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As the Powerful Argue AI Ethics, Might Superintelligence Arise on the Fringes?

Last year, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking admitted they were concerned about artificial intelligence. While undeniably brilliant, neither are AI researchers. Then this week Bill Gates leapt into the fray, also voicing concern—even as a chief of...

This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Jan 30)

Some news stories are about iterative steps, others about significant strides. Then there's this week's batch of stories that, one way or another, are all about moonshots. We know that the future will be radically different but to...

The Radical Implant That Enables Paralyzed Rats (and Maybe One Day Humans) to Walk Again

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland recently unveiled a flexible spinal implant called the electronic dura (or e-Dura) that they say may greatly improve spinal injury rehabilitation. In a paper published earlier this...
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Google Pledges $3 Million to Singularity University to Make Graduate Studies Program Free of Charge

Google, a long-time supporter of Singularity University (SU), has agreed to a two-year, $3 million contribution to SU's flagship Graduate Studies Program (GSP). Google will become the program's title sponsor and ensure all successful direct applicants get...

Tomorrow’s Technology Depends on Today’s Physics

Did you know that you already love physics? Consider the technology around you. Your computer’s microchips were built from transistors using quantum physics. GPS navigation? Sensitive to nanosecond calculations derived from Einstein's general theory of...

Drones Will Be Everywhere Watching, Listening, and…Planting Millions of Trees?

More and more people are getting to know drones, and not just the military kind. Drones were one of the hottest gifts over the holidays because they’re not only getting easier to fly (though not...

Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

In my new book BOLD, one of the interviews that I’m most excited about is with my good friend Ray Kurzweil. Bill Gates calls Ray, “the best person I know at predicting the future of...
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If You Upload Your Mind to a Computer—Are You Still You?

One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you'll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain (every bit of data that makes you, you) onto a computer. Technical details and...

The Truth About Addiction: We’re All Junkies Now

Isn’t it time we start telling the truth about addiction? What is that truth? That we are all addicts and all the time. For this to make sense, it helps to first understand that our ideas...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Jan 24)

Enjoy this week's stories! COMPUTING: A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing Katia Moskvitch | Scientific American "I call it 'materials on demand' because, depending on your application and what you want to achieve, you can...

Overhauled Atlas Robot Ready to Square Off Against World’s Elite Robots This Summer

For two days this summer, the world’s elite robots will be gathered in one place. Darpa, the advanced technology and innovation wing of the US military, is hosting a $3.5 million competition to see...

We Need a Manhattan Project for Cyber Security

Of the 6,494 words President Obama uttered in his January 2015 State of the Union address, only 108 of them were dedicated to the topic of our growing technological insecurity. Sure the leader of...

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