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Sep 24, 2021

Spicy Tomatoes, Hangover-proof Wine: Is There Anything CRISPR Can’t Do?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

CRISPR is the genius behind innovations that seemed impossible a decade ago. Could you grow tomatoes with the kick of hot sauce or ferment wine that doesn’t cause a hangover? That’s just two of the things scientists are looking into.

Sep 24, 2021

The largest space telescope in history is about to blow our minds

Posted by in category: cosmology

The launch date of NASA’s Webb Space Telescope is December 18. It will study exoplanets, the Big Bang, and more.

Sep 24, 2021

How multi-skilled AI could chart a path to human-like intelligence

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A more comprehensible concept could be “multi-skilled AI.”

Multi-skilled AI is an approach to improving technologies by expanding their senses. In a similar way to how kids learn through perception and talking, multi-skilled AI systems combine senses and language to broaden their understanding of the world.

“It goes beyond image or language recognition and allows multiple tasks to be done,” Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, tells TNW.

Sep 24, 2021

This AI tries to code whatever you tell it to, even videogames

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

2030’ish: on demand books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc…


In the ever-increasing list of things that machine learning AI can do in our modern world, there’s now a program that will code (or at least, try to code) whatever you tell it to in plain English. Want some flashy banner text that changes color every few seconds? Tell that to OpenAI Codex and it will code it for you in seconds. The OpenAI Codex beta, currently only available through an online waiting list, is a simple web tool with three windows: one to type in commands, one that shows the code generated by those commands, and one that shows what the code does. You could theoretically use Codex for all sorts of tasks in over a dozen coding languages, but the coolest use I’ve seen is coding simple Javascript videogames with just a handful of natural language instructions. Check out the video below from YouTuber Joy of Curiosity to see it in action.

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Sep 23, 2021

The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of Rice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, solar power

Circa 2018


Researchers at the University of Michigan just created the world’s smallest computer (again). Their previous micro-computer, the Michigan Micro Mote, measured 2x2x4mm. It was a complete, functioning system powered by solar cell batteries. But in March this year, IBM announced a new, smaller computer, which measured 1×1 mm, and was smaller than a grain of salt. It “raised a few eyebrows at the University of Michigan.”

After all, it’s unclear if the IBM computer even count as an actual microcomputer. The IBM device lost all its programming and data as soon as it turns off, unlike the Michigan Micro Mote, which retained its programming even when it wasn’t externally powered. “It’s more of a matter of opinion whether they have the minimum functionality required,” said David Blaauw, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Michigan who helped develop the University of Michigan’s newest tiny device. If the IBM machine constituted a computer, then University of Michigan would work to gain back their title: their latest microdevice measures 0.3mm per side (1/10th the size of IBM’s computer), and is smaller than a grain of rice.

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Sep 23, 2021

2025 Porsche 718 Will Be Electric and ‘The Most Modern Porsche’

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Porsche is about to turn its 718 lineup fully electric, diverging from the 911 which won’t go EV in this decade or maybe ever.


A few months ago, we speculated on Porsche’s plans to turn the 718 into a fully electric car. Now we have gathered additional material from different sources within and outside the company. Not only did we get confirmation that it will be a full battery-electric vehicle, we also gathered that it will be fundamentally detached from the 911—which, we learned, will retain its combustion engine beyond 2030 and may not even become hybridized.

Sep 23, 2021

NASA’s epic, powerful SLS moon rocket stars in glorious new photos

Posted by in category: space

The hefty rocket will launch the Artemis 1 moon mission, but first NASA has to put all the parts together and run a lot of tests.

Sep 23, 2021

The World’s Thinnest LED Is Only 3 Atoms Thick

Posted by in category: particle physics

Circa 2014


LEDs have come a long ways. From the early 70s when a bulky LED watch cost thousands of dollars to LG’s announcement last month that it had created an OLED TV as thin as a magazine, these glowing little bits of magic have become wonderfully cheap and impossibly small. But guess what: they’re about to get much smaller.

Sep 23, 2021

‘Superhuman Cognition’: The Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Deep brain implants are paving the way for solutions to neurologic conditions and potentially, toward “superhuman cognition.” However, there are serious ethical implications associated with this emerging innovation.

Sep 23, 2021

Elon Musk’s Neuralink towards a future of “Superhuman Intelligence”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

He is geeky, he is smart, he is talented and what not! Talking about one of the leading tech agencies of the world would surely give you a clear picture of whom we are pointing to. It’s the none other than the great Elon Musk who has taken the world of science and technological advancements by storm. And now, we are just a step behind to get startled by his latest innovations of tech startup Neuralink that builds implants to connect human brains with computer interfaces via artificial intelligence.

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