Over the past 13 years, the Cassini space probe has shown us just how complex and dynamic the rings of Saturn truly are. What would Saturn be without its beautiful system of rings? The 20-year mission is coming to an end later this week when the probe makes its final destructive plunge into Saturn. As part of its grand finale, Cassini has flown closer to the rings than ever before, first grazing the outermost edges of the rings before taking […]
The Voyager 1 spacecraft – humanity’s farthest journey – was launched in September 1977 and flew by Jupiter and Saturn before continuing on toward interstellar space, where it now continues it’s relentless journey out into the cosmos. After nearly 4o years, amazing scientific data, and nearly 21 billion kilometers, was Voyager worth it? What Do You Think?
Can we re-imagine our lives when artificial intelligence supersedes human intelligence? How Will humans deal with being in second place? What happens when AI is better at your job than you are? World Go champion Ke Jie of China has already found out. He just played a best-of-three tournament against an artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo and he lost 3-0. It’s also important to note that a computer winning at Go is a much more impressive feat than one winning […]
To be sure, it’s not difficult to observe Earth is facing some big problems – overpopulation, epidemics, and asteroid strikes to name a few. But before we flee this planet like an action hero jumping out of an explosion, let’s think about this for a second. Sure, it’d be great to have a backup civilization somewhere in case asteroids wipe out all life on Earth. And it would be one of the most exciting things humankind has ever done. But […]
The mind- matter duality – or can the mind manipulate the universe – has been a subject scientists have pondered for years. Theoretical physicist Lucien Hardy from the Perimeter Institute in Canada, has always asked questions, gathering information, looking for paradoxical thought experiments and provoking the world of quantum mechanics. He even devised his own Hardy Paradox back in 1992 studying particle interactions. In his latest paper, Hardy now basically refers back to French philosopher Rene Descartes, wondering if the […]
Look at economic data closely and the trends aren’t pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth. Automation is obviating more and more jobs. In the years to come, we’ll need new forms of employment. Let’s crystal-ball this: Will there be a new way for the working class of the future to earn a paycheck? Sure. Playing videogames. That’s the bold prediction of Edward Castronova, an academic at Indiana University who studies […]