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Jan 15, 2017

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

In the 1960s, most research on computers centered on how to ease daily tasks, but RAND was also exploring how to develop both hardware and software capable of self-direction and of learning. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) represents an exciting area of technology development that has promise to fundamentally change the way that humans live, work, and interact with one another.

In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss the role AI is playing in society, including the incredible promise and pressing concerns. Bill Welser and Osonde Osoba talk about the unintentional biases due to data and design practices affecting AI systems in use today and why caution must be used in designing AI systems for the future. Dave Baiocchi moderates.

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Jan 15, 2017

Eight Foods of the Future That Could Soon Be Coming Our Way

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

Food trends change all the time, and not just dependent on where you live, but also when. For example, 100 years ago they were not eating most of the stuff we have today. Pop Tarts, Cheetos, and Gatorade would certainly not have existed, and if you were to go back in time now and try and introduce these things, they would probably get thrown at you. But, the point is that sometimes you just can’t help what food is introduced around you and accepted as the norm, and over the next 30 years, we will see odder but edible manifestations are coming our way. Below are eight future foods that are not a million miles away from being introduced into society and are being worked on now:

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Jan 15, 2017

Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

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Jan 15, 2017

What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

Tomorrow’s conflicts won’t look much like today’s. That’s where science fiction comes in.

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Jan 15, 2017

BAE Systems on Twitter

Posted by in category: surveillance

NEW laser technology could revolutionise battlefield surveillance by temporarily changing the earth’s atmosphere into a lens

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Jan 15, 2017

Asteroid Prospects: Facts & Future of Space Mining

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

By Kelsey Tollefson | Executive Editor John Lenker

The notion of harvesting resources from extraterrestrial sources is not a new one. The lure of untold bounties—orbiting just out of reach—has prompted generations of poets and presidents alike to expound upon the potential applications of space mining. These days, “space mining” is no longer a mere pipe dream.

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Jan 15, 2017

Hologram display

Posted by in category: holograms

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This hologram display for stores is a real showstopper.

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Jan 15, 2017

Cellular Reprogramming Rejuvenates Old Mice and Boosts Lifespans 30%

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

The quest for the fountain of youth is as ancient as humanity itself. Now, it appears scientists may have found the source.

Using a process designed to “reprogram” normal adult cells into pluripotent stem cells—cells that can transform into many different kinds of cells—researchers have managed to boost the life spans of mice by up to 30% and rejuvenate some of their tissues.

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Jan 15, 2017

A Newly Discovered “Bizarre” Virus is Breaking the Rules of Infection

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, particle physics

In Brief A multicomponent virus is divided into a number of different pieces. In this respect, each one is packaged separately into a viral particle. One particle of each type is needed for cell infection. And there’s a new one impacting animals.

A new type of virus has been identified, and it’s so weird, it’s challenging long-held notions of what it takes for a virus to infect and proliferate in an animal host.

Conventional wisdom states that if a single virus manages to insert its genes into a cell, the host becomes infected. But what if you chopped up that virus, and tried stuffing the pieces into an animal cell separately? It wouldn’t work, right?

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Jan 14, 2017

Does Memory Reside Outside the Brain?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

After decades of investigation, scientists are still unable to explain why no part of the brain seems responsible for storing memories.

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