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Sunday, July 5, 2020
Using ‘personalized AI’ to end coronavirus lockdown is a stupid, cruel idea

Using ‘personalized AI’ to end coronavirus lockdown is a stupid, cruel...

A trio of AI and business experts from INSEAD, a prestigious business school, recently penned a lengthy article in the Harvard Business Review extolling the virtues of “personalized AI” prediction models to end the coronavirus lockdown. It’s the kind of piece that politicians, academics, and pundits refer to when discussing how technology can aid in…
How to play Dungeons & Dragons while you’re stuck in quarantine

How to play Dungeons & Dragons while you’re stuck in quarantine

Dungeons & Dragons is an ageless gaming classic that’s as relevant today as it was in 1974 when it was first released. The central themes of heroism, fantasy combat with evil monsters, and pretending to be someone else haven’t changed at all. Everything else, however, has. For starters, back in the mid 1970s you could…
Trump’s ‘disinfectant injections’ idea comes straight from internet conspiracy theories

Trump’s ‘disinfectant injections’ idea comes straight from internet conspiracy theories

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US President Donald Trump yesterday sent the mainstream media and partisan social media into a Godzilla-sized tizzy after floating the idea of treating COVID-19 patients with UV lights and “disinfectants.” The president claimed he’d gotten his information during a briefing with medical experts and said it would be “interesting” for doctors to “check that.” But…
Jeff Lowe says ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic made sex tapes with zoo animals

Jeff Lowe says ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic made sex tapes with...

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Warning: Tiger King spoilers ahead. Jeff Lowe, a prominent figure in the “Tiger King” docu-series on Netflix, held an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit yesterday and it went exactly how you’d expect. The internet tried to dunk on Lowe but he sloughed it off and dropped a bombshell accusation: Joe Exotic (the titular…
Coronavirus petitions have generated over 3,590,563 signatures

Coronavirus petitions have generated over 3,590,563 signatures

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Researchers are building AI systems to diagnose coronavirus, scientists are using your computer resources to look for cure for COVID-19, and morons are concocting outlandish conspiracy theories about the origins of the virus. Meanwhile, the internet is busy launching and signing online petitions. Coronavirus-related petitions on Change.org have cumulatively attracted 3,590,563 signatures from concerned users, according to…
Scientists say supermassive black hole once belched a crater into a nearby galaxy

Scientists say supermassive black hole once belched a crater into a...

We’ve seen what happens when stars go supernova and suns explode but scientists believe the biggest explosion in the history of our known universe was the result of a black hole with indigestion. A team of researchers working out of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC recently conducted a detailed study of one our…
Eureka? Scientists think they discovered the particle responsible for dark matter

Eureka? Scientists think they discovered the particle responsible for dark matter

A research team lead by nuclear physicists Mikhail Bashkanov and Daniel Watts from the University of York recently published research indicating that a newly discovered particle may be responsible for the existence of dark matter. Scientists estimate that some 80% of the universe is comprised of mysterious dark matter, but that’s about as far as…
Is time broken? Physicists filmed a quantum measurement but the ‘moment’ was blurry

Is time broken? Physicists filmed a quantum measurement but the ‘moment’...

They captured an instant in time, but the moment was blurry. That may sound like the lyrics to a sweet but ultimately nihilistic song from the grunge era, but in fact it appears to be one possible take away from an exotic new quantum physics experiment. The team set out to discover if the “ideal…
Google just canceled the ‘physical’ portion of its I/O conference

Google just canceled the ‘physical’ portion of its I/O conference

According to a report from 9to5 Google, the Mountain View company has officially canceled I/O, it’s annual developer’s conference amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) global outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place on May 12-14, but has apparently been canceled with no immediate plans to reschedule. Per 9to5 Google‘s report, Google has…
10 smart note-taking tips that can boost your productivity

10 smart note-taking tips that can boost your productivity

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Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to the future of work this year? Check out the full program here. I long ago stopped reading books on note-taking. They were always too vague and boring, full of platitudes that had little to do with the world outside academia. I especially avoided “how-to” style books…

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