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‘We’re running with scissors’: Why some experts worry about VR dangers

Virtual gaslighting, augmented torture<p>What if virtual reality wasn’t just a new way to play games or watch movies? What if the technology wasn’t just creating new methods of communication, of medical treatment, of military training?<p>What if virtual reality was used in the pursuit of mayhem?<p>Much has …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Augmented Reality

From decapitation to positive psychology: how one nerve connects body, brain and mind

The relationship between mind, brain and body has kept philosophers and scientists busy for centuries. Some of the first interesting – albeit …

Meet the Revolutionary Apple That Grows Human Skin

What’s In An Apple?<p>Apples are a staple in most people’s homes and, it seems, in science. There was Newton’s apple, and the proverbial daily apple to …

Biotechnology

European fascism was popular because, for those not persecuted, it was a welfare state

An analogy is haunting the United States—the analogy of fascism. It is virtually impossible (outside certain parts of the Right-wing itself) to try to understand the resurgent Right without hearing it described as—or compared with—20th-century interwar fascism. Like fascism, the resurgent Right is …

Scientists Study Facial Expressions of Pain in Ridden Horses

Scientists have already described how to spot signs of pain, such as from colic or castration, in horses by their facial expressions. But what about …

Animals
New Singles
Language Learning

Breakdancing with Smoke Grenades

The breakdance crew of OK World Wide show off their spinning talents, with the added bonus of colorful trails of smoke being emitted from their feet. …

Breakdancing

A Major Surge in Atmospheric Warming Is Probably Coming in the Next Five Years

The oceans have been absorbing the lion's share of global warming in recent years, sparing land dwellers the worst of the heat. That's about to change.<p>Forget the so-called 'pause' in global warming—new research says we might be in for an era of deeply accelerated heating.<p>While the rate of …

Climate Change

How to do a free background check online

Suppose a new guy — let’s call him Bobby Smith — moves into your neighborhood. Even before his moving van is unpacked, Bobby introduces himself. He’s friendly and good-humored, and he says you should come over for a barbecue sometime.<p>But there’s something “off” about him, so you decide to find out …

Social Media

How to Measure Your Bra Size

Wearing the wrong bra size can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit. These step-by-step measuring instructions will ensure a perfect fit.<p><b>Are you wearing</b> …

Clothing

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

Religion

License Plate Tracking Has Gone Open-Source

OpenALPR makes it all so, so easy.<p>Computer vision-assisted license plate reading seems to be a favorite spectre of a certain sort of privacy worrier, at least anecdotally speaking. Something to do with its potential for tracking and profiling an activity that seems to make Americans in particular …

License Plates

Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?

Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe<p>Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the …

Global Warming

We Need to Tell Better Stories About Our AI Future

It's not as simple as man versus machine.<p>Discussions about the ethics, safety, and societal impact of Artificial Intelligence seem to come back to the same cultural touch points found in AI stories that warn of worst-case scenarios. Whether in press coverage or in policy position papers, we keep …

Artificial Intelligence

Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness

Recently, a conference on artificial intelligence, tantalizingly titled “Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?”, was hosted by the Future of Life …

Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul, is expectedly adorable and unexpectedly wise

Cats. Cities. God. Life. Humanity. This new film covers it all in just 80 minutes.<p>The locals carry the tiny kitten’s form gently. It got into a fight with a larger cat, who threw it to the ground, and the kitten is clinging to life — if it’s alive at all.<p>They bring the little feline to the big man …

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

In Honor of Black History Month, 10 Heroes You May Not Have Heard Of

These are life stories worth knowing 🙌 🙌.<p>Black History Month is the time to honor the role and achievements of African-Americans in the United States. While some groundbreaking heroes are well-known, there are many unsung heroes worth celebrating—particularly African-American women. Here, we …

The OA and the Dark Side of Science

Brit Marling discusses the folklore and real-life research that went into her trippy Netflix series.<p>In the month since it premiered on Netflix, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s series <i>The OA</i> has inspired close analysis from viewers intrigued by the scientific, philosophical, and religious …

Hubble Space Telescope

In Case of Fire..

In Case Of Fire..<p>Back to Article Next Image » « Previous Image<p>Latest From Odd …

You Can Now Open Castle Grayskull, or Your Front Door, Using He-Man's Power Sword

Running around, bashing down doors with a giant sword in hand is generally frowned upon in modern society. So if you’re dealing with a secret He-Man …

Eventually, Robots Will "Glitch" And Cause Fatalities

Consider the following wartime scenario: Hoping to spare the lives of soldiers, a country deploys an autonomous weapon to wipe out an enemy force. …

Autonomous Cars

The Coming AI Wars

If you accept that business is always evolving, learning and changing then you won't be surprised by this forecast. Think ultimate velocity. Think the next wave of digital disruption. This makes mobile, big data and the cloud seem like old news. The competitive landscape of companies, markets and …

Artificial Intelligence

Humans and Animals: Global Problems and Humane Solutions

<b>Animals are not just beings "out there"—they are embedded in our existence at every scale and in every environment.</b><p>We are living in an epoch called …

Animal Abuse

What Would A Parallel Universe Be Like?

Many scientists believe we're living in a multiverse—just one universe among many others. What would it be like to see another universe? Explore this …

Dark Matter