeavor.

Black Holes

16 of the most jaw-dropping space photos of the year

A comet's green tail, the moon above an Italian mountain and dancing green auroras shine brightly in a set of photos shortlisted for an …

These 13 daily habits will seriously improve your life — and they each only take 5 minutes

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person. The best part is, each one only takes about five minutes to complete.<p>Here are some of our …

Self-esteem

Google's Artificial Intelligence Speaks, and She's a Woman

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and all around academic bad ass. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of the …

A top analyst thinks Apple should consider buying Tesla

"The big thing they could buy that I would be impressed with is Tesla," Munster said when asked what Apple should do with its $203 billion in cash.<p>For the past few months, reports have indicated that Apple is planning to build its own electric car. But Munster believes that since Tesla is such a …

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …

Astronomy

Why China Wants a Jeb-vs.-Hillary Race

Sensitive about their own democracy deficit, the Chinese are poking fun at the Bush-Clinton dynasties.<p>Perhaps no one in the world would relish a general election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush—apart from the two candidates themselves—more than the mandarins in Beijing.<p>Already, …

China

We Spoke to a Researcher Working to Stop AI from Killing Us All

Ben Rubenstein got a $100,000 grant to help him study how machine learning can go wrong.<p>Most of us aren't afraid of killer robots because we're adults and we know they aren't real. But earlier this month the Future of Life Institute—a group backed by famed tech entrepreneur Elon Musk—handed out 37 …

Machine Learning

Scientists keep finding more evidence that bacteria in your stomach are connected to your mood

What's been harder to understand, historically, has been the apparent connection between our resident bacterial communities, especially those in the gut, and the human brain — notoriously protected from bacteria by the blood-brain barrier.<p>Yet there's more and more evidence that somehow, <b>the</b> …

Microbiology

9 Sleep Mistakes You're Probably Making After 9PM

It's one thing to make sleep a priority and another to actually achieve those blissful seven to nine hours of unadulterated shut-eye.<p>Your ability to fall asleep at a reasonable time, <i>stay</i> asleep and wake up feeling well-rested the following morning depends on the steps you take <i>hours</i> before your head …

Wellness

37 forbidden Instagrams from people who broke the rules to take the perfect photo

From England's Westminster Abbey to Egypt's Valley of Kings, to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, amateur photography is prohibited in some of the world's most spectacular locations, making sure these iconic and historic sites aren't overrun with selfie sticks and people posing for Snapchat …

Abu Dhabi