A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe – Has ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Arrived?

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet?  At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe.  That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop.  Back in 2004, a Hollywood blockbuster entitled “The Day After Tomorrow” depicted a world in which weather patterns had gone mad.  One of the most impressive scenes showed nearly the entire planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once.  Of course things are not nearly … Continue reading A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe – Has ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ Arrived?

Fukushima in America? Twelve nuclear power plants are in the path of Hurricane Florence… flooding, storm surge threaten cooling operations

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by: Mike Adams (Natural News) At least twelve operating nuclear reactors are in the predicted path of Hurricane Florence, which has been upgraded to a category 4 storm as it surges toward the U.S. East Coast. According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which offers an interactive map of active nuclear reactors, two plants are vulnerable to both heavy rainfall and the expected storm surge which could bring a surge of up to 20 feet of ocean water pouring into coastal areas. Those two reactors, located NE of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, are known as “Brunswick Steam Electric … Continue reading Fukushima in America? Twelve nuclear power plants are in the path of Hurricane Florence… flooding, storm surge threaten cooling operations

Left Unchecked, Artificial Intelligence Can Become Prejudiced All On Its Own

 Adobe Stock by Dan Robitzski  If artificial intelligence were to run the world, it wouldn’t be so bad — it could objectively make decisions on exactly the kinds of things humans tend to screw up. But if we’re gonna hand over the reins to AI, it’s gotta be fair. And so far, it’s not. AI trained on datasets that were annotated or curated by people tend to learn the same racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted biases of those people. Slowly, programmers seem to be correcting for these biases. But even if we succeed at keeping our own prejudice out of our code, it seems that … Continue reading Left Unchecked, Artificial Intelligence Can Become Prejudiced All On Its Own

It’s Time to Kill the Modern Automobile

If we’re serious about combatting global warming, we have to overhaul the gas-powered automobile and the culture that surrounds it. BY Emily Atkin GERMANY was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible. “If U.S. roads were a war zone, they would be the most dangerous battlefield the American military has ever encountered.” So far, … Continue reading It’s Time to Kill the Modern Automobile

Robot says: Whatever

Chief priest Bungen Oi holds a robot AIBO dog prior to its funeral ceremony at the Kofukuji temple in Isumi, Japan, on 26 April 2018. Photo by Nicolas Datiche /AFP/Getty What stands in the way of all-powerful AI isn’t a lack of smarts: it’s that computers can’t have needs, cravings or desires by Margaret Boden is research professor of cognitive science at University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the British Academy, and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Her latest book is AI: Its Nature and Future (2016). Edited by Sally Davies In Henry James’s intriguing novella The Beast in the Jungle (1903), … Continue reading Robot says: Whatever

Virtual Reality Has Reached A “Tipping Point.” It’s Officially Here to Stay.

Image Credit: TheDigitalArtist  TheDigitalArtist by Dan Robitzski Thanks to virtual reality, you can swim with the dolphins, play some tennis, or spend some alone time, all from the comfort of your own living room. But it’s not yet perfect — a horrible wave of nausea can hit anytime, right in the middle of these activities. This problem — motion sickness caused by laggy, choppyvirtual reality experiences — has been around since the technology first emerged. Yes, virtual reality isn’t perfect. But there’s reason to believe that virtual reality technology has finally proved that it’s here to stay. “VR isn’t where I want it to be, … Continue reading Virtual Reality Has Reached A “Tipping Point.” It’s Officially Here to Stay.

The quantified heart

A woman consults her mobile phone at Krasnaya Presnya Depot on Line 5 of the Moscow Underground. Photo by Sergei Bobylev/TASS/Getty Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be by Polina Aronson is a sociologist and the debate editor of openDemocracy Russia. She was born in St Petersburg and lives in Berlin, and is working on a book about perceptions of love in Russia and in the West. by Judith Duportail is a freelance journalist who writes about love, freedom and how technology affects them. Her work has appeared in The Guardian and Slate, among … Continue reading The quantified heart