Why "Spotify For Books" May Not Be The Future Of Publishing. (Yet.)

It makes a certain amount of sense, from a consumer standpoint: companies like Amazon, Scribd and Oyster are offering services where you pay $10 a month and get unlimited books. The author or publisher gets a fee, only if the reader gets past a certain point in the book. But the Economist says "Spotify for books"… » 1/28/15 11:46am Today 11:46am

How To Create A Virtual "Body" For Your Uploaded Mind

The prospect of uploading your brain into a supercomputer is an exciting one — your mind can live on forever, and expand its capacity in ways that are hard to imagine. But it leaves out one crucial detail: Your mind still needs a body to function properly, even in a virtual world. Here's what we'll have to do to… » 1/26/15 11:21am Monday 11:21am

After Earth Falls, Will Interstellar Space Travel Be Our Salvation?

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It may be just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. As astrophysicists and avid science fiction fans, we naturally find the prospect of interstellar colonization intriguing and exciting. But is it practical, or even possible? Or is there a better solution? » 1/23/15 11:20am Friday 11:20am

This Computer Program Is 'Incapable Of Losing' At Poker

If you thought IBM's chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, was impressive, this is going to blow you away. Two-player limit Texas hold'em poker has been solved. Pitted one-on-one against the world's best poker players, a new computer program named Cepheus would never lose. You can even challenge it to a game, yourself. » 1/11/15 10:00am 1/11/15 10:00am