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How Everything on the Internet Became Clickbait

The “Laurel or Yanny?” phenomenon was the logical endpoint of 300 years of American media.<p>by Kevin Munger<p><b>R</b>emember Yanny vs. Laurel? It was some …

What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?

<i>(Jules Julien)</i><p>Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by …

Artificial Intelligence

AI, Karma & Our Robot Future

In 2016, viewers of HBO’s <b>Westworld</b> were treated to a sci-fi thriller in which participants in a Wild West–themed immersion experience—an amusement …

Artificial Intelligence

How a Lack of Dreams Could Be Messing with Your Mind

Dreams play a key role in boosting creative thought, memory, learning and even mental health. Now modern life may be cutting them short, with serious …

Sleep

The Mars Underground

The Mars Underground (Upated Edition/Director’s Cut)<p><b>I</b>n this film, leading aerospace engineer and Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin has a …

James Cameron

Time is NOT Real: Physicists Show EVERYTHING Happens at the Same Time

Time is an illusion<p>TIME is not real – it is a human construct to help us differentiate between now and our perception of the past, an equally …

Physics

Why You Believe Lies You Hear More Often

by Derek Thompson<p><b>E</b>ven if you think of yourself as a human lie detector, there are some untruths that will sneak under the hood. For that, you can …

Fake News

The Power of Mere Exposure Effect in Display Advertising

by Helen<p><b>I</b>n 2016, digital display ad spending has surpassed search ad spending, accounting for 61% of all digital ad spending in the US. Although …

Marketing

How Did Scott Kelly's DNA Become Fake News

Traditional media gatekeepers are toast. (‘Toaster’ via www.shutterstock.com)<p>How Did Scott Kelly’s DNA Become Fake News<p>For a brief moment, NASA found …

Genetics

Farewell to the Brightest Star of the World, the Extraordinary Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking vector art by AlaaEbrahim387<p>Stephen Hawking was a brilliant astrophysicist who inspired and awed. He pushed our understanding of, …

The Potentia of Quantum Nonlocality

by Lexie Ernst<p><b>W</b>hy are we here? What are we doing? What’s our purpose? These age-old, eternal questions have seemed to forever drive mankind. For the …

A Phrase for Our Time: Merriam-Webster Adds 'Dumpster Fire' to Dictionary

A Phrase for Our Time: Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Dumpster Fire’ to Dictionary<p>by Laurel Wamsley<p>March 5, 2018<p><b>W</b>hat qualifies as a dumpster fire depends on …

Massive Study of Fake News May Reveal Why It Spreads So Easily

by Dom Galeon<p>Fake News<p><b>T</b>he problem of so-called fake news is well known, yet we seem no closer to solving it. Social media is a major source of these …

The Elusive Art of Inner Wholeness and How to Stop Hiding Our Souls

<i>“Do not despise your inner world,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her reflection on what it takes to live a full life. <i>“Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you,”</i> Anna Deavere Smith wrote in her spectacular letters of advice to young …

The Rise of the Human Hive Mind

A symbiosis of human & artificial intelligence?<p>by Louis Resenberg<p><b>T</b>he dominance of humanity may soon be challenged. That’s because an alien …

How Social Media Is Dumbing Down Our Society

Communication overload encourages thoughtless commentary, but it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>by Angelo Young<p><b>I</b>n our digital era of smartphones and …

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WATCH | ‘Look at That Thing!’ U.S. Navy Jet Encounters Unknown Object<p>A video shows a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter …

Military

This Is the Best Way to Overcome Fear of Missing Out

by Eric Barker<p><b>Y</b> ou hear about FOMO a lot these days. In fact, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.<p>What does it really mean? A …

Social Media

Renault's Winning Design for Car of the Future Looks Like Balls

Renault’s Winning Design for Car of the Future Looks Like Balls<p>Every design student dreams of working with a forward-thinking company like Renault. …

Product Design

The bot that tweeted “fuck” in front of every word was doomed from the start

Twitter suspended @fuckeveryword after it tweeted a racial slur.<p>The popular Twitter bot @fuckeveryword was working its way through an English …

Internet

World’s Leading Psychiatrist Reveals 22 Tips on How to Master Your Life

llustration by Anna Kövecses<p>“If you want to dig into something, dig into science (knowledge), don’t dig a knife into your friend’s back.”<p><b>T</b> hroughout …

Can Futurists Predict the Year of the Singularity?

Image Credit: Shutterstock<p><b>T</b> he end of the world as we know it is near. And that’s a good thing, according to many of the futurists who are predicting …

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

by David Pierce<p>“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.” – Unknown.<p>Photo courtesy of Tristan Harris<p><b>S</b> ometimes our …

Humans Would Be Cool with Finding Aliens

A new study finds that people may greet the discovery of microbial E.T. in a positive way.<p>Credit: Ana Aguirre Perez/Shutterstock<p>by<p><b>I</b> f …

Smartphone Addiction Alters Brain Chemistry in Young People for the Worse

Net Neutrality: What Is It and Why Do People Care?

<b>H</b> ave you read news coverage of the “net neutrality” issue and then still wondered what it is exactly? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a complex issue …

Quantum code: why building the ultimate computer is the easy bit

REMEMBER when Apple launched the iPhone and you first heard people prattling on about things called apps? Back then, there were just a few hundred …

Google to Create Its Own Neighbourhood with Weather Management Systems and 'Flexible' Buildings

Quayside is described as being ‘built from the internet up’.<p>Google to Create Its Own Neighbourhood with Weather Management Systems and ‘Flexible’ …