PBS Video: Why String Theory Is Wrong | Uncommon Descent

Hmmm. We don’t often see serious skepticism of Cool ideas like string theory except from brave souls like Sabine Hossenfelder. With luck, if this pans out to be a serious discussion, it will begin a trend.Note: Some of us would be okay with “Why String Theory Is Right,” provided it is a response to skepticism taken seriously and the theory is treated as a theory with serious problems—not a sort of foregone conclusion, upholding a multiverse.

Source: PBS Video: Why String Theory Is Wrong | Uncommon Descent

Will That Army Robot Squid Ever Be “Self-Aware”?

From the 2018 AI Hype Countdown at Mind Matters #9: AI help, not hype, with Robert J. Marks: What would it take for a robot to be self-aware?The Army Times headline would jolt your morning coffee:Army researchers are developing a self-aware squid-like robot you can 3D print in the fieldReporter

Source: 9: Will That Army Robot Squid Ever Be “Self-Aware”? | Uncommon Descent

‘Syria is crumbling and we’re talking about a f*cking wall’: Republican senators are furious with Trump 

With the government in a shutdown, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigning because he doesn’t see eye to eye with an erratic Donald Trump, and the  stock market plunging, GOP lawmakers are losing their tempers with the president who has thrown the country into chaos just before Christmas.

Source: ‘Syria is crumbling and we’re talking about a f*cking wall’: Republican senators are furious with Trump | Alternet

Robert Reich: The end is near for Trump 

This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress.ME: So, what are you hearing?HE: Trump is in deep sh*t. ME: Tell me more. HE: When it looked like he was backing down on the wall, Rush and the crazies on Fox went ballistic. So he has to do the shutdown to keep the base happy. They’re his insurance policy. They stand between him and impeachment.ME: Impeachment? No chance. Senate Republicans would never go along.

Source: Robert Reich: The end is near for Trump | Alternet