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  • Current Event
    17 hours ago
    by hxxp
    +21 +7

    Uber's Flying Car Plans

    Uber’s mission is to “make transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere, for everyone.” They have started to make this a reality with their groundbreaking ride-sharing application. However, Uber does not want to stop at simply improving existing transportation options, they want to reinvent transportation as we know it.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by bkool
    +26 +4

    Electric cars are set to arrive far more speedily than anticipated

    The high-pitched whirr of an electric car may not stir the soul like the bellow and growl of an internal combustion engine (ICE). But to compensate, electric motors give even the humblest cars explosive acceleration. Electric cars are similarly set for rapid forward thrust. Improving technology and tightening regulations on emissions from ICEs is about to propel electric vehicles (EVs) from a niche to the mainstream. After more than a century of reliance on fossil fuels, however, the route from petrol power to volts will be a tough one for carmakers to navigate.

  • Analysis
    2 days ago
    by Appaloosa
    +24 +5

    Preparing for the Singularity

    Is giving up humanness for unlimited nonbiological intelligence worth it?

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by zyery
    +32 +8

    Ford invests $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build self-driving cars by 2021

    Ford has invested $1 billion in a joint venture with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based company with ties to Carnegie Mellon. The goal is to completely outfit Ford vehicles with self-driving technology. Interestingly this isn’t a case of a large company simply hiring talent but the creation of an entirely separate company with an independent equity structure.

  • Analysis
    3 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +28 +8

    This Battery Runs on Nothing but Dissolved CO2 and Air

    In our rapidly warming world, finding a cheap way to pull greenhouse gases from the atmosphere while satisfying our energy needs could be the key to our continued survival on Earth in the centuries to come. And new research has brought us one step closer by developing a rechargeable battery that runs on solutions of carbon dioxide and air. In the past, resesrchers have used greenhouse gas emissions to create an energy source by converting CO2 directly into a fuel such as ethanol, skipping the need for plants to do the dirty work.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +44 +10

    The world's first rotating skyscraper will let residents spin their apartments

    The world’s first rotating skyscraper is set to be built in Dubai by 2020. The Dynamic Tower Hotel has been planned since 2008, having been proposed by Israeli-Italian architect David Fisher. It will stand at 1,375 feet tall, with each of its 80 storeys capable of rotating individually around a concrete core, offering 360-degree views of Dubai.  Residents will be able to control rotation speeds and stop their apartment from spinning with voice commands.

  • Expression
    3 days ago
    by zyery
    +25 +6

    Bill Gates warns tens of millions could be killed by bio-terrorism

    A chilling warning that tens of millions of people could be killed by bio-terrorism was delivered at the Munich security conference by the world’s richest man, Bill Gates Gates, who has spent much of the last 20 years funding a global health campaign, said: “We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril.” Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft who has spent billions in a philanthropic drive to improve health worldwide, said: “The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on...

  • Analysis
    3 days ago
    by TNY
    +32 +7

    How Silicon Valley Is Trying to Hack Its Way Into a Longer Life

    The titans of the tech industry are known for their confidence that they can solve any problem--even, as it turns out, the one that's defeated every other attempt so far. That's why the most far-out strategies to cheat death are being tested in America's playground for the young, deep-pocketed and brilliant: Silicon Valley. Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, has given more than $330 million to research about aging and age-related diseases. Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page launched Calico...

  • Video
    4 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +19 +7

    $15 minimum wage isn't causing Automation

    There seems to be this overwhelming rhetoric that $15 minimum wage is causing automation. However it's not. I wanted to target that issue with this video, as well discussing how we find a permenant solution for the ailments that will come with an automated economy.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by wildcard
    +26 +6

    Scientists are pushing to genetically modify babies to avoid diseases

    Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA to help prevent diseases or disabilities, a new report from two leading scientific institutions suggests. By genetically editing human embryos, sperm, or eggs, scientists hope to stop diseases from being passed on to future generations.

  • Expression
    5 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +22 +6

    Elon Musk Thinks Flying Cars Are a Terrible Idea

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk seems like the ideal person to get excited about flying cars. The Tesla CEO has made a fortune in developing future-facing vehicles, but he’s rather downbeat about the idea that the skies could hold the solution to congestion woes. Instead, during an interview about his new tunnel-digging venture, he said the future of transport lies underground, naturally.

