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Stunning intellectual property experts across the globe, DABUS (short for “device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience”) became the first artificial intelligence formerly recognized by a country to have invented something. In this case, the something in question is a series of interlocking food containers based on fractal geometry…


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I turned 29 one day ago. It’s hard to know how to feel about that. I don’t want this post to be one of those posts about me feeling anxious about turning 30, though, undoubtedly, there is some of that at play here. Thinking back, I had a realization that…


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Framed as an extension of Tesla’s Autopilot system, Elon Musk plans to build a humanoid robot termed the “Tesla Bot,” with the intention of having these bots do all the tedious, repetitive, and dangerous work that humans either can’t or don’t want to do. Musk envisions the Tesla Bot to…


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Why are we ravenous for every morsel of information we can find about a famous person’s personal life? Some might argue we’re primed to crave this type of information due to social media. We’re sharing every last detail of our lives constantly, often taking creative liberties to spruce up reality…


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Humans are nothing if not full of contradictions. We draw black and white boundaries every day only to discover that the truth is somewhere in between or that we believe the opposite. We come up with rigid rules to apply that have begrudging exceptions only implemented after decades of toil…


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It is hard for me to articulate exactly what I was feeling watching the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan over the weekend. The best I can come with is an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, a hypnotic buzz that this has all happened before, a feeling strengthened upon hearing…


I stumbled upon Kathryn Schulz’s gripping tale of the overdue earthquake recently. Destruction on this scale is what we have to look forward too if we do nothing.


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Life can seem dull until all of a sudden it isn’t. Even 9/11, an event so world-changing that perhaps only the arrival of COVID could challenge its history-making consequences, didn’t reveal itself in the everyday lives of most of the world’s population. Many millions were content to go about their…


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The Turing Test, named after the prodigious computer scientist, Alan Turing, continues to be the most famous marker in the development of artificial intelligence to this day. Referenced ominously by slews of dystopian Hollywood thrillers over the years, for those who don’t know, the Turing Test posits that there will…


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In Isaac Asimov’s short story, “The Evitable Conflict, Dr. Susan Calvin, in response to her colleague’s horror that machines were guiding humanity’s future and not good ole human intuition, exclaims, “Stephen, how do we know what the ultimate good of Humanity will entail? We haven’t at our disposal the infinite…

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