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15 books Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk think everyone should read

Books have always been important to billionaire moguls like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.<p>Over the years, the trio has sung the praises of several books that influenced the way they see the world, from their approach to technological innovation to how they manage their businesses.<p>Here are …

Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse

If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you?<p>It’s a question Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-founder of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, thinks a lot about. In July 2017, she and fellow ethicist Noel Sharkey published a report …

Robots

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic Algorithm in the Human Brain

Theory of Connectivity<p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

How an obscure 80s video game won the Nobel Prize

This year, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to some guys who introduced the world of science to fancy physics stuff. But they got the idea from the …

Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure …

Physics

Finish him! AI can now play Mortal Kombat better than you

Games provide an ideal training platform for artificial intelligence. Systems developed by Google have been able to master 49 Atari games, solved</i> …

YouTube

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Seasons' dungeon design | Boss Keys

Legend of Zelda

YouTube

Slides: Demystifying Demakes

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk at a local queens.js meetup about The Wit.nes, a demake I recently created. Though the talk wasn’t recorded, …

PS Vita hacked: full system access enabled for homebrew

Ever since its 2011 launch, PlayStation Vita's security has remained relatively intact. We've seen a bunch of PSP emulator exploits, and around a …

How Instagram’s Head Engineer Is Using Quantum Mechanics To Manage His Team

James Everingham’s passion for physics predated his management role at Instagram. Here’s how he’s brought one to bear on the other.<p>I didn’t intend to go into computer science, and I definitely didn’t expect to become a manager. Instead, I started out thinking I’d be a laboratory scientist. In …

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Shipping

A Debate Over the Physics of Time

According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass. Yet a number of physicists hope to replace …

Quantum Mechanics

How to Exercise Your Brain for Better Thinking Skills

Not so very long ago, scientists and doctors believed that the number of neurons, cells, and pathways that were present in our brains at birth were …

Up to Speed on Deep Learning: July Update

<i>By Isaac Madan</i><p>Continuing our series of deep learning updates, we pulled together some of the awesome resources that have emerged since our last post …

From Power Up To Bash Prompt

<i>This is a brief description of what happens in a Linux system, from the time that you turn on the power, to the time that you log in and get a bash</i> …

DigitalOcean home

Introduction<p>Containerization is the process of distributing and deploying applications in a portable and predictable way. It accomplishes this by …

DevOps

Cosmologist Paul Davies proposes theory that building blocks of life may not be chemicals but information

They are reasonable enough assumptions to make, but what if they are plain wrong?<p>Davies and co-author Dr Sara Imari Walker, both from the Beyond …

How-tos, news, and announcements for IBM Cloud

New in this release we have enhanced the create command to allow creating an application from an Open API 2.0 Specification. Simply proceed through …

New Algorithm Can ‘Paint’ Image In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Picasso

A group of researchers at the University of Tubing, Germany have created an algorithm that is able to transform a photograph to resemble a painting …

The Terrifying U.S.-Israeli Computer Worm That Could Cause World War III

Alex Gibney’s new doc ‘Zero Days’ chronicles the Stuxnet worm, a piece of malware the west used against Iran, and its even more dangerous sister …

The Apollo 11 guidance computer code is now available on Github

The system responsible for the first moon landing is now readily available online, after an enterprising former NASA intern uploaded the Apollo Guidance Computer code to Github this week.<p>Although the code for the MIT-designed system has long been available to interested researchers, it's never been …

Braid Particle System Revision (part 1)

The game Braid originally shipped to the world in 2008, and after some ports in 2009, I have only worked significantly with the code on a few …

The secret to productivity isn’t working faster—it’s doing things in the right order

It’s not easy getting work done in outer space. Astronauts have to rotate between dozens of complex projects vying for their attention. If they mess up, an experiment years in the making could be ruined. Worse, people could die.<p>“The time spent in space is precious and the work you do is critical,” …

Time Management

Great Discoveries Channel

Since the Gaia Spacecraft's second massive data drop last week, scientists have released over 30 new research papers in just two days following the …

MUSHI

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Build a Retro-game with the PICO-8: The Basics

The geeks among us have all, at least once, toyed with the idea of creating our own games. However, game development requires perseverance and …