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Apr 8, 2018

It’s Happening: Space Hotel Says It’ll Welcome Guests by 2022

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384 sunsets in 12 days.


Looking for a getaway that offers unmatched views of sunrises and sunsets? Specifically, 384 of them in 12 days?

Try outer space.

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Apr 8, 2018

What If the AI Revolution Is Neither Utopia nor Apocalypse, but Something in Between?

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Why does everyone assume that the AI revolution will either lead to a fiery apocalypse or a glorious utopia, and not something in between? Of course, part of this is down to the fact that you get more attention by saying “The end is nigh!” or “Utopia is coming!”

But part of it is down to how humans think about change, especially unprecedented change. Millenarianism doesn’t have anything to do with being a “millennial,” being born in the 90s and remembering Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is a way of thinking about the future that involves a deeply ingrained sense of destiny. A definition might be: “Millenarianism is the expectation that the world as it is will be destroyed and replaced with a perfect world, that a redeemer will come to cast down the evil and raise up the righteous.”

Millenarian beliefs, then, intimately link together the ideas of destruction and creation. They involve the idea of a huge, apocalyptic, seismic shift that will destroy the fabric of the old world and create something entirely new. Similar belief systems exist in many of the world’s major religions, and also the unspoken religion of some atheists and agnostics, which is a belief in technology.

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Apr 8, 2018

Of Hives, Ethics, Morals, and the Singularity

Posted by in categories: employment, ethics, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

AUSTIN — At SXSW 2018, artificial intelligence (AI) was everywhere, even in the sessions that were not specifically about the subject. AI has captured the attention of people well outside the technology space, and the implications of the technology are far-reaching, changing industries, eliminating many human jobs, and changing the nature of work for most of us going forward. I expect that an AI bot could write this article within 10 years — and likely much sooner — simply by ingesting all the information from the sessions I attended, coupled with an ability to research related information on the internet much better than I could.

Interestingly enough, as Ray Kurzweil pointed out in his talk here, the term “artificial intelligence” was coined at a summer workshop at Dartmouth in 1956 attended by computing pioneers such as Marvin Minsky and Claude Shannon, at a time when computers still ran on vacuum tubes and computers in the world numbered in the hundreds.

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Apr 7, 2018

This Company Is Launching A Hotel In Space

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For just $80,000, you can reserve a condo in space.

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Apr 7, 2018

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Has Been Streaming Launches Without Permission

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SpaceX has been streaming its launches illegally.

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Apr 7, 2018

Putting the ‘smart’ in manufacturing

Posted by in categories: engineering, mobile phones

“Although smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, many of the companies that make our everyday consumer products still rely on paper trails and manually updated spreadsheets to keep track of their production processes and delivery schedules,” says Leyuan Shi, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

That’s what she hopes to change with a research idea she first published almost two decades ago.

During the past 16 years, Shi has visited more than 400 companies in the United States, China, Europe, and Japan to personally observe their production processes. “And I have used that insight to develop tools that can make these processes run much more smoothly,” she says.

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Apr 7, 2018

Bill Gates: We will have another financial crisis like the one in 2008—it’s a ‘certainty’

Posted by in categories: finance, futurism

Another crisis is inevitable, Bill Gates said.


Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is optimistic about the future of the U.S., but he does believe the country will have another financial crisis.

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Apr 7, 2018

Disney’s Avatar park will soon feature a giant walking mech suit

Posted by in category: futurism

Disney’s immersive Pandora: The World of Avatar park is getting a new addition: a 10-foot-tall walking mech suit, starting April 22nd.

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Apr 7, 2018

NASA Simulates Their Orion Abort System. Now That Would be a Crazy Ride

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A team of research scientists recently conducted a series of simulations to see how the Orion Launch Abort System would fair in high speed conditions.

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Apr 7, 2018

Blue Sky Science: Are there wormholes that lead to other galaxies?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics, science

In principle, a wormhole-like scenario is possible, but a wormhole tends to close before objects or other matter could pass through it. As far as we know, it’s unlikely we could construct a wormhole that stays open long enough for us to get to a distant part of the universe.

That’s really the issue: Can you keep a wormhole open?

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