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Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?

Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We know how to deal with suspicious packages – as carefully as possible! These days, we let robots take the risk. But what if the robots are the risk? Some commentators argue we should be treating AI (artificial intelligence) as a suspicious package, because it might eventually blow up in our faces. Should we be worried?

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Anything But Human

Anything But Human | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why I stubbornly continue to believe that I'm a human being - something more than other animals, and more than any computer.

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$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality

$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The John Templeton Foundation grant to UC Riverside philosopher John Fischer will fund research on aspects of immortality, including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an afterlife on human behavior.

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Bilingualism ‘can increase mental agility’

Bilingualism ‘can increase mental agility’ | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Bilingual children outperform children who only speak one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to research led at the University of Strathclyde.

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Scientists vaporize Earth in simulation, practice evil laughs

Scientists vaporize Earth in simulation, practice evil laughs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We all grow up fantasizing about vaporizing the Earth, but only one of us gets to be the first to make it happen, and trust me, the rest of y'all are running out of time. In lieu of doing the real thing, some planetary scientists at are running Earth vaporizing simulations to help them figure out what alien worlds are made of.

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Private Greed, Public Loss

Private Greed, Public Loss | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When private property owners forget that they, like the rest of us mere mortals, are only temporary visitors—tourists, if you will—on this place we call Earth, they easily end up thinking that they can build whatever their money will build, wherever they want to build it. The public, then, is indeed damned.

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The Heretic

The Heretic | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.

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Your Brain Looks Like a Mondrian Grid Painting

Your Brain Looks Like a Mondrian Grid Painting | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We tend to think of the brain as a giant lump of gray matter, as a marvelously complex structure that controls consciousness and intelligence. But what if the human brain is just a giant 3D grid, with neurons hooked together in an orderly structure of repeating parallel and perpendicular lines? That's the conclusion of a team of researchers at the NIH's Human Connectome Project..

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Schrödinger's equation — what does it mean?

Schrödinger's equation — what does it mean? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the first article of this series we introduced Schrödinger's equation and in the second we saw it in action using a simple example. But how should we interpret its solution, the wave function? What does it tell us about the physical world?

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Schrödinger's equation — what is it?

Schrödinger's equation — what is it? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When people first started considering the world at the smallest scales, for example electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom, they realised that things get very weird indeed and that Newton's laws no longer apply. To describe this tiny world you need quantum mechanics, a theory developed at the beginning of the twentieth century. The core equation of this theory, the analogue of Newton's second law, is called Schrödinger's equation.

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Philosophical Shock Tactics

Philosophical Shock Tactics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why do philosophers sometimes argue for conclusions that are disturbing, even shocking?

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Amartya Sen: What Happened To Europe?

Amartya Sen: What Happened To Europe? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As Europe struggles through its third year of financial crisis, Amartya Sen says problems of democracy and financial management are at the heart of the crisis, and austerity is likely to make the situation worse.

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Curiosity closes in on Mars for high-stakes descent

Curiosity closes in on Mars for high-stakes descent | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover is closing in on the red planet for a high-stakes plunge to the surface using an untried 'sky crane' technique to ensure a pinpoint landing on the floor of Gale Crater.

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Science on crack: the chemistry of illegal drugs

Science on crack: the chemistry of illegal drugs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Heroin makes me happy. I’m crazy about cocaine. I’m mad about meth and I love LSD. And not because I’ve ever taken any of these drugs or ever would. No, quite the contrary. What I love about them is the chemistry. Because the effects of these drugs may be dire, but the science is cool.

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John Keegan, Historian Who Put a Face on War, Dies at 78

John Keegan, Historian Who Put a Face on War, Dies at 78 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Mr.Keegan was an Englishman widely considered to be the pre-eminent military historian of his era and the author of more than 20 books, including the masterwork 'The Face of Battle.'

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Unpaid research internships reveal a dangerous hypocrisy in academia

Unpaid research internships reveal a dangerous hypocrisy in academia | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Employing free labour acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy for universities, reducing diversity in the workforce and weakening arguments for funding of paid posts.

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Most distant black hole 'heard' munching star

Most distant black hole 'heard' munching star | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The wobbles in energy produced as a black hole consumes a star have been detected from further away than ever before. Because they are so regular, their discoverer likes to think of the wobbles as a kind of sound. 'We are able to metaphorically hear a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole,' says Rubens Reis of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, '4.8mHz would be a very low D-sharp, slightly out of tune.'

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The climate change debate is over

The climate change debate is over | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the fierce and sometimes ugly fight over global climate change, we finally have an answer coming from the earth itself: the weather is telling us climate change is here and we are causing it. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is among the scientists who say the world is giving us signs that climate change is already happening.

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Ian Bogost on understanding what it's like to be a thing

Ian Bogost on understanding what it's like to be a thing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ian Bogost begins his recent book Alien Phenomenology by noting the speculative fascination with the stubborn old rumor of flying saucer remains hidden away at Roswell Army Airfield. But his real point is that we are immersed in the alien already. In fact, almost every thing is alien to us, except us: We have no idea what it’s like to be a tree, a bat, a coffee mug, a skyscraper.

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Schrödinger's equation — in action

Schrödinger's equation — in action | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the previous article we introduced Schrödinger's equation and its solution, the wave function, which contains all the information there is to know about a quantum system. Now it's time to see the equation in action, using a very simple physical system as an example.

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The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A gripping account of efforts to psychoanalyse the Nazi elite.

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Class War for Idiots: Libertarianism = Assholism

Class War for Idiots: Libertarianism = Assholism | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The term 'Libertarian' has long been synonymous with “Asshole” in my estimation, and I think it’s safe to say that Jacobin magazine editor Connor Kilpatrick probably feels the same way.

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