Marcel Gagne

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Trump's Carrier jobs deal is just not living up to the hype

More than 600 employees at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis are bracing for layoffs beginning next month, despite being told by President Trump that …

Donald Trump

Jack Ma warns about dangers of artificial intelligence

The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Jack Ma, is warning artificial intelligence will replace human workers, but it will never replace …

Open source desktop bot is aimed at makers young and old

Barcelona-based robotics company Thecorpora has launched an Indiegogo campaign to get the successor to its Q.bo robot from 2012 into the hands of …

Woman demanding white doctor 'not an isolated incident,' says head of Ontario Medical Association

A woman who demanded that a "white doctor" treat her son at a walk-in clinic in Mississauga, Ont., was not just an isolated case, but part of a …

Why Red Hat, Inc. Jumped 11% Today

What happened Shares of open-source software specialist Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) opened 10.6% higher on Wednesday morning, lifted by a fantastic earnings …

The Current | What Google searches reveal about the human psyche

CBC Radio's The Current is a meeting place of perspectives with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today.

Harlequin Fail Part 2

Three authors have just filed a class action suit against Harlequin. Here's the full complaint.<p>It's about time.<p>For those who read a guest post by Ann …

Less than Minimum Wage for Authors?

Justicia<p><b>Traditional Publishing Contracts – Part One of a Series</b><p><b>You might remember an article How Harlequin Publishing Deceives Their Authors from</b> …

The 50 Best Good Bad Movies

Good Bad Movies WeekThe bad special effects, the awful acting, the nonsensical plots — there’s something enchanting about a movie that’s hopelessly …

How to install Linux on a Chromebook (and why you should)

Crouton and Gallium OS turn Chromebooks into Linux laptops.<p>Chromebooks are one of the most secure devices you can give a non-technical end user, and …

Linux

Reasonably Controversial: How the Regressive Left Is Killing the Atheist Movement

I often wonder why I take the time to write an entire article, when many of you just read the headline and start a pissing match in the comments. You …

Black Lives Matter

How The Religious Right Pioneered Propaganda As News

Before Fox News, there was Pat Robertson's '700 Club,' where I was an executive producer.<p>So-called “fake news” took center stage on several occasions during former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. More than once, Comey pointed to specific …

Republicans

Religion increasingly seen as doing more harm than good in Canada: Ipsos poll

Just over half of Canadian respondents say they believe religion does more harm than good in the world, according to a new survey.

Atheism

Unmarried couple stoned to death in Mali for ‘violating Islamic law’

The man and woman were put in two holes dug by ringleaders before four people attacked them, local official says<p>An unmarried couple have been stoned to death in public in north-east Mali, in the first such incident since jihadi groups were driven out of the region.<p>Jihadis seized key northern cities …

Extremism

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> …

Philosophy

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich

When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in …

Equality

SoftWear Automation raises $4.5 million to build robots that sew

Remember the good old days when cartoon robot toys were all the rage? Maybe you were a Transformers kid or maybe you were into Microbots. And, if you were very lucky, you got to experience to joy of the mini transforming Sewbots.<p>If you were lucky you got the Sewbots Command Center and if you were …

Robots

ISIS Will Use Killer Robots One Day, Says A.I. Expert

An A.I. expert from Australia thinks that automating weapons will lead us into a <i>Terminator</i> scenario. If people don’t direct the killing machines, …

Robots

2 U.S. attorneys general file lawsuit against Trump over his business empire

Two state attorneys general have announced they've filed suit against U.S. President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by retaining …

Students sue after deputies pat down 900 of them in a warrantless drug sweep

About 900 students at a Georgia high school were groped by law enforcement officers during a drug sweep that was conducted without a warrant and …

Trump logs on to Twitter to upend the diplomatic crisis in Qatar

This is not going to end well.U.S. President Donald Trump, right, holds a bilateral meeting with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in …

Middle East

The Robot Tax Fallacy

What is the right way to tax a robot?<p>Automation raises important questions about the prospect of widespread technological unemployment. How will …

Robots

Bill Maher Knows Exactly What He's Doing

Just ask him.<p>A few weeks before Bill Maher nearly blew up his career for the second time, a middle-aged man named Billy Martin warmed up the audience that had come to watch a filming of <i>Real Time with Bill Maher.</i> Martin, Maher's head writer, stood on the L.A. soundstage where <i>Real Time</i> is broadcast …

Bill Maher

Open Source Networks Are Even Less Diverse Than The Tech Industry

Open source programs run the world, from mobile apps and bitcoin to tangible products like Amazon Echo and Toyota cars. But men dominate the open …

Pokemon GO Study Says Playing Game is Good for Health

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that players that regularly engage with <b>Pokémon GO</b> are likely to be …

Pokémon

How Robots Will Win Your Trust

What images come to mind when you think of robots?The lifelike replicas of Blade Runner? A favorite video game character or perhaps Aldebaran and …

Robots

North Carolina woman admits leading 30 parishioners in beating of gay church member to expel his ‘demons’

A North Carolina woman admitted in court in Friday that she led approximately 30 parishioners from her church to attack and beat a gay member of the …

Liberal POV

There May Not Be Flying, But Quidditch Still Creates Magic

When Colby Palmer started his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University, some students approached him in his dorm and asked whether he wanted to play quidditch.<p>Palmer had read all of the Harry Potter books and knew about the sport but said he felt reluctant to try it out.<p>"My impressions of …

Harry Potter

Scientists Hope to Use Stem Cells to Reverse Death in Controversial Study

Back From The Dead<p>Researchers seem to be setting their sights on increasingly lofty goals when it comes to the human body – from the world’s first …

Medicine

Newswire: World’s first robot cop begins duty in Dubai, is way less cool than you’d think

The world’s first robotic cop has joined the Dubai police. According to <i>Reuters</i>, the automated officer was built by a Barcelona-based robotics company and is part of a government program to supplement all its lazy, sleepy, illness-prone human cops with machines that look like a training dummy …

Robots