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Opinion: Why More Inventions Don't Win Nobel Prizes, and Why That's a Good Thing

Even though Alfred Nobel was an inventor, fundamental discoveries have won more Nobel Prizes. And maybe that's OK, a science journalist argues.<p>When Alfred Nobel wrote a will leaving his fortune to underwrite annual prizes for intellectual achievement, he specified that one be given "to the person …

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Edward Snowden leaves airport: 'In the end the law is winning' – as it happened

Summary<p><b>Edward Snowden has left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after being granted asylum by Russian authorities.</b> The NSA whistleblower had been staying in the transit area of the the airport for over a month while Russia deliberated over whether to accept his application for temporary asylum.<p><b>Snowden</b> …

The Best Intelligence Is Cyborg Intelligence

<i>The best services arise from the combination of machine and human intelligences.</i><p>Alexis Madrigal<p>A quick pointer to today's A1 <i>New York Times</i> story on a phenomenon we've been following on this blog for the past year: as algorithmic entities explode across the web, humans remain central to their …

The Most Advanced Artificial Intelligence In Existence Is Only As Smart As A Preschooler

An artificial intelligence (AI) system known as ConceptNet4 has an IQ equivalent to that of a 4-year-old child, according to the study. But the machine's abilities don't evenly match those of a child: the computer system aced its vocabulary test, but lacked the prudence and sound judgment of a …

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You Wish Your Neurons Were This Pretty | WIRED

When Greg Dunn finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Penn in 2011, he bought himself a sensory deprivation tank as a graduation present. The gift …

What happens when Edward Snowden is actually caught?

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including a venture capitalist's advice to start-ups, how to deal with anxiety and the con man who won the war on terror.<p>Do things that don’t scale<br>Paul Graham | 15 July 2013<br>Venture capitalist’s advice to start-ups. However good your idea, don’t …