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In ‘Life 3.0,’ Max Tegmark Explores a Robotic Utopia — or Dystopia

What happens when machines outperform us at everything? The MIT physicist says we’d better align their goals with ours, before it’s too late.<p>There …

Singularity

World's first human head transplant is successfully carried out

The world's first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.<p>At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the …

Medicine

Scientists have created brain implants that could boost our memory by up to 30%

• <b>Our memories could one day get a boost from a new brain implant device, according to a new study.</b>• <b><br>Researchers looked at how our brains naturally process memories in order to mimic what they do with micro-electric shocks.</b>• <b><br>The device can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30%, according to the</b> …

The Brain

Bonobos, Nicest Primates on the Planet, Make Humans Look Like Monsters

"You want to be nice to someone who’s going to be important for you.”<p>By on<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Among the countless shitty things humans …

Evolution

Stephen Hawking Fears A.I. May Replace Humans, and He’s Not Alone

The 75-year-old physicist is worried about the future.<p>By on<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Stephen Hawking is worried that artificial intelligence …

Singularity

The robot lawyers are here - and they’re winning

Amid the dire - and somewhat overhyped - predictions of occupations that will be decimated by artificial intelligence and automation, there is one crumb of comfort. Yes, lorry drivers, translators and shop assistants are all under threat from the rise of the robots, but at least the lawyers are …

Artificial Intelligence

To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains

Technologies that enhance the human brain will be essential to avoid a dystopian future fueled by the rise of artificial intelligence<p>When do we start panicking? DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company in London, just announced another breakthrough in machine intelligence. Starting from nothing …

Artificial Intelligence

DARPA scientists unveil brain device that boosts learning by 40 percent

A brain device that can increase learning by up to 40 percent has been revealed by scientists funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency …

The Brain

Perfectly clear solar panels could power your home and you’d never even see them

Solar energy has the potential to totally destroy our reliance on fossil fuels, so why aren’t we all running on power from the sun? Solar panels …

Clean Energy

Watch The Moment A Dying Chimpanzee Recognizes An Old Friend

Animal videos are shared online nowadays at a pace that can be overwhelming.<p>Once in a while, though, a video offers a unique and unforgettable message.<p>Such is the case with a short video of the chimpanzee named Mama, curled up in her enclosure at the Royal Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, Holland. Shot in …

Animals

Brain Machine Interfaces Can Predict A Bird's Next Song. Next Step: Human Speech.

The idea that a machine might be able to read and translate your thoughts may sound like science fiction. Buckle up, buddy. You're in the future now. …

Machine Learning

The evolution experiment that has been watching bacteria mutate for 30 years

Thirty years ago the world's longest running evolution experiment began when scientist Richard Lenski seeded 12 identical flasks with <i>E. coli</i> …

Biology

A US design firm has plans for a skyscraper that would hang from an asteroid

A New York design firm called Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a tower that would hang from an asteroid 31,068 miles above Earth.<p>The Analemma Tower would be the tallest building ever made. The plans say it would be powered by solar panels and those panels would constantly be exposed to …

Asteroids

The future of the Air Force is fighter pilots leading drone swarms into battle

Cheap, unmanned wingmen could add punch and protection to fighter formations.<p>The future of the United States Air Force is a human-piloted, $100 million stealth jet guiding flocks of $3 million drones that glide effortlessly into position powered by turbo fans. Thanks to the Air Force Research Lab …

Aerospace

Scientists develop shape-shifting ‘skin’ that would give robots the ultimate camouflage

Humans might think that we have a pretty good handle on camouflage, but in the grand scheme of things we’re really just amateurs. A sniper in a …

Robots

The Multiverse Is Inevitable, And We're Living In It

Imagine that the Universe we observe, from end-to-end, is just a drop in the cosmic ocean. That beyond what we can see, there’s more space, more stars, more galaxies, and more everything, for perhaps countless billions of light years farther than we’ll ever be able to access. And that as large as …

Space Science

Will Sweden Become the First Country to Go Cash-Free?

Cards and mobile payment apps will do it all by 2023, according to a new report.<p>Sweden is moving away from cash in favor of cards and mobile payment apps. According to a new study, the nation is on track to leave cash behind completely by 2023, though retailers expect to still accept cash for a …

Banking

A robot just performed one of the most precise medical procedures for the first time ever

In the not-so-distant future, AI-controlled robots will almost certainly enslave humanity and make us all wish we could go back to the stone age, but …

Medicine

Earth May Be Close to 'Threshold of Catastrophe'

The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study …

Climate Change

An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?

In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human. In the next 50 or 100 years, an AI might know more than the entire population of the planet put together. At that point, there are serious questions to ask about whether this AI — …

Artificial Intelligence

Is the Universe Conscious? Prominent Scientists Say Yes

For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws …

Consciousness

11 Features That Separate Humans From Other Species

There are multiple theories about what makes us human, some related and interconnected. We've been pondering the topic for thousands of years—the …

How 139 Countries Could Be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Scientists have published a detailed road map to move 139 countries to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, according to a recent study.<p>Energy …

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Consciousness

Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

We're so close to the megazord of our dreams.<p><i>Power Rangers</i> had Megazord. <i>Voltron</i> had, well, Voltron. Individual robots that combine to form one larger, cooler—dare we say, more badass—automaton have been a mainstay of science fiction for decades. But a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i> suggests that …

Robotics

Are There Optical Communication Channels in Our Brains? - MIT Technology Review

Here’s an interesting question: are there optical communication channels in the brain? This may be a radical suggestion but one for which there is …

Quantum Mechanics

The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humour in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

Putin says the nation that leads in AI ‘will be the ruler of the world’

The Russian president warned that artificial intelligence offers ‘colossal opportunities’ as well as dangers<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin has joined the war of words concerning the international race to develop artificial intelligence. Speaking to students last Friday, Putin predicted that …

Vladimir Putin

Conversation between a biologist and a philosopher: self, transformation and religion

<i>Two professors from the University of Lorraine discuss questions of the self, non-self and religion. A biologist begins and a philosopher …