Isaac Asimov

Opinion | We've been thinking about creativity all wrong

The hunt for creativity has become one of the hottest pursuits of our uber-connected, uber-productive culture. But while the cult of creativity often portrays creativity as a burst of spontaneous inspiration, the reality is that rediscovering and re-contextualizing old ideas is often more valuable …

Creativity

Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body? Plus: Alan Watts on gain and loss, Thomas Merton's beautiful letter to Rachel Carson, and more

<b>donating = loving</b><p>I pour tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into <i>Brain Pickings</i>, which remains free. If you find any joy and stimulation …

George Eliot

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

<b>“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”</b> <br>—<i>Booker T. Washington, 1901</i>The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our …

Emily Dickinson

Artificial Intelligence: Business Paradigm Reimagined

AI tec Technologies are largely designed to help humans work better – first, by generating insight from data more quickly and accurately than is …

Artificial Intelligence

This Robot Video Will Show You Why It's So Hard To Predict The Future

If the threat of AI and Robots frightens you then you're probably leaving out some very important math.<p>I'm about to seriously challenge your ability to envision the future. If you're up to it read on.<p>If you've been following the work of Boston Dynamics (currently owned by Softbank) you've probably …

Robots

This humanoid robot can do an actual backflip

A humanoid robot capable of jumping over blocks and performing backflips has been unveiled by pioneering robotics firm Boston Dynamics.<p>Each new …

Robots

Artificial intelligence: robots with ethics?

- Just like a gun, a computer can do good or evil depending on the user. But consider an artificially intelligent gun or computer that can think for …

Singularity

Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance—and possibly prevent it

Rachel Loewy was an undergraduate in 1995 when she answered a flyer seeking students to assist with a research study. A couple of floors up in a …

Psychiatry

What Andy Weir, author of "The Martian" and "Artemis," likes watching and reading

Ever since Andy Weir’s first novel, <i>The Martian</i>, became a surprise smash hit in 2014, readers have anxiously anticipated how he would follow the smart …

Science Fiction

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Technology

"The Martian" author Andy Weir on his new book "Artemis," his love of Tina Fey, and casting The Rock

Andy Weir was working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley when his very first book, <i>The Martian</i>, became a stunning success (more than 3 million …

Science Fiction

"A Perfect Fit," by Isaac Asimov

Gold said, “You underwent due process in great detail, and there was no reasonable doubt that you were guilty–”<p>“Even so! Look! We live in a …

Science Fiction

10 Numbers-Obsessed Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels for Math Geeks

Math: it either excites your mind or fills you with a boredom-tinged dread. For many, math is something to be survived through years of schooling, …

Science Fiction

Between Sinew and Spirit: Are You a Body with a Mind or a Mind with a Body?

An animated journey to the center of the self.<p><i>“The body provides something for the spirit to look after and use,”</i> computing pioneer Alan Turing wrote as he anguished at the intersection of love and loss. And yet we are creatures of atoms, with spirit and sinew inextricably entwined. A century …

Consciousness

Andy Weir's 6 favorite science fiction books

<b>I, Robot by Isaac Asimov</b> (Spectra, $8).<p>Asimov's first collection of stories established a setting and made it feel deeply real. That setting would …

Science Fiction

A History of the Future: how writers envisioned tomorrow’s world

Peter J Bowler examines how divergent beliefs about the future have shaped literature, science writing and public perceptions.<p>The future has not …

Bertrand Russell

Can Artificial Intelligence Really Identify Suicidal Thoughts? Experts Aren't Convinced

Image: iStock<p>Australian experts have spoken out about a recent US study that claimed to show artificial intelligence can identify people with …

Research

Sci-fi has shaped the direction of real-life science – so what happens now reality is catching up with fiction?

Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson tells RadioTimes.com how fiction and engineering works together, and what the implications could be as artificial …

Science Fiction

Deus ex Machina

<i>Editor's Note: This is the second essay in our series on relationships between religion and science fiction. Read the first issue, Audrey Thompson's</i> …

Science Fiction

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.<p>Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio …

Long-form Journalism

5 More Science Fiction Classics Optioned for Film

Filmmakers are always looking for the Next Big Thing, but sometimes the Next Big Thing is something that's been around for decades. Here's a roundup …

Science Fiction

Apple’s A.I. Will Save The World

Physicist Stephen Hawking says artificial intelligence could be the “worst event in the history of our civilization.” Maybe so, but a growing number …

Apple

Montreal this morning: Clouds move in later in the day

Mainly sunny with winds becoming southwest at 20 km/h in the afternoon.Environment Canada predicts a high of 6 Celsius.<b>Tonight:</b> Clear, becoming …

Canadian News

Out Today! More Human than Human

Out today! My latest anthology from Night Shade Books:<b>MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN</b><br>ISBN-10: 1597809144<br>ISBN-13: 978-1597809146The idea of creating an …

Science Fiction

Nnedi Okorafor Delivers an Awesome TedTalk on Afrofuturism

Nnedi Okorafor is one of science fiction’s smartest voices. The Nebula and Hugo award-winning author has published multiple novels and short stories …

Science Fiction

The Future Of Recruitment: Taking The ‘Human’ Out Of HR?

In Isaac Asimov’s fantastic science fiction volumes, the early part of the 21st Century has working artificial intelligence to which much of …

Intelligence

When robots dream: AI systems may learn better and faster if they can 'sleep'

As any science fiction fan knows, it’s always a bad sign when a robot has dreams or visions of its own. Think Isaac Asimov’s short story collection …

Artificial Intelligence

Creative Innovation asks: are we ready for the age of acceleration?

Should we fear what the future holds? In just a week's time, innovators and scientists from around the world will converge on Melbourne to talk about …

Alan Finkel

This AI has officially been granted residence

<b>Digital Pinocchio</b><p>Tokyo, Japan may have just become the first city to officially grant residence to an artificial intelligence (AI). The …

Artificial Intelligence