Why AI needs more social workers, with Columbia Universitys Desmond Patton

Sometimes it does seem the entire tech industry could use someone to talk to, like a good therapist or social worker. That might sound like an insult, but I mean it mostly earnestly: I am a chaplain who has spent 15 years talking with students, faculty, and other leaders at Harvard (and more recently MIT as well), mostly nonreligious and skeptical people like me, about their struggles to figure out what it means to build a meaningful career and a satisfying life, in a world full of insecurity, instability, and divisiveness of every kind. In related news, I recently took a year-long paid sabbatical from my work at Harvard and MIT, to spend 2019-20 investigating the ethics of technology and …

We Illustrated 6 People Who Dreamed Their Breakthrough Ideas

A comfy bed and a good night’s sleep are essential when it comes to brain function. Slipping into a freshly made bed with lush, fresh bedding really can set the tone for how easily you’ll settle into a peaceful slumber. Once you drift off to sleep, there really is no limit to where your dreams may take you. Sometimes unbelievable and seemingly impossible, your dreams really can have a huge impact; changing your mind on something you were sure you were certain of, making you question what you once knew – the power of dreams can be hugely underestimated. The Mill Shop wanted to explore what impact dreams have had on the world over the years. We’re not talking daydreams …

Marianne Williamson Grilled by Trevor Noah on Vaccines

After popping up on Real Time With Bill Maher over the past couple of weeks, 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson made her Daily Show debut on Tuesday night. And she was met with some harsher scrutiny than she received from those other two late-night hostseven if it didnt end up in the section of the interview that actually aired on TV. Trevor Noah started his interview with some semi-backhanded compliments. It seemed like you were out of your depth during the first Democratic presidential debate in June, he said, but by the second debate last month he noted that she was the most googled candidate on the stage. Why do you think youre connecting with so many people who first thought …

Palmer Luckeys Secretive Defense Company Is Booming Under Trump

As many tech giants grow skittish about cashing in on the surveillance boom, one company helmed by an industry iconoclast seems custom-built for Big Brother. For Anduril Industries, scanning the California desert alongside border agents or helping drones home in on targets isnt toxicit isnt even controversial. That mostly has to do with the companys founder, Palmer Luckey. The 26-year-old is best known as the designer of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset that shepherded the futuristic technology into the mainstream. In 2014, Luckey sold his 100-person virtual reality company to Facebook for $3 billion. Luckey was reportedly forced out of Facebook in early 2017 after role-playing games, Luckey named his new project after a mythical sword from The Lord …

Pro-LGBT Coca-Cola adverts spark boycott calls in Hungary

Campaign linked to Sziget festival criticised by senior member of ruling Fidesz party Advertisements by Coca-Cola relating to a popular music festival in called him Trump before Trump, and Nigel Farage and Italys Matteo Salvini are admirers. For many liberals, and increasingly for some of his supposed allies in the EPP, he signifies all that is rotten, corrupt and downright scary in contemporary politics on the continent. The age of liberal democracy is at an end, Orbn told the Hungarian parliament shortly after Fidesz Hungary and the rest of Europe from the evils of migration from the Middle East and Africa. He has brushed off protests from the disgruntled urban elites. One thing Orbns admirers and detractors agree on is …

He, she, or … ? Gender-neutral pronouns reduce biases study

Researchers find usage boosts positive feelings towards women and LGBT people More than 100 failures litter the battleground that is the hunt for an English gender-neutral singular pronoun. From thon, ip and hiser to hem, ons and lers, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those who used gender-neutral pronouns for the cartoon task were more likely to use non-male names in their short story. The gender-neutral pronoun also appeared to improve positive feelings towards LGBT people. The word hen, the researchers believe, helped to combat mental biases that favoured men, and raise awareness of other genders. Sabine Sczesny, a professor of social psychology at the University of Bern, said the research was further evidence that gender-inclusive language could …

What I learned writing about climate change and the US south for a year

I crisscrossed a region my own that is mired in a culture of denial and delay. The conversation on the climate crisis has not changed fast enough Its 96 degrees in downtown Beaufort, North Carolina, a place where I spent much of my childhood. The sidewalk is too hot for dogs to walk on. The iconic wild horses, visible on Shackleford Banks, wade in the marsh, munching cordgrass. Ive been watching the horses since I was in elementary school, and now Im sharing them with my elementary school-aged daughters on summer vacation. My girls love them, as I did. The legend is that the horses swam to safety from an old Spanish shipwreck. Its moving to watch the small, strong …

