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Bill Gates wants a robot tax to compensate for job losses

How would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will likely lead to many people losing their jobs? For Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. In an interview with <i>Quartz</i>, Gates argues that taxing worker robots would offset job losses by …

Robots

Alphabet's internet balloons just got a big upgrade

X, the moonshot tech division of Google's parent company Alphabet, says it's getting closer to its dream of delivering the internet to rural areas from high-altitude balloons.<p>X announced Thursday that Project Loon, its internet balloon project, has a new set of navigation algorithms that will allow …

Google

'Woolly mammoth' will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Genetics

China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI.<p>Each winter, hundreds of AI researchers from around the world convene at the annual meeting of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Last year, …

China

Driverless trucks: economic tsunami may swallow one of most common US jobs

America is producing more than ever before, but it is doing so with fewer and fewer workers. Once trucks become automated, where will these jobs go?<p>In April 2016, Uber announced the acquisition of Otto, a San Francisco-based startup that has developed a kit that can turn any big rig into a …

Basic Income

Top Science Organization Releases Guidelines For Genetically Engineering Humans

New gene editing methods like CRISPR/Cas9 have given scientists unprecedented potential to edit human DNA. But how should researchers in the field …

Genetics

IBM researchers have created an “impossible” molecule that could power quantum computers

Chemists hate being beaten by physicists at their own game. At IBM Research, physicist Leo Gross and his team have done just that.<p>Gross’s team made a triangular molecule that chemists have found impossible to produce by conventional chemistry. To rub it in even more, Gross and his colleagues may go …

Chemistry

'Extraordinary' levels of toxic pollution found in 10km deep Mariana trench

Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists<p>Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km-deep Mariana trench in the Pacific ocean.<p>Small …

Oceans

Intelligent Machines are Teaching Themselves Quantum Physics - Motherboard

Last year, Google's DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol at Go, a strategy game like chess, but orders of magnitude more complicated. The win was a remarkable step forward for the field of artificial intelligence, but it got Roger Melko, a physicist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, …

Machine Learning

The Billionaire Founder of eBay Plans to Give Thousands of Kenyans Free Income for 12 Years

A bold experiment in an untested concept.<p>Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay, plans to donate approximately $500,000 to fund a project …

Basic Income

What if the internet stopped working for a day?

For many people, going without the internet even for a few hours is unthinkable. But if it did stop working, the impact might be more counterintuitive than you think.<p>Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class …

Internet

Even If You Don't Tweet, Your "Anonymous" Web Behavior Can Be Linked To Your Twitter

New research shows how web behavior can be traced to a person's real-world identity based on who they follow on Twitter.<p>As you browse the internet, online advertisers track nearly every site you visit, amassing a trove of information on your habits and preferences. When you visit a news site, they …

Psychology

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Artificial Intelligence

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

Computer scientist David Blaauw pulls a small plastic box from his bag. He carefully uses his fingernail to pick up the tiny black speck inside and …

Internet of Things

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end …

Germany Is Threatening Biohackers With Prison

Over the last few years, advances in science have made the kind of experiments once only accessible to PhDs with fancy labs far more attainable. …

Genetics

EBay's founder just invested $500,000 in an experiment giving away free money

Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment arm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has invested $493,000 into an experiment giving people in Kenya free money.<p>The experiment, put on by the charity GiveDirectly, tests an up-and-coming solution to poverty known as basic income. People under …

Basic Income

What's Still Missing From The AI Revolution

AI is full of promise—and potential dangers. Five key challenges lie ahead, according to IBM Watson's former general manager.<p>Artificial intelligence is a young field full of nearly unlimited potential that remains largely misunderstood by most people. We've come a long way since Watson won Jeopardy …

Artificial Intelligence

If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

Few topics have received more attention in talent management than motivation, defined as the deliberate attempt to influence employees’ behaviors with the goal of enhancing their performance, and in turn their organizational effectiveness. Indeed, other than talent, motivation is the key driver of …

Leadership

This cheap and easy lab-on-a-chip could save lives

Diagnosing diseases quickly and easily in poor regions<p>From detecting breast cancer to screening for HIV, surviving serious disease depends on early detection. When regular testing isn't available, lives are lost. But early detection often requires expensive lab equipment, and specialty training …

Cancer

Power to the EV: Norway spearheads Europe's electric vehicle surge

With ambitious emissions-reduction targets, support from government and the car industry, electromobility is on the verge of major expansion in Europe, reports Yale Environment 360<p>Oslo, Norway’s capital, like most of the Scandinavian country’s cities and towns, boasts bus-lane access for electric …

Electric Vehicles

The World Could Reach Peak Coal And Oil In Three Years, Thanks To Cheap Renewables

We're not running out of fossil fuels, they're just not going to be worth it.<p>The world could reach peak oil and coal in as little as three years—not because either is close to running out, but because of the falling cost of solar power and electric cars and stronger climate policy.<p>A new report from …

Renewable Energy

I ran Clinton's campaign, and I fear Russia is meddling with more than elections

Vladimir Putin wants to extend his influence beyond the ballot box and into the very fabric of our public life. We must take action before it’s too late<p>The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being treated too much like a novelty …

Vladimir Putin

It’s Getting Harder to Believe in Silicon Valley

Awestruck visions of the tech industry have become less convincing than ever.<p>In late 2010, during a fireside chat at the tech-industry conference TechCrunch Disrupt, the venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel disclosed that he would award 20 enterprising teenagers $100,000 apiece over two …

Silicon Valley

What Makes A Thriving And Interesting City? Something Called Collision Density

By Boyd Cohen | 2016<p>Who was right, Jane Jacobs or Alfred Marshall and Michael Porter? The renowened urbanist, Jacobs argued for decades of the …

Innovation

Donald Trump and China on dangerous collision course, say experts

Report says ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could deteriorate into an economic or military confrontation<p>A highly combustible cocktail of Donald Trump’s volatility and Xi Jinping’s increasingly aggressive and autocratic rule threatens to plunge already precarious US-China relations into …

China

5 Ways in Which Artificial Intelligence Will Change an Organization

Artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace is becoming more and more common all over the world, in various industries. Not only do AI systems save …

An MIT professor is transforming an abandoned WWII military village into a futuristic commune

A former US military village in Heidelberg, Germany will soon get a makeover.<p>Following World War II in 1947, Patrick Henry Village was founded as a military base with housing, schools, shops, a library, medical clinics, and restaurants. In 2013, the US Army abandoned the area, but it hasn't been …

Urban Planning

Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.<p>That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based …

Walmart

Self-driving boats will soon be setting sail

WIRED showcases three new craft designed to automate our interactions with the ocean<p>Move over, self-driving cars - self-sailing boats are here. "Autonomous systems can take on dangerous or dull tasks," says Commander Peter Pipkin, fleet robotics officer for the Royal Navy. "They allow us to employ …

Robots