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Legendary futurist explains how he plans to live forever

Google's leading engineer and prominent futurist Ray Kurzweil says humans just a few scientific breakthroughs away from achieving eternal life. The first step — watching what we eat.<p>Kurzweil — one of the world's leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism — has a strategy on …

Singularity

The 12 best Android apps of 2015

Android app developers had a busy year.<p>There was a new operating system and mobile payments platform, not to mention the latest and greatest handsets and smartwatches.<p>On top of all that, many of the new apps that came out this year became some of our all-time favorites in the Play Store.<p>Try out our …

Apps

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day (I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week).<p>Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of …

Small Business

The 11 best tech products of 2015, according to Product Hunt users

Since it launched in 2013, Product Hunt has become the go-to place to find the next big app, gadget, or service.<p>Here's how it works.<p>A new tech product gets added, and then people vote on whether they like it or not. In this way, the site functions a bit like Reddit, though there is a heavy element …

Product Hunt

China growth in 'dangerous' territory

Growth stabilizing in China? Not so fast.<p>At least one group is warning that the situation is likely far worse than official statistics may indicate, saying that growth in the world's second-largest economy is in "dangerous" territory.<p>A private survey by China Beige Book International showed that a …

Beige Book

The Dow is on the verge of doing something it hasn't done since 1939 — and it's not good

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost about 1.5% so far this year.<p>And while stocks usually go up, the decline in the blue-chip index this year has been particularly surprising given that it's the year before an election.<p>Even more bullish for stocks heading into 2015 was data showing that years …

Markets

ECONOMIST: The Fed's rate hike 'was very, very stupid'

NEW YORK — In the spring of 2014, Mizuho Securities USA's chief economist, Steven Ricchiuto, planted his flag for the projected date of the Federal Reserve’s first postcrisis rate hike in mid-2016, further into the future than any of his peers.<p>And he never budged.<p>Virtually alone among major Wall …

Federal Reserve

Bull market? Bah, humbug! This chart shows why it’s over

The S&P is looking festive as we head into Christmas, after getting back into the green for the year yesterday.<p>We’re “still in a bull market until proven otherwise,” right? That wording is from Venky Srinivasan over at See It Market.<p>Well, not exactly. Srinivasan frets about the market’s bad …

Markets

9 things 'Starship Troopers' totally nailed about today's technology

"Starship Troopers" has pretty much everything you could want from a satirical science-fiction action flick.<p>There's the over-the-top action and the cheesy dialogue with gems like, "The only good bug is a dead bug!"<p>And then there's the awesome technology that the makers predicted we'd have in the …

Science Fiction

Frozen oil could be the key to shapeshifting materials

Those odd, glowing shapes may look like they're straight out of a weird puzzle game, but don't laugh... they may be crucial to a future of ever-changing materials. British and Bulgarian scientists have discovered that oil droplets will form octagons, triangles and other not-so-natural shapes if you …

A man who retired comfortably at age 30 explains how much money he had to save

After a mere 10 years of working as software engineers, Peter Adeney (better known as "Mr. Money Mustache") and his wife Simi had enough money to retire comfortably and debt-free.<p>That was in 2005, right before Mr. Money Mustache's 31st birthday.<p>"This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill," …

Money

15 secret features hidden in your iPhone

Your iPhone has a lot of hidden features you may not know about, like a hidden map of everywhere you've been and the ability to let you control your screen by tilting your head.<p>We've rounded together 15 hidden features that will help make you an iPhone power user.<p><b>Control your iPhone just by tilting</b> …

iOS

Will robots create more jobs than they destroy?

As advancing technology changes the face of employment in the 21st century, is the human workforce being made obsolete?<p><i>Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley software firm and the author of</i> The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment<i>. Geoff Colvin is senior editor</i> …

Intelligence

Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, Unpredictable Situations

Researchers at Harvard University and SUNY at Buffalo are designing robots to function outside of ideal, predictable environments such as warehouses …

Robotics

Food Technology for All

For years, the most important food technologies were all about scale. How could we feed a fast-growing population at less expense? By doing …

Agriculture

Using Deep Learning to Make Video Surveillance Smarter

A startup is making home video monitoring smart enough to figure out whether a dog, cat, or package is heading up your walkway.<p>Camio, which offers an …

Machine Learning

Teaching Machines to Understand Us

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes

Roomba has a new friend. Researchers have developed a robot that can help clean the kitchen.<p>In a paper presented at Robotics Science and Systems in …

Robotics

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.<p>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 …

Architecture

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

Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for “floating responsive architecture,” the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have …

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

So what’s to be done about zoos? In Denmark, which prides itself for its humanity in all things, the answer is this futuristic concept, aptly named Zootopia. Conceived by the Copenhagen-based BIG agency for a planned expansion of the Givskud zoo in Jutland, it’s a vision for a park where animals …

Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050? | Co.Design

Based on this, and extrapolating out some emerging ideas, the engineering and design firm Arup has come up with this mock-up of the building of the future. As you can see, it has its own energy systems (“micro-wind,” “solar PV paint,” and “algae facade” for producing biofuels). There is an …

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

Machine Learning

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

Emotions

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

Federal Reserve

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.<p>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.<p>At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.<p>But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to …

Hollywood

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

Study of census results in England and Wales since 1871 finds rise of machines has been a job creator rather than making working humans obsolete<p>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 …

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