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The 8 most atheist-friendly countries in the world

In many places around the world, this is an unprecedented era of freedom and social acceptance for non-believers<p>A lot of non-believer writers and activists focus, rightly, on the continuing lack of acceptance in many societies and nations of those who profess no belief in religion. Keeping an eye …

Religion

Atheists are no less moral: The sad delusion of the Christian Evangelical movement

Sociologist Lori Fazzino dissects the religious right’s single greatest misconception about secularism<p>When most people thinks about Las Vegas they picture some combination of gambling, burlesque, night clubs and legalized prostitution—the pleasures that earned Vegas the nickname Sin City. But when …

Religion

Artificial intelligence discovers planarian regeneration model

An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria–the small worms whose …

“The media is always lying” hacked WaPo website says | Ars Technica

Hijacking of m.washingtonpost.com could have been more serious.<p>Hackers briefly hijacked <i>The Washington Post</i>'s mobile website and displayed messages …

Saudi Arabia

Here, Spot! See Boston Dynamics' New Robot Dog Run (and Climb)

What's more tailor-made for Internet virality: video of a puppy or of a futuristic-looking robot? A buzzy new clip from Boston Dynamics has both: The Google-owned robotics company released a YouTube video of "Spot," a four-legged robot that can navigate rough terrain and office cubicles …

Robotics

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …

Why do we cling to beliefs when they’re threatened by facts? | Ars Technica

People who read a passage that contradicted their viewpoint saw it as opinion.<p>People hold beliefs for a complex variety of reasons. Some of these …

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot weighs 330 pounds, but it can now balance on one leg

Atlas is back. While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) who's worked with the robotics company to get the six foot two biped walking better. IHMC has a strong track record in DARPA's Robotics …

Google CEO: Computers Are Going To Take Our Jobs, And 'There's No Way Around That'

Today, Google is much more than a search engine. The company appears to be involved in every type of new technology ranging from self-driving cars to contact lenses that can test for disease.<p>In a recent interview with the Financial Times, CEO Larry Page provided some insight as to why the company …

Artificial Intelligence

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

Author: Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>A few months ago I made the trek to the …

7 Family Issues Pope Francis Should — But Won’t — Discuss

By Herb Silverman<p>There’s an elephant roaming through the Vatican these days, but apparently the pope hasn’t noticed. Its name is Women.<p>Pope Francis …

The health effects of leaving religion

Curtis Penfold got kicked out of his apartment, fired from his job, and left Brigham Young University all in the same week.<p>He left BYU—a private university operated by The Church of Latter-day Saints—because he had started to disagree with some of the Church’s views, causing tension between him and …

Religion

Lovely grub—are insects the future of food? | Ars Technica

Eating locusts, beetles, mealworms, and more may be key to feeding more humans.<p>At first my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve …

Elon Musk: Robots Could Delete Humans Like Spam | Inc.com

Elon Musk took to the stage Wednesday night at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to warn attendees that advanced artificial intelligence could spell the end of humanity.<p>Interviewed by Walter Isaacson, Musk warned of the rapid speed of AI development and the effects it could have:<p>I don't …

Elon Musk

Cowspiracy: "The Film That Environmental Organizations Don't Want You to See"

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates the most …

Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6 launch as Angela Ahrendts welcomes Sydney

Apple’s leadership is out in full force today for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch across the globe.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted at the company’s local Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, to be a part of the crowd and watch the new iPhone debut. Cook reportedly joked with the crowd …

What I Gained When I Lost My Religion

<i>This article originally appeared on Patheos.</i><p>People often ask me if my life is better now that I’ve left my religion. My honest answer is that it’s a …

Faith

Robo Brain teaches robots how to understand the world

For a robot to be able to wash clothes, vacuum carpets or serve you cocktails on a Friday night, it needs to be loaded with the appropriate software and data. In the future, though, a robot will easily be able pull info they need to do those things (and more) from a single online service called …

If this is real religion, then you can count me as an atheist

The best way of getting rid of bad religion – and by that, I mainly mean violent religion – is by challenging it in its own terms<p>What is it with religion and violence? One man severs the head of another, and in the name of God… If this is real religion, then count me an atheist. But this is real …

Google's 'Knowledge Vault' seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything

Google's Knowledge Graph is pretty good at telling you who was the 37th president of the US, or what the square root of 342345 is. Ask it more complex questions, like "why does the sun set at night?" and it'll still send you off to find the answer yourself. Next week in New York, Google researchers …

Islamic State's Latest Chilling Video Shows Scores Of Captured Yazidis 'Converting'

The Islamic State has posted chilling new video purporting to show captured Yazidis converting to Islam, under the black flag of the militant …

The Great Decline: 61 years of religiosity in one graph, 2013 hits a new low

By Tobin Grant<p>Religiosity in the United States is in the midst of what might be called ‘The Great Decline.’ Previous declines in religion pale in …

Ebola outbreak: Millionaire preacher TB Joshua 'sends 4,000 bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone as cure'

Nigerian faith healer TB Joshua has reportedly sent 4,000 bottles of his holy water to Sierra Leone, as part of an aid package.<p>A private jet that …

Disease

Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer.<p>Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a …

How IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology | Inc.com

To Catch a Thief<p>When the idea was proposed six years ago, IBM and university researchers felt the purpose of creating the chip should be to mimic human biology, which is more efficient than computers at doing certain things, like spotting patterns. Unlike a conventional microprocessor, TrueNorth …

Artificial Intelligence

RoboThespian: the first commercial robot that behaves like a person

British company Engineered Arts' creation can hold eye contact with you, perform Singin' in the Rain – and even guess your age<p>You don't have to be paranoid to think there are eyes following you around the Cornwall warehouse that is home to Engineered Arts.<p>Indeed, if you were not being watched, …

Artificial Intelligence will not turn into a Frankenstein monster

The doomsayers believe that humanity will be overwhelmed by creating machines that – like Terminator's Skynet – become ever-more clever and reach a singularity. They're wrong<p>The singularity – or, to give it its proper title, the technological singularity. It's an idea that has taken on a life of …

MIT upgrades the human hand with two robotic fingers

Opening a 2-liter soda bottle with one hand has never been so easy<p>Stirring the milk you just poured in a hot cup of coffee usually requires two hands: one to hold the cup, and one to hold the spoon. The same goes for unscrewing the cap on a large bottle of soda. But students at MIT might have …

Japan Wants An All-Robot Event For The 2020 Olympics

According to Agence France-Presse, Abe expressed his interest in hosting an Olympic event specifically for robots as part of the international athletic competition in 2020.<p>"I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," Abe …

Robotics

The Bionic Age Is Here — Helping People Walk, See, Hear, Breathe — And Creating The First "Superhumans"

It's no longer a distant dream or a sci-fi fantasy. The bionic age is here.<p>So many firsts:<p>The first bionic eye, from California's Second Sight.<br>• The first bionic body suits, for consumers and soldiers, from companies like ReWalk and Ekso Bionics.<br>• Even those trapped inside bodies that can't move or …

Singularity