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Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence – Federico Pistono, Roman V. Yampolskiy (Submitted on 10 May 2016) “Cybersecurity research involves publishing papers about malicious exploits as much as publishing information on how to design tools to protect cyber-infrastructure. It is this information exchange between ethical hackers and security experts, which results inContinue Reading

The Justice Index 2016

“The Justice Index is part of a growing movement in America and around the world that understands access to justice as the key not only to fairness and justice, but also to stability and prosperity. In the United States, chief judges and chief court administrators have committed the state courts to the goal of “100Continue Reading

SignAloud: Gloves that Translate Sign Language into Text and Speech

Via Lemelson-MIT Program: “Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi are undergraduate sophomore students at the University of Washington (UW) studying Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and Business Administration, respectively. The two met their freshman year and connected over a shared interest in invention and problem solving.” From the Fact Sheet: “Thomas and Navid developed SignAloud, a pairContinue Reading

Report – Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach

“As extreme drought continues to hit much of Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance, a new report led by the World Bank focuses on interventions that could increase long term resilience to drought. Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa’sContinue Reading

Computers Gone Wild: Impact and Implications of Developments in Artificial Intelligence on Society

Computers Gone Wild: Impact and Implications of Developments in Artificial Intelligence on Society May 9, 2016 The following summary was written by Samantha Bates: “The second “Computers Gone Wild: Impact and Implications of Developments in Artificial Intelligence on Society” workshop took place on February 19, 2016 at Harvard Law School.  Marin Soljačić, Max Tegmark, BruceContinue Reading

Trends in the Joblessness and Incarceration of Young Men

CBO: “In 2014, there were 38 million men in the United States between the ages of 18 and 34; about 5 million of those young men were jobless, and 1 million were incarcerated. Those numbers and some related longer-term trends have significant economic and budgetary implications. Young men who are jobless or incarcerated can beContinue Reading

BLS – Fertility of women in the baby boom generation

Fertility of women in the NLSY79: “This article uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born between 1957 and 1964—to examine the fertility patterns of women up to age 46. Women in the NLSY79 cohort have two children, on average, and more than 80 percent of them giveContinue Reading

Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance

“Over the past decade, society has witnessed massive changes in the way media and technology intersect with how we work and live. Devices are more mobile, functional, and seemingly indispensable. What are the human costs of an “always connected” lifestyle, especially for our children? This brief examines the latest scientific research about problematic media use,Continue Reading

New Video and App Help to Identify Online Learning Preferences

Via OCLC: “How do you engage with and use technology? With which services and applications are you a visitor, someone who uses an application to accomplish a task, and which are you a resident, someone who leaves purposeful traces with an expectation of being involved with others there in the future? Watch this video andContinue Reading

Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing

Via First Monday – Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing, Nora Schmidt, Volume 21, Number 5 – 2 May 2016 “Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, “semantics” and “ontology” facilitates tracking the limitations and benefits of the media of the current publishing system, asContinue Reading

Researchers around the world increasingly turning to pirated papers due to prohibitive publisher costs

Follow up to previous posting, Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight, via Science – Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone by John Bohannon – “These statistics are based on extensive server log data supplied by Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate studentContinue Reading

In October 2015, 69.2% of 2015 high school graduates enrolled in college

BLS: “In October 2015, 69.2 percent of 2015 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2015 were about twice as likely as enrolled graduates to be working or looking for work (72.7 percent compared withContinue Reading