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Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

Quantum Mechanics

Maybe We Can't Find Space Aliens Because They Got Snuffed Out

With at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, you’d think at least one would have produced a race of intelligent alien beings. So how come we’ve never seen signs of space aliens even after decades of SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) research?<p>Scientists have long puzzled over …

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement

Jamie Metzl Contributor<p>Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council.<p>After 4 billion years of evolution by one set of rules, our species is about to begin evolving by another.<p>Overlapping and mutually reinforcing revolutions in genetics, information …

Molecular Biology

The Dark Side of Time

Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever

The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer<p>Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion …

Exploring The 'Universe' In A Video Game

Who doesn't want to play God — to have the feeling of creating new worlds with the push of a button? (Although gods presumably don't need buttons to create worlds.)<p>This is the promise of No Man's Sky, a new game designed by Sean Murray and his team from Hello Studios. The game is to be released on …

Physics

You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It: George Smoot at TEDxSalford

Nick Bostrom on the Fermi Paradox

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

The Dyson Sphere -- Not Just Science Fiction

A few years ago I wrote on The Huffington Post about author Raoul Peter Mongilardi's <i>Next To The Gods</i>, a complex, world-building four book series of science fiction. In it, the Aurocerians, an alien race of beings have created a Dyson Sphere, an impenetrable constructed barrier encompassing an …

Universe

Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox — the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's <i>StarTalk</i> podcast (the relevant section starts …

Encryption

Are We Alone? Have We Always Been? How Do We Know?

A report from DARPA's Wait, What? conference<p>ST. LOUIS — It's the loneliest question in the cosmos: Are we, creative and intelligent and flawed as we are, really all there is? Are we alone, and have we always been? Is there anybody else out there?<p>Leave it to the people of DARPA to think not only of …

Should humans fear the rise of the machine?

Artificial intelligence could usher in a new age of productivity. But it also threatens many jobs and raises fears that the machines could turn on us<p>Within the space of a couple of decades, a robot may be writing this article. It will probably be delivering your post. And if it isn’t driving your …

A Guide to Detecting an Alien Apocalypse

To find intelligent extraterrestrial life, we might need to find proof of its demise.<p>For more than 50 years, we’ve been eavesdropping on the cosmos, searching for transmissions that would reveal the existence of intelligent, extraterrestrial life.<p>To date, nobody’s bothered to call.<p>Is it something …

Flash Forward

Rose Eveleth<p>https://www.flashforwardpod.com<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>A show about possible and not so possible futures. From space pirates to conscious …

Killer robots will leave humans 'utterly defenceless' warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention<p>Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.<p>Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research …

Advanced alien civilisations missing in 100,000 galaxies

Extraterrestrial intelligent life in the universe either does not exist or human perceptions of advanced civilisations are deeply flawed, according …

Astronomers Debate: "How Long Can a Technology-Based Civilization Last?" (Weekend Feature)

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some …

Should We Be Afraid Of Aliens?

In the long list of modern fears, bloodthirsty aliens may not rank near the top. We have more immediate worries, from terrorism and bioengineered (or not) global epidemics to nuclear holocaust and natural disasters.<p>However, the notion that other intelligences exist out there in the universe is …

Universe

Microsoft's Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

<b>Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said.</b><p>The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.<p>Mr Gates contradicted one of Microsoft Research's …

Artificial Intelligence

Dyson Spheres: How Advanced Alien Civilizations Would Conquer the Galaxy (Infographic)

Ancient extraterrestrial civilizations, millions of years older than humanity, would need enormous amounts of energy. By creating a swarm of …

Brain-to-brain technology allows for partial 'mind control'

Humans could be much more efficient communicators if they could bypass language altogether and directly transmit thoughts, ideas and instructions …

The Fermi Paradox

Everyone feels something when they're in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:<p>Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old "existential …

Singularity

Our weird robot apocalypse: How paper clips could bring about the end of the world

If you dread a robot revolt, stop worrying about killer computers, and start worrying about … paper clips?<p>Nick Bostrom is explaining to me how superintelligent AIs could destroy the human race by producing too many paper clips.<p>It's not a joke. Bostrom, the director of the Future of Humanity …

Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a 'great threshold' of space exploration, Dr Sara Seager says<p>Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems …

Where Are The Aliens? How The 'Great Filter' Could Affect Tech Advances In Space

“One of the main things we’re focused on is the notion of existential risk, getting a sense of what the probability of human extinction is,” said …

In Focus: Explosion in Planet Discoveries Intensifies Search for Life Beyond Earth

With the discovery of planets like our own just over the horizon, a new era in the search for life is about to begin.<p>Over the past five years, we've come to realize that in our galaxy planets are everywhere. And with scientists discovering new exoplanets by the hundreds, one more world would hardly …