Alex Francoeur

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New "Iron Man" Special Forces Exoskeleton Stops Bullets With Liquid Armor

We’ve all seen what Iron Man can do in the movies, and it’s rather impressive—what with all the flying and absorbing bullets.<p>Ultimately, all of his …

Jeremy England, the Man Who May One-Up Darwin

On a sunny afternoon, at a bustling cafe less than a mile from Stanford University’s campus, near Palo Alto, and more than 5,000 miles from his home, …

Physicists Think They Might Have Just Detected a Fifth Force of Nature

Get ready for next-level physics.<p>Physics can be pretty intense at times, but one of the most straightforward aspects is that everything in the …

Nobel-Winning Physics Experiment Recreated by AI...In One Hour

Biting the Hand That Feeds<p>Physicists may soon join the ranks of the unemployed due to artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Australian physicists have created …

Samsung Galaxy X: Everything we know so far

Think the Samsung Edge display is cool? Something cooler could be coming very soon. Samsung has been working on foldable displays for a number of …

Electronics Industry

Harvard Scientists Hold Secret Meeting Aimed at Creating a Synthetic Human Genome

Secrecy Breeds Suspicion<p>Recently, a project called the Human Genome Project 2 (HGP2) was organized by Harvard University. Their mission? To …

Robots won’t just take jobs, they’ll create them

Robots and artificial intelligence have come a long way since a Roomba entered your home to vacuum your floor and Siri gave you advice on the best Italian restaurants in your parents’ neighborhood.<p>Cars drive themselves. Robots deliver pizza. A revolution is underway. According to a 2013 University …

The Future

MegaBots Raises $2.4 Million to Create Robot Fighting League

Childhood Dreams<p>Giant robot startup MegaBots Inc. just raised $2.4 million in seed funding to make the glorious spectacle of giant robot fighting to …

Scientists Are Uncovering a Terrible New Effect That Space Might Have on Our Bodies

Launch aborted.<p>If humanity is ever going to realise its ambitions of travelling to Mars and elsewhere in the Solar System, one of the challenges …

Primitive Quantum Computers Are Already Outperforming Current Machines

The Dawn of the Quantum Age<p>By now, most readers of <i>Futurism</i> are probably pretty well acquainted with the concept (and fantastic promise) of quantum …

Today, The First Major Hyperloop Test is Finally Happening

Today marks a huge step towards the realization of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project. The pioneer test for the high-speed transportation project, which …

You can play with IBM's quantum processor for free

A quantum computer for the people isn’t just a theoretical dream; IBM is trying to make it a reality.<p>IBM has built a quantum processor with five qubits, or quantum bits. Even better, IBM isn’t hiding the quantum processor in its labs—it will be accessible through the cloud for the public to run …

The White House has significant concerns about artificial intelligence

If your mind instantly went to Skynet, I can put your mind at ease; it’s not Skynet. That’s not, however, to say that this problem isn’t just as scary, only without the cool special effects.<p>While Sci-Fi has made the risks of robot takeover well-known, the more immediate concerns are the subtle …

Artificial Intelligence

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it's incredible

Viv wowed the crowd during a public demo in New York<p>Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer created the artificial intelligence behind Siri, Apple's iconic digital assistant, and one of the first modern apps to capably handle natural language queries on a smartphone. Today the pair showed off their newest …

NASA's Making a Major Kepler Announcement Tomorrow!

Aliens?<p>Get the popcorn ready. NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 pm EDT Tuesday, May 10 (5pm UTC, 3am AEST on Wednesday), to announce the …

Exoplanets

Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator

Siri co-founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus has been quietly working on a much-anticipated voice assistant powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning and integrations with third-party services. This product is called Viv and, in a world-first, Kittlaus just gave us a demo at TechCrunch Disrupt …

Watch Scientists Demonstrate the Anti-Aging Powers of a 'Second Skin’

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s a tunable crosslinked polymer layer.<p>Aging stinks and most people hate it, which means there has never been any lack of products that claim to combat wrinkles and saggy skin. But a new "second skin," devised in part by scientists based at the Massachusetts …

NSA Warns of the Dangers of Quantum Computing

Cryptography in the Post-Quantum Era<p>The super-secretive National Security Agency (NSA) is sounding an alarm: beware the code-breaking power of the …

Surprise! Georgia Tech Teaching Assistant Isn't Human, She's a Robot

IBM’s Watson platform has done a number of remarkable things since its inception. Robots in retail stores are now powered by Watson, as are virtual …

The next AI is no AI

Jarno M. Koponen Contributor<p>Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization. He currently is product lead at Yle, one of the leading media houses in the Nordics.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>AI on your lock screen<br>• Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI<p>…

Reality Doesn’t Exist Until We Measure It, Quantum Experiment Confirms

Mind = blown.<p>Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of …

First Successful Gene Therapy Against Human Aging? It May Be So

Meet Elizabeth Parrish<p>The CEO of Bioviva USA Inc, Elizabeth Parrish, claims to be the first human in world history to have successfully reversed the …

Telomere

Study Reveals Earth Has 1 Trillion Species, Only 0.001% Are Known

Surprisingly crowded<p>Cataloging and analyzing available data on currently known species is a particularly daunting task. Even just tracing shared …

IBM Is Giving the Public Access to Their Five-Qubit Quantum Computer for Free

Understanding Quantum Computing<p>Despite being a buzzword in tech for a while now, quantum computing, at best, is still only understood in the most …

A Biotech Company Has Been Given Permission to Try to Resurrect The Clinically Dead

This is really happening.<p>In a controversial move, a US biotechnology company has been given permission to recruit 20 clinically dead patients and try …

SpaceX's Plan to Reach Mars by 2018 Is ... Actually Not That Crazy

Elon Musk wants to launch a spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018.<p>Let that sink in. Depending on your definition of "as soon as," that means sometime …

Ask Ethan: Can We Use Quantum Entanglement To Communicate Faster-Than-Light?

Earlier this month, billionaire Yuri Milner and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking teamed up to announce the Breakthrough Starshot, an incredibly ambitious plan to send the first human-created spacecraft to other star systems within our galaxy. While a giant laser array could, feasibly, launch a low …

Quantum Mechanics

Wearables Will Change Your Life...Eventually

The wheel is one of the most important inventions in human history, but when it was first created, the only thing we could do was strap it to a …

Project Arena: A Room-Scale Virtual Reality Arcade Game

SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition.<p>“This GPS …