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Steve Wozniak Says World Domination by Robots Could be Thwarted by Simple Physics

March 24, 2015 Prominent scientists who are worried about the rise of artificial intelligence and robots, and about humanity’s place in the world if robots take over. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has added his name to that list. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review on March 23, Wozniak spoke of his...

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Data Scientists Have Isolated the Exact Times a Yellow Taxi is a Better Deal Than an Uber

March 17, 2015 Uber, the on-demand taxi service, is on course to revolutionize the way we travel in cities. It’s so popular that it has changed how we talk aboutother new on-demand services and it’s now valued at over $40 billion. But a team of researchers has shown that—at least in New York...

Watch New 3-D Printing Technique Create Intricate Objects From a Pool of Goo

March 17, 2015 3D printing is stuck in a bit of a rut. There are companies trying to push the technology beyond the trinket market, but many of the existing printers are slow, jam often, and don’t always make perfect copies. One new printer introduced at the TED conference may have the answer....

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Study: Americans Are Mostly OK With Government Surveillance

March 16, 2015 For the most part, Americans seem to have greeted the revelations about government snooping from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with a shrug. In a new report released today by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that 82% of Americans find it acceptable to monitor communications of suspected...

Study: Americans Mostly OK With Government’s Online Snooping

March 16, 2015 For the most part, Americans seem to have greeted the revelations about government snooping from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with a shrug. In a new report released today by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that 82% of Americans find it acceptable to monitor communications of suspected...

Economists Say Robots Will Have Dire Effect on US Economy

February 25, 2015 They clean our floors, assemble parts in our factories, beat us at chess and feed us tomatoes. Robots are becoming ubiquitous, and economists from Boston and Columbia Universities say they will have a dire effect on the US economy. A new study published this month by the US National Bureau...

Scientists Say All the World’s Data Can Fit on a DNA Hard Drive the Size of a Teaspoon

February 18, 2015 Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but...

Why the Router Needs a Re-Think

February 3, 2015 Nest Labs took Apple’s user-friendly product model and turned the humble thermostat into a $3 billion sale to Google by making it easy to use and connecting it to the internet. A new startup, the San Francisco-based Eero, wants to do the same thing for the device that actually hooks...

The SpaceX Dragon Delivered Flatworms and Fruitflies to the International Space Station

January 14, 2015 SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Jan. 12, and astronauts will be unloading more than 5,100 lbs (2,300kg) of cargo it brought up for NASA and other space agencies over the next month. Beyond the supplies, late Christmas presents, and replacement equipment that astronauts had...

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NASA Just Sent Its Astronauts Some Weird Stuff

January 14, 2015 SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Jan. 12, and astronauts will be unloading more than 5,100 lbs (2,300kg) of cargo it brought up for NASA and other space agencies over the next month. Beyond the supplies, late Christmas presents, and replacement equipment that astronauts had...