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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

Social Media

The Most Secure Account of All—If You Can Stand It

There was a time when high-status people signaled their worth with an ostentatious key fob for an expensive car. Today the keyring of an important …

How to use a password manager (and why you really should)

If for some cruel reason I was forced to rewrite that mid-‘90s viral essay / hit single “Wear Sunscreen,” I would replace the titular advice with a simple plea: use a password manager. Like sunscreen, it can be a hassle to apply, but it’s an easy way to stop yourself from getting burned.<p>The reasons …

Information Systems

What We Can Learn from Street Epistemology

May 14, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>Anthony Magnabosco</b> is a “street epistemologist” who enjoys chatting with strangers to get to the bottom of how they …

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose<p>Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace …

Universal Basic Income

4 Habits Of Endurance Athletes That Can Power Your Career

There’s a reason for the saying that your career is a marathon, not a sprint.<p>Imagine adding a part-time job to your already crazy schedule. Turns out your friendly neighborhood triathlete has. Training for an Ironman—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run—requires a minimum of 20 hours …

6 awesome places in Michigan you’ve probably never heard of

IT’S EASY TO THINK of Michigan as just another “Midwestern” state, but dig a little deeper and it’s clearly anything but. For starters, it has the …

How to Disappear

<i>Alex Difrancesco | Longreads | April 2017 | 8 minutes (2,070 words)</i><p>Last year in New York City, a 19-year-old engineering student named Nayla Kidd …

Mind

The Most Important Idea about the Universe

Archimedes, Pythagoras, Democritus. The history of science famously dates back to the brilliant minds of classical Greece. Another beginning is …

Physics

The roots of technological singularity can be traced backed to the Stone Age

Subscribe to WIRED<p>Four thousand years BCE in the ancient Near East, a region we have come to describe as the cradle of civilisation, Sumerian scribes …

AI will make life meaningless, Elon Musk warns

Elon Musk<p>Tech billionaire Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for humanity who are set to become a cyborg race which …

Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, Gates says

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and world’s richest man, said in an interview Friday that robots that steal human jobs should pay their fair share of taxes.<p>“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, Social …

The Future

"AI Brain Scans" Reveal How Synthetic Intelligence Think

Graphcore has taken some mesmerizing images of its Intelligent Processing Units (IPUs) in action. While the images may look like a psychedelic dream …

Watch: Elements of Victory

Elements of Victory from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.<p>Of all the events we attend every year, nothing makes us quite as proud as BC Bike Race. A …

Pacific Ocean

Did You Know That You Can Ride Without Traffic Your Bike From Paris To London?

<b>The Greenway.</b><p>Yep, you read right: Paris to London on a bicycle. Even though England is an island and there is a sea between the two countries, a specially designed itinerary is in place for the brave, willing, and ready, to undertake the voyage.<p>The possible path leads bikers (not of the motor kind) …

One Big Question: How do we manage the downside risks of AI?

If Hollywood is to be believed, the development of super-intelligent AI will spell the end of civilization as we know it and spark an unwinnable war …

The Robot Economy: A Caution

The science fiction author Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer on the subject of robots, having written numerous short stories addressing the problems …