Jeremiah DeTavernier

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An AI wrote a sci-fi short film by learning from 90s screenplays

We’ve previously reported how AI is developing rapidly and gaining the ability to do things like defeat human champions at the game of Go, describe photos in words for vision-impaired users, detect cyber attacks and even write novels and financial reports.<p>That’s old hat – there’s now an AI that can …

Science Fiction

AMD’s New $200/£175 VR-Friendly Gaming Graphics

It’s not quite the full disclosure I’ve been hoping for, but AMD semi-announced its new AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card at the Computex trade show, …

Computer Hardware

My 5 Favorite Ridiculous Lines From Star Trek: Voyager

<i>Star Trek Voyager</i> went off the air 15 years ago today. To commemorate this very depressing occasion, here are what I truly believe are the five best …

This self-healing material could solve many wearable woes

The physical limitations of existing materials are one of main problems when it comes to flexible electronics, be it wearables, medical or sports tech. If a flexible material breaks, it either stays broken, or if it has some self-healing properties it may continue to work, but not so well. However, …

How Jellyfish, Nanobots and Naked Mole Rats Could Make Humans Immortal

We spoke to the world's leading experts in the field of human life extension to get an update on how close we are to living forever.<p>Dr Chris Faulkes is standing in his laboratory, tenderly caressing what looks like a penis. It's not his penis, nor mine, and it's definitely not that of the only …

Biology

Lillium: The Private VTOL Plane Of A Quieter Future

The Jetsons? No, they're our loud neighbors. We're the Ducted Fandersens.<p>The European Space Agency is incubating a new kind of aircraft. Revealed today, the glossy, white, egg-like form of the craft resembles nothing so much as an airplane designed by Apple. The planned two-seater will be …

Autonomous Robot Performs Successful Surgery On Living Pig

A STAR surgeon<p>In recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential benefits; they can help reduce error rates and increase the efficiency of the surgeries. …

Artificial, Womb-Free Births Just Got a Lot More Real

Scientists have grown a human embryo for two weeks in a petri dish.<p>For the first time, scientists have managed to grow human embryos to at least 14 days old inside a petri dish. Their work has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of what makes us human—and it's the next step on the road …

Genetics

Microsoft vets join VR startup that offers full-body, fully immersive experience

Virtual reality, in its current form, is an exclusively audio/visual medium, with a large focus on the way things look. Touch is mostly a one-way …

Virtual Reality

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Spinal Cords

Here's how Dark Souls is going to work as a board game

Dark Souls: The Board Game raises more than $250,000 in first few hours<p>As promised, tabletop game maker Steamforged Games launched its Kickstarter campaign for <i>Dark Souls: The Board Game</i> today, promising a tabletop experience that's faithful to FromSoftware's action-RPG franchise. Steamforged …

Researchers in China introduce Jia Jia, the 'robot goddess'

Robots have come a long way since the days of cartoon character George Jetson’s “Rosie,” who served as housekeeper and maid and referred to her keeper as “Mr. J.”<p>Last week, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China, located in Hefei, introduced the world to Jia Jia, a …

Robotics

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …

Google launches service to store and share human DNA in the cloud

It turns out that a human genome — the complete set of genetic material encoded as DNA sequences — is 100 gigabytes.<p>That’s the amount of storage …