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The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever - MIT Technology Review

Ride-hailing startup Lyft announced last week that it’s making its own self-driving car technology—a move that could help it meet an audacious goal …

Augmented Reality

Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longer<p>Scientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat …

Longevity

Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups

A new week brings a fresh Google initiative targeting AI startups. We started the month with the announcement of Gradient Ventures, Google’s on-balance sheet AI investment vehicle. Two days later we watched the finalists of Google Cloud’s machine learning competition pitch to a panel of top AI …

Startups

Neuroreality: The New Reality is Coming. And It's a Brain Computer Interface.

The Virtual World<p>With the release of the Oculus Rift in March 2016, the age of virtual reality (VR) truly began. VR tech had been generating buzz …

Virtual Reality

Love, quantum physics and 'entanglement'

Love. Quantum physics. Completely unrelated, and yet strangely parallel.<p>For one thing, they're both mysterious — we don’t really understand how either one of them works. But they share something else — what scientists call "entanglement."<p>People get entangled with each other when they fall in love, …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.<p>But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA.<p>Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA …

DNA

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

In March 2016, DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, who at the time was the best human Go player in the world. It represented one of those defining technological moments not unlike IBM’s Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov, or even IBM Watson beating the world’s greatest Jeopardy …

Artificial Intelligence

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants

Amazon’s Alexa just got a new job. In addition to her other 15,000 skills like playing music and telling knock-knock jokes, she can now also answer economic questions for clients of the Swiss global financial services company, UBS Group AG.<p>According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> (WSJ), a new …

Artificial Intelligence

I hacked my body for a future that never came

I realized that my sixth sense was failing when I stopped noticing the magnetic fields of my laptop.<p>In fall 2012, I implanted a rare earth magnet in my right ring finger. Magnets were one of the most accessible forms of DIY biohacking, a niche subculture riding the start of a massive mainstream …

Singularity

Are you a medieval sleeper? Why it's time to put the eight-hour night to bed

It’s 3am and I’m sitting on my bed propped up against a Manhattan skyline of pillows, painting my toenails palm green. On recent nights, around this hour, I’ve also planned my husband’s birthday party and learnt how to make an authentic Cuban daiquiri.<p>I call these stolen 60 minutes in the middle of …

Wellness

ARKit Project Shows Turn-by-Turn Directions in AR, Giving a Glimpse into Future of AR-enabled Maps

What’s that building in the distance? Where’s the nearest Starbucks? How do I get to there from here? These are questions you’d likely find answers …

Augmented Reality

'Endless Poetry:' Why Alejandro Jodorowsky Thinks You Should 'Make Movies to Lose Money'

Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Endless Poetry' is a surrealist vision of the influential artist's youth.<p>He's one of Kanye West's greatest influences. He …

Filmmaking

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry - MIT Technology Review

Psychiatry, the study and prevention of mental disorders, is currently undergoing a quiet revolution. For decades, even centuries, this discipline …

Watch: Michel Gondry's New Short is the iPhone Version of 'The Red Balloon'

Michel Gondry and DP Laurent Brunet use the iPhone to its fullest potential in 'Détour.'<p>No sooner did we report that indie stalwart Steven Soderbergh …

Filmmaking

Facebook is re-sculpting our memory

For much of history, the only way to chronicle life was to write about it. Now, many of us take selfies on our smartphones to share on Facebook, and create picturesque albums of our daily meals on Instagram. And as the mediums we use to recall and review the past change, so do our very …

The Brain

Red West, Actor, Songwriter and Longtime Elvis Presley Confidant, Dies at 81

The Memphis native appeared in 18 of the singer's features as well as in 'Road House,' 'Walking Tall' and TV's 'Black Sheep Squadron.'<p>Red West, a …

Entertainment

15 people who absolutely hated the movies made about their lives

The biopic is one of Hollywood’s oldest genres, going back to early-20th century movies about historical figures like Beethoven, Cleopatra, and General Custer. As time went on, biopics began to tackle more recent subjects, sometimes being based on events that happened only a few years prior to the …

Julian Assange

The Best Kits for Teaching Kids How to Code

Who says learning code has to be boring?<p>Whether you're an experienced programmer or have never even touched a line of code, a kit designed to introduce basic coding skills can make a great gift for kids. These kits can teach everything from problem-solving skills to real programming languages that …

Kids

Learning to code might be the best (and cheapest) career choice you could make

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>If you've found yourself in a career rut, the best choice may just be to start from scratch and learn to code — no matter how many years of job experience you may have.<p>There’s so much new and …

Programming

Interrupted sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s, new studies show

Getting a solid night’s sleep is crucial not only for feeling good the next day — there is increasing evidence that it may also protect against dementia, according to new research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.<p>Three studies by researchers at …

Sleep

Artificial Intelligence, Explained

From personal assistants like Siri, to movie suggestions on Netflix, artificial intelligence (NYSE:AI) is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in everyday …

Machine Learning

Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’

The "Dunkirk" director tells IndieWire why Netflix's digital distribution is a "mindless policy."<p>Christopher Nolan fights for the big screen. He …

Christopher Nolan

Ovaries Could Be the Secret to Slowing Aging In Women

Anti-Aging<p>From cosmetics and supplements, to elective surgery, anti-aging is a profitable venture. To date, despite the all global efforts and the …

A New Startup Just Proved That Blockchain Is Going to Utterly Transform Our Future

The Launch of Gnosis<p>Like any beloved ’90s sitcom, ConsenSys, an Ethereum development firm, is getting a spin-off. However, unlike “Joey,” this one is …

The Smartphone Is Eventually Going to Die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook Are Racing to Kill It

The Rise of Smartphones<p>These are the quiet times.<p>From April to June, tech’s biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their …

Augmented Reality

The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Does spending years running marathons or cycling for long distances potentially strain someone’s heart?<p>Two major new studies of athletes and their coronary arteries suggest that the answer may be a qualified yes. Both studies find that endurance athletes, especially men, who spend years training …

Medicine

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

Could Human Beings Live For 1,000 Years?

Aubrey de Grey has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological ageing.<br>Continue reading »

Longevity

The sex robots are coming. Do not fear them

Debra Soh <i>is a Toronto-based sex writer with a PhD in sexual neuroscience from York University.</i><p>Depictions of sex with robots are everywhere, from TV shows such as <i>Westworld</i> to films such as <i>Ex Machina</i>. With the corresponding rise in their popularity and availability in the real world, the Foundation …

Robots

South Korea Proposes Military Talks With North

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday proposed holding military and humanitarian talks with North Korea, aimed at easing tensions along their heavily armed border and arranging reunions of families divided decades ago by the Korean War.<p>North Korea did not immediately respond. Its reaction will …

South Korea