The Best Lessons from Childhood Fables (That Still Matter as an Adult)

Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten some of the important lessons they teach. Maybe you've heard these, maybe you haven't, but here are some of the best lessons that you can learn no matter what age you are. » 7/22/14 3:03am 7/22/14 3:03am

What is the true weight of the Internet?

How much does the Internet weigh? It depends on who you ask. According to one calculation, the information that comprises the Internet weighs little more than a single grain of salt. Other estimates put it at closer to the weight of a strawberry. » 12/27/11 8:00am 12/27/11 8:00am

How SF Crushes Highbrow Fiction

Over at Conceptual Fiction, music writer Ted Gioia asks, "Did sci-fi writers from the 1940s and 1950s anticipate the future of serious literature better than the so-called serous writers?" » 1/27/10 12:19pm 1/27/10 12:19pm

Moore's Law Won't Create The Singularity On Its Own

Moore's Law, which predicts a doubling of transistor density every 18 months, won't give us superhuman intelligence in a reasonable timeframe by itself, says author Vernor Vinge in this new video from the Ideas Project. » 2/27/09 8:30am 2/27/09 8:30am

Rudy Rucker Gives You Nine Ideas for Scifi that Breaks the Rules

People are still trying to wrap their minds around the idea of the singularity, as a rather random article » 8/26/08 12:30pm 8/26/08 12:30pm in the New York Times yesterday made clear. Meanwhile, Tor's Jo Walton and Rudy "Post-Singular" Rucker have moved way beyond the singularity onto the next big idea. about how she was sick of SF writers feeling…