Mary Shelley foresaw that artificial intelligence would be made monstrous, not by human hubris but by human cruelty
Source: What Frankenstein’s creature can really tell us about AI | Aeon Essays
Grinspoon argues that life helping shape Earth means that most planets will either be lush or dead. Maybe. David, find us one that isn’t dead and we promise to get back to you soon.
Source: How life shaped Earth, with a hat tip to Lynn Margulis | Uncommon Descent
A newly comprehensive study shows that melting of Himalayan glaciers caused by rising temperatures has accelerated dramatically since the start of the 21st century.
Source: Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in recent years: Fast-paced warming is consistently affecting huge region, says new study — ScienceDaily
Beyond that, such research raises a philosophical question: If the mind is an illusion, how can it act directly on external things, by the force of decision-making alone?
Source: New Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Needs No Brain Implant | Mind Matters
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Source: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal