ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS KILLING THE UNCANNY VALLEY AND OUR GRASP ON REALITY

LAURENT HRYBYK by SANDRA UPSON There’s a revolution afoot, and you will know it by the stripes. Earlier this year, a group of Berkeley researchers released a pair of videos. In one, a horse trots behind a chain link fence. In the second video, the horse is suddenly sporting a zebra’s black-and-white pattern. The execution isn’t flawless, but the stripes fit the horse so neatly that it throws the equine family tree into chaos. Turning a horse into a zebra is a nice stunt, but that’s not all it is. It is also a sign of the growing power of machine … Continue reading ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS KILLING THE UNCANNY VALLEY AND OUR GRASP ON REALITY

Natural-born existentialists

Children play on Omaha beach in Normandy, France, 1947. Photo by David Seymour/Magnum Photos Ethics cannot be based on human nature because, as evolutionary biology tells us, there is no such thing by Ronnie de Sousa is professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Love: A Very Short Introduction (2015) and Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind(2007). Nature, Mr Allnut, is what we were put in the world to rise above. Katherine Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart in African Queen (1951) Questions about what matters, and why, and what exists in the world, are quintessentially philosophical. The answers to many … Continue reading Natural-born existentialists

More Hurricanes? Prepare for Stormier Pop Charts

A hiker walks across the Matanuska Glacier near Anchorage, Alaska by ROBINSON MEYER Over the past half-century, climate scientists have learned that the weather leaves behind a hidden history of itself. Through evidence preserved in tree rings, in the gunk at the bottom of lakes, and in towering stalagmites that rise from cave floors, researchers have learned how to read thousands of years of weather history, inferring the existence of long-forgotten rainstorms, hurricanes, and mega-droughts. Recent research suggests that there may be a similar account hidden in popular music, too. Thursday, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the meteorologist Paul … Continue reading More Hurricanes? Prepare for Stormier Pop Charts

For the price of one iPhone, you could acquire almost a year’s supply of emergency food… but most Americans won’t… and most will DIE

December 17, 2017 by: Robert Jonathan (Natural News) We’ve all seen images on TV or on social media of empty supermarket shelves as a storm bears down on an area. In the event of a widespread, long-term natural disaster or a civil insurrection, the ensuing lawlessness could make the chaos depicted on a typical episode of The Walking Dead or Z Nation look like a day at the local amusement park. The Concerned U.S. Patriots website warns that most urbanites and suburbanites are woefully unprepared for a food shortage that would accompany a nightmarish breakdown of civil society because they are too reliant on buying food from the local grocery store, … Continue reading For the price of one iPhone, you could acquire almost a year’s supply of emergency food… but most Americans won’t… and most will DIE

Ancient Egypt was ruled by a GIANT

Ancient Egypt pharaoh was a giant. Charles Samuel Myers – Myers, Charles S. (1901), “The Bones of Hen Nekht, an Egyptian King of the Third Dynasty“, Man 131: 152–153. via Wikipedia By Strange Sounds Myths abound with stories of giants, from the frost and fire giants of Norse legends to the Titans who warred with the gods in ancient Greek mythology. However, giants are more than just legend. The supposed remains of Sa-Nakht, a pharaoh of ancient Egypt, may be the oldest known human giant. As part of ongoing research into mummies, scientists investigated a skeleton found in 1901 in a tomb near Beit Khallaf in Egypt with an … Continue reading Ancient Egypt was ruled by a GIANT

What science says about why we get déjà vu

It’s one of the oddest sensations. ian dooley / Unsplash by Lindsay Dodgson About 70% of the population experience déjà vu. It’s the sense of familiarity that feels misplaced because you know you haven’t experienced the same thing before. Psychologists and neuroscientists have come up with several different theories over the years for why we experience the strange sensation. It’s one of the oddest sensations. That feeling where you are in a new situation, or a completely new environment, but you get an intense feeling of familiarity. For no apparent reason, you feel like you’re reliving a past experience. It’s called … Continue reading What science says about why we get déjà vu

A Hypnotic Descent Into Dehumanization

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Author: Emily Buder Video by Fabio Palmieri Dehumanization can take many forms, but its end result is always the same: The extinguishment of all that dignifies an individual. Irregulars, a powerful short film by Fabio Palmieri, is the story of one teenager’s dehumanization. His experience unfolds against the hypnotic backdrop of a mannequin factory. “We had lost our history and our identity,” says the teenager, a recent refugee from West Africa, in the documentary. “I was Cyrille Kabore no more. I didn’t want to wander from country to country. I hoped I would be an engineer one day.” … Continue reading A Hypnotic Descent Into Dehumanization