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Jan 9, 2016

Hyperloop Technologies‘ test track

Posted by in category: transportation

Take a look at Hyperloop Tech.’s test site in the Nevada desert. This is where it plans to conduct its first full-system, full-scale, full-speed Hyperloop test run this year.

Full video: http://cnnmon.ie/1ZOh21S #CES2016

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Jan 9, 2016

YouTube’s money man says the future is live virtual reality

Posted by in categories: business, media & arts, virtual reality

YouTube is the world’s biggest video platform, and its most popular content is still relatively short video clips. But over the last year Robert Kyncl, the service’s chief business officer, has begun to lay the groundwork for a new era of YouTube. He led the launch of YouTube Red, a subscription service that eliminates ads and brings a bunch of premium features to customers. He’s also created separate apps for YouTube’s three most popular verticals: gaming, kids, and music.

We sat down for a chat with Kyncl at CES. He gave a keynote speech earlier in the week, and one major focus was music. Despite being a video service, YouTube’s massive scale means it’s also the world’s most popular platform for streaming music. The new Music app is optimized for that experience, adding features like offline playlists and background play. We chatted about MTV and why YouTube has the ability to be many different things to different people all at once.

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Jan 9, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 13

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Jan 9, 2016

NASA establishes office to guard against extinction-level asteroids

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

NASA’s new Planetary Defense Coordination Office is charged with supervising efforts to plan for potential asteroid threats to Earth.

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Jan 9, 2016

Carl Zimmer explains the CRISPR DNA editing system in 90 seconds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business

Carl Zimmer, a science journalist, explains how the revolutionary new genome-editing tool CRISPR works.

Zimmer is a columnist for The New York Times and the author of “A Planet of Viruses.”

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Jan 9, 2016

Panasonic transparent display

Posted by in category: futurism

This transparent display is hard for your eyes to believe.

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Jan 9, 2016

Discover Anatomically-Correct Robots By BodAI™

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, virtual reality

The future of human-android relations begins with BodAI™. Discover our Bods, anatomically-correct robot companions, also available in VR in late 2016.

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Jan 9, 2016

Gravitation under human control?

Posted by in category: physics

Produce and detect gravitational fields at will using magnetic fields, control them for studying them, work with them to produce new technologies — it sounds daring, but Prof. André Füzfa of Namur University has proposed just that in an article published in the scientific journal Physical Review D. If followed, this proposal could transform physics and shake up Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

At present, scientists study gravitational fields passively: they observe and try to understand existing gravitational fields produced by large inertial masses, such as stars or Earth, without being able to change them as is done, for example, with magnetic fields. It was this frustration that led Füzfa to attempt a revolutionary approach: creating gravitational fields at will from well-controlled magnetic fields and observing how these magnetic fields could bend space-time.

In his article, Füzfa has proposed, with supporting mathematical proof, a device with which to create detectable gravitational fields. This device is based on superconducting electromagnets and therefore relies on technologies routinely used, for example, at CERN or the ITER reactor.

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Jan 9, 2016

Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Weekend Reads: Last year writer Paul Ford said he could see how “a true AI might ruin the world,” assuming it was possible at all.

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This weekend we revisit stories from MIT Technology Review’s archives that weigh the question of how far AI can go—and when.

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Jan 9, 2016

The Martian VR Experience is out of this world

Posted by in categories: space, virtual reality

“You’re way too low. You need to get back on course!” I’m soaring through space high above Mars, steering my way towards the ship that’s going to take me back to Earth after hundreds of days stranded on the Red Planet. I’m changing direction using the air escaping from my pierced left glove, which I’m holding behind my back so I can move forward. I look over my shoulder and see the rocket I used to escape hanging against a Martian backdrop; above and around me, there’s only the void. My return home might be in jeopardy.

I change my left hand’s angle and approach a white beam of light, where my commander is waiting to drag me onto her waiting spacecraft. She wraps me in her arms, and I feel a little jolt when our helmets clunk together. Having finally achieved relative safety, I drop the controllers I’ve been holding and lift the Oculus Rift headset I’ve been wearing for the last 20 minutes into the hands of a nearby attendant. I’ve just finished The Martian VR Experience, which is coming to a virtual reality headset near you sometime this year, and the moments I just spent hurtling through the solar system are giving me a new appreciation for the solid footing of this Las Vegas nightclub.

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