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John Coltrane's 'Lost Album' Is A Window Into His Pursuit Of The Impossible

The improbable new release by John Coltrane, <i>Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album</i>, arrives with the excitement of a rare celestial event. A small trove of previously unissued studio material recorded by the saxophonist and his quartet on a single day in 1963, it has already caused a commotion …

Horns

Some Animals Switching To Nocturnal Life

A new study finds that animals are becoming more active during the night in order to avoid humans. NPR's Susan Davis talks with one of the study's co-authors, Neil Carter.<p>Transcript<p>SUSAN DAVIS, HOST:<p>If you go to great lengths to avoid human interaction, you are not alone. A new study published in …

Research

The case against teaching kids to be polite to Alexa

When parents tell kids to respect AI assistants, what kind of future are we preparing them for?<p>Should children be polite to virtual assistants?<p>It’s a simple question. And for most parents and child development experts, the answer is simple, too: Yes, of course they should. Nobody wants to hear …

Parenting

Welcome to my nightmare: MIT scientists just created a psychopathic AI

Don’t assume that MIT’s resident geniuses are using their powers just for good. Instead, they are creating a psychopath AI by feeding it a bunch of violent content on Reddit. The people who brought the world the aptly-named Nightmare Machine and Shelley, the world’s first collaborative AI Horror …

Artificial Intelligence

1 In 10 Workers Is An Independent Contractor, Labor Department Says

<b>Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET</b><p>For years, various reports have indicated that the contract workforce is growing rapidly in the U.S.<p>On Thursday, the Labor Department poured a bucket of cold water on that notion. It released a report showing contract workers make up a slightly smaller share of the workforce …

Lava From Kilauea Boils Away Freshwater Lake In Hawaii

Green Lake was gone in hours.<p>Lava from Kilauea volcano spilled across highways and into Hawaii's Green Lake — a major source of freshwater on Hawaii's Big Island — and evaporated all the water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The flow created a huge plume of steam as it hit the lake …

Bad things happen when you train AI using ‘the darkest corners of Reddit’

MIT researchers trained an artificial intelligence using Reddit and you won’t believe what happened next. Just kidding. Of course you will. The worst things happened.<p>Norman, who naturally gets his name from the guest-murdering proprietor of the Bates Motel, is the “world’s first psychopath AI,” …

Can You Spot the Hidden Images in These Psychedelic Landscapes?

Terri Loewenthal doesn’t know what her photographs will look like when she sets out to take them. This is rare—especially these days, when we often …

Google Search

What It Feels Like to Decide to Shoot Someone and Actually Do It

"I expected them to be sociopaths, or terrible people, or rotten through and through. And they're not."<p>John Frizzle was a Navy veteran from Michigan who had a psychotic episode and shot his mother. He remembered every detail of the shooting and the aftermath, but maintained he did not know why he …

Is the freelance economy really shrinking?

Researchers have been asking “How big is the freelance economy?” for years now. It might be time to start asking different questions.<p>There are fewer temporary workers today than there were in 2005, according to a much anticipated report on contingent workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics …

Employment

How Putin's Russia Became Mafia Heaven

Inside the long, strange story of organized crime taking over the former Soviet Union—and how Russia tamed it only to unleash it on the West.<p>Mark Galeotti has been interested in all things Russia as far back as he can remember. The British-born author and expert on international crime, who writes …

Russia

Airtable raises $52M to give non-coders tools to build complex software

A massive company probably has plenty of engineers on staff and the resources to build a complex backbone of interconnected information that can contain tons of data and make acting on it easy — but for smaller companies, and for those that aren’t technical, those tools aren’t very …

airtableraises

Camera rental startup KitSplit raises $2.1M

KitSplit, which operates an online rental marketplace for creative equipment, is announcing that it’s raised $2.1 million in seed funding.<p>The equipment available can include cameras, lights and lenses, but also VR gear and drones. Renters get access to this equipment for a lower price (CEO Lisbeth …

Startups

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.<p>These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs …

Cancer

Design Discourse Is In A State Of Arrested Development

A dearth of thoughtful design criticism has dire consequences for the profession–and society at large, writes Adobe’s Khoi Vinh.<p>Here is an incomplete list of places where designers can find new writing about our craft to begin each workday: Designer News, Medium, <i>A List Apart</i>, Sidebar, r/Design, …

UX Design

“SNL” Perfectly Captures How Hard It Is To Talk About Aziz Ansari And #MeToo

This week, “SNL” took on the recent charges against Aziz Ansari–from the point of view of those struggling to talk about it.<p>A lot of powerful men are sweating through the #MeToo movement, as <i>Saturday Night Live</i> demonstrated with a recent fake ad for a deodorant called “Next.” It’s not just men in …

Screw Emotional Intelligence–Here’s The Key To The Future Of Work

This Y Combinator alum and former IBM Watson strategist believes the market value of one particular capability will soon outpace EQ.<p>On the walk back from her high school, Max drops by the corner bodega to pick up a NeuroStim pill, a prescription neuroplasticity stimulator. She’ll pop it at exactly …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Laws Of UX, Illustrated

A handy guide for remembering Fitts’s Law, Jakob’s Law, and more.<p>Good design tends to follow general principles that give designers overarching guidelines to work within. But for user experience and interface designers, there are also laws that govern the nitty-gritty. For instance, it’s helpful to …

UX Design

This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Designed by Argodesign and CognitiveScale, Cortex offers a glimpse at the future of accessible AI design tools.<p>Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big …

Artificial Intelligence

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

<b>All aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.</b><p>About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade …

This AI-Fortified Bot Will Build the First Homes for Humans on Mars

When humans are finally ready to relocate civilization to Mars, they won’t be able to do it alone. They’ll need trusted specialists with encyclopedic …

40 Overlooked Books from 2017, as Chosen By Booksellers

<b>Simeon Marsalis, A Lie is to Grin</b> As different as my experience was to the protagonist David’s, no other book I’ve read has better captured that …

5 R&B Albums You Slept On In 2017

There's a lot to celebrate in the world of R&B this year — especially considering that the genre was on virtual life support from a mainstream standpoint just a few years ago. 2017 marked forward progress with SZA taking the lead and holding steady while Nick Hakim and Gabriel Garzon-Montano …

Rap & Hip-Hop

What to expect at CES 2018

I know, right? Christmas just ended and the New Year hasn’t even dawned — but we’re already ramping up for CES mode, and we’re taking you down with us.<p>The biggest tech show of the year is set to officially kick off January 9 — which actually means the big announcements will start in earnest several …

Hiring has gone Hollywood

Ryan Craig Contributor<p>Ryan Craig is managing director of University Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>College for the 21st century<br>• Education technology meets its limits<p>In Los Angeles, where I live, there are three things you can always count on. The first is weather — perfect to the point of …

5 Hip-Hop Albums You Slept On In 2017

Hip-hop music is thriving more than ever as the most consumed music genre in the country. Kendrick Lamar reigned supreme over nearly everybody once again (shout out to KRS-One) and Jay-Z added yet another classic to his catalog. There was so much floating about the hip-hop stratosphere in 2017 …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Haunting Effects Of Going Days Without Sleep

Decades ago, Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days. He broke a record in the process, but the teenage stunt has come back to haunt him. At 71, he offers wisdom about staying up past your bedtime.<p>Transcript<p>NOEL KING, HOST:<p>And this next story is about something we think about a lot at MORNING …

UC Berkeley

Five Unexpected Career Resolutions You Should Make In 2018

“Get a raise” is a nice goal, but focusing on these resolutions might set you up for a more successful year.<p>The New Year is coming, and you’re making a list of resolutions. And if you’ve got a few related to your career, you might want to consider ditching the typical to-dos and adopting these more …

The 6 Coolest Material Breakthroughs Of 2017

Car exhaust ink. 3D graphene. A brand new blue–and a brand new crayon.<p>Materials are a designer’s paint and canvas–and for the most part, they’ve remained pretty static in recent decades. But over the past few years, and in 2017 in particular, we saw new advances in material science that gave …

Fashion Week