Any sufficiently advanced totalitarianism is indistinguishable from Facebook

Gamification doesn’t need to be enjoyable to be effective. You’re more likely to cheat on your taxes than to walk barefoot into a bank, even if it’s summer and your feet hurt. That’s because we don’t just care about how bad the consequences of something could be, but also how certain they are to happen, […]

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When Should We Edit Human Genes? What You Need to Know

There’s a difference between editing genes in a person’s somatic cells and germline cells. Editing somatic cells, which are differentiated (e.g., skin cells) and non-reproductive, impacts them alone. In contrast, editing germline DNA means changes are passed along to the next generation during reproduction. It’s no minor distinction. Right now, the cautious consensus around gene […]

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Collective Intelligence Is the Root of Human Progress

Many of us intuitively think about intelligence as an individual trait. As a society, we have a tendency to praise individual game-changers for accomplishments that would not be possible without their teams, often tens of thousands of people that work behind the scenes to make extraordinary things happen. Matt Ridley, best-selling author of multiple books, […]

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Using ‘cooperative perception’ between intelligent vehicles to reduce risks

http://img.youtube.com/vi/hhUNgfUxDL4/0.jpg Networked intelligent vehicles (credit: EPFL) Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have combined data from two autonomous cars to create a wider field of view, extended situational awareness, and greater safety. Autonomous vehicles get their intelligence from cameras, radar, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, and navigation and mapping systems. But there […]

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The Technological Singularity: Managing the Journey (The Frontiers Collection)

http://ift.tt/2xFHuSk This volume contains a selection of authoritative essays exploring the central questions raised by the conjectured technological singularity. In informed yet jargon-free contributions written by active research scientists, philosophers and sociologists, it goes beyond philosophical discussion to provide a detailed account of the risks that the singularity poses to human society and, perhaps most usefully, […]

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What It Will Take for the World to Keep Getting Better

http://img.youtube.com/vi/jz3oz5L9OsU/0.jpg Compared to life 100 years ago, life these days is pretty good by many measures. You’ve probably heard the statistics: poverty and infant mortality are down, life expectancy is up, and infectious diseases are being controlled, if not cured. In short, more humans than ever before are having their basic needs met, and it’s […]

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Using ‘cooperative perception’ between intelligent vehicles to reduce risks

http://img.youtube.com/vi/hhUNgfUxDL4/0.jpg Networked intelligent vehicles (credit: EPFL) Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have combined data from two autonomous cars to create a wider field of view, extended situational awareness, and greater safety. Autonomous vehicles get their intelligence from cameras, radar, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, and navigation and mapping systems. But there […]

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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

http://ift.tt/2kPlbbT “One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an […]

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