The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, … Continued

When toys meet virtual reality

Colouring books and crayons often have a hard time competing against smartphone games and YouTube videos, especially as children come into contact with mobile devices from a very early age. Researchers at the Game Technology Center have combined the advantages … Continued

Creating Artificial Life

An article under the heading “Life is a six-letter word” the 2 December 2017 edition of the Economist reports on research by Dr Floyd Romseberg and his colleagues in which they have created two chemical bases which they have proven … Continued

Sophia the robot is now a citizen of Saudi Arabia

Sophia the robot’s recognition as a Saudi citizen made international headlines — and sparked an outcry against a country with a shoddy human rights record that has been accused of making women second-class citizens. Until recently, the most famous thing … Continued

Researchers Have Started a Trial to Refreeze the Arctic

A spin-off of an ambitious idea to refreeze the Arctic using machines is about to get a trial run in Switzerland where a team of researchers plan to add ice to a glacier in the Alps using snow machines. One … Continued

Researchers Have Linked a Human Brain to the Internet for the First Time Ever

A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of … Continued

How Apple Is Putting Voices In User’s Heads—Literally

My conversation with Mathias Bahnmueller started as pretty much all my phone interviews do. “Can you hear me?” he asked, and I replied affirmatively. Then I asked him the same question. His answer was yes—he could hear me very clearly. And … Continued

Automation Could Lead to the World’s Smartest Society

Automation will make most jobs obsolete. Rather than mourn the loss of the 9 to 5, we should see this as an opportunity to liberate humanity from the need to work for somebody else to survive. Coupled with universal basic … Continued

Who needs film when you can store a movie in bacteria DNA?

You might call it the smallest movie ever made. This week, a team of scientists report that they have successfully embedded a short film into the DNA of living bacteria cells. The mini-movie, really a GIF, is a five-frame animation … Continued

Introducing Sweden’s Museum of Failure

Green Heinz ketchup? Fat-free Pringles? Colgate frozen lasagna? You don’t need to be an expert to know these products weren’t successful. Which is why these creations, with dozens of others, feature in the new Museum of Failure , a wacky … Continued

Robot completes 2-hour brain surgery in just 2.5 minutes

Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, human error can still be a factor. Researchers from the University of Utah are looking … Continued

Coliving Isn’t Just For Startups: A Giant Developer Is Building Upscale Dorms For Adults

Developer PMG is building 3,500 units in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Miami, featuring smaller living spaces and more shared space. If you live in a new apartment building in Chicago, you might be more likely to spend a typical night downstairs … Continued

The world’s first mall for recycled goods

A Swedish mall, called ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, exclusively sells recycled and upcycled goods. Unlike a traditional mall with a shopping centre, ReTuna also has a traditional municipal recycling centre. Visitors can drop off goods that they no longer need in the recycling centre, and then … Continued

A river in New Zealand becomes a person

It sounds, admits Chris Finlayson, like a “pretty nutty” idea.  Yet the new law that declares the Whanganui River, New Zealand’s third-longest, a legal person, in the sense that it can own property, incur debts and petition the courts, is … Continued

The world’s spiders eat as much animal food as all of the humans on Earth

Arachnophobia is a common and powerful fear.  Spiders sit high in the pantheon of species that have an outsized terror-to-danger ratio.  But, unsettling though they may be, the eight legged to excel at keeping six-limbed pests in check.  They prey … Continued

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making  medical diagnoses, but it’s … Continued

When life gives you auto exhaust, make ink

There’s a lot of carbon in automobile exhaust. Carbon is also used as a pigment in black ink. The guys at Singapore-based Graviky Labs have combined the one with the other, by harvesting carbon from vehicles’ tailpipes to make their … Continued

Google’s Translation AI Created its Own Secret Language — All On Its Own

Google recently announced that its new AI-based translation software, Neural Machine Translation (NMT), has developed an internal language of its own to facilitate its translation of certain languages — and Google can’t explain how it did it. Neural Machine Translation … Continued

Thermoelectric paint generates electricity from almost any heat source

Thermoelectric generators convert heat or cold to electricity (and vice-versa). Normally solid-state devices, they can be used in such things as power plants to convert waste heat into additional electrical power, or in small cooling systems that do not need … Continued

US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year – a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States. Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, … Continued