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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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The Secrets of X: These 5 Principles Will Help Your Company Make Moonshots Happen

This post explores the inside workings of "X" (formally Google X, Google's R&D factory) through conversations with my friend Astro Teller, chief of moonshots. If you want to create a successful, hyper-growth company around solving tough...

This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data

To most of us, DNA stores the code of all living things. But according to computer scientists, DNA may one day become the preferential storage medium for all things. Earlier this month, a team of scientists...
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Neural Networks: What Are They, and Why Is the Tech Industry Obsessed With Them? John Brownlee | Fast Company "Combine them with conversational interfaces, and neural networks can make true artificial intelligence finally possible—a revolution...
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The Coming Robot War Is Our Fault in Short Film ‘Rise’

Speculating what will cause our ultimate demise has been the stuff of science fiction for years—if it’s not aliens wiping out the human race, it’s probably robots. This is a proven trope that keeps moviegoers...

How to Launch a Rocket Into Space…and Then Land It on a Ship at Sea

On Friday 8 April 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a mission to deliver a spacecraft called Dragon with its payload of supplies and experiments into a trajectory towards the International Space Station (ISS)....

How Microfactories Can Bring Iterative Manufacturing to the Masses

Humans manufacture a mind-numbing amount of stuff each year—ever wonder how we do it? In the past 100 or more years, it’s been all about economies of scale. This means you should make a lot of...

Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo

It’s been a little over two years since Google jumped into robotics with both feet. In 2013, the company (since reorganized as Alphabet) bought eight of the most interesting robotics companies in the world....

Four Key Ingredients Startups Need to Get Right (Hint: They’re All About Culture)

If you want to create a successful, hyper-growth company, you've got to focus on creating the right culture and learning how to rapidly experiment. In this blog, I discuss these two key subjects with Jeff...

New 3D Printed Ovaries Allow Infertile Mice to Give Birth

It might be time to rethink fertility treatment. Here’s the scoop: scientists at Northwestern University 3D printed a functional ovary out of Jello-like material and living cells. When implanted into mice that had their ovaries...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 9)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: What Will Destroy Us First: Superbabies or AI? Danielle Teller and Astro Teller | QUARTZ "Even if we could build an AI that is similar to humans but smarter, there’s no evidence that being smart...

Twisted Light Could Dramatically Boost Internet Speeds

Fiber optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light. But the amount of data that can be sent along any optic fiber is limited by how much information you can encode...

Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software

Almost ten years ago, Freeman Dyson ventured a wild forecast:  “I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of...

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