Marcel Gagne

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When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to …

Bill Gates

Well, that's one way to avoid answering the question.

Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives was debating whether or not to pass an amendment to a omnibus tax bill that would have closed …

Fraud

Presidential Briefings

BEAVERTON, OR—Touting the undergarment as an essential item for women on the go, Nike released a new sports bra Monday designed for wearing directly …

World Records

Controversial study claims lesbianism developed because of men

Same-sex attraction in women developed because men get turned on by it, a controversial new scientific study has argued.<p>The paper tried to determine …

Research

What You Need To Know About The Next Big, Scary Move In Robots

The Robot buzz is getting bigger by the moment, but it seems there are two major, opposing camps. One side embraces robots as industry saviors. Team Anti-Robot is fearful and sees them as nothing but controversial. Even just a few days ago, San Francisco supervisor Norman Yee proposed new …

Robots

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

The Experts:<p>Nathan Caruana<p><b>Research fellow</b>, Macquarie University<p>Jon Brock<p><b>Research fellow</b>, Macquarie University<p>You’re walking down a narrow corridor. …

Autism

Lawyers claim female genital mutilation is a religious right

Defence lawyers will argue female genital mutilation is a religious right in the first ever federal case on the practice in the US.<p>Two Detroit …

Misogyny

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over 'gay sex party'

<b>Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a "gay sex party" at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday.</b><p>Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupees ($14; £10) to attend.<p>Indonesia has witnessed increasing hostility towards its small …

Extremism

The Nomad Who’s Exploding the Internet Into Pieces

Dominic Tarr is a computer programmer who grew up on a remote farm in New Zealand. Down in the antipodes, isolation is even more isolating. Getting …

A Giant MMO Made Entirely From Minecraft

This is Wynncraft, a gorgeous fantasy MMO that you can play on a Minecraft server. It’s a full and proper MMO: Wynncraft has everything from quests …

In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to …

Grandmasters vs. Gigabytes

Remember those inspiring but tragic tales of humanity’s last cashiers and travel agents struggling against the relentless robots coming to take their jobs? The thrill of competition, then the agony of defeat? Me neither. Few readers would be interested in such stories anyway. But world chess …

Artificial Intelligence

Democracy Is Not Your Plaything

This will be unpleasantly earnest, but having witnessed the atmospherics the past 10 days it’s what I think needs saying:<p>Everyone, get serious.<p>Democracy is not your plaything.<p>This is not a game.<p>The president of the United States has produced a building crisis that is unprecedented in our history. …

United States

AI Open Letter

An Open Letter<p>Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) research has explored a variety of …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk's Latest Tunnel Test Feels Like Going Into Hyperspace

The more I learn about Elon Musk’s Boring Project—a batshit idea to build a tunnel that sends cars at breakneck speeds under Los Angeles—the more I …

Elon Musk

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

“The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence."<p>Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.<p>But there is …

Donald Trump

When the World Is Led by a Child

At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist.<p>But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that …

The Parts of America Most Susceptible to Automation

No, they’re not in the Rust Belt.<p>Economists expect that millions of American jobs are going to be replaced by automation in the coming decades. But where will those job losses take place? Which areas will be hardest hit?<p>Much of the focus regarding automation has been on the Rust Belt. There, many …

Sociology

Stephen Colbert gleefully responds to President Trump calling him a ‘no-talent guy’

It’s the moment Stephen Colbert has been waiting for.<p>CBS’s “Late Show” host has spent months eviscerating President Trump on television, clearly trying to provoke a reaction.<p>It didn’t work. Until Thursday.<p>“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he …

Donald Trump

The Autocrat’s Language

I had visitors from Moscow the other day, and the conversation, naturally, turned to what all of Moscow seems to be talking about these days: a vast …

Language

Free Speech Is Not, Repeat Not a Hate Crime

Once the rights of racists and even Nazis were fiercely defended by liberal groups.

Racism

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.<p>This article appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>On the afternoon of March 21, 2011,</b> a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way …

Dinosaurs

Elon Musk questions the futility of human existence and we just hope he's doing OK

Elon Musk just gave us another reason to check in to see if he's OK. Hate to say it, but one of the world's most renowned minds might be in the …

No joke: Linux is coming to Microsoft's app store (MSFT)

Microsoft Microsoft just announced that three different versions of the free Linux operating system — Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora — are coming to the …

Keylogger discovered preinstalled on some HP laptops

Something's watching you. Sarah Tew/CNET Your new HP laptop may be recording everything you do on it. That is the warning issued Thursday by Swiss …

This Flow Chart That Destroys Religion's Case Against Gay Marriage Is So Easy, Any Zealot Can Use It

Plenty of religious folk understand the Bible as what it really is — an allegorical product of a different era used to contextualize this wacky world …

Cultural Appropriation

Why Windows must die. For the third time

Microsoft knows Windows is obsolete. Here's a sneak peek at its replacement.<p>Last week, a key event occurred in the history of personal computing. It …

Microsoft

Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong

The salt equation taught to doctors for more than 200 years is not hard to understand.<p>The body relies on this essential mineral for a variety of functions, including blood pressure and the transmission of nerve impulses. Sodium levels in the blood must be carefully maintained.<p>If you eat a lot of …

Researchers have answered a big question about the decline of the middle class

America is getting richer every year. The American worker is not.<p>Far from it: On average, workers born in 1942 earned as much or more over their careers than workers born in any year since, according to new research — and workers on the job today shouldn’t expect to catch up with their predecessors …

Equality