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by ppp
    +41 +11

    Self-Healing Transistors for Chip-Scale Starships

    Working with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), NASA is pioneering the development of tiny spacecraft, each made from a single silicon chip, that could slash interstellar exploration times. Speaking at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco last December, NASA’s Dong-Il Moon detailed this new technology, which is aimed at ensuring such spacecraft survive the potentially powerful radiation they’ll encounter on their journey.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by dianep
    +38 +18

    Diarrhea-causing Salmonella can be weaponized to flush out cancer

    A notorious germ best known for getting people rushing to the bathroom may one day have cancer patients headed to clinics for a new treatment instead. With some genetic tweaking, Salmonella typhimurium transformed from a germ that causes mayhem in people’s intestines to one that can infiltrate deep into the bowels of tumors and spark immune system warfare.

  • Video
    4 days ago
    by Splitfish
    +28 +3

    Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

    In an interview with Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, Bill Gates explains why robots that take jobs away from people shouldn't get a free pass when it comes to income tax.

  • Analysis
    10 days ago
    by aj0690
    +39 +8

    These "Smart Glasses" Adjust To Your Vision Automatically

    By age 45, most of us will need glasses at least for reading. That’s because our eyes’ ability to accommodate—to change focus to see objects at different distances—degrades with age. In young eyes, the eyeball’s crystalline lens changes shape easily, allowing this accommodation. But as we get older, this lens stiffens. Objects in close range suddenly look blurry. Hence the “readers” most middle-aged adults begin wearing on a chain or tucking in a handbag, or the bifocals worn by those who already had vision problems.

  • Expression
    8 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +5

    The golden years: Why we’ll all love self-driving cars when we’re older

    At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, most of the talk from automakers was about autonomous cars. That’s not surprising, given the CES audience and the rapid development of self-driving technology. Depending on the automaker, the promises of completely self-driving cars ranged from imminent to cautious, but all agreed that completely or mostly autonomous cars would hit our roadways in the next 10 years.

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by Dominik80
    +22 +5

    Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

    Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +33 +12

    Ebay founder backs tests to give people free money

    The idea of a universal basic income has found growing support in Silicon Valley as robots threaten to radically change the nature of work. Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar is the latest tech bigwig to get behind the concept. His philanthropic investment firm, the Omidyar Network, announced Wednesday that it will give nearly half a billion dollars to a group testing the policy in Kenya.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +32 +8

    Elon Musk Has Started Digging a Giant Underground Tunnel in LA

    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been moving quickly on the development of what he calls the Boring Company. In January of last year, he presented a proposal at the Hyperloop Pod Competition for a company that would lighten traffic through...

  • Expression
    10 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +32 +6

    The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

    The world's top AI researchers met to consider the threats posed by their research. The global economy could be the first casualty.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by Pfennig88
    +26 +7

    Wind power reaches 100K job milestone

    The number of jobs supported by the wind industry has cracked the 100,000 mark, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Energy. As Energy Central reports, the milestone means wind power now employs more workers than nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. And one out of every four of those wind workers are employed in the state of Texas. And wind doesn’t appear to be slowing down, either. According to an earlier DOE report, the U.S. could add almost 400,000 more wind jobs in the next thirteen years.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by aj0690
    +25 +6

    Tiny chip looks deep inside your body with millimeter-wave radiation

    Researchers at the University of California Irvine have created a chip for use in medical imaging and other applications that’s as powerful as it is tiny. The pint-size millimeter-wave radiator could lead to better scanning of tissues and organs, but may also work as part of our everyday wireless data ecosystem. “We’re very excited about the successful design of this radiator because it represents a complete breakthrough,” said UCI’s Payam Heydari, the lead investigator of the project, in a university news release.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +35 +6

    Bill Nye forecasts next 50 years, says we’re at a technological crossroad

    What will technology be like in 50 years? According to Bill Nye the Science Guy, we’re at a crossroads for energy technology and the direction will depend on how people want to shape the world, Futurism reports. In Nye’s weekly video series for Big Think, the mechanical engineer, science educator, and television presenter responded to queries about science and technology. Recent questions have asked for Nye’s opinion on the possibility of cold fusion...

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by Nelson
    +19 +5

    New Plane Design is 10 Times Faster Than the Concorde, 24 Times the Speed of Sound

    Charles Bombardier, an accomplished Canadian engineer, has a designed a concept plane called the Antipode that could travel as fast as 18,264 miles per hour – about ten times faster than the Concorde and 24 times the speed of sound. He remarked, “‘The idea of going from New York to London in, say 20 minutes – that’s what I think really grabbed people.” Indeed, such infrastructure would make a casual commute across the ocean as feasible as a train-ride across Washington DC.

