A new study on the Eastern Band population of Cherokee, North Carolina — a group of people who receive hefty bi-annual payments from the local casino — indicates that yes, a basic guaranteed income can be a very positive thing that has no influence on the number of people who work full time.
Hiroshi Ishiguro has spent his entire life in pursuit of creating a lifelike android. But what kind of life is he trying to instill in them? For Ishiguro, other people are just mirrors and conversation is just a set of stimuli. Can a genius inventor create a near-human if he doesn’t really understand his own kind?
When Bassel Khartabil tried to create an open internet culture in Syria, the government executed him. Thousands of other Syrians have disappeared.
How the legendary internet fact-finding site snopes.com came to be, and how a messy divorce and ownership and control squabbles have threatened the site’s existence.
A former Google design ethicist insists that our minds have been hijacked in an arms race for our attention. He also insists that, with the help of a Hippocratic Oath for software designers, we can win.
The photo sharing service has built tools and algorithms to remove offensive comments for its 700 million users with the hope that it will reduce the amount of toxicity they experience online.
A look into the mind of a mathematician-turned-hacker who milks slot machines in casinos around the world.
After his father was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, James Vlahos began programming a chatbot that could emulate his father using stories from his life.
Steven Pete has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to feel pain. Pam Costa has the opposite neurological condition — she feels pain constantly, as if her body is on fire. They both share a genetic link that has helped scientists understand why we experience pain and how to treat it.