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The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what has happened to it in the past year. “Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new […]



How to Upgrade Judges with Machine Learning

March 20th, 2017 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

When should a criminal defendant be required to await trial in jail rather than at home? Software could significantly improve judges’ ability to make that call—reducing crime or the number of people stuck waiting in jail. In a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists and computer scientists trained an algorithm to […]



An End to Aging: Can Science Allow Humans to To Become Immortal?

March 19th, 2017 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

AGING — A LAW OR A SUGGESTION? The inevitability of aging may be no more than yet another biological theory that scientific advances will retire in the near future. Some scientists today say that longevity is a societal concept that we may no longer need to uphold as a static law of nature, but instead, as […]



Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer

March 17th, 2017 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Should robots pay taxes? It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate […]



Do Robots and AI Deserve Rights?

March 9th, 2017 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to robot-human relations, the conversation typically centers on the welfare of the sentient. Science fiction paints us as petrified by our own creations; fears of a bot planet have influenced everything from Asimov’s “Laws of Robotics” to HAL 9000′s homicidal impulses to Skynet’s global genocide. These human-centric anxieties are understandable. However, as […]



Welcome to the Internet of Dangerous Things

March 6th, 2017 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Bruce Schneier:  Last year, on October 21, your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours — knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices, to launch an attack that started a chain reaction, resulting in Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, and […]



The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

March 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

  The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them. One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical […]



Robots will replace over 250,000 government jobs — and that’s just the beginning

February 24th, 2017 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Automation could replace 250,000 jobs in government over the next 10 to 15 years — with potentially one million more under threat. The UK’s public sector workforce stood at around 5.3 million in the middle of last year, and has been falling since 2009, when it stood at 6.4 million. But that could be slashed significantly […]



Technology is now forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead

February 22nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Imagine you have a close friend you frequently communicate with via text. One day, they suddenly die. You reel, you cry, you attend their funeral. Then you decide to pick up your phone and send them a message, just like old times. “I miss you,” you type. A little response bubble appears at the bottom of […]



How Japan can solve its huge sex problem

February 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

It’s the kind of stat you might casually tell a friend at a bar: For the last six years, Japan has sold more adult diapers than baby diapers. But Japan’s fertility problems are far more grave than toilet-related trivia. Over the last decade, Japan has seen its elderly population swell, new family-planning stall, and its economy shrink because of persistently low […]



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