Alex Aisen

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Stock Markets

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Become A Better Photographer In Your Spare Time With These 5 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Most of us probably have full time jobs that don't allow us to spend as much time learning about our beloved photography as we'd like. And, wouldn't …

Photography

Move Over Schrödinger, the Quantum Cheshire Cat Is Here to Carve Up Reality

It turns out that in the quantum world it’s possible to separate an object from its properties.<p>Here's a thought experiment: think about yourself, your body, your proper you. Now, consider the properties of yourself that independent of that proper you—the you that would result if you got rid of all …

Quantum Mechanics

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

141<p>SHARES<p>A few years ago, Gene Robinson, of Urbana, Illinois, asked some associates in southern Mexico to help him kidnap some 1,000 newborns. For …

Mental Health

Splunk: Making Big Money With Big Data

Big data is popular buzzword in Silicon Valley, but it looks there is a real business behind the technology.<p>Just look at <b>Splunk</b> (SPLK), which blew …