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How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Promise Seen In Personal Vaccines Made Just To Treat Your Cancer

Researchers are developing a new weapon against cancer: a "personal vaccine" made just for you. It trains a patient's immune system to respond to a …

The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent

Shlomi Dolev Contributor<p>Shlomi Dolev is the Chair Professor and founder of the Computer Science department of Ben-Guiron University of the Negev. He is the author of Self-Stabilization. Shlomi also is a cybersecurity entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief scientist of Secret Double Octopus.<p>In …

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

The Trump administration’s new war on marijuana, explained

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is unleashing federal law enforcement — to crack down on marijuana legalization states.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a new war on marijuana legalization.<p>On Thursday, Sessions rescinded guidances from former President Barack Obama’s administration that …

The documentary about Google DeepMind's 'AlphaGo' algorithm is now available on Netflix

One of the greatest breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence was turned into a documentary called "AlphaGo" last year and the movie has just been released on Netflix.<p>"AlphaGo" is about an algorithm that learns how to play the ancient Chinese board game of Go to a superhuman level. The …

Ben Shapiro Explains Why You Should Never Google 'Trickle Down Economics'

If you’ve ever engaged in an economics debate with someone on the left side of the political spectrum you have probably become privy to the term …

Economics

Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul

Former Google and Facebook executives are sounding the alarm about the pervasive power of tech. Will we listen?<p>One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present …

Silicon Valley

Physicists have created a set of conditions in which time seems to run in reverse

While we all take for granted the fact that time’s arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing why this is …

Unable to quit smoking? Here’s why it is so difficult

Scientists have identified specific chemical changes deep in the brain that help drive nicotine addiction, an advance that may lead to new treatments …

Why Are All “Star Wars” Movies the Same?

Forty years ago, when George Lucas was inventing the “Star Wars” universe, he drew on many influences. He combined “Flash Gordon” with “The Golden Bough”; samurai with dogfights; the New Age mysticism of Carlos Castaneda with the heroic resistance, as he saw it, of the Viet Cong. The illustrator …

CHARTS: See How Much Of GOP Tax Cuts Will Go To The Middle Class

<b>Updated on Dec. 20 at 3:50 p.m. ET</b><p>The Republican tax bill, which Congress sent to President Trump on Wednesday, would give most Americans a tax cut next year, according to a new analysis. However, it would by far benefit the richest Americans the most. Meanwhile, many lower- and middle-class …

Meet the Press

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which …

For The First Time, Living Cells Have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds

Life - but not as we know it.<p>Scientists have managed to coax living cells into making carbon-silicon bonds, demonstrating for the first time that …

The God Algorithm

<i>Joey Camire, Strategist, Sylvain Labs</i><p>What is the mechanism at play in the minds of the influenced?<p>Over the past few years, our collective culture has been plunged time and time again into shock events that take us by complete surprise - unpredictable elections, Brexit, Arab Spring. Events where …

Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

This is where awareness lives.<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

'Neither Heaven Nor Earth' mines the middle ground of soldiers' psyche during war

War movies generally divide their psychological card-dealing along standard lines: Frontline stories handle the knife's-edge survival tension, while post-war tales confront the mental fallout. What makes French filmmaker Clément Cogitore's feature debut "Neither Heaven Nor Earth" so striking is how …

3tags.org

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

Ronda Rousey '30 for 30' Parody Perfectly Shows How Bethe Correia Messed Up

What if I told you Bethe Correia messed up?<p>What if I told you she signed her very own death warrant the moment she made a dumb suicide remark to Ronda Rousey?<p>What if I told you this fight was over months ago, long before Ronda Rousey unmoored Correia's brain from its faculties 34 seconds into the …

Ronda Rousey

The best ways to invest $5,000

"If you're asking what's the best way to invest $5,000, it's kind of like asking what should I have for dinner tonight? Well, it depends," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst of Bankrate. "What do you like? What don't you like? Do you have any allergies? What are you in the mood for? The …

Why America is Falling Behind the Rest of the World

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together …

Killer robots: The soldiers that never sleep

In the city of Daejeon, South Korea, an arms manufacturer has designed and built a gun turret that’s able to identify, track and shoot targets, theoretically without the need for human mediation. Who will teach these robot soldiers the rules of engagement?<p>On a green hill overlooking the tree-lined …