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Instead of Asking, 'Are Robots Becoming More Human?' We Need to Ask, 'Are Humans Becoming More Robotic?'

July 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For more than 65 years, computer scientists have studied whether robots’ behavior could become indistinguishable from human intelligence. But while we’ve focused on machines, have we ignored changes to our own capabilities? In a book due to be published next year, "Being Human in the 21st Century," a law professor...

The Biggest Productivity Myth is that Rigid Rules are for Everyone

July 25, 2016 The internet is filled with advice and lifehacks on how to improve productivity. We all want to achieve more, it seems, to cram more into our days. There always seems to be that one overachieving colleague who has it all figured out, and uses a complex routine involving butter-filled coffee,...

Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains the Energy Reserves of Your Brain

July 15, 2016 Does your morning routine consist of checking emails, browsing Facebook, downing coffee, heading to the train while Googling one last idea, checking notifications, more coffee, and going through your work email? The myriad activities crammed into your morning, and the constant switching between them, is likely making you very tired....

These are the Deadliest Shootings in U.S. History, and Orlando Surpasses Them All

June 13, 2016 The mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub has killed 50 and injured 53, making it the deadliest in United States history. Below are the other single shootings that claimed the most lives in the US. 32 killed on April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho killed 27 students and...

What is Known About the Orlando Gunman

June 13, 2016 Omar S. Mateen, who killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, had already been “on the radar” of US officials, and reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIL, a.k.a. the Islamic State, in a 911 call just before the attack. Mateen had twice been identified as a...

Nevada Working With Chinese Company to Test Driverless Flying Taxis

June 12, 2016 A Chinese firm plans to test driverless flying vehicles in Nevada, in the hopes that autonomous aerial taxis are the future. The EHang 184, which was unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronic show in Las Vegas, will conduct some testing in Nevada, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal . And while...

The Orlando Shooting Is the Deadliest In US History

June 12, 2016 Around 50 people were killed and at least 53 wounded this morning (June 12) when a gunman opened fire in a popular gay nightclub in downtown Orlando. Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the casualties, higher than the 20 deaths originally reported, at a press conference this morning and said he’s asked...

Researchers Say You Can Enjoy the Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep… Even if You’ve Barely Rested

June 5, 2016 If you’re constantly blaming your bad mood or scattered mind on a bad night’s sleep, it may be time to rethink. Research suggests the amount of sleep you think you got can be more important than actual shut-eye. A 2014 study on “placebo sleep” found that when people were told...

A Huge New Study Links Being a Workaholic to a Bunch of Psychiatric Disorders

May 31, 2016 Workaholism, long-associated in some parts of the world with an industrious work ethic, can develop into a full-blown psychological addiction. Troublingly, a recently published study of 16,426 working adults in Norway found that those with workaholism are significantly more likely to have psychiatric symptoms. Psychology researchers, led by Cecilie Schou...

Neurotic? Then Nothing is More Stressful Than Peace and Quiet, Research Shows

May 23, 2016 When you’re incredibly stressed and have a million things to sort out there can be nothing more annoying than zen yoga and deep breathing and people who tell you to chill. A paper published earlier this year in the Journal of Consumer Psychology suggest that such irritation isn’t simply irrational,...