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Monday December 11, 2017 @ 09:19:51 AM mt

Why Intelligent Optimism Is Crucial to Human Progress



There is nothing to be gained from blind optimism. But an optimistic mindset can be grounded in rationality and evidence. It may be hard to believe, but we are living in the most exciting time in human history. Despite all of our ongoing global challenges, humanity has never been better off. Not only are we []

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Sunday December 10, 2017 @ 12:19:12 PM mt

History Suggests the Hyperloop Is an Uncertain Promise for Future Cities



Proponents of Hyperloop have repeatedly suggested that their transportation technology will create new mega-regions, essentially reshaping the scope of cities. Multiple startups are now striving to defy critics and connect different dots on maps. But in the process they face formidable barriers and uncertain sociological outcomes. Most recently, Richard Branson made a sizable investment in []

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Saturday December 09, 2017 @ 09:22:24 AM mt

This Weeks Awesome Stories From Around the Web Through December 9



ROBOTICS New Robots Can See Into Their Future Brett Israel | Berkeley News Using this technology, calledvisual foresight, the robots can predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements. These robotic imaginations are still relatively simple for nowpredictions made only several seconds into the futurebut they are enough for []

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Friday December 08, 2017 @ 01:13:33 PM mt

Ultrafast 3D Printing Alternative Makes Complete 3D Objects in Seconds



3D printing allows engineers to custom build intricate structures impossible with traditional manufacturing, but the layer-by-layer approach can be slow and limits the shapes that can be built. A new technique can now fabricate entire 3D shapes in seconds using holographic light fields. The technique, developed by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, uses []

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Friday December 08, 2017 @ 10:09:33 AM mt

Black Holes Are Simpler Than Forests and Science Has Its Limits



Albert Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. He was right to be astonished. Human brains evolved to be adaptable, but our underlying neural architecture has barely changed since our ancestors roamed the savannah and coped with the challenges that life on it presented. Its surely remarkable []

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Thursday December 07, 2017 @ 09:32:18 AM mt

These Bacteria Use New DNA Bases to Make a Protein Not Found in Nature



All of natures bewildering complexity can be reduced to a four letter codeDNAs four bases: A, T, C, and G. But now scientists have shown the language at the heart of life is not set in stone by getting bacteria to build proteins that dont exist in nature using two unnatural bases. The blueprint for []

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Thursday December 07, 2017 @ 09:32:17 AM mt

Why Humanoid Robots Are Still So Hard to Make Useful



Picture a robot. In all likelihood, you just pictured a sleek metallic or chrome-white humanoid. Yet the vast majority of robots in the world around us are nothing like this; instead, theyre specialized for specific tasks. Our cultural conception of what robots are dates back to the coining of the term robots in the Czech []

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Thursday December 07, 2017 @ 03:38:15 AM mt

Neuroscience Could Bring Us Eternal Bliss But Is That a Good Thing



What if the secret to eternal happiness is a brain implant? If youre thinking that sounds like the premise of a Black Mirror episode, youre not alone. Yet at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference earlier this month, two teams demonstrated parts of a new technology that may one day take us there. Picture this: []

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Tuesday December 05, 2017 @ 09:38:11 AM mt

Robotic Materials Will Distribute Intelligence All Over a Robots Body



The classical view of a robot as a mechanical body with a central brain that controls its behavior could soon be on its way out. The authors of a recent article in Science Robotics argue that future robots will have intelligence distributed throughout their bodies. The concept, and the emerging discipline behind it, are variously []

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Tuesday December 05, 2017 @ 09:38:11 AM mt

How to Design the Future We Want and Find the Path That Leads to It



Everyone wants to know the future, but how exactly? Authors Julia Rose West and Alida Draudt aim to help people better see the future and take action to shape it. In their book, What the Foresight, West and Draudt make techniques used by futurists and innovators more accessible with simple exercises to reframe our thinking. []

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