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33 science fiction and fantasy books that everyone will be talking about in 2017

Better make some space on your shelves<p>We’ve already taken a look at what novels are hitting bookshelves this month, but 2017 promises to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy literature as a whole. There’s going to be some great reads from debut authors, while some of the best names in the …

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Artificial Intelligence

It’s been a long time coming, but the world’s top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world<p>“We are standing on the ground that could change the future of energy,” says engineer Laurent Pattison, deep in the reactor pit of …

Nuclear Energy

Aliens: Australia to play strategic role in biggest ever search for extra-terrestrial life

Australia's role in the biggest ever search for alien life has officially begun, with the Parkes Telescope in central west NSW set to play a …

Astronomy

Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence

Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math.<p>That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

 who run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively.<p>Tech companies often advocate STEM …

10 Reasons Why Deep Learning is Living Up to the Hype

This column is by Oliver Cameron, VP – Engineering & Product, Udacity<p>Many have written about how deep learning is taking over the world and why that …

Machine Learning

This is what artificial intelligence will look like in 2030, according to one of the world’s leading experts

Mary Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics, Duke University<p><i>Artificial intelligence and robotics are coming into our</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing an augmented reality mapping system that harnesses iPhone hardware to overlay visual enhancements …

Shining light on Facebook’s AI strategy

Artificial intelligence has become more of a philosophy than a programming tool at Facebook. Laced across the company’s products, it holds the power to analyze data at the massive scale required by a social network connecting a quarter of the world’s population.<p>In a speech today at Web Summit, …

Finding Dory: Watch Pixar's adorable short film Piper

Throughout their long history of film making, Pixar has created numerous critically acclaimed feature length animations, including classics such as</i> …

Animation

When the Singularity Comes, Will A.I. Fear Death?

Switching off our devices might get a whole lot harder soon.<p>What if turning off your computer was like killing a friend? It sounds farfetched, but if …

This Epic Star Wars Fan Film Is What Being a Filmmaker Is All About

Filmmaker Stephen Vitale and Writer Eric Carrasco​ created a truly epic Star Wars fan fiction. When I came across this short, I found myself wishing …

Star Wars

These Flexible Composite Wings Morph Into Different Shapes

Wing morphing could be the next big innovation in aviation.<p>Composite materials, many built around atomic carbon structures like graphene, are revolutionizing manufacturing industries from car frames to robotics to building infrastructure. Thanks to a combination of high strength, heat resistance, …

Aviation

Google DeepMind's AI is setting its sights on Starcraft II

First it took on and beat Atari's classic games, then the world champion of the highly complex game of Go. Now Google's artificial intelligence arm …

AI isn't coming for our jobs, it's coming for our planet and will one day 'colonise the galaxy'

Jürgen Schmidhuber is painting an image of the future of our Universe. And it’s plain to see, we are neither a real part of it, nor is it our …

Google Home Brings Artificial Intelligence to Your Living Room

Google Home's compact and stylish speaker features the tech giant's mighty Google Assistant. It's powered by artificial intelligence, which allows it to not only perform tasks and answer questions, but also get better with time.<p>Alexa better watch her back. Google just launched Google Home, a …

Smart Homes

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America’s suburban landscape. Inside, it’s a whole different story. A different reality, in fact. Humanoid robots walk down the halls, …

Augmented Reality

A Blind Jedi Uses the Force in This Beautiful Star Wars Fan Film

We know—yet another <i>Star Wars</i> fan film. They’re a dime a dozen. But, truly, this is a good one.<p>The film is called <i>Hoshino</i> and it’s directed by Stephen …

Fan Films

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence - ExtremeTech

By on November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If the Halloween month has you …

18 science fiction and fantasy books to pick up this November

It’s November, which means it’s getting colder outside: the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book. Fortunately, there’s a whole pile of new books coming out this month for you to check out and add to your to-read list.<p>Here's what you should load up your bookshelves with this November:<p>November …

16 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for November

It’s November already. How the hell did that happen? Best hope you’re caught up on your October reading, because November boasts a bumper crop of …

The first augmented reality smartphone is here

Google Tango—the augmented reality platform that provides a layer of interactivity to anything you point your smartphone camera at—has been in the …

Augmented Reality

Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel

Subscribe to WIRED<p>When Cixin Liu's <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> was published in English in 2015, it became the first Chinese sci-fi novel to win a Hugo …

Molten Salt Reactors Could Soon Help Power Earth—And One Day Mars

If we get our way and really put humans on Mars in the coming decades, they’re going to need <i>power</i>. NASA has had concrete plans to send people to the …

Energy

Why These Artificial Intelligence Startups Joined Salesforce, Amazon, and Uber

Say you’re a giant company that’s heard about a fancy “new” technology called artificial intelligence and you’re interested in adding some …

A New Kind of AI: Google's Deep Learning Neural Nets Have Learned Encryption

Developing Its Own Encryption<p>Alice and Bob can keep secrets — well, at least from Eve. These three are the neural networks (or neural nets) that a …

Silkpunk Sci-Fi Author Ken Liu Talks Fantasy, Technology and the Future of the Human Race

An interview with the author of The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms<p>Ken Liu, author of the Dandelion Dynasty series, is one of the leading new voices in science fiction. His worlds are teeming with airships and submarines crafted from silk, sinew and feather. Liu spoke with Nexus Media about …

You’re about to fall in love with a $180 robot

This is probably how Westworld began<p>He looks like a toy truck when he’s sitting on the shelf. A $180 toy truck.<p>Setting him up is pretty easy. You plug his charger into the wall, download the app to your iPhone or Android device, and connect to him as you would to any WiFi network in your phone’s …

Robotics

Google's AI created its own form of encryption

Researchers from the Google Brain deep learning project have already taught AI systems to make trippy works of art, but now they're moving on to something potentially darker: AI-generated, human-independent encryption. According to a new research paper, Googlers Martín Abadi and David G. Andersen …

Machine Learning