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When Your Muse Is Also a Demonic Dominatrix

On Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala.<p>When Salvador Dalí’s wife, Gala, died in 1982, the first person outside of his household to hear the news was Juan Carlos, the king of Spain. Dalí telephoned the reigning monarch himself, and for once, this was not an act of posturing or presumption on his behalf. By …

The only good online fandom left is Dune

As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction’s most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.<p>Escapism in the year 2018 is a strange …

Science Fiction

New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

Finding the optimal solutions to complex problems can be dramatically fasterA new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers …

This Viral Short Film Is A Must-See For All Parents

Short film <i>Alike</i> delivers a harsh reality in a very quiet and almost innocent way. The animated short begins with a father loading his son’s backpack …

Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus

"We just don't know that much about Europa with certainty."<p>In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the …

London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate

The technology is being trialled in the UK but has so far led to zero arrests<p>The head of London’s Metropolitan Police force has defended the organization’s ongoing trials of automated facial recognition systems, despite legal challenges and criticisms that the technology is “almost entirely …

<i>Wonder Woman</i> aside, DC’s recent movies haven’t been very good, but their recent comics have been extraordinary. In particular, writer Tom King has …

Bethesda Trolls The World: 'Skyrim' For Amazon Alexa Is Real

You all saw it. During Bethesda’s BE3 press conference, a downright hilarious sketch starring Keegan-Michael Key showed the comedian considering his controller of choice, then nonchalantly says “Alexa, play <i>Skyrim</i>!” The sketch demonstrated a choose-your-own adventure style game controlled by only …

Bethesda Teases The Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2018 - ExtremeTech

By on June 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls …

AI cancer detectors

More accurate than dermatologists<p>An AI system developed by a team from Germany, France and the US can diagnose skin cancer more accurately than dermatologists. In the study, the software was able to accurately detect cancer in 95% of images of cancerous moles and benign spots, whereas a team of 58 …

Cancer

FBI arrests CEO of company selling custom BlackBerrys to gangs

Custom, extra-secure BlackBerry phones remain a staple of the criminal underworld, and a recent bust just illustrated this point. <i>Motherboard</i> has learned that the FBI arrested Vincent Ramos, the founder of the well-established phone mod seller Phantom Secure, for allegedly aiding criminal …

Roleplaying Basics: The Importance of Session Zero

<i>Are you new to roleplaying? We’ve got all sorts of resources to help you out: from helpful advice for GMs with GM Tips to learning to play RPGs with</i> …

A Half-Remembered Retelling Makes This Star Wars Fan Film Special

There isn’t a lot of writing in the <i>Star Wars</i> universe. Stories seem to mostly be passed along via oral culture—one person telling a story to another, …

How to Introduce Your Kid to Dungeons & Dragons

Once upon a time, I was a wizard named Gandalf. It is an unimaginative moniker, admittedly, but it came from a tween who just finished reading the</i> …

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of “humankind’s emergence from its self-incurred immaturity”, its …

Steven Pinker

Star Citizen’s 3.0 update is finally here

The latest update to the multiplayer game’s incomplete alpha build<p><i>Star Citizen</i>, the ambitious collection of spacefaring games, has reached a major milestone. The latest update to the project’s online multiplayer game, the so-called “persistent universe,” represents the largest addition of new …

Splatoon 2 Has Become The First Home Console Game This Decade To Sell 2 Million Copies In Japan

Wow. I knew splatoon was big in Japan, but I didn't think it was that big.<p>@Jake-06 you obviously haven't seen the concerts with Callie and …

Switch Now Has Three Times As Many Games as Wii U Did At This Point In Its Lifecycle

And people say the Switch has no games. Where are they looking?<p>Seen this earlier. Interesting, I was saying in the forums that the Wii sold a similar …

Gaming

The Richest Scifi and Fantasy Worlds in Video Games

Few creative mediums let you explore stories like video games. Players don’t just watch a story—they participate in it, sometimes steering narratives …

'4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss follows a strict morning routine to maximize productivity — and after a week on his schedule, I can see why it works

Tim Ferriss' morning routine is long. If you're the kind of person who needs to ease into the day (my hand is raised), his schedule is probably for you.<p>Ferriss is the bestselling author of "The 4-Hour Workweek," a podcast host, an entrepreneur, and an investor.<p>I followed Ferriss' routine for a …

Time Management

One person is probably responsible for almost 600 percent of Bitcoin's price rise

Bitcoin is complicated. From what, exactly, it's good for to who created it, there remains a host of unanswered questions about the world's foremost …

Watch this nuanced analysis of sci-fi film Ex Machina

Film critic Allison de Fren examines some of the complex issues raised in the 2015 <i>Ex Machina</i>. Her voiceover alone makes it worth it, but the insights …

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, And Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study

Blade Runners TBC.<p>Consciousness is a slippery concept to pin down, but a small group of neuroscientists just made a solid attempt at doing just …

This Cosplayer Can Transform Herself Into Anyone And It's Pretty Impressive

Makeup make believe.

Apple is really bad at design

Let me just rip this band-aid off...<p>The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and …

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Consciousness

AI researchers make $1 million challenge to anyone who can solve chess puzzle

Have a good mind for computational problem-solving? Fancy netting a cool $1 million for your efforts? Then the University of St. Andrews and the Clay …

How Skyrim’s magnificent dragons were created (and why they could never fly)

Did you know that the dragons in Skyrim can’t actually fly? That’s to say, if they were real, those magnificent beasts simply wouldn’t be able to …

How YouTube perfected the feed

Google Brain gave YouTube new life<p>Sometime late last year, as I was playing a video game named <i>Dishonored 2</i>, I did a routine YouTube search about how to beat a tricky section of the game. As usual, I found a video to answer my question. But on my next YouTube visit, the site offered me even more …

New antibody promises single unified treatment for many neurological diseases

Scientists believe that the underlying cause of many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, is the buildup of misfolded …