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Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate

We all know, or at least suspect, that robots are taking people’s jobs, but new research shows the dramatic degree to which industrial robots are …

Robots

Kushner and Trump: Taped At Secret Trump Tower Meetings With Russians?

On March 3rd, Donald Trump made a series of tweets. Three were about a wiretap at Trump Tower. Two, however, were about Jeff Sessions meeting the …

Donald Trump

Idaho is the second state to allow unmanned robots to deliver to your front door

Virginia was the first. Wisconsin and Florida may be next.<p>Idaho has become the second U.S. state to pass legislation to permit unmanned, ground-based delivery robots to rove around on sidewalks across the state.<p>Earlier this month, Virginia made robotics history as the first state to pass a law …

Robots

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

Three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy Friday in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court, while elsewhere in the city hundreds of security forces …

Extremism

“Utterly Shocking”: Silicon Valley Slams White House for Ignoring A.I. Threat

The Trump administration just dismissed the single greatest challenge facing the U.S. economy.<p>If there’s one thing that labor economists and leaders in Silicon Valley generally seem to agree on, it’s that increasingly sophisticated technology is coming to replace American jobs. According to a new …

Silicon Valley

Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of chatbot while explaining your frustration with a service? If so, that would be oddly specific, but you’d also be in luck, thanks to an ambitious New Zealand startup.<p>The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot …

Artificial Intelligence

If you think Canada is a welcoming nation, talk to a displaced Mexican

<i>Denise Dresser is a Mexican political analyst, columnist and academic. She is a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México</i><p>Today, Canada is standing tall. Its citizens are patting themselves on the back, proud to hail from one of the bastions of liberalism, of tolerance, of …

Canada

How the West Can Defend Itself From Putin’s Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin on Oct. 19.Sean Gallup/Getty Images Two years ago, when Garry Kasparov, the chess champion turned …

Russia

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary …

Employment Law

‘So much more convenient to have sex with a robot’

Victoria Crawnews.com.au@Victoria_Craw<p><b>ON THE surface, Lilly seems like a blushing young woman ready to marry the man of her dreams who makes her</b> …

Robots

The idea of monogamy as a relationship ideal is based on flawed science

Is monogamy actually better than non-monogamy?<p>It’s still very much an open question—and one with no clear answers, in part because scientists can’t break free of a certain worldview gripping their field.<p>Monogamy is so much a part of the emotional makeup of Western culture that even people who study …

Polyamory

Why you might want to skip Ubuntu 17.04

Linux users have one thing that often sets them apart from their Windows and Mac-using colleagues: They often spend a lot more time fixing things or finding out how to fix things. While this is great for hobbyists and enthusiasts, it’s not great for productivity. For people who need to get stuff …

Ubuntu

Looking back at Heinlein's Future History - coming true before our eyes.

This one is so pertinent and important, I tried to find a more public venue for it. But one of the tragic consequences of the Trump Era is the decay …

Religious students perform worse in math & science – study

Students who opt to enhance their spiritual life may be hindering their academic knowledge, according to a new study which found a negative link …

Why campuses are ditching free speech

Should speech rights be restricted by people’s feelings?<p>A lot of people think so – especially on university campuses. Consider Wilfrid Laurier University, a middle-tier institution that draws its students from Southern Ontario. It’s not exactly a hotbed of student radicalism. Yet when Danielle …

Higher Education
Artificial Intelligence

Why no job is safe from the rise of the robots

Hollywood got it wrong. The highly intelligent machines that will be unleashed in the near future won’t be coming for our lives. They’ll be coming …

How to write SD cards for the Raspberry Pi

Writing SD cards for the Raspberry Pi is something that every member of the Pi community has attempted. Some are old hats and tackle the task with …

Raspberry Pi

When Americans Lost Their Virginity

As you age, you hit significant events in your life. One of the main ones — losing your virginity — tends to be on a lot of people’s minds, …

Sexual Health

A Rabbi, Priest And Atheist Smoke Weed And Talk About Life Questions They Presumably Already Have The Answer To | LADbible

A rabbi, a priest and an atheist walk into a bar and the barman asks: "How come you guys are in here and not in front of a camera for the purposes of …

InMoov Amazing First 3D printed robot Open Source

open-source 3D printed life-size robot

<b>Gael Langevin</b> is a <b>French sculptor and designer</b>. He works for the biggest brands since more than 25 years.<br>InMoov is his personal project, it was …

3D Printing

Make a sex robot AT HOME: 'Hyper realistic' 3D printed cyborgs to hit the market

Gorgeous love cyborgs “like real humans” that are “mind blowing” in bed are just around the corner.<p>Daily Star Online exclusively revealed men will …

Texas Is Considering A Bill That Could Let Science Instructors Teach Creationism

The legislation would expand "academic freedom" for teachers.<p>Legislators in Texas are considering a bill that could make it easier for science teachers to present religious concepts alongside scientific theories like evolution.<p>The proposed legislation, introduced in February by Republican state …

Education

Northeastern puts NASA’s Valkyrie space robots through its paces

Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention

Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, researchers have discovered. The discovery provides …

Biology

CUBAN: The robots are coming

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban's prediction for the future of the workforce includes more robots and less human workers.<p>"We're about to go into a period with artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, those things where we literally are going to see a change in the nature of …

Robots

Alabama Senate Committee OKs Christian Church Police Force

Theocracy alert: A large Christian church in Alabama is set to have it’s very own police force. Say “Hello” to the American Taliban.<p>The Senate …

Government

‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump’s White House

Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other’s social media.<p>A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies — inside their own government.<p>In interviews, nearly a dozen White House …

Government

Punchbowl Primary School teacher says year 5 students threatened to behead her, kill her family

Yahoo7<p>Frightened teachers at a Sydney primary school have revealed students are showing signs of extreme radicalisation at a young age, saying they …