Robb Allan

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Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Consciousness

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria

Hard drives will one day seem as primitive as punch cards or floppy disks, and it may turn out that the medium that replaces them was inside us all …

Google’s Next Design Project? Artificial Intelligence

“In the early days of graphical user interfaces, people had to invent scroll bars and menus. What is the scroll bar of AI? We don’t know yet.”<p>We’re living in the Wild West of artificial intelligence, with products and companies popping up so quickly that we’ve had little time to understand what it …

AI lawyer can help you with a thousand different legal issues

Over two years ago, Joshua Browder, now a junior at Stanford University, created a chatbot that could contest parking tickets in New York City and London. By June of 2016, DoNotPay had successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets -- a 64 percent success rate -- and earlier this year, Browder …

The Future

Silicon Valley Wants to Reinvent the Democratic Party With a Group Called "WTF"

Known to be forward thinking in the realm of technology, Silicon Valley is now rounding up its resources to lay out a future for the Democratic Party.<p>…

Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union

<i>Over the past few months, as the disturbing prospect of a Trump administration became a disturbing reality, I decided to reach out to Noam Chomsky, the philosopher whose writing, speaking and activism has for more than 50 years provided unparalleled insight and challenges to the American and global</i> …

Bernie Sanders

Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine the World

How big of a deal is artificial intelligence? Microsoft researcher James McCaffrey explains AI's origins and why we can expect profound effects from …

Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning is already a part of your life, you just don’t know it yet

If you were born in the 80s or 90s, then there’s a good chance the idea of machine learning conjures images of Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. It sounds like a far future concept that may be synonymous with AI and ‘the rise of the machines’.<p>But as it happens, the rise has actually <i>already</i> …

Machine Learning

The Future of Productivity: AI and Machine Learning

Industry experts explain how AI will change the way we work.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The productivity and project management market is booming, and it’s continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. I wanted to know what the future of artificial intelligence in …

I, Alexa: Should we give artificial intelligence human rights?

A few years ago, the subject of AI personhood and legal rights for artificial intelligence would have been something straight out of science fiction. …

The Fourth Industrial Age will be about AI understanding us, not the other way around

While we’re not going to let the bots take over just yet, it’s clear that bots <i>are</i> going to meet our needs, offer proactive advice, and serve us. The truth is, we won’t try to understand technology. Technology will try to understand us.<p>That’s a lofty goal. The digital revolution was about humans …

Artificial Intelligence

We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best.

The New York Times Food department hasn’t taken a close look at hot dogs in some time. Back when hot dogs were on every list of foods to avoid — alarming additives, questionable cuts, salt and fat galore — home cooks didn’t want to know too much about what was in them.<p>But cooks are different now, …

Baking

Sony's unorthodox take on AI is now open source

When it comes to AI, Sony isn't mentioned in the conversation like Google, Amazon and Apple are. However, let's remember that it was on the forefront of deep learning with products like the Aibo robot dog, and has used it recently in the Echo-like Xperia Agent (above) and Xperia Ear. Sony is …

21 Quick Fixes For Baking Mistakes You're Probably Making

For a tender and flaky pie crust, use a lard recipe.

Dessert

Fed up with steep fees for pitiful performance, investors are pulling billions from hedge funds

Investors in hedge funds have had enough. These funds charge notoriously high fees to manage their money, but have performed dismally in relation to low-cost alternatives. As a result, global investors have pulled $56 billion from hedge funds in the first seven months of 2016, according to …

Investing

Young investors rushing to ETNs for the fun of the oil price 'roller coaster'

Chris Santos likes a little spice in his investing life.<p>That's why the 26-year-old Toronto man trades Credit Suisse Group AG's VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN, which offers returns equal to three times the move of the S&P GSCI crude oil index for each day. It's allowed him to leverage the …

Investing

A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps)

Question: When you’re lost in a story — any story — what, exactly, is it that has you so mesmerized that the real world seems to have vanished?<p>You may be thinking, <i>Hey, it depends on what kind of story I’m lost in, the genre, whether it’s commercial or literary fiction – sheesh, there’s a long list</i> …

Creative Writing

Dark Buddhist Teachings That’ll Upend Westerners’ Peace-And-Love Assumptions

From hatred of singing and dancing to comparing women to snakes, these Buddhist teachings reveal that this religion isn't exactly the paragon of …

The Duke Of Westminster Is The Exception In Piketty's Wealth Accrual And Inheritance Model

Much was made last year of the claim by Thomas Piketty that we were returning to an age where great fortunes passed down from father to son and the rest of us never got a look in at those possibilities of great wealth. The death of Gerald Grosvenor and the inheritance of his vast fortune by Hugo, …

Economics

4 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer

These books feature great writing, and will help you hone your writing skills too.<p>Even if you don't define yourself as a writer, entrepreneurs are creating written materials every day: sales proposals, marketing emails, business plans, and countless other things. If you can't tell your story in a …

IBM Made a 'Crash Course' For The White House, And It'll Teach You All The AI Basics

Alarmed by the AI Revolution<p>Vernor Vinge once stated in his book <i>The Singularity</i>, “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life …

The White House requested input on artificial intelligence, and IBM’s response is a great AI 101

The field of artificial intelligence is so huge, and the potential applications so numerous, that it would be folly to try to explain it all in one — no, wait, IBM just did.<p>In June, the White House published a formal request for information, or RFI, about the possibilities and risks of AI.<p>“The …

17 Ways to Get More Crème Brûlée in Your Life

There’s something about an elegant dessert that gets you every time. You can’t turn down a pretty pots de crème if you have the chance to indulge, but crème brûlée holds the top spot in your heart. While it may not be the easiest dessert to whip up in your own kitchen, there are plenty of ways to …

These 1-Pot Pasta Recipes Are the Answer to Quick and Easy Dinner

Does dinner get any easier than one-pot pasta? When you need to throw dinner together in a matter of minutes, turn to any of these 27 recipes where every single thing is cooked in the same pot as the pasta. There's sure to be a recipe that speaks to you, from one-pot tomato basil pasta to one-pot …

How to Make the Easiest Indian Dal

There's nothing complicated about making <i>dal</i>.<p>That is, it doesn't look too tough when cookbook author and photographer Tara O'Brady is making it: …

Curries

3 Dividend Stocks You Don't Have to Babysit

While babysitting an actual baby can sometimes be fun -- until it's diaper-changing time -- babysitting other people or things, like coworkers or stocks, is just a pain. And dirty diapers are nothing compared to the agony of an underperforming investment.<p>A quality dividend stock, though, can not …

Investing

6 Summer Soups That Won't Weigh You Down

Soups are a great way to turn your extra produce into a light lunch or satisfying snack. From Silky golden gazpacho to chunky vegetable soup with pesto, you'll find yourself making these figure-friendly soups all summer long.<p><b>1. Silky Golden Gazpacho</b><p>Adapted from Oleana chef Ana Sortun's cookbook,</i> …

Hedge Fundamentals

Hedge funds are tools used by public and private pensions, colleges and others to help diversify their investments, manage risk and deliver reliable …

Hedge Funds