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The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

<i>Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on AI. Part 1 is here.</i>___________<i>We have what may be an extremely difficult problem with an unknown time to</i> …

Singularity

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p><i>Note: The reason this post took three weeks</i> …

Singularity

Narrative Legos with Ken Levine - GDC 2014

How will automation transform our lives? - podcast

What will happen to human skill and sensibility as robots take on more tasks and aspects of human existence? What are the challenges facing inhabitants of remote Pacific Ocean islands, and why does 1610 mark a new human epoch?<p>FutureFest is a weekend of immersive experiences, performances and …

University of Oxford

Lars Tvede spår: Sådan kan verden blive i 2025

Hvordan ser fremtiden ud? Et svært spørgsmål. Den ledende romerske ingeniør Sextus Julius Frontinus sagde, at »opfindelser nåede deres maksimum for …

Check Out Google's Insane Plans for a New Headquarters

Google is planning an ambitious new expansion of its Silicon Valley headquarters, including movable buildings and structures that trade windows and …

Café

Beam: The smart projector that fits in any light socket

Missed our Kickstarter?<p>Meet Beam<p>Beam can turn any flat surface into a big screen. It is a powerful projector equipped with a smart computer, all …

Volvo: our self-driving cars are better than humans

But ultimately, it may be Swedes who come out on top.<p>This week, Volvo announced that it will put 100 production ready autonomous cars in the hands of actual consumers by 2017.<p>This initial pilot run will see the company's self-driving technology move out of the laboratory and put through the ringer …

Autonomous Cars

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

Hyperloop CEO: We Want to Go Public in Third Quarter

Feb. 13 -- Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn discusses the project's goals and plans to go public with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on "Street Smart."

Hyperloop

Apple hires head of Mercedes-Benz R&D, other auto experts for new secret research lab

Apple has hired former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth to join the company as Director of Mac Systems Engineering. The hire was confirmed by Jungwirth’s LinkedIn page, and first noted by a report in the Financial Times detailing Apple’s recent hires in the …

Stock Buybacks Made Me Feel Dirty, Uncomfortable: Hanauer

Feb. 11 -- Second Avenue Partners Co-Founder Nick Hanauer makes the case as to why stock buybacks are hurting the middle class. He speaks on “Market …

Markets

Why We Don’t Have Battery Breakthroughs - MIT Technology Review

Electric cars are quick and quiet, with a range more than long enough for most commutes. If you want a car with extremely fast acceleration, the …

Clean Energy

Apple building a $850M solar farm in California with First Solar

Apple CEO Tim Cook said today that his company will partner with First Solar to build a $850 million solar energy farm in Monterey County, California.<p>First Solar’s stock closed 5 percent higher, and it continued to rise in after-hours trading this afternoon.<p>Apple says the farm will generate enough …

Why we should give everyone a basic income | Rutger Bregman | TEDxMaastricht

Watch Google’s New Small Dog Robot Take A Kicking And Keep On Ticking

Google purchased Boston Dynamics last year, which means it now owns the company’s ongoing robotics projects, including BigDog. Today, the Google subsidiary posted videos of a smaller dog-like robot, aptly named Spot, which weighs around 160 lbs, has an electric powerhouse and can operate both …

Robotics

'MythBusters' Adam Savage tests DJI Inspire 1 4K quadcopter

Savage and his "Tested" co-host Norman Chan fly DJI's new advanced quadcopter -- equipped with a 4K camera -- and grab some amazing aerial footage.<p>"MythBusters" host Adam Savage and his "Tested" co-host Norman Chan join Eric Chang from DJI to give the company's Inspire 1 quadcopter a spin in this …

Drones

'Holocommander' Oculus Rift RTS Prototype Emerges from Global Game Jam

Every year the Global Game Jam (GGJ) assembles game developers worldwide—this year spanning 488 locations across 72 countries—and presents them with …

Look into my eyes: Tracking your gaze could be the next big gaming input | Ars Technica

PC Assassin's Creed Rogue will use eye tracking for an "infinite screen" effect.<p>The bulk of today's press release announcing a March 10 release for …

Augmented Reality

How Safe Is Your Job? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Economists preach the gospel of “creative destruction,” whereby new industries — and jobs — replace the old ones. But in this era of technological …

Employment

This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad

When I say textbook, you probably think something along the lines of “boring” or “meh,” but a new app called Earth, A Primer for iOS brings boring old geology textbooks into the addictive, interactive future.<p>The app is a beautiful way to explore the world and how it came to be. The app takes the …

13 Fascinating Farming Robots That Will Feed Humans of the Future

Among other predictions, <i>Interstellar</i> offered us some clues about the future of farming. Long story short: It's all about the robots. From field …