John Ofrady

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Has wine gone bad?

If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been crowned as the “best restaurant in the world” – you might have been served one of its signature dishes: a single, raw, razor clam from the North Sea, in a foaming pool of aqueous parsley, topped with a dusting of …

Wine

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

It’s the end of the university as we know it

<i>This is the last in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Here are parts one, two, and three.</i><p>“Not enough people are innovating enough in higher education,” gripes Larry Summers, the economist who served for five years as …

Education

Apple iOS 11 Features: 42 Spectacular Tips You Should Know About

Apple announced iOS 11 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and it has released 10 betas for developers since then. iOS 11 has dozens of new features that will make the lives of users much easier. In iOS 11, new features have been added to Notes, Camera, Music, App Store, Photos, Calendar …

Apps

Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By Stephen Metcalf<p>Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate …

Economics

Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly …

An iceberg the size of P.E.I. is about to break off of Antarctica

An enormous iceberg, over 5,000 square kilometres in area – or roughly the size of Prince Edward Island – is poised to detach from one of the largest …

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Arguments why God (very probably) exists

<i>Note from Editor of The Conversation US: This is a revised version of the original piece. We have done so to make explicit the author’s expertise</i> …

University of Chicago

The Neuronal Basis of Consciousness Course: A Free Online Course from Caltech

"This award-winning, nine unit course (The Neuronal Basis of Consciousness), taught in the spring of each year at Caltech, is concerned with the …

Consciousness

Who we are as data might soon become more important than who we are as people

In our digital worlds, there is a gap between the real you and the algorithmic “you.” Online, you live in a realm functionally distinct from the world you thought you knew: one where your data assigns you a gender different from your own, or a citizenship unlike the one in your passport.<p>In some …

Algorithms

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Critical Thinking

Tim Hudak on Ontario's Fair Housing Plan

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Singularity

Use pi to make sense of life without doing any math

You probably first met pi—the number used to calculate the circumference of a circle—when you were in school. If you aren’t mathematically inclined, you probably haven’t thought about it since then. But pi has practical applications for everyone as a real tool to better understand the universe and …

Mathematics

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old gadget that’s taking up space. Usually, nothing is wrong with it. You just don't need it anymore.<p>Or do you? Before you decide to sell it or give it away, there are some very cool things …

What Steve Bannon really wants

What does Donald Trump want for America? His supporters don’t know. His party doesn’t know. Even he doesn’t know.<p>If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It’s his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump …

Political Science

'Substantial evidence' the universe is a hologram

International team of researchers carry out observational tests of holographic cosmology.<p>Scientists have found 'evidence' that the universe is a …

Universal basic income is the operating system of a post-industrial state

There are very few policy ideas that attract support from all sides of the political spectrum these days. Universal basic income is one of them.<p>The idea of replacing existing welfare systems by giving everyone unconditional cash payments—regardless of income, work status, or anything else—is …

Income Inequality

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is actually a secret metaphor for the 2016 election

“Christmas is coming, and I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.”<p>That line, spoken by Charlie Brown to Linus, sets the tone for the unconventional holiday film <i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i>. Originally uttered in 1965, its ennui-filled sentiment is shared, over 50 years later, by many …

Charlie Brown

What's the Point of Being Human? The Best Answer So Far

The point of being human is to push the envelope of being human. This is worth remembering when times are tough and we lose confidence in ourselves. No other creature on earth has the capacity to redefine itself. We do. How humans gained this ability remains a totally mystery. Looking at physical …

Downsizing seniors take the money and run

When Frank Wiebe and Janice Sutton sold their home in July of 2013, they were hardly typical of first-time home sellers. For one thing, they weren't merely selling a house; they were parting ways with a 92-acre property that included their home for 25 years in Moscow, Ont., a hamlet on the western …

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

How To Get Rid of Ants Naturally: Both House Ants AND Carpenter Ants

<b>Learn how to Get Rid of Ants Naturally!</b><p><b>I take pride in my advanced detective skills,</b> and I apply them to almost everything including: figuring out …

21 Epsom Salt Garden "Cheats" You Don't Want To Miss!

There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what vegetable garden growers call the …

Superintelligent AI Could Wipe Out Humanity, If We're Not Ready for It

As Stephen Hawking said, “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last."<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>Impending technological change tends to elicit a Janus-faced reaction in people: part awe, part creeping sense of anxiety and terror. During the …

Here's what $400K buys you in housing markets across Canada:

Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology - MIT Technology Review

Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use …

John Doyle

John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's television critic. His column appears in the Review section Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. He has been the paper's critic since 2000. From 1995 to 2000 he was the critic for Broadcast Week, the Globe's television magazine.<p>Born in Ireland, John holds a BA in …