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What are some concepts/algorithms/data structures that every computer science student should know?

You should be aware of a few basic <i>techniques</i> that occur over and over again in many algorithms:<p>Brute Force<br>• Divide and Conquer<br>• Greedy Programming<br>• Dynamic …

A robot could deliver your next meal

Cute self-driving robots are hitting the streets of London to deliver packages, shopping and food from Just Eat.<p>Pizza delivery could be the next job to be replaced by machines, as self-driving robots begin delivering meals and packages in Europe.<p>Estonian company Starship, started by Skype …

Robotics

8 shocking predictions for life after 2020 from Google's genius futurist

He's so influential that Google hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.<p>Kurzweil is known for making predictions, which are right about 86% of the time.<p>Here are some of his most promising (and terrifying) visions of the 2020s and beyond.

Singularity

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

Florian Graillot Contributor<p>Florian Graillot is a VC investor at AXA Strategic Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Bitcoin Might Be The Next Big Thing In The Remittance Market<p>To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he …

Blockchain

The World’s First Fully Robotic Farm Opens In 2017

A better kind of factory farm<p>Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the …

Aquaponics

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg thinks telepathy tech is on its way

Social network chief believes we’ll be able to send thoughts to each other directly using technology in the future<p>Besides virtual reality, laser-toting satellites and artificial intelligence, what other futuristic technologies is Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg interested in? Oh, you know, …

Artificial Intelligence

Designing Superhumans

The age of genetic design is here.<p>It is now possible to edit genes of diverse organisms — almost like we edit a string of text — by cutting and pasting (splicing) genes at desired locations. A recent technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows for …

Genetics

Lab-grown blood, artificial organs – the science transforming our health

After the news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in a laboratory, here are more discoveries that are redefining medicine<p>The news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in the laboratory raised hope last week that a powerful weapon had been created to tackle …

Medicine

Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods

Historian Yuval Harari says humanity is heading for an upgrade – via biological manipulation or the creation of a race of cyborgs<p><b>Name:</b> Cyborg.<p><b>Age:</b> Infinite.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Ultra-buff.<p><b>Who is this we’re talking about?</b> It could be anybody, really.<p><b>Me?</b> Yes, as long as you’re extremely rich.<p><b>Ah. Well I</b> …

Neurophilosophy

This 20-Year-Old Inventor Said He Could Clean Up The Ocean–Now He’s Really Doing It

The giant ocean trash cleanup machine will begin its work in 2016.<p>Boyan Slat first proposed his giant marine cleanup machine three years ago when he was just 17 years old. During a TED talk, he sketched a vision for a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents.<p>The …

Mind-Reading Program Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

Neurophilosophy

Electroceuticals: the Shocking Future of Brain Zapping

Could electrical currents replace Big Pharma?<p>​It's all in your head—those icky feelings, all that fog—and chemicals just aren't that great at cutting through. That's why scientists are experimenting with changing the brain game by tweaking its circuitry, rather than the chemical processes.<p>It might …

The Brain

5 ways digital currencies will change the world

When I look at digital money, I see a revolutionary technology that allows people or institutions to transfer funds instantly, securely and without a …

Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

Powerful quantum computers move a step closer to reality

A research team from Australia has pushed quantum computers closer to fruition, but a former NSA director warns that the technology could break encryption<p>Researchers at the University of New South Wales have pushed quantum computers a step closer to reality, which one former NSA technical director …

10 things bitcoin won’t tell you

<b>1. Bitcoin could be the tip of a dangerous iceberg</b><p>What is the future of money? Whether they involve jangling coins, folding bills, swiping plastic or …

Bitcoin

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

The Brain

The Internet Will Be Everywhere In 2025, For Better Or Worse

We won't think about 'going online' or 'looking on the Internet' for something. We'll just be online, and just look."<p>In 2025, the Internet will enhance our awareness of the world and ourselves while diminishing privacy and allowing abusers to "make life miserable for others," according to a new …

Learning To Code On The Street

It’s 7:33 AM. Leo is leaning over his laptop writing some practice lines of code while I sit nearby on leftover sandbags from Hurricane Sandy. It’s cold, but it is a great morning.<p>A little less than three months ago, Leo became an Internet icon when he declined my offer of $100 in cash in favor of …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …

A College Kid Made More Than $24,000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Sign On ESPN

A college student quickly made over $24,000 just by waving this sign on TV.<p>Here's the deal: Yesterday on ESPN's "College GameDay" (an ESPN college football show that's filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.<p>A QR …

Bitcoin

Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database

India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of over half a billion residents–the largest biometric project of its kind currently in the world.<p>It’s been a multi-year effort not without its critics among privacy and …

This Smart Light Bulb Keeps Working Even If the Power Goes Out

The SmartCharge looks like an ordinary LED light bulb, except that it’s got a built-in rechargeable battery. When the power to your house is working …

Take Your Next Flight On This Gigantic Solar Whale-Like Plane

When we picture transportation of the future, we tend to think “sleek.” A Spanish designer has gone in the opposite direction with his vision for an environmentally friendly, futuristic “whale plane” that looks like a cruise ship in the sky.<p>Oscar Viñals, from Barcelona, envisioned the “AWWA Sky …

Could Apple be using sapphire glass for a solar-charging iPhone 6 screen?

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>There’s been a lot of talk about sapphire glass since Apple(s aapl) CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with ABC News last …

Print your furniture at home for just $39,000

3D printing is slowly entering the mainstream thanks to consumer-focused printers from MakerBot and others. While it’s still an expensive hobby for the average household, a new BigRep One printer is aiming to entice even more consumers into 3D printing with its unusual ability to print furniture. …

You Won't Recognize Your Dinner In 50 Years (But Don't Worry, It's Still Food)

Echoes of Soylent. But more colorful.<p>Scientists have already proven it’s possible to grow a burger in the lab using a few cells from a cow. Someday, it might also be possible to grow food from fake plastic cells–and get all of the nutrition we need without relying on nature or a farm.<p>A new project …