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Stephen Hawking Announces Plan to Send Micro Probes to Alpha Centauri

Famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking, working with Russian investor Yuri Milner, has proposed a program called “Breakthrough Starshot,” which would boost a fleet of tiny space probes to Alpha Centauri by pouring energy from powerful lasers into their light sails.

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Elon Musk vs. the Google Terminators: The Perils of Artificial Intelligence

Tech magnate Elon Musk is part of a group of science and technology celebrities—which includes Microsoft’s Bill Gates and physicist Stephen Hawking—who believe the impending development of artificial intelligence poses a threat to human society and perhaps even human survival.

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Elon Musk: A.I. Advances Are ‘Summoning the Demon’

Humanity handled Y2K. But AI may be something bigger and more difficult. After all, we didn’t have to worry about Y2K fighting back. Perhaps it’s worth thinking about the safeguards that should be built into contemporary progenitors of the future’s incredibly complex expert systems, before they become self-aware and acquire civil rights.


Buzz Aldrin to NASA: ‘Get Your Ass to Mars’

Apollo 11 and Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been enlisting the help of famous scientist Stephen Hawking, actress Marily Monroe, Albert Einstein’s birthday, Pi Day, landmark Stonehenge and other iconic entities in a series of social media posts promoting his plan for NASA to make a space voyage to the red planet, Mars.

Aldrin and Mars (Twitter)

Eddie Redmayne, the Oscars and why Eton is a four-letter word

There are many reasons to celebrate Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar last night – from his charming and refreshingly brief acceptance speech to the fact that the award didn’t go to Benedict “This is what a feminist looks like” Cumberbatch – but