Marcel Gagne

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5 Things Humans Do Every Day That Robots Will Soon Take Over

Ever since her fall several years ago, the old woman has felt a building sense of guilt about the litany of young social workers forced to come …

Robots

A Fake and a Fraud

Donald Trump’s mounting reversals, failures and betrayals make it increasingly clear that he is a fake and a fraud.<p>For many of us, this is affirmative reinforcement; for others, it is devastating revelation.<p>But it is those who believed — and cast supportive ballots — who should feel most cheated …

Fraud

In Australia, Religious Education Classes Teach Students That Cancer is a Consequence of Sin

Education
Autism

Robots are racist and sexist. Just like the people who created them

Machines learn their prejudices in language. It’s not their fault, but we still need to fix the problem<p>Can machines think – and, if so, can they think critically about race and gender? Recent reports have shown that machine-learning systems are picking up racist and sexist ideas embedded in the …

Machine Learning

Let Robots Teach Our Kids? Here’s Why That Isn’t Such a Bad Idea

From building cars to assisting in high-precision surgeries, robots today are taking on more complex roles than ever before — and getting smarter and more sophisticated every day.<p>With recent advances in programming algorithms and artificial intelligence, the possibility of robots moving from the …

Robots

Russia Made a Robot Gunslinger

FEDOR is apparently how you say "Robocop" in Russian.<p>Russian military research videos usually deliver something to behold, whether it's tanks on parade or just Vladimir Putin totally not worried that this sub is going to sink. Take a moment to watch this clip, which features a humanoid robot mowing …

Russia

Mockery, anger in South Korea over USS Carl Vinson 'bluffing'

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump said he was sending "an armada" to Korean waters to potentially deal with threats from Pyongyang.<p>But its no-show has caused some South Koreans to question his leadership and strategy regarding their unpredictable neighbor in the north.<p>And as the country prepares to …

North Korea

How Western civilisation could collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer.<p>The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should …

Globalization

Drupal Developer Larry Garfield Ostracized Over Involvement in Sci-Fi Based Kink Community

Taking the brunt of the hypocrisy criticism is Drupal trademark owner Dries Buytaert. Buytaert's main gig now is chief technology officer for Acquia, …

Gender

#Vanlife

How the quest for a simpler life became a life-style brand.<p>Emily King and Corey Smith had been dating for five months when they took a trip to Central America, in February, 2012. At a surf resort in Nicaragua, Smith helped a lanky American named Foster Huntington repair the dings in his board. When …

Five Years

A robot being trained to shoot guns is ‘not a Terminator’, insists Russia's deputy PM

Russia’s space-bound humanoid robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) is being trained to shoot guns from both of its …

Robots

Good news: the robot that takes your job might be cute enough to go viral

It’s some consolation to think the soulless automata that will eventually replace you might also be cute enough to go viral. Just look at this video of orange package-sorting robots working in a warehouse operated by Chinese delivery giant Shentong. They’re capable of handling 200,000 items a day, …

Robots

This is the most insane moment from Trump's interview with Fox

Recounting details about his decision to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week, President Donald Trump took several moments during a</i> …

Dessert

The United Airlines debacle isn't about customer service. It's about the morality of capitalism.

Here is why United Airlines kicking off and countenancing the assault of a paying customer is a big deal: It helps to reveal how corporate America …

Airlines

How Google Book Search Got Lost

B<b>ooks can do anything.</b> As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”<p>It <i>was</i> Kafka, wasn’t it? Google confirms this. …

Google

I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.

Until Nov. 8, 2016, historians of American politics shared a rough consensus about the rise of modern American conservatism. It told a respectable tale. By the end of World War II, the story goes, conservatives had become a scattered and obscure remnant, vanquished by the New Deal and the apparent …

You're Not Mad at United Airlines; You're Mad at America

There’s a saying that is sometimes attributed to Karl Marx or Slavoj Zizek—apocryphally, in both cases—that tidily sums up the existential angst some …

Equality

Analysis winnows list of mutations tied to autism | Spectrum

As many as one in three rare mutations seen in people with autism have nothing to do with the condition, a new study suggests1.<p>Researchers looked at …

Genetics

CRISPR studies muddy results of older gene research

Scientists face tough decisions when the latest gene-editing findings don’t match up with the results of other techniques.<p>It seemed like the perfect …

Genetics

Children with autism may forego behavioral therapy for meds | Spectrum

Many children with autism who take antipsychotic medications do not receive behavioral therapy, according to a new study1. The findings suggest that …

Autism

Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

In his 1943 paper first describing autism, Leo Kanner noted that 5 of 11 children with the condition “had relatively large heads1.” Since then, …

Autism

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

eCommerce

Buying a $500 House in Detroit: bidding on the soul of my city

At 23, Drew Philp bought a crumbling Detroit house at an auction and spent years making it livable again. In the process, he also learned to look out for his neighbors<p>I was just finishing what was likely the final mowing of my lawn, just before the winter came. As I looked up, I noticed my neighbor …

Detroit

Why Ubuntu dumping Unity is a good thing

Hey, Ubuntu users: If you haven’t heard yet, Canonical killed off any hopes of releasing Unity 8 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS next year. Instead, Ubuntu will release 18.04 with the GNOME desktop. While some die-hard Ubuntu fans may have a case of inconsolable angst, this is actually not as bad of a thing …

Gaming

Hired Goon Drags Man Off United Flight After He Refuses to Give Up Seat [Updated]

On Sunday, a man was forcibly dragged off a United flight headed from Chicago to Louisville after he refused to give up his seat to a United employee …

Aviation

What Would the Cops Look Like If You Lived in a Futuristic Authoritarian Police State?

I’d like you to imagine a crazy, far-out scenario for a moment. Close your eyes and try to picture what it would look like if you lived in a …

Policing

The Prophet of Dystopia

Margaret Atwood’s dark “speculative fiction” eerily anticipated today’s crises.<p>When Margaret Atwood was in her twenties, an aunt shared with her a family legend about a possible seventeenth-century forebear: Mary Webster, whose neighbors, in the Puritan town of Hadley, Massachusetts, had accused …

Popular Fiction

Captain Kirk's 14 most memorable facial expressions in Star Trek

Whether it's his classic smile or an over-exaggerated look of shock, it's impossible to forget the many faces of Kirk.

Star Trek

Tracking the explosive growth of open-source software

Many of today’s hottest new enterprise technologies are centered around free, “open-source” technology. As a result, many big companies — from financial giants to retailers to services firms — are building their businesses around new, community-based technology that represents a sea change from the …

DevOps