Composer Steve Hackman is creating mash-ups, like Drake & Tchaikovsky or Radiohead & Brahms, so more people will learn to love classical music.
If you read “Bob, a DJ and a clown” on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you’re for or against the Oxford comma — perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.
China has more than 230 million senior citizens. To keep them company, it’s encouraging nursing homes to buy companionship robots.
Modifiers are words, phrases, and clauses that add information about other parts of a sentence—which is usually helpful. But when modifiers aren’t linked clearly enough to the words they’re actually referring to, they can create unintentional ambiguity. Emma Bryce navigates the sticky world of misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers.
Replika is a chatbot that creates a digital representation of you. It’s strange and fascinating — but the story behind it is even better.