This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 30)

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free Cade Metz | WIRED "In the rarefied world of AI research, the brightest minds aren’t driven by—or at least not only by—the next product cycle or profit margin. They want to make AI better, and making AI better doesn’t happen when you keep your latest findings to yourself." ROBOTICS: When a Robot Kills, Is It Murder or Product Liability? Ryan Calo | Slate "There is a fundamental similarity between the question of whether a robot can be responsible and the question of whether a robot should enjoy rights…We wouldn’t say… read more

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Otus the Head Cat Domestic fire ants no picnic, but do beat imports – Arkansas Online

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Otus the Head Cat Domestic fire ants no picnic, but do beat imports
Arkansas Online
If those had been red imported fire ants (the piranha of formicidae), then Junior would be lucky to be alive. Some individuals of the Solenopsis invicta species have been known to reach lengths of 10 inches and carry off small dogs as living sacrifices

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Our Views: A father deals with fire ants, a deathly serious concern – The Advocate

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Our Views: A father deals with fire ants, a deathly serious concern
The Advocate
It’s a nice piece of fiction, though Walsh’s real-life encounters with fire ants are at least as dramatic as anything a novelist might invent. “Six months ago, my wife and I learned that our 3-year-old son has a class III allergy to fire ants,” Walsh

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Researchers change brain chemistry of ants to adjust aggression – Sydney Morning Herald

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Researchers change brain chemistry of ants to adjust aggression
Sydney Morning Herald
The weaver ants‘ colonies can contain more than 100 nests and more than half a million ants. The bigger ants, known as major workers, have a length of eight to 10 millimetres, with minor workers are half that size. The aggressive major workers act as …

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Otus the Head Cat Domestic fire ants no picnic, but do beat imports – Arkansas Online

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Otus the Head Cat Domestic fire ants no picnic, but do beat imports
Arkansas Online
If those had been red imported fire ants (the piranha of formicidae), then Junior would be lucky to be alive. Some individuals of the Solenopsis invicta species have been known to reach lengths of 10 inches and carry off small dogs as living sacrifices

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Is your phone part of your mind?

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David Chalmers is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. Chalmers is interested in the relationship between mind, brain and reality. He is best known for formulating the “hard problem” of consciousness and for his arguments against materialism.

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The Deeper Meaning of the Anthropocene

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Last year when I wrote a review of E.O. Wilson’s book The Meaning of Human Existence I felt sure it would be the then 85 year old’s last major work. I was wrong having underestimated Professor Wilson’s already impressive intellectual stamina. Perhaps his latest book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life is indeed his last, the final book that concludes the trilogy of The Social Conquest of Earth and the Meaning of Human Existence.

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