Use Facebook To Pinpoint When Your Life Fell Apart

The Onion reports on a new functionality that finds your “lifepoint”–the point in your life when it took an irrevocable turn for the worse: New Facebook Feature Scans Profile To Pinpoint Exactly When Things Went Wrong Your “Lifepoints”? [Read more...]

Mimicking the Brain in Silicon

MIT researchers make progress towards a potentially amazing accomplishment: For decades, scientists have dreamed of building computer systems that could replicate the human brain’s talent for learning new tasks. MIT researchers have now taken a major step toward that goal by designing a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to [Read More...]

"Not Everything In Life Is Logical"

When we rationalists, naturalists, and other assorted atheists insist that no one should form beliefs that disregard logic and evidence, the defenders of faith often tell us that “Not everything in life is logical”, or use some variant of this phrase. What might they mean by this? Where is their confusion exactly and how best [Read More...]

The History of the Singularity

by Eric Steinhart Many philosophers portray the cosmic process as an ascending curve of positivity. As time goes forward, the quantities of intelligence, power, or value are always increasing. These progressive philosophies have sometimes been religious and sometimes secular. Secular versions of progress have sometimes been political and sometimes technological. Technological versions have sometimes invoked [Read More...]

Why Can’t God Heal Amputees?

Because apparently he doesn’t know enough science.  Thankfully UCLA, on the other hand, does: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Singularity as Religion

by Eric Steinhart I think much of the culture and discourse around the singularity is religious. I say this based in part on my reading of David Noble’s book The Religion of Technology and my reading of Robert Geraci’s Apocalyptic AI. Both are fantastic books. And I’ve compiled a long list of articles and books [Read More...]

Rachel Maddow Explains The Nuclear Threat In Japan

This account of how nuclear power works and what the current danger was remarkably clarifying for me: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Dr. Maddow would truly make a superb physics professor (you know, if she actually had as good a grasp of all physics as she has of [Read More...]

Oil From Plastic

The video below is extraordinary and hope inducing, here’s the YouTube description: The Japanese company Blest has developed one of the smallest and safest oil-to-plastic conversion machines out on the market today. It’s founder and CEO, Akinori Ito is passionate about using this machine to change the way people around the world think about their [Read More...]

Brain Powering

via Daniel Florien comes this fascinating account of the human brain and the energy required to run it: According to Kwabena Boahen, a computer scientist at Stanford University, a robot with a processor as smart as the human brain would require at least 10 megawatts to operate. That’s the amount of energy produced by a [Read More...]


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