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The Gamer’s Brain excerpt: Good UX is key to crafting fun

Creating video games can be hard, and creating a fun and engaging experience is a real challenge. While there is no clear recipe for developing successful games, there are known ingredients. <i>The Gamer’s Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design</i> is a book about using knowledge in …

UX Design

Can game theory end world conflict?

Robert J. Aumann isn’t only famous for his long white beard and deep sense of wisdom. He’s also renowned for a string of controversies. On one hand, …

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

SAN FRANCISCO — We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving. All this artificial intelligence requires an enormous amount of computing power, stretching the limits of even the most modern …

Artificial Intelligence

Recipes for survival in a world with superintelligent artificial intelligence

<b>Who's worried about Superintelligent AI?</b><br>Physicist <b>Max Tegmark</b> is part of a group of intellectuals and futurists, including luminaries like Stephen …

Did this other human species overlap with our ancestors?

Scientists have discovered additional remains of a new human species, <i>Homo naledi</i>, in a series of caves northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa.<p>The …

I’d Rather Not Merge With Robots, Thank You

Israeli historian Yuval Harari is getting a lot of attention with a dramatic vision of the future, in which humans merge with technology to evolve beyond themselves and ultimately colonize outer space -- potentially making our generation one of the last of Homo Sapiens.<p>I'm hoping this is more of a …

Transhumanism is Being Guided by Reason and the Word "Why"

<i>Image of the future -- By Smart Gadget Technology</i><p>The human race is on the threshold of so much revolutionary change. It's mostly due to the emerging field of transhumanism: a social movement that aims to use science and technology to radically modify the human body--and modify the human experience. …

Albert Einstein

Ray Kurzweil: Here's Why Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could …

From apps to immortality

How long will the humble ‘app’ remain relevant?<p><b>Some say, not long. In fact, we’re fusing our bodies with technology at an accelerating rate, and this</b> …

How to Create a Luxury Bachelor Pad on a Budget

Sometimes, a big life change just calls for a home refresh. Whether it's a positive change -- marriage or baby --- or something a little less joyful like a big breakup, adjusting the design of your space can help you cope with your new reality.<p>Located on a quiet, tree-lined street, this two-bedroom …

Pad

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

Diet & Fitness<p>A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy …

Research

Ultimate Constraint and the Probability of Singularity

There is a hypothesis by Theodore Modis, (1943-Living), that we can expect the rate of technological progress to begin slowing soon, because contrary …

Controversial Philosopher Says Man And Machine Will Fuse Into One Being

An interview with philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.<p><i>Peter Sloterdijk is Germany’s most controversial thinker and media theorist. He has dared to challenge long-established divisions in traditional philosophy of body and soul, subject and object, culture and nature. His 1999 lecture on “Regulations for</i> …

Humans Will Have Cloud-Connected Hybrid Brains by 2030, Ray Kurzweil Says

So, you think you’ve seen it all? You haven’t seen anything yet. By the year 2030, advancements will excel anything we’ve seen before concerning …