Kirill Martynov

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All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years

Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once came with being picked for Oprah’s book club.<p>So just what does Gates read? Quartz manually compiled …

Books

Лондонский театр представит спектакль «Silk Road», поставленный на средства биткойн-спонсора

Первая в мире театральная постановка, профинансированная биткойнами, будет представлена зрителям лондонского театра Trafalgar Studios в августе. …

Scientists Have Invented a Software That Can 'See' Several Minutes Into The Future

Taking predictions to a new, borderline creepy level.<p>Most of us are used to technology predicting the words we want to type. Soon this kind of …

Artificial Intelligence

The Guardian view on the ethics of AI: it’s about Dr Frankenstein, not his monster

Frankenstein’s monster haunts discussions of the ethics of artificial intelligence: the fear is that scientists will create something that has purposes and even desires of its own and which will carry them out at the expense of human beings. This is a misleading picture because it suggests that …

Artificial Intelligence

Почему в России не было, нет и не будет медицины

Как водится, сначала о себе:<p>Родился в Ленинграде. Учился в педиатрическом медицинском институте, который и закончил в далеком уже 1996. В 1997 уехал …

A story of survival: New York’s last remaining independent bookshops

Years ago, a friend invited me to something called Brazenhead Books, only she didn’t call it that. She, like everyone else, called it “the secret bookstore”. Except it wasn’t a bookshop so much as a small apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, deliriously overstuffed with paperbacks and presided …

Books

This May Be The Biggest Economic And Social Shift Of The Last 100 Years. Are You Ready?

The changes coming in driverless vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg. What's yet to come is nothing short of unimaginable.<p>The constant chatter about driverless, autonomous, and electric vehicles is nearly deafening. Yet, in all of that noise what's most often missed is that the implications …

Roads

Why London in 1854 was the world's first smart city

What’s the first name that comes to mind when you think about a smart city?<p>Elon Musk? Jeff Bezos? Travis Kalanick?<p>It’s natural that we should leap to the technologists. Smart cities are, after all, about technology: driverless cars, drone deliveries, and Minority Report-style signs that change …

Smart Cities

Robots are better than doctors at diagnosing some cancers, major study finds

Artificial intelligence is better than doctors at diagnosing some cancers, research has shown.<p>The international study involved machines that were trained to detect signs of skin cancer before being tested against 58 dermatologists.<p>It comes after the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said extra funds …

Artificial Intelligence

A ride-hailing veteran is creating an Uber on the blockchain that won’t be controlled by capitalists

Imagine a decentralized version of Uber that connects drivers and commuters, letting them negotiate fares directly.<p>That’s one possibility with a ride-hailing service powered by the blockchain. An “Uber on the blockchain” might sound like a clumsy attempt to mash together two tech buzzwords, but …

Ridesharing

Expert Takeaway Tips for Organizing Your Bookshelf

There’s way more to book organization than sorting by color.<p>A stylish library or polished nook filled to the brim with books is one way to bring a …

Books

This is the world's best bookstore and it's in Uppsala, Sweden

This year, the London Book Fair picked The English Bookshop in Uppsala as its International Excellence bookstore of the year. Previously awarded to …

Books

Four MIT graduates created a restaurant with a robotic kitchen that cooks your food in three minutes or less

Spyce is a new restaurant in Boston powered by a robotic kitchen that cooks your food in three minutes or less. MIT graduates Michael Farid, Brady Knight, Luke Schlueter, and Kale Rogers created the robotic technology and restaurant concept while in college. Known as the "Spyce Boys", the founders …

Student Athletes

Миллионы китайцев не смогли отправиться в поездки из-за низкого социального рейтинга

Нарушение ПДД, критика власти в соцсетях и плохие отношения с соседями снижают социальный рейтинг граждан Китая. В качестве наказания власти лишают …

The Map of Philosophy: See All of the Disciplines, Areas & Subdivisions of Philosophy Mapped in a Comprehensive Video

In the introduction to his sweeping <i>History of Western Philosophy</i>, Bertrand Russell wastes no time getting to a definition of his subject. “The …

Western Philosophy

Секс-роботы: философия отношений

Для многих людей найти свою вторую половинку может быть достаточно трудно, для других – почти невозможно. Поэтому нет ничего удивительного в том, что …

These three skill sets will ensure you’ll never be out of work

The greater adoption of artificial intelligence and automation will undoubtedly reshape the workforce and the skills people need to stay employed. And according to a report released by McKinsey Global Institute during the VivaTech conference in Paris today (May 24), there are three core skill …

Artificial Intelligence

«Собирание земель вокруг Москвы — миф»

Кто на самом деле создал Россию<p>В издательстве «Новое литературное обозрение» вышла одна из самых ожидаемых научно-популярных книг 2018 года — «Рождение государства. Московская Русь XV-XVI веков». Как возникло Российское государство? Что оно заимствовало от Золотой Орды и Византии? В чем сходство и …

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 …

Machine Learning

Space mining could become a real thing — and it could be worth trillions

The race to space traditionally has advanced with exploration and even tourism in mind, but space-mining is looking like an increasingly legitimate …

Anne Frank diary mystery solved as researchers decipher ‘dirty’ jokes, sex talk on covered pages

AMSTERDAM — Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown …

‘2020 to 2030 Will Be The Decade Of Agri-Tech’

Picture this: remote rural Africa, where communities assiduously farm vast stretches of arable land not knowing anything about digital technology or …

This Man Is the Godfather the AI Community Wants to Forget

Many of the biggest names in the technology industry are consumed with developing an artificial general intelligence, or AGI. Unlike today’s leading …

The Best Gifts for Bookworms (That Aren’t Books)

Book-loving friends seem easy to shop for — just buy them a book, right? But if you stop to think about it, do you have any idea exactly which book? …

This Is the Worst Use of Artificial Intelligence You Will Read About All Day. Thank You So Much, Google

Google Duplex is in development, but it's easily one of the worst examples of A.I. "advancement," causing more problems than it's worth. It could make phone calls even more annoying.<p>I had a reflex reaction to Google Duplex.<p>It was not to give anyone a high-five or lean back in my chair and think …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Books to Read If You Loved The Handmaid’s Tale

Between the award-winning Hulu show (now streaming its second season) and the current political climate, <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is feeling awfully …

12 Modern Books That Will Become Classics, According To People On Reddit

There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic." <i>To Kill A Mockingbird. Catcher in the Rye. Moby</i> freaking <i>Dick.</i> But do you ever wonder …

Books

Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people

Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.<p>Today’s digital assistants tend to fall down as soon as they depart from their limited scripts. Programs that can understand natural language, …

Google Assistant

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Books

Growing brains in labs: why it's time for an ethical debate

“I have never seen so many brains out of their heads before!” declares Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr, the world-renowned neurosurgeon played by Steve Martin who has a love affair with a brain in a jar in the 1983 movie, The Man with Two Brains.<p>Thirty five years on, the prospect of falling for a disembodied …

The Brain