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This Week in Tech: Aug 11 – Aug 17, 2018

SpaceX invites the press for a tour of its Dragon spacecraft<p>Apple's Screen Time feature might not be enough to curb smartphone addiction<p>There's a new …

Autism

A mean robot supervisor could make you a better-performing employee

<b>A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD TEST.</b> People are likely to perform better cognitively when under the supervision of a “mean” robot than a “nice” one, according …

Robotics

Google employees have become the company’s moral compass

<b>DRAGONFLY IN THE OINTMENT.</b> Employees are once again taking a stand against Google for engaging in morally questionable behavior.<p>Their last protest …

Employment

Music Made by AI Composers Can Help Your Improve Concentration

Through purposefully designed sound and endless playlists, music made by AI composers will trick your brain into improving your focus and …

Productivity

Tesla's investors make the company. They may also ruin its CEO.

Elon Musk is unraveling before our very eyes. The sleepless nights he’s spent at the Tesla Gigafactory operating woefully behind schedule; his rather …

Tesla

This Week in Science: Aug 11 – Aug 17, 2018

A California court rules Monsanto owes a groundskeeper $289 million<p>Cryobiologists figure out a way to freeze and store donated organs<p>Scientists find …

Medicine

China will send two robots to study the Moon

<b>THE FAR SIDE.</b> China’s space agency is shooting for the stars. Well, more accurately, the Moon. On Wednesday, the nation shared new details on its …

Space Science

OpenAI's robotic hand learned to make precise, human-like movements

In order to consistently perform with high-precision the robotic hand needs to be able to react to a variety of objects.

Robotics

To detect bombs efficiently and cheaply, try using Wi-Fi

<b>WI-FI FOR GOOD.</b> You probably use Wi-Fi on the regular to connect your smartphone, computer, or other electronic device to the glory of the world wide …

Wi-Fi

Want to snag a job mining asteroids someday? You can now get your masters in it.

<b>ASTEROIDS APLENTY.</b> Our solar system has no shortage of asteroids. At last count, NASA estimated there were 781,454 of the rocky bodies orbiting our …

Space Exploration

The Boring Company plans to drill a tunnel to Dodger Stadium

<b>THE DUGOUT LOOP.</b> For a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the only thing worse than watching the baseball team lose might be the drive to and from …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Creating a Space Force could trigger an off-world arms race

by Victor Tangermann August 16, 2018 Off World 2134<p>A small LED starts flashing in a dark room crowded with server racks, desks, and office chairs. On …

Space Force

You can now buy the world’s first graphene jacket, and it's everything you want it to be

<b>A WEARABLE SUPERMATERIAL.</b> Apparel startup Vollebak’s latest offering isn’t exactly something you’d find at your local mall: The company just released …

Nanotech

The SEC just subpoenaed Elon Musk over his Tesla tweets

We thought it was coming, but now the moment is finally here: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has officially subpoenaed Elon Musk and …

Tesla

Who's gonna charge autonomous EVs? Seems like it might be this robot.

<b>HANDSFREE CHARGING.</b> Electric vehicles (EVs) have a lot going for them. They’re better for the environment than their gas-guzzling predecessors; they …

Electric Vehicles

There's a new 5G smartphone coming, and it might finally make the next-gen network mainstream

<b>THE FUTURE OF MOBILE.</b> The next generation of mobile technology is coming our way. On Tuesday, Sprint announced plans to release a 5G smartphone by …

Mobile

Children get pretty easily peer pressured by robots

<b>PEER PRESSURE.</b> “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?” We know, parents, we should say no and not succumb to peer pressure, …

Bots

A $50 genetic test can tell how likely you are to have a heart attack

<b>PREDICTING THE FUTURE.</b> Your Ancestry.com results could soon have another, more practical use beyond expanding your family tree. Now a team of …

Genetics

New Technology Enables the First 3D Full-Color X-Rays of Our Bodies

From black and white to color, thanks to 3D color X-rays we can now see inside our bodies in ways we never have before.

X-rays

Freezing and storing donated organs could eliminate some transplant waitlists

by Dan Robitzski August 15, 2018 Health & Medicine 2584<p>At this moment, there are 115,000 Americans who will die if they don’t get matched with a …

Peter Thiel

Google may still be tracking you, even if you opted out

<b>GOOGLE’S GRAY AREA.</b> When you tell Google to turn off location tracking, seems like the company takes it as more of a suggestion than a command.<p>On …

AdWords

Here's what we know about SpaceX's crewed Dragon spacecraft

A lucky group of journalists just got a first glimpse at the future of space travel. SpaceX welcomed them to its headquarters in Hawthorne, …

Space Travel

The U.S. military now has the money it needs to prepare for climate change

<b>NOT ALWAYS A HOAX.</b> Climate change isn’t just an environmental or political issue — it’s a defense issue, too. And despite President Donald Trump’s …

Military Spending

The FDA has approved a contraceptive app. Now more could flood the market.

<b>AN FDA FIRST.</b> Don’t want to get pregnant? There’s an app for that.<p>On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Natural Cycles, a …

Pregnancy

The first trailer for a hard-hitting blockchain documentary is here [sponsored]

by Futurism August 14, 2018 Future Society 1911<p>Everyone familiar with blockchain has one, nagging question: Where, exactly, did this technology come …

Blockchain

Pricey NYC housing now has an added cost: your personal data

by Dan Robitzski August 14, 2018 Future Society 682<p>I follow the narrow hallway. It’s covered with exhaustingly-hip custom wallpaper of faces that …

Google Home

AI analysis uncovers coral reefs resistant to climate change

<b>UNDERWATER WASTELAND.</b> Global warming is destroying Earth’s coral reefs — the colorful underwater ecosystems simply can’t survive as the ocean warms …

Artificial Intelligence

Pre-teen hackers prove it: the U.S. election system simply isn’t secure enough

<b>YOUNG KIDS VS DUMB MACHINES.</b> Still not convinced that the U.S. election system is woefully insecure? Chew on this: It took an 11-year-old just 10 …

Tweens

Court ruling against Monsanto might be the beginning of the end for cancer-causing weedkiller

<b>DAMAGING DAMAGES.</b> What started as a $289 million fine just had an even bigger financial effect on pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer. …

Pesticides

Elon Musk wants all autonomous cars to be as secure as Tesla’s

<b>THE ELON GIVETH.</b> Not all of tech billionaire Elon Musk’s tweets are cryptic — sometimes, a tweet is just a tweet. On Saturday morning, Musk tweeted …

Tesla