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To get a job at the Museum of Ice Cream, hopeful future employees show up at the weekly casting call, Tuesdays at noon. They head to the former Savings Union Bank in San Francisco's financial district, where pink banners announce, in minimalist font, the name of the employer-to-be. Inside, there [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Conventional wisdom holds that Donald Trump has taken over the Republican Party. That's been the conclusion of articles in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, New York, the Washington Post, The Hill, Politico, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Telegraph, USA Today, Time, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Last November, I went to a swanky party to celebrate the release of advance copies of The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer's 11th novel. Bartenders created bespoke cocktails named after sections of the book; the evening's highlight was a public conversation between Wolitzer and New York magazine's Rebecca Traister. The mood [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
New York state has long functioned as the ace up the sleeve of President Trump's critics.The reasoning goes like this: Trump could attempt to pardon people implicated in the Russia probe, whether Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, or someone else, thus preventing a trial or perhaps insulating himself from legal ramifications. [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
It was telling that as Tax Day arrived this week, the media's focus was riveted not on the massive tax overhaul that President Trump recently signed into law, but on James Comey, Stormy Daniels, and Michael Cohen.In their own ways, these three players in the Trump drama symbolize the ethical [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. [...]
2018-Apr-19
Source: Reuters: Science
Earlier
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: Reuters: Science
What We're FollowingPompeo's Plans: President Trump confirmed on Twitter that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently in preparation for Trump's planned summit with Kim—a sign that the president is eager to make a big diplomatic statement. As his nominee for secretary of state, [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Today in 5 Lines President Trump confirmed that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met secretly with North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month, and said “a good relationship was formed.” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said his office will investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending of $43,000 on [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Video footage of the impact of chemical-weapons attacks on Syrian civilians has twice moved President Trump into militarily striking regime targets. After the U.S. and its allies struck most recently, Trump tweeted Saturday: A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Every year, scores of gifted students have their college prospects hampered by life circumstances. Imagine a teenager attending a high school where few of his peers make it to graduation, much less college. This student, however, is a high achiever. His grade-point average and test scores show it. In fact, [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: Reuters: Science
Some famous people are much less interesting in person than you would expect. Some are more interesting. And a few, a very few rock your world. For me, Barbara Bush, who left us on Tuesday, occupies that last category, almost by herself.Many of the tributes to the former First Lady [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX said all systems and weather were "go" for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. [...]
2018-Apr-18
Source: Reuters: Science
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars. [...]
2018-Apr-17
Source: Reuters: Science
COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year. [...]
2018-Apr-17
Source: Reuters: Science
LONDON (Reuters) - General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines. [...]
2018-Apr-17
Source: Reuters: Science
(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.) [...]
2018-Apr-17
Source: Reuters: Science
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An 11th-hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system, delaying for at least 48 hours a quest to expand astronomers' known inventory of so-called exoplanets. [...]
2018-Apr-16
Source: Reuters: Science
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX postponed a planned launch on Monday of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's latest planet-hunting satellite for 48 hours, citing problems with a guidance-navigation control system, launch team officials said. [...]
2018-Apr-16
Source: Reuters: Science
Over on the Commentary website, Nick Eberstadt has a brilliant and disturbing piece called “Our Miserable 21st Century.” Among its many haunting points is the following concerning the unemployed and opioid-addicted men of “fly-over” America:We already knew from other sources ... that the overwhelming majority of the prime-age men in [...]
2017-Feb-20
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
(Warning: spoilers ahead.)HBO's series Westworld ended its first season earlier this month with the beginnings of what seems to be a revolt by the robotic “hosts” against the human beings who made them and boss them around. The show might appear, then, to conform to a great cliché in human-created-monster [...]
2016-Dec-30
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
I am not ungrateful to Issues in Science and Technology for presenting, in its spring 2016 issue, a review (available here) of my book Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress. I wish it were not such a negative review. But as negative reviews go, this one [...]
2016-Jun-02
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
The Joint Economic Committee — a congressional committee with members from both the Senate and the House of Representatives — invited me to testify in a hearing yesterday on “the transformative impact of robots and automation.” The other witnesses were Andrew McAfee, an M.I.T. professor and coauthor of The Second [...]
2016-May-26
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
As part of a Washington Post series this week about transhumanism, our own Charles T. Rubin offers some thoughts on why transhumanists are so optimistic when the pop-culture depictions of transhumanism nearly always seem to be dark and gloomy:What accounts for this gap between how transhumanists see themselves — as [...]
2016-May-17
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
Over at Tech Crunch, Jamie Metzl writes that we need to have a “species-wide conversation” about the use of gene-editing technologies like CRISPR, because these technologies could be used to alter the course of human evolution:Nearly everybody wants to have cancers cured and terrible diseases eliminated. Most of us want [...]
2016-May-05
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
Marija Piliponyte(Shutterstock)When, in 1937, George Orwell wanted to convey the dark side of “mechanical progress” to his readers, he wrote, “the logical end of mechanical progress is to reduce the human being to something resembling a brain in a bottle.” Of course, he said, it is not as if that [...]
2016-Mar-30
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
Years ago, James Hughes sought to typify the emerging political debate over transhumanism with a three-axis political scale, adding a biopolitical dimension to the familiar axes of social and fiscal libertarianism. But transhumanism is a very academic issue, both in the sense that many transhumanists, including Hughes, are academics, and [...]
2016-Feb-01
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
In the latest issue of the Claremont Review of Books, political philosopher Mark Blitz — a professor at Claremont McKenna College — has an insightful review of Eclipse of Man, the new book from our own Charles T. Rubin. Blitz writes:What concerns Charles Rubin in Eclipse of Man is well [...]
2015-Nov-24
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement
A piece by our very own Ari N. Schulman, on WashingtonPost.com today:... Even as the significance of the Turing Test has been challenged, its attitude continues to characterize the project of strong artificial intelligence. AI guru Marvin Minsky refers to humans as “meat machines.” To roboticist Rodney Brooks, we're no [...]
2015-Nov-03
Source: New Atlantis: Human Enhancement