Nick Ligon

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A NASA Experiment Is Going to Light Up the Sky With Beautifully Colored Clouds Tonight

If you’re on the east coast tonight, keep an eye on the sky between 7pm and 9pm: NASA is launching a test of some new tech that will include …

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

The CIA Keeps (Accidentally) Legitimizing JFK Conspiracy Theories

Now we learn that the CIA chief at the time did all he could to bury "incendiary" information.<p>It is somewhat lost to history what a writhing ball of snakes the national security establishment was during the three years of John F. Kennedy's presidency, especially after the collapse of the Bay of …

Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

In the rat race that is modern life, it's sort of the only drug that makes sense. How awful is that?<p><i>More on Nootroprics:</i><p>Will 'Smart Drugs' Really Make Us Smarter, or Just Ruin Our Lives?<p>A Campus Dealer Explains How the College Drug Economy Works<p>Can the Pills That Claim to Make You Clever Also Make …

Apple has bought 2 artificial-intelligence companies in 4 days

Bloomberg reports that Apple has bought Perceptio, a company that makes image-recognition technology for smartphones, its second AI deal in four days.<p>Perceptio was developing "deep learning" technology for smartphones, that allowed phones to independently identify images without relying on external …

Artificial Intelligence

Nick Merrill: the man who may unlock the secrecy of the FBI's controversial subpoenas

27 November stands to mark a victory a decade in the making for Merrill, who was served with a national security letter in 2004 and said he was ‘terrified’ of revealing the extent of the information he was being asked to hand over<p>For over a decade, Nick Merrill could say nothing about the FBI …

Trump calls big CEO salaries 'disgraceful'

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump says it’s “disgraceful” how much money CEOs of big companies are making, but there's not much you can do about it.<p>Calling into CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Trump was told by host John Dickerson that CEO pay is now 350 times the average worker.<p>“It …

Ben Carson’s theocratic lie: The pernicious myth of America the “Christian nation”

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>The surging presidential candidate revives a destructive, ahistorical trope about America’s founding<p>Sean Illing<p>September 10, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>One of the more enduring tropes on the religious right is this notion that America is a Christian nation, or at the very least a …

Elon Musk To Stephen Colbert: Nuclear Weapons Could Terraform Mars

Is he a supervillain?<p>Elon Musk has often been compared to Tony Stark. The billionaire entrepreneur is the brains behind SpaceX’s reusable rockets, Tesla’s electric cars, and the solar power provider SolarCity. But last night when comedian Stephen Colbert pressed Musk to decide whether he’s a …

Black, queer, feminist, erased from history: Meet the most important legal scholar you’ve likely never heard of

<b>Pauli Murray (AP)</b><p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this Supreme Court’s liberal hero, but her work sits on the shoulders of Dr. Pauli Murray<p>Brittney Cooper<p>February 18, 2015 11:28am (UTC)<p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg has emerged as the liberal hero of a hopelessly right-wing Supreme Court, a ram in the bush for those of …

Civil Rights

GOP still party of stupid: Scott Walker, Fox News and why 2016 hopefuls must appease wingnut base on evolution

<b>(AP/Alex Brandon/Andy Manis/Reuters/Lucas Jackson)</b><p>Scott Walker got mocked for “punting” on evolution. It was the only smart political answer for any Republican<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>February 18, 2015 11:30am (UTC)<p>It was quite amusing to see Scott Walker pilloried by certain right-wing luminaries for …

Scott Walker

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation'

Technologies join nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts in Global Challenges Foundation’s risk report<p>Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human …

Artificial Intelligence

Yes, bisexuality is real

<b>Sharon Stone and Leilani Sarelle in "Basic Instinct" (Columbia Tristar)</b><p>Bisexuals are more visible than ever, yet the harmful stereotypes persist. Heterosexism only tells half the story<p>Rachel Kramer Bussel<p>January 19, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on DAME.<p>In the new film <i>Appropriate</i> …

