The menace of artificial intelligence is very real in most respects. As a lock pick for the infiltration of the private sphere, a method of control in the public sphere or a weapon, artificial intelligence poses a substantial threat. But there is at least one aspect of that threat that our dystopian generation, including the most elite of our technocratic vanguard, may tend to exaggerate: namely, the ability for artificial intelligence to become “self-aware” to the extent that it could, as Elon Musk suggests it might “press the delete key” on humanity.
Children gain protection against asthma if exposed to four types of gut bacteria by the age of three months, as their immune system is being established, a team of B.C. researchers has discovered. The researchers, from B.C. Children's Hospital, recognized asthma is the top reason for going to the hospital. It's suspected the way we're living exposes us to fewer microbes, which could contribute to the increase in asthma rates.
Your guy friend’s boasting that he can instantly tell which woman at the bar has straying eyes isn’t entirely hot air, a recent study published in PLOS-One suggests.
“Overall, these results show that men’s judgments of faithfulness made from faces of unfamiliar women may contain a kernel of truth,” the authors concluded.
Tens of thousands of Americans sprain an ankle every year. But ankle sprains get little respect, with most of us shrugging off the injury as inconsequential and soon returning to normal activities.
That person on Twitter claiming to make $300,000 a year working from home is probably lying. But researchers say a person's tweets can reveal their income.
Increasingly, data scientists have been highlighting the predictive value of social media. The field of linguistics is just one of many digging for insights in the treasure trove of mineable data that is the Twittersphere.
Anyone who is addicted to a television show knows it usually doesn’t take too long to get hooked. Netflix now understands that even better after figuring out the exact number of episodes it takes to get people to watch a full season of its most popular shows. By episode No. 3 of “House of Cards,” people were on board. It was just two shows for “Breaking Bad.” “Mad Men” took six episodes. By the 8th episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” people were sucked in. “It takes a while to get to know people; think about how long it takes for you to become friends with somebody,” said Kevin Sauter, a communication studies professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) “We watch television to develop relationships with these characters. They become our media friends.” Of the 25 shows Netflix analyzed, none of them had met the streaming service’s definition for getting hooked (70 percent of viewers finishing the entire season) during the pilot episode.
Thanks to highly disruptive advanced technologies, jobs — even industries — will soon vanish, becoming remnants of a distantly remembered past. Other positions will be more efficiently done by machines, eliminating the need for human employees. This has happened before – indeed, since the dawn of the Industrial Age – but never in history at the same speed and scale. It’s the advent of the “labor-light economy,” as defined by noted MIT researchers Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, who have explored the benefits and downsides of rapid technological advancement.
At the same time as machines displace most of us, our fundamental needs — think of Maslow’s basic hierarchy — will be met through the application of technologies. Food, energy, shelter, and health care will be free or so low cost that they’re virtually free. Even education will be eventually be free.
An exotic drink promises the ultimate in mind and body relaxation, and it has even been called an alcohol substitute that won’t give you a hangover. The root is native to the South Pacific and has been consumed for centuries. Today, it comes in powdered form and is brewed for shots — or shells, as they’re called. People drink kava to enjoy the liquids’ potent properties. But experts had warnings. “It can relax muscles, and you’re going to feel both physiologically and mentally relaxed, but at what cost?” said clinical psychologist Dr. Harris Straytner.
A Seattle area High School robotics club isn't your typical group of teen tech nerds. They're creating robotic limbs that can actually be used by people who need them.The limbs are designed by students and created with a 3D printer. With the arm, Jaelyn Crebbin can grip things and pick up lightweight items, but more important, it allows her to feel a bit more like everyone else. Beyond this robotic arm, the club is focused on creating an even more intricate arm for Jaelyn that will sense electrical impulses through her skin and allow it to be much more responsive.
Why farmers, fishers and lawyers are more likely to find true love among their own.
You've probably heard of the big dating sites like OKCupid, Match.com and Tindr. But unless you are a love-hungry lawyer, teacher or farmer you may not be aware of smaller dating websites that aim to fix up people of a similar profession. There's LawyerFlirts.com, JustTeachersDating.com, FarmersOnly.com (tagline: "City folks just don't get it"), and many more.
Computers are immensely capable, but certain things we humans do almost effortlessly an artificial intelligence has immense difficulty achieving.