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The Next Water Crisis Is Looming—How Can Tech Help?

Have you ever wondered if the water in your house is safe to drink? While many have been angered by the news that children in Flint, Michigan were exposed to abnormally high amounts of...

What Happens to Factories If You Can Manufacture in Your Home?

The story of “robots eating jobs” is pervasive in the manufacturing industry—but it doesn’t paint the whole picture. We’ve seen automation eat up jobs, but even as we lost roughly 22 million manufacturing jobs worldwide...
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Human-Like Robot Interviewed at SXSW—It’s Here to Help and Destroy [Video]

Meet Sophia, a new human-like robot exhibited by Hanson Robotics at the SXSW festival. Sophia has a variety of features that make interactions with a human appear ordinary. Employing a number of facial expressions and...

If We Don’t Own Our Genes, What Protects Study Subjects in Genetic Research?

On February 25, the White House hosted a forum on the National Institute of Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This is an ambitious research study that aims to develop targeted drugs and treatments that would...

Incredible ‘Living’ Alzheimer’s Implant Clears Mouse Brains of Toxic Junk

Alzheimer’s may be the cruelest of brain diseases. Decades before the first signs of dementia strike, toxic protein clumps called amyloid plaques have been slowly, insidiously building up in the brain. The plaques clog the...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 26)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Scientists Synthesize Bacteria With Smallest Genome Yet Ewen Callaway | Scientific American "Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone...

No One Plans Our World—and That’s a Good Thing

“If there is one dominant myth about the world…it is that we all go around assuming the world is much more of a planned place than it is.”—Matt Ridley, The Evolution of Everything For those...

6 Reasons Why Industry Needs to Be Agile as Software to Survive

On hearing words like “industry” and “manufacturing” most of us probably picture sprawling assembly lines, heavy machinery, groaning metal, and flying sparks. Few of us likely envision gazelles or fighter jets—agility and manufacturing don’t...

Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is

This is the second in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read the other articles: Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s...

The Sleeping Brain Is a Marvelous Memory Making Machine

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to learn Japanese. Linguists often say that the best way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it, and that’s what I did....
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 19)

ROBOTICS: How Emotion Research Is Pulling Robots Out of the Uncanny Valley and Into Our Lives Selena Larson | The Daily Dot "There are a number of reasons why the uncanny valley exists, ranging from media portrayal of anthropomorphic...
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See a Vision of the Jobless Future in This Beautiful Short Film

What would a fully automated future without jobs look like? The Guardian recently released an animated short set in a time when machines dominate the workforce. The story follows the last human worker going...

How to Speak to the Dead: Gather Their DNA For Science

DNA sequencing of the deceased could lead to a number of advances in health care. A group of scientists in Denmark have launched a proposal to create the world’s first national necrogenomic database. The...

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

A few years ago, researchers from Germany and Japan were able to simulate one percent of human brain activity for a single second. It took the processing power of one of the world’s most...

Google Beating Grandmaster Sedol Is Bigger Than IBM Beating Kasparov

It’s been an emotional week in the realm of game AI as the world watched the historic five-game showdown between legendary Go world champion Lee Sedol and Google DeepMind’s famed deep learning AI AlphaGo. All...

Stay Ahead of the Next Industrial Revolution With Exponential Manufacturing

Self-driving cars, delivery drones, 3D printing, robots, and artificial intelligence. All heavily used news headlines, and all technologies that will change the way people buy, sell, make, interact, and live. New technologies are arriving...

Robot Revolution: These Are the Breakthroughs You Should Watch

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (sixth in a series of seven) is a look at robotics. Be sure to read the first five posts if...

US Bets $100 Million on Machines That Think More Like Humans

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the dusty surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, it was a victory for NASA and a victory for...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 12)

ROBOTICS: Deep Learning Helps Robots Perfect Skills KurzweilAI "Deep learning enables the robot to perceive its immediate environment, including the location and movement of its limbs. Reinforcement learning means improving  at a task by trial and error....

How to Perfect VR Storytelling? Measure What People Watch

We go to the movies to immerse ourselves in film. Cinematic surround sound, huge high-definition screens, total darkness. But it’s not full immersion. To really step into a movie, you need virtual reality, and...

Virtual Reality’s Moment of Truth Is Finally Here

On March 28, 2016, three years, seven months and twenty six days will have passed since Oculus blew through their Kickstarter goal and reignited the dream of virtual reality for so many people around...

Goodyear’s Awesome New Spherical Tire Design For Autonomous Cars

What will the cars of the future be like? It’s fun to imagine how new technologies and design trends will influence future cars. Car bodies of the future might be completely 3D printed. They may...

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

This is the first in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read the other articles: Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because...

How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Way We Make Things

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (five of seven) is a look at 3D printing. Future posts will look at other tech areas, and be...

Can You Download Knowledge Into Your Brain With Electricity?

A cognitive neuroscientist and his team at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, seem to have achieved the impossible. According to a press release, the team “measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military...

As Technology Barrels Ahead—Will Ethics Get Left in the Dust?

The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist’s iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That’s because there really aren’t any existing laws which encompass technologies such...

Watch Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs With Just Their Thoughts

Duke University scientists have given a pair of monkeys the ability to drive a wheelchair with their thoughts alone. The work is described in a paper recently published in the journal Scientific Reports and...

Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space

Historically, the only way to get anything into orbit has been by rocket; a process that is massively expensive, cumbersome, and presents a slew of constraints. So, when Made In Space created the first zero-gravity 3D printer,...

Google’s Robot Car Crash Is a Very Positive Sign

Reports released reveal that one of Google’s Gen-2 vehicles (the Lexus) has had a fender-bender (with a bus) with some responsibility assigned to the system. This is the first crash of this type —...

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