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The 11 Best Sci-Fi Novels From the 21st Century You Likely Missed

Great doesn't need to mean old.<p>People tend to look to decades past for examples of great science fiction—the works Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. But the 21st century is living in its own golden age of sci-fi. Along with film and TV adaptations, novels like <i>Cloud Atlas</i>, <i>The Road</i>,</i> …

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

A new study reveals that certain drugs may make us smarter than we thought

It's both appealing and disturbing to think that taking a pill could boost someone's brainpower to make them "smarter."<p>Films like "Limitless" and "Lucy" create fantasies of cognition-enhancing drugs that practically provide superpowers. In the real world, college students and finance workers have …

13 ways AI will change your life

From helping you take care of email to creating personalized online shopping experiences, AI promises to transform the way we live and work.<p>But with all the hype out there, how do we know which benefits we’ll actually see? In order to learn more, I asked a few members of YEC the following question:

Online Life

What Is a Populist?

And is Donald Trump one?<p>Why does Donald Trump exaggerate the size of his inauguration crowd, brag about his election win in conversations with world leaders, and claim without evidence that voter fraud may have cost him the popular vote? Why does he dismiss protesters who oppose him as “paid …

WHO: These 12 bacteria pose greatest risk to human health

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twelve types of bacteria were deemed "priorities" in urgent need of new antibiotics, according to a list released by the World Health Organization on Monday.<p>The first list of its kind, it highlights bacteria that global health experts believe pose the greatest threats to human health. The …

Microbiology

Silicon Valley has designed algorithms to reflect your biases, not disrupt them

Silicon Valley dominates the internet—and that prevents us from learning more deeply about other people, cultures, and places. To support richer understandings of one another across our differences, we need to redesign social media networks and search systems to better represent diverse cultural …

Social Media

Harvard has created a 'liquid' battery that could last for more than a decade

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from phones to electricity grids but their lifespan is incredibly short, plus they're difficult to recycle. …

Clean Energy

To detect prying eyes in the sky, Dedrone raises $15 million

For better or worse, drones are about to become a lot more prevalent in US airspace. The FAA expects sales of drones to spike domestically from 2.5 million last year to 7 million by 2020. Now, a startup that detects drones and helps prevent unwanted aerial intrusions, Dedrone, has closed a $15 …

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Donald Trump

This Drone Timelapse of Minsk is Like Something Out of a Dream

Now that the Internet is saturated with timelapse and drone videos, one of the next big frontiers may be combining the two. Timelapse photographer …

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for "massive campaign" against fake news

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants the tech industry to take action against "fake news" stories that are polluting the web.<p>"There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic," Cook said in a rare interview.<p>Speaking with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Cook also said "all of us …

Fake News

Watch: You've never seen lightning looking like this (and nor had this Space Station astronaut)

'Blue lightning' is hotly debated but not observed very often.<p>As the International Space Station flew 245 miles (approximately 500 km) above the Bay …

This Might Be Our First Look at the Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery

A leaked photo that looks to be from the set of <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> has given us our first peek at the new Klingons. And, yeah, there are some things …

Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness

Recently, a conference on artificial intelligence, tantalizingly titled “Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?”, was hosted by the Future of Life …

Singularity

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

Product Design

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

If it wasn’t clear, brands on Facebook win by answering customers’ questions

Brands that respond to at least 65 percent of customer inquiries on Facebook get more than three times the interactions of those that don’t.<p>That’s the key takeaway from a new study by Socialbakers, a firm that measures activity on leading social networks.<p>In the study, Socialbakers found that during …

Customers

“Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

The truth is, my husband’s hefty salary makes my life as a writer easy. Pretending otherwise doesn’t help anyone<p>Here’s my life. My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s dressed I’m already sitting at my desk writing. He kisses me goodbye …

The Battle For Your Smartphone Calendar -- And Why Narrow AI Will Win

A confluence of trends — the explosion of smartphones (forecast by eMarketer to be in the hands of 1 out of 4 on the planet by 2017), a flurry of successful fundraising by startups, vastly improved algorithms, plus the rising expectation by real people that technology can and should ‘automate’ the …

Artificial Intelligence

First #Homescreen update lets you easily compare iPhone home screens with your friends

Now, it’s easier than ever for you and your friends to compare one another’s iPhone home screens, thanks to the first ever update to …

Why black leaders matter in technology

SAN FRANCISCO — It's hard to believe that on the eve of 2015, instead of ringing in the new year, minority communities are marching across the country to send the message that black lives matter.<p>As a black man working hard to make a difference, it is sad that we have to start there: at life. …

Why The Talent Management Software Market Will Radically Change

Over the last ten years a multi-billion dollar market for talent management software has been created. It’s big, it’s growing, and it’s well understood. Well this is all about to change.<p>The software marketplace for integrated talent management platforms started about ten years ago and has evolved …

Watch A Soft Robot Play Beer Pong

Sure, but how good is it when it's drunk?<p>On a table arrayed with Solo cups is a taste of the future that 2015 brings us. Humanity has taught a robot to play beer pong, a game normally reserved for frat house living rooms or undergrad backyards.<p>Made by Empire Robotics, Versaball is a robotic arm …

Robotics

January 2015

Diversity

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …

Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

For the past six years, low-key Osterhout Design Group has been building heavy duty smart glasses for the military. But after seeing the kind attention heaped onto gadgets like Google Glass, the small San Francisco-based company is looking towards the consumer market and thinks it has something …

Augmented Reality