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Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Peter Thiel

New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns and Curing Cancer for Real?

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.<p><i>“We have within</i> …

Carnival of Space 399

1. Chandra Xray Space Telescope – In Hollywood blockbusters, explosions are often among the stars of the show. In space, explosions of actual stars …

Raymond Chandler on Writing: A Lifetime of Wisdom on the Craft from His Private Letters

Last week, while researching this omnibus of what famous authors wrote about their beloved pets in their letters and journals, I came upon the irresistible 1981 anthology <b>Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among Chandler’s many musings, exchanged with his agents, publishers, and …

The AI Resurgence: Why Now?

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Babak Hodjat, Sentient Technologies. Babak Hodjat, Sentient Technologies<p>Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been enjoying a major …

Billionaire Teams Up With NASA to Mine the Moon

Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the …

Space Exploration

Energy from dry ice could power human colonies on Mars

A mission to Mars has captured the public's imagination and the possibility of making that second small step has never seemed so close. Current NASA …

Only Connect: Social (Media) Anxiety

Like a lot of the people I know these days who grew up wanting to be writers, I learned how to write by reading the Internet. I graduated from …

Social Media

Geeking Chat & Roleplay Anime on the App Store

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How’s Marvel Now Working Out?

As 2012 came to an end, Marvel found their key titles weren’t selling quite the same as they’d been back in 2010. Rather than rebooting their entire …

Comics

The Dos and Don'ts of Goodreads by Guest @nblackburn01

Shares 1K<p>There is no shortage of Social Media where authors can build awareness of their books. Facebook is a great place to meet friends, see …

I Want To Live

Robin Williams’ death helped me understand something. I don’t want to die. My depression isn’t going to win.<p><b>Follow The Nib:</b> Twitter | Facebook | RSS …

Robin Williams

The Glov Will Make You The Inspector Gadget Of Sex Toys

You know that part in the movie where they geeky librarian takes off their glasses, shakes out their hair, and instantly becomes super hot? I haven’t personally tried out the Glov (as it just launched for pre-order on Indiegogo), but I can only assume that it’s a bit like that: It looks awkward at …

Bright Red Supermoon Glows Over Madrid

A bright red supermoon dazzled stargazers in Spain last night, captured glowing between Madrid’s Four Towers in an incredible photo.<p>The spectacular …

Astronomy

Am Reeder On Rocket Girl, Kickstarter And '80s Fashion

<b>Amy Reeder</b> made a name for herself in the comics scene <i>with Fools</i> Gold from Tokyopop, but became a favorite of comics art lovers for her excellent …

Graphic Novels

'ManServants' Is A Female-Founded Startup That Turns Men Into 'Accessories' And Cabana Boys For $80 An Hour

Advertising mavens Josephine Wai Lin and Dala Khajah think they have a brilliant new company that they insist is not a gimmick.<p>Called "ManServants," their startup turns men into doting dates and on-demand cabana boys.<p>"We believe personal assistants and pool boys are luxuries every woman, or gay …

Startups

The Fasinatng... Fascinating History of Autocorrect

David Sparshott<p><b>Invoke the word</b> <i>autocorrect</i> and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds …

Actually, Comic-Con Is Fucking Awesome

Despite some people thinking Comic-Con is the worst place ever, it's actually a fantastic spectacle of well-made costumes, nerd comradery, free drinks. There are free drinks!<p><i>Illustration by EpicFaceFist. Photos by Julia Prescott.</i><p>When one has made the decision to be a contrarian toward virtually …

Comics

THE HANGOUT featuring Marguerite Bennett: July 21, 2014

Marguerite Bennett, writer of <i>Batgirl</i>, <i>Lois Lane</i>, <i>Lobo</i>, <i>Amazing X-Men Annual</i>, <i>Butterfly, Sleep Hollow</i>, and more, is on The Hangout! She talks about her …

'Toy Story' meets 'Jurassic Park' in poster for new TV special

Last fall, ABC aired a charming Halloween special starring the <i>Toy Story</i> franchise’s beloved playthings. Its ratings success has paved the way for …

Here's What We Know About The Secretive, Elon Musk-Backed Firm Creating Functional Artificial Intelligence

Silicon Valley enjoys something of a monopoly these days on making the most noise in the U.S. economy.<p>But there's been surprisingly little fanfare surrounding the latest project that seemingly all the most successful Valleyites have been pouring into: an artificial intelligence company called …

Artificial Intelligence

#Twitterpurge is revenge porn: We need laws to stop the non-consensual posting of naked pictures.

Over the weekend, under the hashtag #twitterpurge, users took to Twitter to “expose” the nude photos they had of other people, with or without …

Couples References

The Economics of Digital Comics

This project is for a book titled “Economics of Digital Comics.” It’s really the third edition of The Economics of Web Comics (yes, that was the AP …

The True Origins of 'X-Men'

How a second-tier comic inspired a legion of misfits and changed Hollywood<p>It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, …