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Will robots create more jobs than they destroy?

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley software firm and the author of The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment. Geoff Colvin is senior editor at large at Fortune magazine and author of Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines …


Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, Unpredictable Situations

Researchers have developed simple robots that can build structures with malleable materials such as foam and sandbags. One of the Harvard team’s …


Food Technology for All

We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative.
For years, the most important food technologies were all about …

Google Ventures

Camio Uses Neural Networks to Identify People, Packages, and Cats in Surveillance Footage

A startup is making home video monitoring smart enough to figure out whether a dog, cat, or package is heading up your walkway.

Camio, which offers an …


Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn. It was 1995, and for almost a decade, the young Frenchman had …


Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes

Adaptive, responsive strategies let humans think they’re in charge when working on mundane tasks with robots.Roomba has a new friend. Researchers …


A 3-D Printed Desert Tower Made Of Sand

A concept for a scientific research facility in the Sahara makes futuristic desert living look awesome.

When erecting skyscrapers in the desert, why not build out of the most plentiful material around? That's the idea behind a new proposal for a group of 3-D printed sand skyscrapers, a scientific …

Imagining LA's future skyline with a car-free geometric village

Los Angeles is a city for cars and drivers, but one architectural concept from the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition wants to fight that deeply ingrained culture. Ziwei Song‘s Skyvillage connects the city's four major neighborhoods —Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Temple Beaudry — with a …

Los Angeles

These Floating Vertical Farms Are Designed To Bring Local Food To The Densest Urban Areas

A system of floating towers could provide more room for agriculture in places where farms won't fit.

As one of the densest countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore doesn't really have room for farms. Almost all of the food there is imported from …

Urban Agriculture

In The Zoo Of The Future, There Are No Cages And The Animals Roam Freely

The elephants might barely notice you're there.

Zoos are meant for animal lovers, and yet many people who love animals don't love zoos. While it's fascinating to see tigers and polar bears up close, it's arguably inhumane to ship creatures thousands of miles only to put them in cages.

So what's to be …


Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050?

With internal farms, walls that convert CO2 to oxygen, and even the ability to personalize itself based on your DNA, this concept for the building of the future is a sight to behold.

2050 is far enough off to imagine the urban environment will be very different from today. But, from current trends, …

Robots are coming for your job: We must fix income inequality, volatile job markets now — or face sustained turmoil

New technologies could launch a new era of affluence -- or destroy jobs. We plan now, or risk a brutal transition

Global warming in and of itself isn’t a problem. After all, life on earth has survived numerous cycles of cooling and heating. The real problem with global warming is how quickly it …


The founder of Google's top secret project lab has a new plan to double the world's GDP

More than seven years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin tapped Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun to build a hardware innovation lab inside Google.

His efforts turned into Google X, the secretive "moonshot factory" that has produced some of Google's most technically ambitious projects like …


Tapping Into The Emotional Internet

Wearables currently decipher physiological biometrics: heart rate, pulse, caloric intake. But in the coming years, we’ll see emotion-sensing wearable technology that clues us into specific human emotions.

When this data is shared across networks, we’ll enter the dawn of the “Emotional Internet.”

This …


Student loan debt: America's next big crisis

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Report on Household Debt and Credit Developments, and the news isn't good for student-borrowers.

As of the second calendar quarter ending June 30, seriously delinquent student loans (which the FRBNY describes as those whose payments are 90 or …


Apple’s grab for street cred could bite it in the ass

Apple might be unfairly painted as an aging company run by middle-aged white dudes with “dad dancing” moves, but it’s certainly not shying away from controversial characters.

Cupertino’s roster today includes employees like Dr. Dre — a man who was the epitome of gangsta rap before becoming …

How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years

Jennifer Lawrence was just named Forbes' highest-paid actress of 2015.

At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.

But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.

Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to …

Jennifer Lawrence

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

In the 1800s it was the Luddites smashing weaving machines. These days retail staff worry about automatic checkouts. Sooner or later taxi drivers will be fretting over self-driving cars.

The battle between man and machines goes back centuries. Are they taking our jobs? Or are they merely easing our …


Florida treasure hunters find $4.5m in rare Spanish coins

Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5m worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner has said.

The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces, known as royal eight escudos, which …


Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control

China currency devaluation signals endgame leaving equity markets free to collapse under the weight of impossible expectations

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the …


Researchers work on possible diesel replacement

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Researchers from Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska are modifying an oilseed for use as a potential diesel replacement.

Their work on Camelina sativa is focused on lowering its viscosity — essentially, its resistance to flowing. Plant oils typically have a high enough viscosity that …


Why it matters that the FDA just approved the first 3D-printed drug - The Washington Post

Why it matters that the FDA just approved the first 3D-printed drug

3D-printed Spritam tablets. (Aprecia Pharmaceuticals/AP)

For the first time ever, the FDA has approved a 3D-printed prescription pill for consumer use. This 3D-printed pill, which will sold by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals under the name …

3D Printing

One big question: Will stocks lose $10 trillion in 2015 or in 2016?

Here we go again. Same cycle all over again. Another bubble, another blowout, another crash dead ahead, another massive $10 trillion loss for American investors, like the 2008 credit meltdown and the 2000 dot-com crash. Déjà vu.

And we know it’s coming, except our brains are own worst enemy. …


Top CEOs earn 183 times more than average UK worker - Aug. 17, 2015

CEO defends setting $70k minimum salary

It certainly pays to be the boss.

The chief executives of the top 100 listed companies in Britain earn about 183 times what the country's average full-time worker makes, according to the High Pay Center.

The London-based think tank, which monitors income …

Salaries & Wages

DNA could be used to store data more efficiently than computers, scientists find

Scientists exploring archiving potential of DNA conduct test to cope with threat of 'digital dark age' find potential solution

DNA could be used to store digital information and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years, research has shown.

Scientists exploring the archiving potential of …


500-meter “Sky Ladder” is Pyrotechnic Stairway to Heaven

Colossal reported earlier this week that Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang (who does a lot of pyrotechnic-based art) had finally succeeded in executing his Sky Ladder piece. Readers may remember Guoqiang from his gunpowder art and that time he filled the Guggenheim with suspended LED-exploding cars. Sky …


Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

Inspired by this intriguing YouTube video, we're going to dive into the tantalizing question:

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?

The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!

Its giant mass …


Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana

BILLINGS, Mont. — Gone are the flashing green neon lights advertising $200 ounces of pot. Gone are the caravans of cannabis doctors who signed up hundreds of people in a single day.

The medical marijuana business in Montana boomed after voters legalized it in 2004. At one time, this state of only a …

North Korea is threatening war against the US using an especially hostile nuclear rhetoric

North Korea is once again angrily threatening war against the US and South Korea.

In a particularly hostile bit of rhetoric broadcast via the country’s official news agency, a spokesman for the National Defense Committee hinted at the country’s willingness to use nuclear weapons, CNN reported. “The …


30 iconic American hotel bars everyone should have a drink at

Once a watering hole of last resort filled with business travelers and tourists, the hotel bar is back with a vengeance.

All the major hospitality groups are filling their portfolios with new projects inside buzzy and beloved hotels. Hoteliers, too, are answering the bar-hopping public's call: …