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One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.<p>Shahi and …

Silicon Valley

2017 Education Research Highlights

Practice Testing, Planning Top List of Effective Studying Strategies<p>Students often overestimate how prepared they are for a test, which can lead to …

Schools around the US are finally pushing back their start times — and it's working

Rick Tony teaches math at Solebury School, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, but he's well aware of the science of sleep.<p>For the 2016-2017 school year, Tony, who also works as the boarding and day school's director of studies, led the charge on moving Solebury's 8:00 a.m. start time half an hour later to …

Washington University in St. Louis

In the ‘homework wars,’ both sides are wrong

The homework wars have started up again.<p>Last month, the superintendent of the Marion County Public Schools in Florida announced a “no homework” …

UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution

British-built Versius device will slash costs, improve patient recovery times and help speed up keyhole surgery<p>British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.<p>From a converted pig shed in the …

Stephen Hawking

Kids need structure more than warmth from their parents, according to a top child psychologist

Children need both affection and structure in order to develop into secure, happy adults.<p>But if parents can only provide one, it should be structure, said Lisa Damour, a psychologist who specializes in adolescent girls, and the author of <i>Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions</i> …

Parenting

How Clear Expectations Can Inhibit Genuine Thinking in Students

<i>Excerpted with permission of the publisher Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, from Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly</i> …

Pedagogy

'Education is the solution': the Gloucestershire high school enforcing a digital detox

Pupils at Stroud high school were outraged by strict new rules prohibiting the use of digital devices, but the results were remarkable<p>Fourteen-year-old friends Hannah Cox and Libby Shirnia admitted they were a little taken aback when their school announced stringent new rules on mobile phones, …

High School

Delivery Robots Approved For Sidewalks In 5 States

The first robots many U.S. consumers come face to face with may be bringing them something.<p>For Mother’s Day, 1-800-Flowers.com used a delivery robot …

How climate change will transform business and the workforce

Our planet is already feeling the effects of climate change, but it’s also poised to cause irreversible shifts in the ways we work, and the skills that employers need.<p>When we think of climate change, most of us think of environmental consequences like rising sea levels, elevated temperatures and …

Giving Hit Record $390 Billion For 2016

Giving in the United States set a record for the third consecutive year, topping $390 billion for 2016. Giving was up 2.7 percent and increases were …

Virtual reality technology and empathy

We were all children. We think that as adults we are able to understand children because we have experienced childhood ourselves. But not many of us …

This awesome teen established a library in her community in Kenya

<i>Story and photos by Zachary Ochieng</i><p>A young woman’s mission to promote education and improve literacy levels in her community is already bearing …

How a Charitable Culture Can Boost Teamwork and Joy

Volunteering can bring immeasurable joy to you and your team. It may be difficult to imagine that in addition to running a business, you could find …

Scientists Want Kids to Read to Dogs, Not Humans

Some of the world’s very good boys help humans detect cancer, fight wars, and even get their corn chip fix. Recently, scientists added another item …

How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Downing Street

This Dystopian Device Warns You When AI Is Trying to Impersonate Actual Humans

AI is turning against itself.<p>Scared of a future where you can no longer discern if you're dealing with a human or a computer? A team of Australian …

Why Future Robots In The Workplace Might Pay Taxes

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Dave Consiglio.</i><p>No. Capitalism should change.<p>Capitalism works reasonably well as an economic …

This Spray-Paint Technique Can Make Any Surface A Touchscreen

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When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen

<b>Video by Fox Business</b><p>Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the …

5 social media uses we must teach in schools

Gallup conducted a poll titled “21st Century Skills and the Workplace” and found that 59% of the workforce “developed most of the skills they use in …

How to avoid being replaced by a robot

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>I’ve had robots on my mind recently, and not in a “Wow, robots will make my life so much …

World Economic Forum

‘Westworld’-style robots could live among us by 2027

Robots that think and feel emotions like humans will enter our homes in as little as ten years.<p>That’s according to Mark Sagar, chief executive of …

Artificial Intelligence can now use a person's image and audio to create fake videos

<b>London</b>: Oxford scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can create fake videos of a person by using their still image and …

Artificial Intelligence

Brain implant allows paralyzed people to control an exoskeleton with their mind

A new device could let paralyzed people control exoskeletons with their thoughts. Developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne, the device …

Hacking Children's Learning: Why Gamification Technology Has The Answer

The problem with learning in recent years across all levels of schooling is that, somewhere along the way, we lost how to make it fun. Instead, it’s become a chore or punishment to kids and their parents. In reality, learning should be fun as it once had been.<p>There is hope that fun can be put back …

Mobile Devices

The next era of drones will be defined by 'swarms'

These automated, flying robots are tiny, cheap, disposable. And in large groups, they could either save your life, or be the deadliest weapon since the machine gun.<p>What do you picture when you think of a drone? A solitary, remote-controlled toy with propellers, or perhaps a large, unmanned military …

No ramp? No problem, for this stair-climbing electric wheelchair

A group of five masters students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts developed a self-balancing …