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How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

Machine Learning

If you’re reading this, you’re too old to master a new language

Are you older than 10? It’s too late for you to be perfectly fluent in a foreign language.<p>Before you attempt to learn a new language as an adult, …

The window for learning a language may stay open surprisingly long

A crucial period for language learning may extend well into teen years, a new study suggests.

Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Meditation

Why Does Sex Feel So Good, Anyway?

There's a reason that sex toy shops choose names like Pleasure Chest, Good Vibrations, and Sugar. All of these words invoke the tingling, …

Sexuality

Government accidentally sends file on "remote mind control" methods to journalist

When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of …

Doing These 4 Things Will Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Science Has Found a Drug-Free Way to Unlock Lucid Dreaming

Try this at home.<p>In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as <i>milam</i> aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having …

DDR: efficient computational method to predict drug–target interactions using graph mining and machine learning approaches | Bioinformatics

Motivation<p>Finding computationally drug–target interactions (DTIs) is a convenient strategy to identify new DTIs at low cost with reasonable accuracy. …

Is Artificial General Intelligence on the Horizon or is it Already Here?

And how can we spot other technological elephants in the room?<p>I’ve been a big believer in the fact that we’re not going to accidentally invent …

No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

No, there is no such thing as ADHD. Somewhere along the line we have lost the understanding that kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids are …

Omega-3s Aren’t So Great For Your Heart After All

Omega-3s were supposed to protect us all from heart disease and other health problems, but it’s taken some time for the evidence to catch up with the …

Holistic Medicine

So You're Smart, But You're Not Rich? This Eye-Opening New Scientific Study Tells You Why

Could there be a reason? Yes, it seems there could.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Don't you look at rich people and find too many of them, well, dull?<p>Don't you listen to rich people and think: "What have they got that I …

Psychopaths cannot be cured — here's why

Like many personality traits, psychopathy is a spectrum. About 1-2% of men and 0.3-0.7% of women in the general population are estimated to be true psychopaths, but for the rest of us, we fall on the scale somewhere lower down.<p>People who experience psychopathic traits, such as ruthlessness, …

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Consciousness

5 wild sex positions you can do in even the most boring bedroom

Ready for a challenge?<p>Hey you, little thrill-seeker. You need these now.

Lifestyle

Watch this nuanced analysis of sci-fi film Ex Machina

Film critic Allison de Fren examines some of the complex issues raised in the 2015 <i>Ex Machina</i>. Her voiceover alone makes it worth it, but the insights …

'I Did Wall Sits Every Day For 2 Weeks—Here's What Happened'

If you're going to sit all day, make sitting work for you.<p>Did you know the average American spends more than 12 hours of a 16-hour waking day sitting, according to the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i>? That means I spend more time sitting than I do sleeping. Not only is sitting one of the least active …

Exercise

How to stay off the high blood pressure-drug path

Earlier this month about 30 million Americans received some bad news. Overnight they developed high blood pressure, and most of them are unaware of …

The Dead-Serious Strategy Behind Google’s Silly AI Experiments

Google’s AI Experiments are part fun, part marketing–and a reminder of how nascent AI still is.<p>It was a happy accident.<p>Jonas Jongejan, a creative technologist and member of the Google Creative Lab, was jetlagged and heading to an internal hackathon. He was wracking his brain for something fun to …

Is MSG really all that bad? Why our fear of a naturally occurring ingredient has more to do with perception than reality

Before Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighbourhood had Whole Foods and million-dollar condos, it had Apple Hill Farms.The store occupied a barren …

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

To efficiently analyze a firehose of data, scientists first have to break big numbers into bits.<p>It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while …

How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine

The Coolest Thing in the Universe<p><b>The universe is full</b> of some very cool stuff: neutron stars that weigh a ton a teaspoon; supermassive black holes …

How to Build a Mind? This Theory May Guide Us Toward an Answer

<i>From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It's usually a piece</i> …

RESTful API design with Node.js

<i>This article was first published on Medium. You can take a look at it here</i><p>It’s a remarkable beast of a tool, Node.js. If you’re a beginner, aspiring …

JavaScript

AI autonomy: DeepCoder can pilfer code and write own programs

This AI is designed to facilitate program building for people who don’t know how to code<p>It’s the result of a collaboration between two of the most …

Baidu AI achieves 'zero shot learning' ability using natural language - ExtremeTech

Baidu AI achieves ‘zero shot learning’ ability using natural language<p>By on April 6, 2017 at 11:15 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

Millions of women suffer from UTIs, but they can strike men too. So why<br>are most tests not up to the job? And should we be reaching for the cranberry juice?<p>In any given year, an estimated 4 million British women will suffer an attack of cystitis, a urinary tract infection (UTI) with typical symptoms …

Urinary Tract Infection

Cool talk alert: Art in the age of mechanical cognition

Head on down to <b>New Lab</b> next week for what looks to be a fantastic talk on the topic of creativity in a world of artificial intelligence.Computational …