How Conscious Are You?

by Yuen Yiu, Inside Science

Scientists use physical models to quantify human consciousness.

What is consciousness? For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and writers have pondered the question. The concept or even the word itself is difficult to define, and because of this it is one of the most difficult subjects to study scientifically.

One of the most common interpretations of consciousness is awareness or alertness, but even this is closely intertwined with other facets of consciousness such as self-awareness. Continue reading How Conscious Are You?

Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses

by Paul Wiseman, AP Top News

Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work. Continue reading Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses

How to Securely Wipe Your Smartphone’s Data

by Joseph Steinberg, Inc.

“Factory resetting” a device often does not prevent later users from recovering your files that were previously stored on it. Here’s what you need to know.

Are you planning to upgrade your smartphone, to sell your old device, or to give it to a child or friend?

Were you planning to “factory reset” your device to clean out all your data?

Unfortunately, in many cases, “factory resetting” a device does not stop later users from accessing your data. Continue reading How to Securely Wipe Your Smartphone’s Data

MIT makes Neural Nets show their work

by Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Computers can now provide both results and their reasoning behind them.

Turns out, the inner workings of neural networks really aren’t any easier to understand than those of the human brain. But thanks to research coming out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), that could soon change. Continue reading MIT makes Neural Nets show their work