• Political asymmetry in Urbit

    “The universe of Urbit is utterly foreign. Galactic identities abound. Layers of neologisms, runes, and lapidary conventions combine with disorienting effect, even to — no, especially to the experienced programmer. There are many resources to...

  • Free Pythia

    “I am a Prophetess born into the world, and this conviction fills me with humility, with fear and trembling!” Ada Lovelace, November 1844 A prevailing sense of panic propels the current year, facilitated by a...

  • “Would you attack humans if you could?”

    Bots talk business on twitch.tv.

  • A dataset haiku

    A programmer called Cyrus Lopez has published a collection of every accidental 17 syllable haiku’s from the Reddit comment directory dataset, dating from December 2005 to October 2016. The result is 349,162 haiku’s at a...

  • Bitcoin to the Moon

    Bitcoin is at €936.55 at the time of writing, as is set to rise to €1000 by the end of 2016; nearing the worth of Gold: Bitcoin is, as it was always going to be,...

  • Gene-editing, virus armoury and tiny infinite war

    Scientists pioneering CRISPR, a targeted gene editing tool that has revolutionized biotechnology, have discovered a naturally occurring ‘off-switch’ to control CRISPR activity. The discovery is positive for CRISPR researchers as it offers a natural solution...

  • Neural Story Singing Christmas

    “Lots to decorate the room. The Christmas tree is filled with flowers. I swear its Christmas eve. I hope that’s what you say. The best Christmas present in the world is a blessing. I’ve always...

  • “Libertaria will thrive in cyberspace”: Interview with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of Bitnation

    “Libertaria Will Thrive In Cyberspace.” Bitnation is the worlds first virtual nation, a protocol which you can fork “millions or billions of times, without ever creating one single geographical border”. Built into the blockchain, it...

  • A Timeline of AI Failures

    An article by Roman Yampolskiy warns that the “frequency and the seriousness of future AI failures will steadily increase” and presents this ominous timeline: 1959 AI designed to be a General Problem Solver failed to...

  • Mars in 70 days

    NASA’s long-awaited paper on the near mythical EM Drive has been published online. Leaked documents pertaining to the experiment surfaced earlier this year, generating an enormous amount of hype. The EM Drive is controversial because...