  • Analysis
    6 days ago
    by cone
    +4 +2

    Elon Musk: We'll have to become cyborg hybrids to keep up

    Commentary: At the World Government Summit, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO says to stay relevant, humans will have to merge more with machines, and that comes with societal dangers.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by baron778
    +25 +6

    Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Everywhere — But You May Not Own One

    Even as the capabilities of self-driving cars continue to evolve, it is not a given that consumers will choose to buy one. What is equally likely is that autonomous vehicles will transform the automotive industry entirely. According to some estimates, there could be as many as 10 million cars with self-driving features on the road by 2020. In fact, surveys suggest there will be fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in the future.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by kong88
    +25 +4

    Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots, New Study Finds

    A study by a British think tank, Reform, says that 90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots, saving the government around $8 billion per year. The study, published this week, says that robots are “more efficient” at collecting data, processing paperwork, and doing the routine tasks that now fall to low-level government employees. Even nurses and doctors, who are government employees in the UK, could be relieved of some duties by mechanical assistants.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +3

    Japan is building the World’s largest floating solar power plant

    Japan doesn't have much land to spare. Tokyo Leasing Corporation along with Kyocera Corporation have announced a project to built the World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant. The 13.7 megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant will be built on the Yamakura Dam reservoir. Kyocera had earlier announced building a similar 7.5 MW solar power plant on Umenokifurukori reservoir in Japan.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by Appaloosa
    +37 +9

    A Glimpse of the Future: AI Will Change Everything

    We can’t predict the future, but we can do our best to prepare for it. And in the face of an inevitable economic transition, preparation has to start now.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by rhingo
    +31 +4

    A Heroic AI Will Let You Spy on Your Lawmakers’ Every Word

    NO ONE KNOWS better than Sam Blakeslee that your elected officials operate in the shadows. No one is sure what they do or what they say. He knows because he used to be one of them. As a Republican state senator and assemblyman in California, Blakeslee worked on negotiating the state budget and drafting bills around the energy sector and lobbying reform. And he did it—as did his fellow legislators—far from the prying eyes of the very people he was representing.

  • Analysis
    10 days ago
    by hiihii
    +21 +3

    Why Self-Driving Cars *Can’t Even* With Construction Zones—And What They’ll Do Instead

    Fortunately, the people hard at work on this problem are willing to cut corners.

  • Expression
    3 days ago
    by TNY
    +2 +1

    Why cyberpunk icon Bruce Sterling believes that what's happening right now is way scarier than anything in a sci-fi book

    The current exhibition at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Germany) is called «Hello, Robot – Design Between Human and Machine». One of the names on the extensive list of participants: Bruce Sterling (62). One the one hand, Sterling contributed an art installation, on the other hand, he worked as a consultant for the whole exhibition concept and wrote a new short story for the exhibition catalogue.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +27 +8

    India Considers Fighting Poverty With a Universal Basic Income

    India is looking at a radical idea for reducing poverty: free money for everyone—no strings attached. The Ministry of Finance’s annual survey of the economy, released Tuesday, explores how the country might replace its various welfare programs with a universal basic income, or a uniform stipend paid to every adult and child, poor or rich. Guaranteeing all citizens enough income to cover their basic needs would promote social justice...

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by drunkenninja
    +36 +9

    Elon Musk’s hyperloop competition brings new mass-transit technology to life in Southern California

    A new mass transit system that sounded like a crazy futuristic idea a few years ago was brought to three-dimensional life in Hawthorne on Sunday, as young engineering teams from around the world tested prototype pod-vehicles in the first Hyperloop competition. The technology, introduced to the world in a research paper written by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk in 2013 that described the basic principles of thrusting a passenger pod through a vacuum-sealed tube at supersonic speeds, was re-imagined by teams who trekked to Hawthorne with their complex homemade vehicles in tow.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by drunkenninja
    +39 +6

    Solar Power Has Officially Become the Cheapest Source for New Energy

    According to the World Economic Forum, solar power is now cheaper than fossil fuels for new energy. Renewable energy has reached a tipping-point of sorts—massive investment, falling installation costs, and advancing tech is beginning to reap dividends. Now, a future of clean, renewable power is finally within reach.