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Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult – Motherboard

From afterlife to machine transcendence, Digitalism offers a new promise of paradise.   Source: Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard

Facing the Crowd: Sam Harris

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free...

Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords | The New Yorker

Once, robots assisted human workers. Now it’s the other way around.   Source: Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords | The New Yorker

This Company’s Robots Are Making Everything—and Reshaping the World – Bloomberg

Fanuc, a secretive Japanese factory-automation business, might be the planet’s most important manufacturer. Source: This Company’s Robots Are Making Everything—and Reshaping the World - Bloomberg

Conversion via Twitter | The New Yorker

How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs. Source: Conversion via Twitter | The New Yorker

How To Fall Asleep And Why We Need More : Shots...

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book...

Just own the damn robots.

We could be in the midst of the first fear-based investment bubble in American history, with the masses buying in not out of avarice, but from a...

Review: There Will Never Be Another Like Leonardo – WSJ (paywall)

“How should we define genius? Perhaps it’s being able to see things that others don’t: the hidden hand of evolution, the invisible glow of...

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things? – Scientific American

Source: Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things? - Scientific American

Blade Runner and the power of sci-fi world-building.

The world-building we see in great sci-fi can help the real world, too. Source: Blade Runner and the power of sci-fi world-building.

What Cookies and Meth Have in Common – The New York...

“Even people who are not hard-wired for addiction can be made dependent on drugs if they are stressed. Is it any wonder, then, that...

“What Have I Done”: Early Facebook Employees Regret the Monster They...

Source: “What Have I Done”: Early Facebook Employees Regret the Monster They Created | Vanity Fair

Oliver Sacks’s New Book Asks: What Is the Mind?

“Sacks appears to be even more interested in exploring the mind’s metaphysical and existential implications. If people perceive time in varying ways, for instance,...

Baba Brinkman – Rap Guide to Consciousness – The Hype Magazine

“Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and award-winning playwright. To date, Brinkman has written seven hip hop plays and released more than a...

Soonish: The Future Is Weird and Scary and Also Hilarious |...

Source: Soonish: The Future Is Weird and Scary and Also Hilarious | WIRED

By Domesticating Dogs, Humans May Have Ruined Their Wolf-Pack Instincts –...

The origin of humanity’s best friend is still murky, but here’s a likely scenario. In the distant past, wolves started skulking around human campsites,...

LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time...

Source: LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time - The New York Times

Aziz Ansari: Love, Online Dating, Modern Romance and the Internet

Read the comedian's essay for TIME on changing the world of online dating Source: Aziz Ansari: Love, Online Dating, Modern Romance and the Internet

It’s All In Your Head: How Marketers Hijack Our Brains |...

Dr. Robert Lustig talks about how marketers have learned to activate dopamine in our brains. Source: It’s All In Your Head: How Marketers Hijack Our...

Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend – The New York Times

Source: Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend - The New York Times

7 Books Everyone Should Read Before Getting Married | Inc.com

Source: 7 Books Everyone Should Read Before Getting Married | Inc.com

“What Have I Done”: Early Facebook Employees Regret the Monster They...

Source: “What Have I Done”: Early Facebook Employees Regret the Monster They Created | Vanity Fair