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China's Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants

In July 2009, deadly riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. Nearly 200 people died, the majority ethnic Han Chinese, and thousands of Chinese troops were brought in to quell the riots. An information battle soon followed, as mobile phone and internet service was cut off in the …

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

This flaw in the human mind explains why the world is full of overconfident, bumbling know-it-alls

Whenever I crack under questioning, when the only answers I can muster are tortured strings of <i>wells</i>, <i>ums</i> and <i>you sees</i>, my interrogators like to make me …

12 foods you can buy in bulk that will last until the end of world

<b>Everyone who goes grocery shopping knows that buying food weekly can become fairly expensive—especially when you add in how much money we waste on</b> …

Disturbing Data Visualization Shows Just How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War

Data visualization artist Neil Halloran has a knack for turning incomprehensibly large and complex data sets into content that’s both coherent and …

Data Visualization

Will East Texas be able to keep patent cases despite the Supreme Court?

A single work-at-home salesman may be enough to push ahead with a patent trial.<p>The top US patent court has been asked to consider an urgent appeal …

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture Says the Unsayable

He describes great literature at length both to explain his songs and to show why they’re beyond explanation.<p>If you’ve never gotten around to sitting down and reading <i>Moby Dick</i>, fear not, Bob Dylan will summarize it for you. Excerpted from his newly released Nobel Lecture in Literature, here is the …

Literature

Hillary Clinton’s E-mails Never Mattered

The revelation that Mike Pence used a private e-mail account for official business is a grim reminder that a sexist lie propelled Donald Trump all the way to the White House.<p>Fresh off a successful White House bid during which his running mate campaigned on the idea that his political opponent <i>should</i> …

Amnesty International Blames Trump, Others for Rights Rollback

World<p>PARIS — Amnesty International says President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.<p>It alleged that "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment …

The Anne Frank Center Calls Out Trump’s Comments About Anti-Semitism As ‘A Pathetic Asterisk Of Condescension’

This week, a rising wave of anti-Semitic incidents has been the focus of the news cycle. After several waves of bomb threats to Jewish community centers, the Department of Justice is finally investigating, and Donald Trump finally denounced the “horrible and painful” anti-Semitism being seen in the …

Donald Trump

'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump'

Daryl Davis believes the method he used to persuade many klansmen to defect from the hate group can help America to bridge its political divides.<p>As a hobby, the black musician Daryl Davis persuades members of the Ku Klux Klan to defect from the organization. Over the years, he has spoken with …

EPA Scientists Worry Their New Boss Doesn't Want Science

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general, is officially the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Today, the full Senate voted 52-46 to …

China and United States Tied for Number of Top Supercomputers

They're an even match for computing power, too Photo-illustration: Randi Klett; Illustration: Getty ImagesIn the latest TOP500 supercomputer ranking, …

U.S. sets plan to build two exascale supercomputers

The U.S believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers -- costing roughly $200 million to $300 million each …

Research

Microsoft, Cray claim deep learning breakthrough on supercomputers

Project could allow larger and more complex deep learning workloads on supercomputers.<p>A team of researchers from Microsoft, Cray, and the Swiss …

China Will Build The World's First Exascale Supercomputer

It'll make the supercomputer look like an abacus...<p>China has revealed that it plans to build a computer so powerful that it will be able to perform …

China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

Call it a super-supercomputer<p>Building supercomputers is a digital arms race, and China is moving quickly to solidify its lead. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above). This year, according to state news agency Xinhua, the government has set …

Deloitte predicts machine intelligence, not mere AI, as a big trend for 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that artificial intelligence is the next great horizontal technology that will unleash future waves of innovation. Yet AI is not a single type of technology. It takes many forms and encompasses many, many uses. And to focus on AI is to miss the forest for the trees.<p>The …

CUG2015 highlights trends in HPC

NCSA and the Blue Waters project were the local hosts for this year’s event.

BlueTides on Blue Waters: The First Galaxies

<i>In this special guest feature, Dr. Stephen Perrenod writes that astrophysicists have completed one of the largest cosmological simulations ever on</i> …

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The Future According to Stanisław Lem

By Ezra Glinter September 12, 2014<p>A still from <i>The Congress</i>, a new film adaptation of Lem’s 1971 novella <i>The Futurological Congress</i>.<p>In his 1971 novella <i>The Futurological Congress,</i> the Polish science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem describes a group of futurologists who have gathered at the Hilton Hotel …

Mind expanding

AFTER much trailing, the reality is out. On April 2nd Barack Obama announced that America’s government will back a project intended to unlock the …

Exclusive | Margaret Kilgallen: Heroines

<i>“I especially hope to inspire young women because I often feel like so much emphasis is put on how beautiful you are and how thin you are, and not a</i> …