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Can Artificial Intelligence Make us Stupid

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.31.2015 | Science
Nigel Barber

Changing technology stimulates the brain and increases intelligence. But that may only be true if the technology challenges us. In a world run by intelligent machines, our lives could get a lot simpler. Would that make us less intelligent?

Will Robo-Writers Put Humans Out of Work?

Karen Frankola | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Karen Frankola

Data-driven topics like finance and sports are the sweet spot for these robo-journalists. They use algorithms and natural language generators to create articles which are virtually indistinguishable from those written by humans. Can you guess which of these story leads was written by a machine?

Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn't give him the right answer.

'Jeopardy!' Champ Ken Jennings Tweets Awful Wheelchair 'Joke'

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment

Ken Jennings may have won big with fans on "Jeopardy!," but his latest tweet may lose him a lot of followers and respect. Known on Twitter for his ...

The World's Most Adorable Island

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

The so-called "Lover's Island" isn't the heart of Europe, but it's certainly Europe's most heart-shaped getaway.

The Remote Pacific Island That's Also An American Territory

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

When Alaska and Hawaii gained statehood in 1959, the era of the incorporated territory ended -- except in one place. A tiny Pacific island called Palmyra Atoll has, for the past 55 years, been America's last incorporated territory.

The Norwegian Town Whose Name Is One Letter Long

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.30.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Manufacturing the world's longest town name sure put the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales on the map--if there are any maps that actually have room for a 58-letter town.

The African City That's Built Entirely On Stilts

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Ganvie's 3,000 buildings include a post office, a bank, a hospital, a church, and a mosque. The village school is one of the few buildings not on stilts; it's located on a patch of dry land big enough for kids to play soccer after class.

Julia Collins Wins 18th 'Jeopardy' In A Row

The Huffington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 05.30.2014 | TV

Julia Collins just keeps winning. The 31-year old supply-chain specialist added more money to her pile of "Jeopardy" earnings on Wednesday, picking...

'Jeopardy!' Winner Incredibly Predicted Her Success

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.29.2014 | TV

We'll take, "This is absolutely insane," for $100, Alex. On Tuesday's "Jeopardy!," May 27, Julia Collins became the third person in the history of ...

Best Of Ken Jennings' Reddit AMA

Posted 04.05.2014 | TV

Ken Jennings took to Reddit to do an AMA about being a 74-time "Jeopardy!" champion and the results were actually pretty hilarious. Jennings, a.k.a. "...

How This Gloomy Norwegian Town 'Stole' the Sun

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.04.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Rjukan lies at the bottom of a narrow east-west valley called the Vestfjord, and the view south is dominated by an imposing mile-high peak, Gaustatoppen. From September 28 to March 12 every year, the Norwegian sun sinks so low in the sky that Rjukan lies in perpetual shadow.

'Watson' To Get New Gig, Pricey Digs

AP | BREE FOWLER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the most famous "Jeopardy!" champs of all time is moving to Manhattan. No, it's not Ken Jennings....

This Massive Chilean Lake Disappears Overnight

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

If you ever go for a dip in Lake Cachet II, be careful. You might just end up paddling around on dry ground like Daffy Duck in a desert mirage.

The North American Region That Uses Euros

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

About 6,000 people still live on the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, just 12 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Even though they're far from the motherland, these French citizens still sing "La Marseillaise," vote in French national elections, and do business in Euros.

This Tiny Concrete Speck Is Its Own Country

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.13.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Never heard of Sealand? That's not a surprise. It's a concrete dot in the North Sea roughly the size of two tennis courts, and it's never been recognized by any other nation on Earth. But that never bothered its eccentric founder, Paddy Roy Bates.

The American Town That's Secretly Canadian

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

What would an America under tyrannical Canadian rule look like? More polite? Cheaper health care? Would we all have to call macaroni and cheese "Kraft dinner"? The best way to envision this nightmarish alternate-universe dystopia is to peek in on the quiet town of Hyder, Alaska.

This Gorgeous Lake Holds 1/5 of the Earth's Freshwater

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.28.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

In 2008, a Russian newspaper and TV channel held a massive competition to name the official "Seven Wonders of Russia." Topping the list was a place that few international tourists visit due to its remote location: the "Blue Eye of Siberia," the "Sacred Sea," sickle-shaped Lake Baikal.

Because I Said So

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

In his book Ken Jennings has compiled "125 of the nagging Mom and Dad-isms that we all grew up with." To the best of his ability he has researched them and renders a verdict of "True" or "False." For some of them he acknowledges that the truth is not absolute.

Ken Jennings Finds A Nameless Town

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 04.05.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Because the "Name" field on the form had been left blank, the form was stamped "Nameless," and the name stuck.

Emma Mustich

Ken Jennings Debunks Popular Parenting Myths

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Mustich | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents

Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings reveals the truth about the "five-second rule."

PHOTOS: World's Most Obscure Flags Explained

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.14.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Let me take you on a guided tour of the 10 weirdest national flags to be found around the world.

The Week's Best Parenting Tweets

Posted 04.13.2012 | Parents

When it comes to airing grievances (up at 2 a.m. with your little one again?), issuing PSAs, or just joking around, Twitter is a 21st-century parent's...

The Singularity ... and Government in the Future

Marvin Ammori | Posted 12.12.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

The Singularity Government may (not) be a brilliant idea. The Singularity Summit definitely is. It couldn't come soon enough.

Andrew Burmon

WATCH: Ken Jennings Talks 'Maphead' And His Journey Into The Cartographic Wilds

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Burmon | Posted 11.21.2011 | Travel

For several millenia, maps were basically a static medium. The content changed as Europeans discovered the width and breadth of Asia and Asia plotted ...