Bisexuality

Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

The robots will rise, we're told. The machines will assume control. For decades we have heard these warnings and fears about artificial intelligence …

“Treating Latino families like trash”: Latino group slams lawsuit against Obama’s immigration plan

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>Presente.org takes officials to task for suing to halt president’s executive action<p>Luke Brinker<p>December 4, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>A major Latino organization on Thursday fiercely condemned a lawsuit aimed at blocking President Obama's plan to offer deportation relief to up to 5 million …

White America’s moral disaster: From Eric Garner to Mike Brown, a destructive view of “justice”

<b>Michael Eric Dyson, Rudy Giuliani (NBC/Meet The Press/Screen montage by Salon)</b><p>Eric Garner is just one example of black life devalued. Here’s how white victimization is tearing the nation apart<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>December 4, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Yesterday a New York police officer named Daniel Pantaleo …

A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future

The concept of a “vertical city,” as sketched out in a new book by architects Kenneth King and Kellogg Wong, is something more than a hyper-dense …

Urban Design

The Big Future: Can we build a conscious computer?

Will the future of human intelligence be something... inhuman? This week's <i>Big Future</i> considers the state of artificial intelligence: how do we make a computer that thinks for itself? Is it possible? What will it look like? Whatever it is — it definitely won't look like the computer on your desk.<p>If …

Fox News’ racial confusion: What Charles Barkley and Ben Carson could teach Megyn Kelly

<b>Charles Barkley, Megyn Kelly, Ben Carson (AP/Elise Amendola/Alex Kroke/Reuters/Mike Theiler/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Fox’s Megyn Kelly says something can’t be racist if a person of color believes it. Here’s the lesson she’s missing<p>Elias Isquith<p>December 4, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>During a characteristically …

Wearing Your Intelligence: How to Apply Artificial Intelligence in Wearables and IoT

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Scott Amyx, Amyx+McKinsey. Scott Amyx, Amyx+McKinsey<p>Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) may give the impression that …

How to deal with Wall Street and income inequality in one fell swoop

<b>David Koch, Jamie Dimon (AP/Evan Agostini/Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Jezper via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>If we want to curb the worst Wall Street abuses, and also make America a more equitable place, here’s what to do<p>Sean McElwee<p>November 30, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>The financial industry is a behemoth. Over the past …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Forget smart watches and glasses, smart clothing will be the hottest trend of 2015

Previous Next<p>1 of 8<p>Smartwatches and fitness bands are one of the hottest products of 2014. We’ve seen a dizzying array of watches from many major …

Wearable Tech

Gay gene discovery has good and bad implications

FOR gay rights activists, it’s a dilemma. Does it help or hinder their cause if science shows that homosexuality is partly or largely biologically …

Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers

Human rights experts and technology groups have launched a new tool allowing members of the public to scan their computers for surveillance spyware used by governments.<p>Amnesty says Detekt is the first tool freely available that will allow activists and journalists to find out if their PCs are being …

Creating Immortal Genes - page 1 | Life Extension

William Faloon<p>When we talk about radically extending the human life span, few scientists understand how easy it may be to accomplish this.<p>A new study …

China's New Military Robots Pack More Robots Inside (Starcraft-Style)

One of the most interesting developments at the Zhuhai 2014 arms show has been the introduction of a family of armed and support unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), demonstrating China’s deep interest in the cutting edge of robotics and war.<p>The Sharp Claw 2 is a 1 ton armored, 6X6 UGV with sensors and …

Why America is the most unequal society in the developed world

<b>Michael Douglas in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps"</b><p>The reason we’re not more upset about the ever-expanding pay gap? We’re clueless about how big it really is<p>Les Leopold<p>November 12, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The American people have spoken. But what did we …

Andreja Pejic And The Rise Of Transgender Models

Andreja Pejic, one of the world’s most beautiful women, is now making a documentary to catalog her modeling career and transition from boyhood to androgyny to womanhood.<p>“I knew I was different from an early age,” says Pejic, a radiant 6’1″ blonde who was assigned male at birth. “When childhood …