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Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

AI’s next frontier requires ethics built through policy. Will Donald Trump deliver?<p>With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where machines are as …

Artificial Intelligence

Spending Time Around Traffic Is Literally Destroying Your Brain | Motherboard

The highways around where I live in Portland, Oregon are like congestion voids—black holes or boundless oceans. You go in hoping to reappear elsewhere in the city or beyond, but without any assurance of exiting at all; time and space cease to have any meaning as waves and waves of Subarus roll …

Health

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos …

The Brain

Individual vs. institution: Can Trump overcome his personality and make real change as president?

History suggests that institutions tend to dominate personalities, and Trump will not be the exception<p>Based on his erratic behavior during the campaign, many fear what Donald Trump will do in office. Some believe that his strong personality could lead to disastrous policies that could negatively …

Democracy

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

We’ve all heard a lot about “mindfulness” and its potential benefits. But what is it really? And how do you practice it?<p>This infographic from Mindful …

Mindfulness

10 Creativity Quotes to Kick Off Your Year

<i>For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>If accessing your creative side is one of your …

Creativity

Mice may illuminate workings of star-shaped brain cells | Spectrum

Two new strains of mice allow researchers to monitor and manipulate brain cells called astrocytes1. The star-shaped cells, which support neurons and …

The Brain

Evolution, Climate and Vaccines: Why Americans Deny Science

The U.S. has a science problem. Around half of the country's citizens reject the facts of evolution; fewer than a third agree there is a scientific …

Psychology

There's a 20% chance you have a particular form of synesthesia

Roughly 4.4 percent of the global adult population experiences a rare condition called synaesthesia, which causes the brain to confuse sensory information and turn smells into sounds, or numbers and words into tastes and colours.<p>But scientists might have just identified a specific form of …

The Brain

Surviving Loss: You Always Have Choice

<b>“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” ~Stephen Covey</b><p>One ordinary night after an ordinary day of work and family, …

Mind

This Zen Story Reveals How to Rewire Your Brain and Overcome Your Fears

Overcoming our fears is one of the most difficult challenges we face in life.<p>We tend to cling to our fear because we’ve learned that it’s part of who …

Mindfulness

Save The Alien, Save Your Soul: This VR Film Turns Empathy Into Action

Will you rescue Cheez? Baobab Studio's interactive short Asteroids! encourages viewers' participation by tapping into their emotions.<p>When Eric Darnell talks about what makes for good storytelling, he knows of what he speaks. The screenwriter and director of all four <i>Madagascar</i> films and the director …

Storytelling

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Before they speak or crawl or walk or achieve many of the other amazing developmental milestones in the first year of life, babies laugh. This simple …

Psychology

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.<p>It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven …

The Brain

How to Overcome Unconscious Bias

Imagine playing a game where you’re seated in front of four decks of cards. On the back of two decks are pictures of puppies; on the other two are …

Psychology

Study Reveals How Little We Know About Each Other’s Intentions

Researchers report people need to understand what a person is trying to control by using a certain behavior, rather than trying to change the …

The Brain

Why You'll Never Change Anyone's Mind About Politics - VICE

The question of how to change a mind—or get someone to hop the political fence—has likely never been more important, or discussed more frequently, than in today's age. Last year, despite a constant series of bombshells about Donald Trump's evasion of taxes, allegations of sexual assault, racism and …

Bernie Sanders

What Causes Sleepiness When Sickness Strikes?

<i>Summary: A new study reveals the mechanism behind why we get so sleepy when we’re sick.</i><p>Source: University of Pennsylvania.<p><b>Penn roundworm study</b> …

Psychology

Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS For Alzheimer’s Patients

<i>Summary: The spatial dissociation in Alzheimer’s disease that causes people to wander may be a result of tau accumulation in the entorhinal cortex’s</i> …

The Brain

The case against empathy

Who can be against empathy? If our moral intuitions align on anything, is it not on the idea that empathy for other human beings is a good thing? What harm could come from identifying with the thoughts and feelings of our fellow creatures?<p>According to Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at Yale, …

Empathy

Is The Default Mode Of The Brain To Suffer?

If you’re going to get any sort of science done, an experiment needs a control group: the unaffected, possibly placebo-ed population that didn’t take …

Mindfulness

The Conversation Placebo

<i>Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTOpinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter.</i><p>In my daily work as a primary care internist, I see no letup from pain. Every single patient, it seems, has an aching shoulder or a bum knee or a painful back. “Our bodies …

Life Sciences

Why "Be Positive" is Horrible Advice, According to Buddhism

It is human nature to have negative thinking, and it’s okay to feel low and dejected. Low emotions and their presence help us to appreciate the …

Religion

Here’s What Hypnosis Does To Your Brain

Though many people associate hypnotism with second-rate magicians, the practice is in fact supported by a large number of clinicians and …

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Mindfulness

Dr Michael Squire on art and the body

Do You Have Empathy for People Who Don't? Should You?

<b>Introduction: Comparing Individuals High and Low in Empathy</b><p>Source: geralt, empathy/Pixabay Free Illustrations<p>Appreciating empathic individuals is …

Psychology

Jekyll & Hyde Tale Unfolding Within The Human Brain May Explain Neurodegenerative Disease

Judging from the very terms used to designate brain research — <i>neuro</i>science, <i>neuro</i>logy, <i>neuro</i>biology — you might figure nerve cells (or neurons, as …

The Brain

Delirium Could Accelerate Dementia Related Mental Decline

<i>Summary: A new study reports delirium can accelerate cognitive decline in people undergoing pathological changes associated with dementia.</i><p>Source: UCL.<p>…

The Brain