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Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

L<i>ive, die, repeat</i> -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film <i>Edge of Tomorrow --</i> describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a video game, in which dying resets a staged arrangement …

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Tech Industry

What Animals Taught Me About Being Human

Long ago, when I was 9 or 10, I wrote a school essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’ll be an artist, and I’ll keep a pet otter, I announced confidently, before adding, “as long as the otter is happy.” When I got back my exercise book, my teacher had commented, “But how can you tell if an …

Emotional Intelligence

What Does It Mean When ISIS Claims Responsibility For An Attack?

It's a simple, frequently recurring phrase: "The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack." But it raises some questions: Is the claim credible or just an empty assertion, and if it's true, what does "responsibility" actually entail?<p>Experts who closely follow the Islamic State say …

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, …

Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways

MagazineFeature<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but scheming and dishonesty are part of what makes us human.<p>In the fall of 1989 Princeton University welcomed into its freshman class a young man named Alexi Santana, whose life story the admissions committee had found extraordinarily compelling.<p>He had …

University of Toronto

When Your Child Is a Psychopath

The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.<p><i>Listen to the audio version of this article:</i><p><i>Feature stories, read aloud: download the Audm app for your iPhone.</i><p>This is a good day, Samantha tells me: 10 on …

Psychology

How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game

Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our …

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. - Vox

Meditation is meant to help students deal with stress. But the hype is outpacing the evidence.<p>Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence</i><i>,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>The juniors and seniors …

Mindfulness

The Men Who Take 'Women's' Jobs

As employment options shrink in parts of the Midwest, many men who once worked in manufacturing are finding new careers in health care.<p>LUCASVILLE, Ohio—Before the scalpels, the forceps, and the surgical needles, Tom Jones knew steel. He was a quality technician in the fabrication shop at a handful …

Intention Has the Power to Change Your Life—Here's How

To begin, Patel explained the concept in layman’s terms. “Setting an intention is activating a part of your receptivity. If you were to go out in the …

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …

Masters of their medium: JFK on TV, Trump on Twitter

<b>Nearly a year before</b> the 1960 presidential election, Sen. John F. Kennedy displayed a startling sense of prophesy about the influence of television in politics.<p>Writing in the Nov. 14, 1959, issue of TV Guide more than a month before he announced his candidacy, Kennedy seemed to foresee a crucial …

The White House

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change<p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. …

Arctic Circle

Artificial intelligence is getting more powerful, and it's about to be everywhere

There wasn’t any one big product announcement at Google I/O keynote on Wednesday,the annual event when thousands of programmers meet to learn about Google’s software platforms. Instead, it was a steady trickle of incremental improvements across Google’s product portfolio. And almost all of the …

The Coolest Things From Google I/O 2017

Much of the talk focused on the Google Assistant, the company's answer to Siri and Alexa.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

World's Smallest Satellite Created for NASA by 18-Year-Old Indian Teen

18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook's invention weighs just over two OUNCES.<p>Although the space shuttle program may have been temporarily halted in the United States, NASA is still alive and well — and now, thanks to 18-year-old Rifath Sharook of India, are launching their smallest-ever …

These Devout Christians Are Using The Bible To Argue That Pot Is God’s “Perfect Medicine”

<b>Lydia Decker couldn’t</b> miss the man in the motorized wheelchair as he whirred down the aisles of a West Texas grocery store. As someone with lung problems herself, she noticed his oxygen tank and wondered about his illness and his meds. They got talking, and Decker mentioned Genesis 1:29, the …

Cannabis

"F**k it, We Have to": Kathryn Hahn Is on a Feminist Mission

The renowned comedic actress moves into sexier, messier—and more overtly political—territory with Amazon's I Love Dick.<p>Kathryn Hahn is carrying heels in her purse. The heels would look better with her outfit: a vintage electric yellow dress with a tiered skirt and puffy sleeves. But after a morning …

Designing Medical Clothing That’s Stylish? It’s More Important Than You Think

As baby boomers age, one company is creating fashionable, high-end clothing for sick and elderly patients.<p>In recent years, patient-centered design has become the norm in health care–and alongside changes in architecture and services, many designers have rethought the uncomfortable, revealing …

Parents Don’t Want to Name Their Kids Mike Anymore

The number of baby boys named Michael fell last year to the lowest level since 1940; Dukakis, Ditka are distressed<p>American parents don’t want their sons to be like Mike anymore.<p>Michael had been one of the most popular male monikers in American history, having held the No. 1 spot on the federal list …

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

The son of a minister, Ohene Asare grew up poor. His family immigrated from Ghana when he was 8 and settled down in West Bridgewater, Mass., a town 30 miles south of Boston, where he was one of the few black students at the local public school. “It was us and this Jewish family,” Asare remembered. …

Home Ownership

The Startup Industry’s Toxic “Side Hustle” Fixation

<i>This week,</i> The Ringer <i>explores how the “on demand” model has changed the way we consume TV, film, food, products, and, well, almost everything.</i> …

Yes, Videogames Are Serious Art. This Guy's Career Proves It

One of America’s greatest living artists sits in a former clog factory in San Francisco.<p>Tim Schafer’s videogame career has spanned every platform …

The World: ship is 'most exclusive floating city' | CNN Travel

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

British Museum

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

Technology<p>In a medical first, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the human eye, greatly improving the accuracy of a delicate surgery to remove fine membrane growth on the retina. Such growth distorts vision and, if left unchecked, can lead to blindness in the affected eye.<p>Currently, …

Medical Technology

The 11 Powerful Habits of Truly Happy People

Happiness isn’t an accident—it’s a habit.<p>When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure—a decadent meal, a …

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly …

The very best notebooks for getting yourself organized

Journals to write home about.<p>Whether you want to get more done every day—have you heard of bullet journaling?—or are trying to be more organized at work, school, or home, a notebook you cherish can be the difference between a happy hum of productivity and, well, watching another episode <i>Boston Legal.</i><p>…