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By Miikka Leinonen | Things that disappear in the near future.

A game-changing carbon-capture power plant just passed its first big test

Net Power announced today that it successfully fired up a pilot plant near Houston that takes an entirely new approach to capturing carbon dioxide. …

Natural Gas

Netflix is basically remaking all of TV now

Six years after it started releasing its own programming, Netflix is basically remaking all of TV.<p><i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i> might as well be an NBC sitcom. <i>The Crown</i> would be right at home on the BBC. <i>The Joel McHale Show</i>is <i>The Soup</i> with more adult humor.<i>Bright</i> would’ve bombed in theaters, but no …

TV

Microsoft wants to revolutionize MRIs with quantum-inspired algorithms and HoloLens

Microsoft gained some ground in the quantum computing race today by announcing it was using its technology to advance medical imaging beyond the capabilities of today’s computers.<p>The Redmond company, through a partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will bring HoloLens technology …

Quantum Computing

This 3D-printed bicycle is stronger than titanium

The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the …

Japanese Banks Are Planning to Launch J-Coin, a Digital Currency Meant to Kill Off Cash

Japan's central bank is backing a scheme that could see the the cash-dependent country move toward a digital currency built on blockchain …

Digital Currency

Making babies: How to create human embryos with no egg or sperm

YUE SHAO wasn’t trying to create an embryo. But, a few years ago, working in a lab at the University of Michigan, he witnessed something …

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid …

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Why (almost) everything reported about the Cambridge Analytica Facebook ‘hacking’ controversy is wrong

<b>**NOTE** I added a follow up piece to clarify some of my positions and address some common criticisms I saw,</b> <b>you can find it here</b><b>.</b><p>If you follow the</i> …

Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?

How to remove, reuse, or recycle these fallen retail giants.<p>My memory of Toys ‘R’ Us now consists mostly of big empty boxes. While I don’t remember many of the toys I got for Christmas as a child, the image of clumps of wrapping paper and piles of discarded cardboard is forever imprinted in my …

Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly

Repairs

This A.I. can predict how long you'll live—and it's free

A company specializing in A.I. medicine will tell you how long you’re likely to live.<br>Read More

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Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered, no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. (The store, in downtown Seattle, …

Artboard

“There's something supremely cool about making your own beer.”<p>“I turned 3 gallons of water into a delicious, aromatic IPA without having to touch a …

Carbon’s Bold Mission to Finally Dematerialize Manufacturing

Technology has a funny habit: just when you think it can’t get better, it does. Take 3D printing. The ability for a machine to spit out soft material …

Harvard Business School professor: Half of American colleges will be bankrupt in 10 to 15 years

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, but Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says that half are …

This Robot Will Handle Your Divorce Free of Charge

A chatbot called DoNotPay has saved motorists millions in parking fines—without charging a cent. Its next target: divorce law.<p>AS THE SON of a hedge-fund manager and the great-grandson of the former leader of the U.S. Communist Party, Joshua Browder has the mind of a capitalist and the heart of a …

Communist Party

One Year After India Killed Off Cash, Here’s What Other Countries Should Learn from It

Almost a year ago, the Indian government rolled out an unprecedented policy move. Arguably, it was a time when the country was poised for economic success. With $9.49 trillion in purchasing power parity, it was the third-largest (in PPP terms) and the fastest-growing large economy in the world. On …

The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest

Swarms of drones buzz overhead, while robotic vehicles crawl across the landscape. Orbiting satellites snap high-resolution images of the scene far …

A smartwatch just saved a man from having a heart attack

When a heart-monitoring app on New York-based podcast producer James T Green's Apple Watch told him his heart rate was higher than normal, the …

Robots are better at slicing open humans than surgeons are

Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at …

Here’s how you can create an EU company with EU banking (anywhere on Earth)

A step-by-step guide for using Estonia’s e-Residency programme to become a location-independent entrepreneur.<p><i>This article contains the most</i> …

The Coming Creativity Explosion Belongs to the Machines

Does creativity make human intelligence special?It may appear so at first glance. Though machines can calculate, analyze, and even perceive, …

Nvidia says its new supercomputer will enable the highest level of automated driving

No steering wheels, no pedals, no mirrors<p>Nvidia, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of computer graphics cards, announced a new, more powerful computing platform for use in autonomous vehicles. The company claims its new system, codenamed Pegasus, can be used to power Level 5, fully …

Scientists Are Getting Closer to Making Edible Gelatin Robots That Can Function Inside Your Body

In the near future, you may be able to eat a robot that will heal you or provide nutrients.<p>It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are …

Ghost Ships IRL: How Autonomous Cargo Boats Could Disrupt The Massive Shipping Industry

Just as driverless cars and trucks are bringing huge changes to the auto industry, and drones are disrupting everything from emergency response to …

Google’s Airpods competitor do real-time language translation

One of the surprises we got today from Google’s hardware event were a pair of bluetooth headphones called Pixel Buds. They’re wired behind the neck but they’re every bit a competitor to Apple’s AirPods.<p>They’re $159, they’re available in November and they’ll let you understand 40 different …