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The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what has happened to it in the past year. “Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new […]



Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer

March 17th, 2017 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Should robots pay taxes? It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate […]



Why we must teach morality to robots

March 13th, 2017 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Every week comes a new warning that robots are taking over our jobs. People have become troubled by the question of how robots will learn ethics, if they do take over our work and our planet. As early on as the 1960s Isaac Asimov came up with the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ outlining moral rules […]



The Future of Zoos: Challenges Force Zoos to Change in Big Ways

March 10th, 2017 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she strolled down the zoo’s main walkway was a Siberian tiger, a 400-plus-lb. carnivore capable of tearing apart a wild antelope. But rather than panic, the family laughed. The tiger […]



What if the internet stopped working for a day?

March 7th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. Before 2008, he would sometimes challenge his students to stay off the internet for 48 hours and then discuss how it affected them. But when Hancock returned to work in 2009, after a year-long sabbatical, […]



The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO

March 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

  The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them. One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical […]



Which 5 jobs will robots take first?

February 27th, 2017 at 9:32 am » Comments Off

In 2012, Futurist Thomas Frey predicted that 2 billion jobs would disappear by 2030, roughly half of all jobs that exist today. Oxford University researchers reinforced this with their estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. But which ones will robots take first? First, we should define […]



Robots will replace over 250,000 government jobs — and that’s just the beginning

February 24th, 2017 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Automation could replace 250,000 jobs in government over the next 10 to 15 years — with potentially one million more under threat. The UK’s public sector workforce stood at around 5.3 million in the middle of last year, and has been falling since 2009, when it stood at 6.4 million. But that could be slashed significantly […]



Technology is now forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead

February 22nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Imagine you have a close friend you frequently communicate with via text. One day, they suddenly die. You reel, you cry, you attend their funeral. Then you decide to pick up your phone and send them a message, just like old times. “I miss you,” you type. A little response bubble appears at the bottom of […]



Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020′

February 16th, 2017 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “game changers” that could […]



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