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Australia is on the brink of a housing collapse that resembles 2008

April 14th, 2019 at 2:03 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. has been an “island of stability” as economic woes grow all over the world. Other such islands exist, too. Australia is high on the list. The last Down Under recession was 27—yes, 27—years ago in 1991. No other developed economy can say the same. The long streak has a lot to do with […]



What will our society look like when artificial intelligence is everywhere?

April 11th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

 Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AI. SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | April 2018 In June of 1956, A few dozen scientists and mathematicians from all around the country gathered for a meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College. Most of […]



Can we stop AI outsmarting humanity?

April 11th, 2019 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? It began three and a half billion years ago in a pool of muck, when a molecule made a copy of itself and so became the ultimate ancestor […]



How Tech is creating data “cravability,” to make us digitally obese

April 8th, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Are you taking in too much information every day? If so, be on the lookout for this potentially dangerous new condition. Obesity and dramatic overweight are a huge global problem, costing an estimated $450 billion per year in the U.S. alone, where more than two-thirds of people are overweight and an estimated 35.7% are considered […]



Becoming stardust : The future cemetery

April 2nd, 2019 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Imagine strolling through a cemetery at night, the wooded path softly illuminated by a canopy of glowing pods filled with human remains suspended overhead and transforming decomposition into electricity until the body is finally gone. The cycle of life complete, the light then dims to dark, the pod taken down and replaced by a bright […]



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