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International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

The Simulation Hypothesis — Why Quantum Physics, AI, and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In A Video Game

An MIT trained computer scientist and Silicon Valley video game designer gives 10 reasons for the “Simulation Hypothesis”: that our reality is a …

Quantum Physics

25 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life

These documentaries are powerful, shocking, heartbreaking, and intense, and each will expand the horizons of the viewers open to learning more about the world<p>Moviegoers are suckers for a true story, which is why documentary films are so endearing and fascinating. While we often respond to narrative …

Glee

The Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey,</i> I’d like to share some reflections on the most famous character in …

Smithsonian

Researchers just proved why it's so scary that digital assistants are always listening

As if we needed more reasons to be freaked out by increasingly powerful digital assistants, there's a new nightmare scenario: The music you listen to …

Artificial Intelligence

Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will enable the AI to make telephone calls on behalf of its human owner.<p>The so-called ‘Duplex’ feature of …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

<b>By Roger Parloff</b><p>Illustration by Justin Metz<p>September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT<p>Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and …

Artificial Intelligence

We Can Explore Instead of Believe: Inside the Epic Hunt for E.T.

After a millennia of wondering, humanity can finally search out intelligent alien life—and SETI is leading the charge.<p><i>"James Cameron's Story of Sci-Fi" launches tonight on AMC at 10 PM Eastern. The first episode of this six-part series focuses on aliens and how they've been portrayed in science</i> …

Aliens

The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus

We set out to do a standard Wirecutter guide to the best antivirus app, so we spent months researching products, reading reports from independent …

Malware

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks wave world record

Surf officials have confirmed that a Brazilian surfer broke the world record for the world's biggest wave last year.<p>Rodrigo Koxa surfed an 80ft (24.4-metre) wave at Nazaré in Portugal on 8 November 2017.<p>Koxa was awarded the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed at the World Surf …

Extreme Sports

A journey through perspective pictures with M.C. Escher

Known for his perspective pictures and geometric lithographs, M.C. Escher is one of the best known graphic artists of the 20th century. His work is …

Art

Americans Startled by Spectacle of President Who Can Speak English

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who were watching television on Wednesday morning witnessed the startling spectacle of an English-speaking President, viewers have confirmed.<p>All of the major cable news networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programs to cover the phenomenon, as a …

How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

The best lightweight gaming laptops

Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA's small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD's surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Now Intel has ramped up the …

Computer Hardware

Beyond Westworld: All the artificial intelligence on-screen

<i>Westworld</i> (2016–)

General Magic is a nostalgic film about the ‘90s startup that imagined the smartphone

It’s ‘the most important company to come out of Silicon Valley that no one’s ever heard of’<p><i>Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.</i><p>Silicon Valley is …

360° view of La Silla Observatory

This full 360° view of La Silla Observatory showcases the mountaintop telescopes in all their glory. The telescopes are silhouetted against a starry …

The Future Of Software Is No Code

It's accelerating how businesses are able to impact their strategy<p>Early digital computers weren't very useful. Sure, they were far more powerful than the punch card tabulating machines that they replaced, but they were devilishly hard to program. Instructions needed to be written in assembly code, …

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Silicon Valley

Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

“Great efforts were made by builders to ensure that their castles could withstand an enemy onslaught.” By Dr. Dan Spencer IN THEIR DAY, Medieval …

Military History

Monty Python's 10 funniest sketches

As a Monty Python treasure-trove arrives on Netflix – including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Monty Python's Flying Circus – it's the perfect moment to look back at 10 of the very best sketches from the masters of surreal comedy.<p>1. The Dead Parrot<p>Arguably the most famous, most …

On Google and Facebook: 'The Finest Intelligence Operation on Earth'

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook finally appears before Congress. Franklin Foer, who has extensively chronicled the relationship between social-media companies and democracy, had a report yesterday on the phase-change in national power that his appearance might indicate. (And you can take an …

'The Expanse' is a hit sci-fi TV show that critics say is the best since 'Battlestar Galactica'

Three seasons in, SyFy's "The Expanse" is finally getting the recognition it deserves as one of the best sci-fi shows on TV. And thankfully, you can catch up with the first two seasons on Amazon Prime.<p>The show, based on the series of novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (pen name James S. A. …

11 Games You Didn't Know About (But Should)

We cover a <i>lot</i> of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.<p>Here are 11 …

Dumping Facebook? If you really want online privacy, here are the tools you need

<b>(Shutterstock/Getty)</b><p>Facebook is far from the only privacy offender: Your browser, search engine and operating system are in on it too<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>April 5, 2018 8:58am (UTC)<p>As the scope of Facebook’s user data leak scandal continues to expand, with official government probes of the company in …

How Online Propaganda Became Mainstream

After the 2016 election, Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian specializing in totalitarian regimes in eastern Europe, wrote a heralded pamphlet titled On …

The Seven Biggest Lies Theranos Told

Theranos, led by CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes, raised more than $700 million on the promise of a revolutionary blood-testing technology that never materialized. The Securities and Exchange Commission just charged Holmes with “massive fraud.”<p>Elizabeth Holmes once dazzled the world with a story …

Theranos

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Here’s how to use Airtable, the user-friendly spreadsheet app that’s taking Silicon Valley by storm

Everyone in Silicon Valley seems to be talking about Airtable, a user-friendly spreadsheet app that makes it super easy to build custom applications — no coding experience required.<p>Airtable has achieved something of a cult following, especially among developers. Tesla uses Airtable to track …

Databases