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Mar 19, 2017

Visa Is Developing Sunglasses That You Can Use to Pay For Things

Posted by in category: futurism

The prototype was showcased at SXSW in Austin.

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Mar 19, 2017

Dreams do come true…

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Mar 19, 2017

If We Can See the Future We Want, We Can Shape It Too

Posted by in categories: business, futurism

Alida Draudt and Julia Rose West are not only co-authors, business partners, and best of friends, but most importantly, they have differing points of view—which is ideal for two budding Silicon Valley futurists.

Alida currently works as a futurist and design strategist at Capital One, and Julia is a design strategist and user experience manager at

In their recently published book, What the Foresight, they describe the mindset, practices and tools leaders need to explore multiple futures, identify their preferred future, and then take steps to create it. In their view, the future’s complexity requires looking at it from multiple viewpoints and angles.

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Mar 19, 2017

Nanoscale logic machines go beyond binary computing

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, nanotechnology, particle physics

(—Scientists have built tiny logic machines out of single atoms that operate completely differently than conventional logic devices do. Instead of relying on the binary switching paradigm like that used by transistors in today’s computers, the new nanoscale logic machines physically simulate the problems and take advantage of the inherent randomness that governs the behavior of physical systems at the nanoscale—randomness that is usually considered a drawback.

The team of researchers, Barbara Fresch et al., from universities in Belgium, Italy, Australia, Israel, and the US, have published a paper on the new nanoscale logic machines in a recent issue of Nano Letters.

“Our approach shows the possibility of a new class of tiny analog computers that can solve computationally difficult problems by simple statistical algorithms running in nanoscale solid-state physical devices,” coauthor Francoise Remacle at the University of Liege told

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Mar 19, 2017

Super Humans: Scientists Rewrote a Bacteria’s Genome From Scratch

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Model of the human genome.

A special nutrient must be fed to these bacteria or else they die off. Unless they find this selfsame nutrient in the environment, which Church says is unlikely, they would not be able to survive. Another fail-safe is a special barrier which has been erected to make it impossible for the bacteria to mate or reproduce, outside of the lab. But other experts wonder how “unbeatable” Church’s fail-safe’s actually are. Carr says that instead of discussing these measures as foolproof, we should be framing it in degrees of risk.

The next step is further testing of the artificial genes that have been made. Afterward, Church and colleagues will take this same genome and produce an entirely new organism with it. Since DNA is the essential blueprint for almost all life on earth, being able to rewrite it could give humans an almost god-like power over it. That capability is perhaps decades away. Even so, combined with gene editing and gene modification, and the idea of a race of super humans is not outside the realm of possibility.

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Mar 19, 2017

How Sensors, Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Agriculture

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

This means we need new ways to grow food that are smarter and helps regulate our use of land, water and energy in order to feed the planet and avoid a global food crisis.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute believe the answer lies in sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.

In a new initiative called FarmView, researchers are working to combine sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence to create a fleet of mobile field robots they hope will improve plant breeding and crop-management practices.

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Mar 19, 2017

Considering IBM’s Goals in Bringing Watson to the Cancer Fight

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

IBM (IBM) has begun the deeper deployment of Watson to help fight cancer. Last month, the company announced a partnership with Jupiter Medical Center in Florida to enable oncologists to tap into Watson’s cancer knowledge to make the best cancer treatment decisions.

The deal with Jupiter marked the first step in bringing Watson to the fight against cancer at a US (SPY) community health facility.

Considering IBM’s Goals in Bringing Watson to the Cancer Fight

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Mar 19, 2017

These are the 10 breakthrough technologies you need to know about right now

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics

These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

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Mar 19, 2017

Regenerating Damaged Teeth

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This amazing technique could regrow damaged teeth.

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Mar 19, 2017

Flow Brainwaves Spike Between Daydreaming and Dreaming Dreaming

Posted by in category: neuroscience

When you’re in a daydream, or “alpha,” state, your brainwaves are oscillating at a rate of 8 to 12 Hz.

Steven Kotler explains what happens in your brain at aha moments.

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