Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

WARNING: This Is Scary With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network. Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer profiles Robert Mercer, the man who re - wrote Josef Goebbels' propaganda playbook for the 21st Century read more

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

By Matt Reynolds OUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions. This kind of approach could make…Read more AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

There’s been lots of attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue to support it. read more

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet. This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at Screener, a site for critical writing on television and streaming and the new home…Read more The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’

Mark Sanford has nothing left to lose. And he’s here to haunt Donald Trump. By Tim Alberta February 17, 2017 None of this feels normal. The congressman greets me inside his Washington office wearing a wrinkly collared shirt with its top two buttons undone, faded denim jeans and grungy, navy blue Crocs that expose his…Read more ‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’