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Can tiny doses of magic mushrooms unlock creativity?

November 3rd, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Preliminary study suggests that ‘microdoses’ of psychedelics may enhance a person’s creative problem solving abilities The use of minute doses of magic mushrooms and truffles containing psychedelic substances could induce a state of unconstrained thought that may produce more new, creative ideas. ‘Microdosing’ in this way may allow people to experience the creative benefits of […]



55% of America’s billion dollar startups have an immigrant founder

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Uber logo seen on a car door in Kiev, Ukraine. Garrett Camp, an immigrant from Canada, is one of Uber’s founders. (Photo by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) What would America lose if we blocked refugees and family-sponsored and employment-based immigrants from coming to the United States? For starters, we would likely lose more […]



A California law now means chatbots have to disclose they’re not human

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

There’s nothing loljk about Microsoft’s teenage chatbot, Zo. California governor Jerry Brown signed regulations into law last Friday (Sept. 30) that should make it easier for Californians to know whether they’re speaking to a human or a bot. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2019—Botageddon, as we’re going to call it—and could […]



You can bring your weed to the LA airport now

October 3rd, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

LAX is totally cool with passengers packing it in their carry-ons—but if it’s illegal where you land, that’s on you. It looks like travelers in Los Angeles won’t have to cram their weed inside balled-up socks or stash it in their ibuprofen bottles next time they fly—because LAX is totally chill about bringing pot into […]



How Puerto Rico became the newest tax haven for the super rich

September 22nd, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman. The only catch? They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).



The ‘deep web’ may be 500 times bigger than the normal web. Its uses go well beyond buying drugs

September 9th, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The dark web is a hidden portion of the internet that can only be accessed using special software. TOR, or The Onion Router, is a popular anonymous browsing network used to connect to the dark web. While the dark web offers anonymity and a way to bypass internet censorship, it is commonly associated with illegal […]



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, […]



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 […]



Who gets to own outer space?

December 31st, 2017 at 10:07 pm » Comments Off

Right now, private companies and NASA have a nice, functional, symbiotic capitalist relationship. SpaceX and its competitors build and will soon operate the vehicles, while NASA pays for the service. But with Elon Musk’s eyes tilted toward Mars, that won’t last for long.



AI can be made legally accountable for its decisions

November 26th, 2017 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

Computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars say AI systems should be able to explain their decisions without revealing all their secrets.



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