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No death and an enhanced life: Is the future transhuman?

The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book <i>To Be a Machine,</i> which last week won the Wellcome Book prize. “It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology to augment our bodies and our minds; …

Carbon Fiber

Watch Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Open a Door

You could argue that the door handle has had a disproportionate influence on modern robotics. It was the humanoids of the Darpa Robotics Challenge, …

Amazon’s delivery dream is a nightmare for FedEx and UPS | Commentary

Commentary: Brick by brick, Amazon has been building itself into a package delivery company to satisfy not only the voracious demands of Amazon …

In an Unexpected Move, Amazon Just Made Its Biggest Announcement Since Acquiring Whole Foods

This could be the biggest thing since self-driving cars.<p>There are no cashiers. There aren't even checkout lanes. And there definitely aren't any lines.<p>At Amazon's new grocery store, you just grab stuff off the shelves, bag it yourself and walk out. Everything gets automatically charged to your …

Neurotechnology, Elon Musk and the goal of human enhancement

Brain-computer interfaces could change the way people think, soldiers fight and Alzheimer’s is treated. But are we in control of the ethical ramifications?<p>At the World Government Summit in Dubai in February, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said that people would need to become cyborgs to …

Alzheimer's Disease

After a year away from test flights, Blue Origin launches and lands its rocket again

Nice to have you back, New Shepard<p>Private spaceflight company Blue Origin is back to launching rockets again after pulling off another successful launch and landing of its New Shepard tourist vehicle today. The sub-orbital rocket took off from the company’s facility in West Texas around noon ET, a …

In Just 4 Hours, Google's AI Mastered All The Chess Knowledge in History

"This algorithm could run cities, continents, universes."<p>Chess isn't an easy game, by human standards. But for an artificial intelligence powered by …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook's Oculus gives you a VR room of your own

Every great hero has a secret lair.<p>Batman has his Batcave, filled with high-tech gear, cars -- and even a giant animatronic T-Rex. Charles Xavier has the School for Gifted Youngsters, with its secret underground bunker for storing aircraft and bad guys. And Superman has his hideaway, the Fortress …

Virtual Reality

Apple launches study to identify irregular heart rhythms with the Apple Watch

It’s partnering with Stanford University<p>Apple has launched a new app today that will allow the company to gather irregular heart rhythm data from the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor. Called the Apple Heart Study app, it will detect irregularities and send notifications to users who may be suffering …

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot can backflip now

Boston Dynamics released a video of its humanoid robot Atlas hopping and doing backflips. It's the second time this week the company has teased an updated robot.

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Tesla’s new second-generation Roadster will be the quickest production car ever made

‘Period’<p>Elon Musk promised a surprise during the Tesla semi unveiling event, and boy did he deliver: the return of the Roadster. But it’s no repeat performance. The stunning four-seater roadster boasts jaw-dropping numbers, that if they measure up to Musk’s claims, will make it the world’s quickest …

To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains

Technologies that enhance the human brain will be essential to avoid a dystopian future fueled by the rise of artificial intelligence<p>When do we start panicking? DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company in London, just announced another breakthrough in machine intelligence. Starting from nothing …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft's new studios create Mixed Reality holograms

Microsoft is opening its first Mixed Reality capture studios in San Francisco and London, allowing developers and creators to create holograms from real life objects. Microsoft has been using its own studio at its Redmond headquarters to capture Buzz Aldrin, Reggie Watts, Max Frost, and Cirque Du …

The headband that makes you smarter: US military reveals a bizarre device that increases learning by 40% - and it could be commonly used by 2022

The idea of a headband you can wear to make you smarter may sound like a device from the latest science fiction blockbuster.<p>But experts have revealed …

Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI

‘We feel huge responsibility’ to get information right<p>Unbeknownst to me, at the very moment on Monday morning when I was asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the biggest ethical concern for AI today, Google's algorithms were promoting misinformation about the Las Vegas shooting.<p>I was asking in the …

Musk revises his Mars ambitions, and they seem a little bit more real

He dazzled with almost unimaginable technology, but also a few tidbits of plausibility.<p>Yes, Elon Musk still absolutely wants to go to Mars. But in a …

SpaceX is planning to do something really cool today

<b>UPDATE: Aug. 14, 2017, 1:36 p.m. EDT</b> The launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket was successful. Read our post and watch the video of the …

Space Travel

Elon Musk just told a group of America’s governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late

Musk is terrified of an AI takeover.<p>Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next 10 years. He’s excited about it!<p>But there <i>is</i> something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and …

Apple is launching an iOS ‘ARKit’ for augmented reality apps

Apple has announced a tool it calls ARKit, which will provide advanced augmented reality capabilities on iOS. It’s supposed to allow for “fast and stable motion tracking” that makes objects look like they’re actually being placed in real space, instead of simply hovering over it. And yes, this will …

Google's autonomous car company is now testing out self-driving trucks

Waymo is taking its self-driving tech to an entirely new class of vehicles.<p>The autonomous car company, which famously spun off as an independent …

Waymo

Tim Cook Sends Memo to Apple Staff Condemning Departure From Paris Agreement

Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders are speaking out against President Trump’s decision today to yank the US out of the Paris climate …

Tim Cook

Future iPhones and iPads might have a special chip just for processing AI

Apple's reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that'll be used just for processing AI, <i>Bloomberg</i></i> …

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Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Waterslide Down Oxford Street In Topshop’s In-Store VR Experience

<b>The popular fashion retailer debuts a VR waterslide exhibit at flagship store in London.</b>When it comes to recognizing the branding and promotional …

Apple is developing a special AI chip for iPhone

Apple is allegedly planning to take its Artificial Intelligence game to an all-new level an AI-powered iPhone chip.<p>In a race to catch up with the competition at Amazon and Google, Apple has a team of engineers working on a new piece of silicon that’s dedicated to processing artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats team of five leading Go players

Are five human heads better than one computer brain? Not when it comes to playing Go. AlphaGo, the AI created to play the game of Go better than anyone alive, has defeated a team made up of five Go champions in a demonstration match on Friday.<p>The team included Chen Yaoye, Zho Ruiyang, Mi Yuting, …

In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to its Mountain View campus. While Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Google …

Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning

Google has always used its annual I/O conference to connect to developers in its sprawling empire. It announces new tools and initiatives, sprinkles in a little hype, and then tells those watching: choose us, and together we’ll go far. But while in previous years this message has been directed at …

Beyond just promise, CRISPR is delivering in the lab today

There’s a revolution happening in biology, and its name is CRISPR.<p>CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a powerful technique for editing DNA. It has …

Molecular Biology

It's happening: Google's AI is building more AIs

Put away your machine learning degrees -- artificial intelligence is now at the stage where it's ready to replicate and improve on itself, according to Google.<p>Googlers have designed AIs that are capable of "learning to learn," said CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking Wednesday at Google I/O, the company's …