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13 Smartest Female Characters from Movies, TV, and Books

Move over, Sherlock Holmes -- the girl geniuses have arrived. These days, some of the smartest characters from kids' movies, TV shows, and books are …

Books

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

Artificial Intelligence

'The Robot Next Door' Envisions A Near Future When Robot Live Among Us

What would the world look like if robots became so common that we can't tell the difference between people and machines?<p>French photographer Nicolas …

Robotics

Autonomous robot bees are being patented by...Walmart?

Walmart has just filed a patent for autonomous, robot bees. Yes, that Walmart — and no, you didn’t slip into another, stranger dimension. The …

Agriculture

Scientists Transplant Memories Between Sea Slugs... Sort of

If you were wondering, “Hey, scientists have done a lot recently, but when are they going to transplant memories like in <i>Westworld</i>?”—we’ve got good …

Columbia University

Communist robot dreams

Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions<i>By Victor Petrov</i>Read at Aeon

South Dakota

The verdict is in: AI outperforms human lawyers in reviewing legal documents

AI v. Human Lawyers<p>It’s hard to ignore the ways artificial intelligence (AI) has already bested humans, from making incredibly convincing internet …

More active education through team teaching

The Herbert Vissers College has started team teaching, whereby two teachers give lessons to two classes at the same time. In this video, both …

South Korea has the highest density of robot workers in the world

Industrial robots are no longer preserved for a select few companies. And they aren’t so much coming: they have now fully arrived. Between 2015 and …

Robot does the unthinkable by assembling IKEA furniture in 20 minutes

IKEA is cheap, stylish, and a superb solution for furnishing an entire dwelling on a budget. It’s also the leading cause of divorce in couples who attempt to assemble its furniture at home, according to a poll I just made up for the sake of this joke.<p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University …

The next revolution of sports cheating: rewriting athletes' genetic codes

Think cheaters never prosper? Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times. Manny Ramirez won two World Series championships. Ben Johnson won …

The design tricks that get you hooked on your phone

Feel like you have to always use your phone?<p>You're not the only one - technology companies use psychological tricks to get you hooked to your phone.<p>James Reevell explains.

Phones

Interspecies Organ Generation Has Arrived

Growing on the Inside<p>Our knowledge of and ability to use stem cell technology has been growing in recent years, and now, a proof of principle study …

Lessons learned from imposing performance-related pay on teachers

One of the toughest subjects in classrooms at the moment is the recruitment and retention of teachers. Their level of pay is often cited as a problem …

Christopher Wylie: Why I broke the Facebook data story – and what should happen now

The whistleblower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica storm asks if Britain will now address the hard issues which it has raised<p>In January, I told the British authorities that the app that was used to harvest data for Cambridge Analytica was likely to have pulled the profiles of British …

United Kingdom

Some Oklahoma teachers find the grass really is greener in Texas

GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - After years of poor pay, supply shortages and overcrowded classes, former Oklahoma teacher Chelsea Price decided the best way to pursue the profession she loves was to leave her home state and head south to Texas.<p>The harsh economic realities of teaching in Oklahoma, …

Education

Internal Affairs investigating charity behind bizarre artificial intelligence system

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has launched an investigation into a charity which runs what it claims is an artificial intelligence (AI) …

Robot replaces surgeon to perform major bowel cancer operation

Surgeons are now using robots in the fight against cancer.<p>But don’t worry, the NHS isn’t about to lose a generation of surgeons to a robotic army …

This school is planning to shorten one day to give teachers more time for training

A high school could shorten its day once a week to give teachers more time to plan lessons and train.<p>Marple Hall School, in Marple, Stockport, is …

Inside the 'cybernetic newsroom' where Reuters' robots are great at research but not at writing articles

Reuters, the historic news agency that once delivered its reports by pigeon courier, is building what it is calling the world’s first 'cybernetic …

How Architecture Affects Learning

Many of today's schools in the U.S. were built 50-60 years ago. These buildings weren't designed for change - they're very static places. This has …

Education Technology

How AI and Machine Learning Are Redefining Cybersecurity

We are now a connected global community where many digital natives cannot remember a time before the iPhone. The rise of smart homes means that we are increasingly attaching our lighting, door locks, cameras, thermostats, and even toasters to our home networks. Managing our home automation through …

Reconstructing Work

Automation, artificial intelligence, and the essential role of humans<p>Discussions about the future of work often coalesce around one major point of contention: the impact of automation on the workforce. Pessimists believe that humans will be made redundant by artificial intelligence (AI) and robots, …

10 Questions to Spot B.S. From Astrophysicist Carl Sagan

A useful crash course in clear-eyed skepticism for the era of fake news.<p>Baloney, bunk, B.S. Whatever you want to call it, it's probably been with us since the dawn of humanity. But these days it feels like we're living in a golden age of bull.<p>Between politicians' cries of "fake news," fact-free …

Here's The Best School District In Massachusetts: Report

A new report from 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the best school district in every state. See if you agree.<p>WESTON, MA—A new report has ranked the best …

Moda. Miquela vive no Instagram, algures entre a ficção e a realidade

“Consegues dizer o nome de uma pessoa no Instagram que não edite as suas fotografias?”, reage Miquela Sousa, na única entrevista em que se ouve a sua …

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech (Anil Dash)

<b>“Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical</b> …

Innovation

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Bernie Sanders

The reckoning: Silicon Valley confronts its digital sins

<i>Marcel O’Gorman is University Research Chair and director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo.</i><p><i>“When electricity allows for the simultaneity of all information for every human being, it is Lucifer’s moment. He is the greatest electrical engineer.” – Marshall McLuhan, 1977</i><p>It seems …