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We’ve been worrying about the end of work for 500 years

July 10th, 2017 at 1:28 am » Comments Off

Will machines take over jobs? We’ve been wondering for hundreds of years



Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age survive—but it’s possible.



The factories of the future could float in space

June 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something more genuinely daring: for about 25 seconds at a time, the parabolic flight lifted the occupants into a state of simulated weightlessness, allowing a high-tech printer to spit out cardiac stem cells […]



Vinod Khosla predicts AI will replace human oncologists

June 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

While much of the conversation around AI and jobs is focused on widespread job losses in sectors like trucking, venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla thinks that there’s a high-paying job on the chopping block: oncology.



Man vs. machine – predicting the year when machines win

June 19th, 2017 at 6:07 pm » Comments Off

Don’t expect to see a human behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler after 2027. Or a set of human hands performing a delicate surgery after 2053. According to a new study from Oxford and Yale University researchers, those are the years artificial intelligence is slated to take over each of those tasks. And so it […]



Facebook’s A.I. system that learned to lie to get what it wants

June 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am » Comments Off

We’re beginning to get a glimpse of some of the built-in limits to artificial intelligence. Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from […]



We’re running out of domain names—what happens when they’re all gone?

June 8th, 2017 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

The world is nearly out of good “.com” domain names—and even the fourth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals agrees. As global internet usage rises, .com naming is going to get more and more complicated. Our languages only contain a finite number of meaningful words, so brand naming is becoming much more than […]



Solving the housing crisis with cheap backyard ‘granny flats’

June 6th, 2017 at 3:53 pm » Comments Off

A startup out of Los Angeles, California, wants to bring small, pre-fabricated living spaces into the backyards of the country’s hottest real estate markets. The homes range in size from 300 to 1,200 square feet — but don’t call them tiny homes.



Was the telecommuting craze a failed experiment?

May 26th, 2017 at 7:54 am » Comments Off

Remember the time Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting at Yahoo and started a media firestorm? Some thought she’d flipped her lid. Others said she’d made a grave mistake that would kill morale. Well, she hadn’t and it didn’t. That was one of the few things she did right in her ill-fated attempt to turn around the […]



Bio-sensing contacts can monitor for signs of disease

May 19th, 2017 at 10:26 pm » Comments Off

Finger pricks, blood draws, and urine testing are miserable for just about everyone. But now researchers are working on a new concept to make testing for disease much easier. The project? A contact lens that would use the condition of the eyes to help spot illness.



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