Superintelligent, Amoral, and Out of Control
AI is no longer playing games. Are we prepared?
The Case Against Thinking Outside of the Box
Social, cultural, economic, spiritual, psychological, emotional, intellectual: Everything is outside the box. And this new sheltered-in-place experience won’t fit into old containers.Photo Illustration by Africa Studio / Shutterstock Many of us are stuck now, sheltered in our messy dwellings. A daily walk lets me appreciate the urban landscaping; but I can’t stop to smell anything […]
Friendship Is a Lifesaver
Science is showing us the best remedy for aging is friends.
Why False Claims About COVID-19 Refuse to Die
Tracking the information zombie apocalypse.
How a Nuclear Submarine Officer Learned to Live in Tight Quarters
You get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Summer Won’t Save Us from COVID-19
Why SARS-CoV-2 will threaten us for months to come.
Can a Battery of New COVID Tests Stem the US Debacle?
Medical testing has been a Pearl Harbor. But the war could be won.
The Pandemic Can’t Lock Down Nature
The wilderness offers not just escape but reassurance.
Prayer in the Time of COVID-19
In a recent viral news segment on CNN, cars are shown exiting what a narrator says is a church parking lot—dozens of people, including children, had just attended an evening service. A reporter asks a woman in her car why, when the COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many to stay home, she went anyway. “I wouldn’t […]
It’s the End of the World and This Physicist Feels Fine
I promise I have no intention to propose a quantum-model for disease spread, but like everyone else I have been wondering if I can make myself somewhat more useful in these difficult times.Screengrab via Sabine Hossenfelder / YouTube It’s week three of COVID lockdown here in Germany. Schools are closed, my institute is closed, my […]