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Do certain sounds enrage you? Neurologists know why

February 24th, 2017 at 4:00 pm » Comments Off

If the sound of a co-worker repeatedly clicking his pen can send you into a flaming furor, take heart: You’re not being hypersensitive, and you’re not alone. Neurologists in the UK have spotted physical differences in the brains of people with this sound-related rage, although whether these differences are the cause or the result of […]



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 […]



Volunteering from home will soon be as common as working from home

January 27th, 2017 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home—and in 2017 volunteering from home will become just as ubiquitous. A busy life, working two jobs, unsociable working hours, and living in a remote location can all make it difficult for people to give time or money to good causes in their community. But technology now […]



AI is crushing humanity at poker

January 25th, 2017 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

The first day of the Brains vs. AI poker tournament is in the books, and the Libratus bot from Carnegie Mellon University emerged as the clear winner, collecting $81,716 to the humans $7,228. Both the players and Libratus’ creators cautioned that it was still too early to make a judgement call about who might win the 20-day […]



Students are zapping their brains for a boost

January 16th, 2017 at 6:12 pm » Comments Off

Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — moving, remembering, learning. He was fascinated.



The collapse of parenting and why parents need to grow up

January 6th, 2017 at 3:54 pm » Comments Off

For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well be more true put another way: food is power. Not long ago, Dr. Leonard Sax was at a restaurant and overheard a father say to his daughter, “Honey, could you please do me a favour? Could you please just try one bite of your green […]



Five questions to help you become a better manager

January 5th, 2017 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

Shay Howe and Darby Frey believe the path to better management starts with a question. Howe, former VP of product at Belly, and Frey, former head of engineering at Belly (both recently left Belly for new, undisclosed jobs starting in 2017) just launched Lead Honestly, a weekly email product that sends managers five questions, and one management […]



We know almost nothing about the future of sex robots

December 30th, 2016 at 4:31 pm » Comments Off

Isaac Asimov famously created rules that would prevent robots from harming humans. But at the second International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots earlier this week, any anxiety that may have inspired those guidelines was turned on its head. Panelists discussed the ways in which giving robots personhood and consciousness may revolutionize our lives, […]



Humans will marry robots by 2050

December 30th, 2016 at 4:25 pm » Comments Off

Had a child recently? Well, here’s something you might want to prepare yourself for. By the time wedding bells are ringing your new son- or daughter-in-law could very well be a robot.



Will machine learning be used to solve social problems in the future?

December 23rd, 2016 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

The answer is, quite frankly, yes. Machine learning is currently used in some ways, including solving social issues. Algorithms have been designed that use is predicting what movie you will enjoy watching, or what you might like to buy from a particular retailer. But now, things need to be stepped up a notch before we […]



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