Facebook wants to read your mind

Facebook is inching closer to developing a brain-computer interface that will allow humans to type with just their minds. The tech company says its made notable progress on a noninvasive wearable brain-reading computer since first revealing the idea at its annual developer conference in 2017. Facebook is working with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco who published a study on their latest breakthroughs Tuesday in the Nature Communications journal. The study, which used three patients being treated for epilepsy with electrodes implanted in their brains, saw human thought being translated into words on a computer screen. While the research team says such a device could be used to help victims of severe brain injuries communicate, Andrew Boz Bosworth, …

Blink 182 Frontman’s UFO Organization Says It’s Obtained Materials “Unknown” To Science

A UFO organization launched by former Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge says it has in its possession “groundbreaking metamaterials” unknown to science. The materials, he claims (in all caps) in an Instagram post, came from “UNIDENTIFIED VEHICLES”, though he and his organization To The Stars Academy have not yet offered proof of this or any of their other out-of-this-world claims. – “We have been able to establish that the material shows highly advanced and anomalous engineering capabilities,” DeLonge, most famous for hits such as Apple Shampoo, said in an enigmatic Instagram post alongside what appear to be photos of the material.  “This acquisition will allow us to expand the scope of our ADAM Research Project and accelerate R&D that could lead to numerous …

American Trust In Science Is Increasing But Getting More Partisan

The average American’s trust in science has increased over the last three years, but there remains considerable opposition to scientific involvement in policy debates. Moreover, attitudes are becoming more partisan, a survey suggests. Fifty years ago, when scientists and engineers had taken humanity to the Moon and recently created antibiotics and vaccines against some of the world’s most feared diseases, trust in science was high. Increasing recognition of the negative effects of some technologies, combined with campaigns to undermine scientists’ credibility by everyone from fossil fuel companies to anti-vax groups changed this dramatically. Either these are losing their potency, or pro-science campaigns are starting to find traction, because the Pew Research Center has found more positive attitudes in each successive …

Snail With Iron Shell Dubbed Sea Pangolin First To Be Threatened With Extinction From Deep-Sea Mining

The first species at risk of extinction due to deep-sea mining has now been added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species. The scaly-foot snail – dubbed the “sea pangolin” for its endangered status and scaled appearance – is more incredible than its common name suggests. The creature hosts a shell made of iron and lives around hydrothermal vents in the dark depths of the Indian Ocean, where searing hot water escapes from the sea floor. Its iron tags are layered like plated armor, possibly protecting it from the harpoon-like teeth and puncture-sharp claws of predators, according to the National Science Foundation. Beneath all the armor, it has a large heart, in part to keep the symbiotic bacteria within …

When You Have Wanderlust, Heres How To Survive A Long Plane Ride

By Mesut Kaya These frequent flyers from Ask Reddit have some tips for you! By Mesut Kaya 1. Once you’re in the air, loosen your shoe laces. Don’t, I repeat, don’t be one of those people who takes their shoes off and sticks their bare feet on the armrest of the chair in front of you, but you should be aware that the lower air pressure will cause your feet to swell. Loosening your shoelaces will help you deal with this, although some people wear compression socks. 2. Get hard sweets. The sucking motion stops you from getting sore ears. 3. Download an entire TV series and binge watch it all, you have loads of time so you can watch …

YouTube star The King of Random dies at 38

YouTube star The King of Random, who was known for his explosive science experiments that entertained his 11.6 million subscribers, has died, YouTube confirmed Tuesday night. A 60-second video was posted to his account with a picture of the YouTuber, whose real name was Grant Thompson. The video is simply a still photo of Thompson with his name and the dates 1980-2019 underneath. ASMR vlogger says the Tingles app is still harming YouTubers Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

YouTube star The King of Random dies at 38

YouTube star The King of Random, who was known for his explosive science experiments that entertained his 11.6 million subscribers, has died, YouTube confirmed Tuesday night. A 60-second video was posted to his account with a picture of the YouTuber, whose real name was Grant Thompson. The video is simply a still photo of Thompson with his name and the dates 1980-2019 underneath. ASMR vlogger says the Tingles app is still harming YouTubers Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways