1. Are Intelligent Machines a Threat to 'Human Exceptionalism'?
"Is it time to take seriously the prospect of artificial intelligence emulating human abilities?"
Yes, says Ray Kurzweil in his book How to Create a Mind, as does Matt Ridley in this recent Wall Street Journal article: "It would be foolish, not wise, to bet against the emulation of the human brain in silicon within a couple of decades."
However, acknowledging the sentience of a silicon brain, Wesley J. Smith argues in The National Review, constitutes a threat to our 'human exceptionalism.' Smith argues: "Let’s drop the meme pushed by transhumanists (not Ridley in this piece) that AI machines would be people too."
2. HIV Baby Cured:
Doctors successfully cured a baby was born with H.I.V. in Mississipi using an aggressive treatment involving antiretroviral drugs shortly after birth. If this treatment can cure other babies it could be used globally. Read more here.
3. You Can't Have It All and You Can't Work From Home
The Princeton University Professor and former State Department Official Anne-Marie Slaughter caused a stir last year with a controversial Atlantic article that argued women cannot "have it all." Now Slaughter has come to the defense of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for her decision to ban telecommuting at the struggling company. Read it here.
4. The 'Nuclear Renaissance' That Never Happened in the U.S. May, In Fact, Never Happen
While Japan and Europe reacted to the Fukushima disaster with vigorous public debate, that was not so much the case in the U.S., with notable acceptions such as this thread on Big Think. Nonetheless, according to the latest installment in a report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the market is speaking loudly on the subject of nuclear energy, indicating that new reactors represent "an extremely unattractive investment prospect."
Read more here.
5. Sign Us All Up For the Mediterranean Diet!
Do you like olive oil, nuts, fruit, vegetables, fish and moderate amounts of wine? The "energy-unrestricted" Mediterranean diet will not only make your stomach happy, it is also good for your heart. Read more here.
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A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
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