How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising

Robots are poised to eliminate millions of jobs over the coming decades. We have to address the coming epidemic of "technological unemployment" if we're to avoid crippling levels of poverty and societal collapse. Here's how a guaranteed basic income will help — and why it's absolutely inevitable. » 10/31/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

To Learn How Aliens Think, We Must First Learn About Their Biology

Should E.T. finally give Earth a ring, it's not only important to understand what the message says but why it is being sent, a speaker at a talk about extraterrestrials urged this week. This requires understanding about alien social behavior, which, one analyst argues, is an extension of alien biology. » 10/05/14 9:30am 10/05/14 9:30am

What's Your Favorite Obsolete Technological Term That People Still Use?

We live in a time of super-rapid technological change. CDs replaced vinyl, only to be replaced in turn by digital downloads. But language doesn't change as fast — we talk about camera shutters, touching that dial, and "tuning in." What's your favorite obsolete term that's still used all the time? » 8/13/14 7:00am 8/13/14 7:00am

Here's What Your 1.1 Million Comments On Net Neutrality Look Like

When the Federal Communications Commission asked the public to send their views on network neutrality, it got an earful. The response was so huge that the deadline was extended due to technical problems. Those comments were recently published online as a 1.4 GB file, and NPR has posted this visualization of what they… » 8/12/14 1:40pm 8/12/14 1:40pm

Romance Novels Influence Whether Women Use Condoms

The bodice-ripper genre has never been known for its realism, and people have often criticized it for setting impossible standards for relationships. But now, one study also seems to indicate that romance novels set a bad example when it comes to safe sex. Here's how pulp romances could be a health risk. » 8/04/14 12:11pm 8/04/14 12:11pm

Here's A Survey To Determine How Much People Lie In Surveys

What percentage of your income do you give to charity? If you saw an injured bunny rabbit, would you try to help it? These are questions with a "right" answer. And there's another survey to determine whether the person answering is likely to give that "right" answer, no matter what they'd actually do. » 6/23/14 9:30am 6/23/14 9:30am