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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 14)

ROBOTICS Sarcos Demonstrates Exosuit That Gives Workers Super Strength Evan Ackerman | IEEE SPectrum "The Sarcos Guardian XO is a 24-degrees-of-freedom full-body robotic exoskeleton. While wearing it,...

‘Robotic Blacksmithing’: A Technology That Could Revive US Manufacturing

Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build...

How Far Are We from (Accurately and Safely) Editing Human Embryos?

We can already edit genes in human embryos. We can even do it in a way to pass the edits down generations, fundamentally changing...

A Community of 50 3D Printed Homes Is Under Construction in Mexico

Last year, the first permitted 3D printed house in the US went up in Austin, Texas. The house was a buzz-generating proof of concept,...

Silicon Valley’s China Paradox: What It Is, and How It Will Shape the Future...

Silicon Valley has long been the world leader in tech innovation. It’s the cradle of startup culture, a hub for venture capital, and the...

Will Cultured Bacon Be Delicious? A Dutch Startup Is Developing the First Lab-Grown Pork

The food chain has always worked roughly like this: sunlight feeds plants. Plants feed insects. Insects and plants feed animals. Plants and animals feed...

Why AI Will Be the Best Tool for Extending Our Longevity

Dmitry Kaminskiy speaks as though he were trying to unload everything he knows about the science and economics of longevity—from senolytics research that seeks...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Former Go Champion Beaten by DeepMind Retires After Declaring AI Invincible James Vincent | The Verge "'With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve...

First-Ever Artificial Neuron Could Let Us Repair Brain Injuries with Silicon

The merging of man and machine is a staple of sci-fi and at the heart of the philosophy of transhumanism. But interfacing our brains...

How We’ll Buy Things in 2030: Smart Stores and Personalized Experiences

How do you buy your stuff? Do you get in your car, or type with your fingers? E-commerce is surging while brick-and-mortar sales fall. What could...

Why Your 5G Phone Connection Could Mean Lousy Weather Forecasts

Will getting full bars on your 5G connection mean getting caught out by sudden weather changes? The question may strike you as hypothetical, nonsensical...

How a New Smart Skin Patch Uses Vibrations to Track Your Health

Wearables are so common these days we rarely give them second thought. Yet packed into FitBits and Apple Watches are multiple tiny, sensitive sensors...

Alphabet Is Developing a Robot to Take Over Boring Everyday Tasks

Robots excel at carrying out specialized tasks in controlled environments, but put them in your average office and they’d be lost. Alphabet wants to...

Our Place in the Universe Will Change Dramatically in the Next 50 Years—Here’s How

In 1900, so the story goes, prominent physicist Lord Kelvin addressed the British Association for the Advancement of Science with these words: “There is...

After AI, Fashion and Shopping Will Never Be the Same

AI and broadband are eating retail for breakfast. In the first half of 2019, we’ve seen 19 retailer bankruptcies. And the retail apocalypse is...

An AI Debated Its Own Potential for Good vs. Harm. Here’s What It Came...

Artificial intelligence is going to overhaul the way we live and work. But will the changes it brings be for the better? As the...

Designer Babies? Simulation Shows They Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Roughly a year ago, the creation of CRISPRed twins reignited fierce debate and trepidation about our oncoming era of designer babies. The experiment, designed...

Synthetic ‘Skin’ Is Bringing a Sense of Touch to Virtual Reality

Virtual reality’s ability to create artificial worlds has come a long way in recent years. Now new technology could make those worlds even more...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 23)

COMPUTING A Giant Superfast AI Chip Is Being Used to Find Better Cancer Drugs Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "Thus far, Cerebras’s computer has checked all...

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Is Finding Hundreds of Exoplanets—and Is Poised to Find Thousands More

Within just 50 light-years from Earth, there are about 1,560 stars, likely orbited by several thousand planets. About a thousand of these extrasolar planets,...

Can You Hack Your Sleep in 28 Days?

Sleep has become the latest frontier in the life-hackers’ battle for self-improvement. But how easy is to to rewire how you spend a third...

How Scientists Grew Perfect New Lungs in Mouse Embryos

Unless you or a loved one are a smoker, lung health probably never got on your radar. But the recent spike in deadly vaping-related...

How Selfish Are You? It Matters for MIT’s New Self-Driving Algorithm

Our personalities impact almost everything we do, from the career path we choose to the way we interact with others to how we spend...

We’re Making Progress in Explainable AI, but Major Pitfalls Remain

Machine learning algorithms are starting to exceed human performance in many narrow and specific domains, such as image recognition and certain types of medical...

To Reinvent Healthcare, Stop Treating Patients and Start Building Communities

It’s not news that healthcare costs in the US are sky-high. What might be news to some, though, is that year over year, we’re...

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