the dirty work of training an artificial intelligence
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the dirty work of training an artificial intelligence

AI that identifies faces, vehicles, and reads handwriting is springing from computers, ready to make tedious human work obsolete. But we don't see the tedious human work that goes into training them.

sci-fi saturday: chapter 018
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sci-fi saturday: chapter 018

shadow nation / new world order / chapter 018

world of weird things podcast: close encounters of the ufo kind
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world of weird things podcast: close encounters of the ufo kind

Once again, stories of military officers spotting UFOs and never getting answers to their questions are making their way through the media. Why are these tales so common?

why hyperloop startups are ending up building subways
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why hyperloop startups are ending up building subways

We were told we'd be cross continents at supersonic speeds and driven by self-driving cars. But as the projects get underway, it's clear that's not really with what we'll end up.

galaxies without dark matter may actually be full of it
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galaxies without dark matter may actually be full of it

Galaxies seemingly lacking dark matter which threatened to rule out alternative ideas about what dark matter could be may actually be full of it, according to a second, in depth look.

nasa’s climate models get put to the test and pass with flying colors
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nasa’s climate models get put to the test and pass with flying colors

NASA reviewed predictions of how the planet should be warming generated by its GISTEMP dataset to see how accurate its models were, and the results were hardly shocking.

why you can’t design your baby and why it’s a terrible idea to try
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why you can’t design your baby and why it’s a terrible idea to try

Despite dire warnings, we may never be able to custom design humans. And if we ever learn how, we may accidentally drive ourselves into extinction if we try.

did exploding stars really help humans walk upright?
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did exploding stars really help humans walk upright?

Do we owe our ability to walk on two legs to a sudden burst of supernovae activity lasting for nearly five million years, or are researchers connecting dots that don't need to be connected?

sci-fi saturday: chapter 017
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 017

shadow nation / new world order / chapter 017

world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!
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world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!

Far from being just a slightly bigger rocky sphere than our planet, Super-Earths are a fascinating class of worlds ranging from Earths with a few extra tons to failed seeds of gas giants.

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