There are many reasons why artificial intelligence can be threatening, but I would put accidents far above malice. Some futurists worry that tiny self-replicating entities could envelop the world causing ecological collapse -- a nanotechnology apocalypse known as the "grey goo hypothesis."
People tend to get hung up on a small detail of this seriously cool mission. Here's the catch: it's a one way trip.
If I believe in the resurrection of the dead, it is not that hard to believe that God could make the universe in 144 hours. If this same God chose to...
If we are to truly solve our energy crisis, then we must engage a lot more children today in learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With our current education system, we are going in the opposite direction.
Stephen Hawking may be best known as a physicist, cosmologist and one of the world's smartest people, but these videos are proof he should add 'comedian' to his already robust résumé.
So I'm not sure about you, but I don't think this idea of the universe as a hologram -- since I don't believe it -- is going to have much effect on my day-to-day life.
Although a full transcript of the event is embargoed until the broadcast airs, a Viacom press release has disclosed some of the evening's material, and very surprisingly, in addition to taking a few punches, the US Medal of Freedom winner was able to give as good as he got.
Republicans are about to embark upon a summer of lies about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
How naive must one be to claim they don't "believe" in extra-terrestrial life. With all the evidence accumulated to this point in time how could anyon...
Stephen Hawking's boycot of a major academic conference in Israel pales in comparison to the words and deeds of Heidegger and Chomsky. Yet, it reminds us that the smartest people do not always have the right answers.
How unfortunate that a man as visionary as Stephen Hawking can peer so deeply into the universe but it is so myopic as to fail to see the righteousness of Israel's cause even as it stares him right in the face.
Why, in other words, does Hawking single out Israel as the one place in the world where politics justifies an academic boycott?
If Stephen Hawking wishes to join the BDS movement, he must immediately stop using all Israeli-made goods and services, including the chip from his tablet that allows him to communicate his thoughts with the world.
The argument goes, "We've done such a crappy job of caring for our planet that we really do need to look for another place to live." I suppose that's what bugs me about Mr. Hawking's call for more public money for space exploration. It's the rationale.
In this blog, I want to share with you how I overcame the risks involved in taking the world-famous wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking on a ze...
The fact that we have an arrow of time is a direct consequence of the initial cosmological conditions. Since we appear to be living in a forever-accelerating universe, the entropy will continue to rise, leading eventually to a cold death.