Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf has warned that all digitally stored information could be wiped out by tech upgrades, putting the sum total of human knowledge under threat. An author and scientist explains why today’s systems are so vulnerable – and how pioneers are preparing for the worst
Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
he more romantic writers (which is, to be honest, all of us) will tell you that writing is a vocation – an addiction, a compulsion, a calling. The problem isn’t not writing, it’s keeping enough paper in your burnished steel-and-copper Remington to keep up with us, lest we start writing on tabletop, curtains and our own skin. On the rare occasions writers’ block rises, then all that sunshine and magic fades away and we are bereft, useless and hollow, screaming our frustration at the sky.
This is true exactly forty percent of the time.
The rest of the time, writing is just a thing that you do. There are moments where it’s easier and moments when it’s harder. You have to write the good moments, the hot prose, but you also have to write the small difficult sentences and the bits where the characters hang up their coats. It took me a long time to learn that if I waited for the moments when inspiration struck like lightning out of a clear sky I would be waiting a while. Inspiration is one thing, but it’s the determination to get through the slog that is writing every day that marks a serious writer.
Like any job, however, there are ways you can make it easier on yourself by approaching it strategically. If you’re looking to get more serious about writing this year the following tips should help.
by Anna Hunt For most people, each passing month of their lives seems to feel shorter than the previous. Many of us can’t believe that stores are already starting to display Christmas products, and if you’re writing a check, you might still catch yourself writing 2013 when 2014 is nearly over. All clocks follow the same…
A new quantum equation suggests that the Universe has no beginning or end, and it could also account for dark matter and dark energy. Researchers have created a new model that applies our latest understanding of quantum mechanics to Einstein’s...
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