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Humanity confronts a defining question: How will AI change us?

August 11th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

What will happen when we’ve built machines as intelligent as us? According to the experts this incredible feat will be achieved in the year 2062 – a mere 44 years away – which certainly begs the question: what will the world, our jobs, the economy, politics, war, and everyday life and death, look like then? […]



Interesting parental control app requires kids to exercise to earn screen time

July 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

One of the iOS 12 features to generate a lot of buzz has been Screen Time – a way to monitor app usage and set limits to reduce the amount of time spent staring at your phone. You can use it yourself, of course, but parents can also use it to limit the time their […]



3D printed guns are now legal… What’s next?

July 19th, 2018 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

On Tuesday, July 10, the DOJ announced a landmark settlement with Austin-based Defense Distributed, a controversial startup led by a young, charismatic anarchist whom Wired once named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world. Hyper-loquacious and media-savvy, Cody Wilson is fond of telling any reporter who’ll listen that Defense Distributed’s main product, […]



What it costs to be smuggled across the U. S. border

July 4th, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

Bribes and shakedowns. Days in hideaways without food. For many fleeing violence in Central America, this is what thousands of dollars gets them on the journey to the United States. MATAMOROS, Mexico — Shortly before dawn one Sunday last August, a driver in an S.U.V. picked up Christopher Cruz at a stash house in this border city near the […]



CBD is changing the health industry

June 16th, 2018 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

CBD is legal, and has been taken off the WADA Prohibited Substances List. In February 2008–ten years ago this past winter–Thomas Vanderham, a mainstay in freeride mountain biking, crashed badly in Utah while filming for The Collective’s third movie, “Seasons.” With most footage bagged for the spring release that year, his crew was trying to […]



This is why Xanax is blowing up in America

June 16th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s not exactly breaking news that Xanax has been having something of a moment. Famous musicians, at least until prominent voices like Lil Xan (yes, even him!) and Chance the Rapper began swearing […]



Are bots entitled to free speech?

May 27th, 2018 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BOTS. How will the courts address free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators? This conversation is coming, and it may push the Supreme Court to do something it has avoided: define who is and is not a journalist. For nearly half a century, the US legal system has lived a double […]



Robot barista reveals dangerous rise of automation

May 14th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

A $25,000 robot barista serves 120 cups of coffee an hour — and it is part of a growing ‘robot revolution’ that could kill millions of jobs . “I don’t see the robot revolution as a problem,” 24-year-old inventor Henry Hu told CNBC. More restaurants and coffee shops are investing in automation and replacing jobs with […]



Should software engineers care about ethics

May 7th, 2018 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

It’s time for engineers to hold themselves accountable. In his essay, “Design’s Lost Generation,” Mike Monteiro describes how he shocked a crowd of designers at a San Francisco tech conference by suggesting design — like medicine, law, and even driving — should be regulated:



Five myths about artificial intelligence

May 4th, 2018 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

Artificial intelligence is the future. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple are all making big bets on AI. (Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) Congress has held hearings and even formed a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus. From health care to transportation to national security, AI has the potential to improve lives. But it […]



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