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Jun 1, 2016

Here’s why the inventor of the Internet supports basic income

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, internet, robotics/AI

With the robot economy looming large in the coming decades, one solution to vanishing jobs may simply be to give people money regardless of whether or not they work.

That idea is called “basic income,” and it just gained the support of one of the tech world’s founding fathers, Internet inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

“I think a basic income is one of the ways of addressing massive global inequality,” Berners-Lee, who founded the Web in 1989, explained on a recent episode of The Economist podcast.

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Jun 1, 2016

​Forget self-driving cars: What about self-flying drones?

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, transportation

While all the focus has been on autonomous vehicles, one Belgian startup has been busily developing self-flying features for drones.

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Jun 1, 2016

Asus Has Unveiled A New, Adorable Robot Butler

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

For $599 your home can have a futuristic robot butler.

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Jun 1, 2016

Researchers create high-speed electronics for your skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics, habitats, internet, mobile phones, wearables

Make no mistake, today’s wearables are clever pieces of kit. But they can be bulky and restricted by the devices they must be tethered to. This has led engineers to create thinner and more powerful pieces of wearable technology that can be applied directly to the skin. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma, have developed “the world’s fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits,” that could let hospitals apply a temporary tattoo and remove the need for wires and clips.

With its snake-like shape, the new platform supports frequencies in the .3 gigahertz to 300 gigahertz range. This falls in what is set to become the 5G standard. For a mobile phone, 5G enables faster speeds and greater coverage, but with epidermal electronics, engineers have discussed the possibility that wearers could transmit their vitals to a doctor without having to leave their home.

While the idea isn’t unique, the integrated circuits created by Ma and his team have a much smaller footprint than those developed by other researchers. Earlier transmission lines can measure up to 640 micrometers (or .64 millimeters), but UW–Madison’s solution is just 25 micrometers (or .025 millimeters) thick. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research also supports Ma’s research, suggesting that his wearable breakthroughs may help pilots of the future.

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Jun 1, 2016

Artificial intelligence should be protected

Posted by in categories: computing, ethics, law, robotics/AI

With huge leaps taking place in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), right now, experts have started asking questions about the new forms of protection we might need against the formidable smarts and potential dangers of computers and robots of the near future.

But do robots need protection from us too? As the ‘minds’ of machines evolve ever closer to something that’s hard to tell apart from human intelligence, new generations of technology may need to be afforded the kinds of moral and legal protections we usually think of as ‘human’ rights, says mathematician Marcus du Sautoy from the University of Oxford in the UK.

Du Sautoy thinks that once the sophistication of computer thinking reaches a level basically akin to human consciousness, it’s our duty to look after the welfare of machines, much as we do that of people.

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Jun 1, 2016

New glass walkway in China

Posted by in category: futurism

New glass walkway in China

This new glass platform in China will terrify anyone afraid of heights.

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Jun 1, 2016

Microsoft and Facebook want to lay over 4,000 miles of cable beneath the ocean

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Jun 1, 2016

Liquid armor and tiny high power engines will be in 2018 special forces exoskeleton prototypes

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, energy

US Special Ops Command plans to have some initial TALOS exoskeleton suit prototypes by 2018.

Progress is being made on exoskeletons for US special forces. The exoskeletons are designed to increase strength and protection and help keep valuable operators alive when they kick down doors and engage in combat.

The technologies currently being developed include.

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Jun 1, 2016

Jeff Bezos thinks we need to build industrial zones in space in order to save Earth

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

It’s about solar power.

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May 31, 2016

5 Reasons To Leave The Solar System?

Posted by in category: space travel

The only real reason to leave the solar system is arguably for science and exploration. But to actually make our interstellar dreams a reality, we also need to get serious about interstellar propulsion with solid funding and a willingness to pursue any credible idea to its logical conclusion.

Aside from your candidate losing the election, what other reasons would you have for not only leaving Earth — but the solar system itself? Here are five possible drivers to escape the surly bonds of our own heliopause.

— To search for mineral riches

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