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Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.    



Elon Musk donates $10 million toward research of AI safety

January 17th, 2015 at 4:16 pm » Comments Off

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has donated $10 million for research of artificial intelligence safety.  Musk has said that AI is “potentially more dangerous than nukes” and that something similar to what happens in the movie The Terminator is plausible.  



Gelatin NanoParticles could Deliver Drugs to your Brain

January 14th, 2015 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain non-invasively.



Light Particles that are Faster than Light

January 12th, 2015 at 3:28 pm » Comments Off

A new paper claims to demonstrate that neutrinos not only travel faster than the speed of light, but have the brain-twisting characteristic of “imaginary mass”, a property that means they actually speed up as they lose energy.



Graphene can Harvest Energy through Thin Air

January 12th, 2015 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

(CNN) Bold claims for new battery technology have been around since the invention of the lead-acid battery more than 150 years ago. But researchers at Manchester University in the UK say their latest discovery involving the new wonder material graphene could be the most revolutionary advance in battery technology yet.



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



Trading in your Soul for Venture Capital

January 9th, 2015 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

In the tech industry, we celebrate raising money as a victory second only to that of a successful exit. And while I recognize that venture capital is often an unavoidable requirement for growing a business, most entrepreneurs, and the tech community at large — who often seem to push people into raising VC — would […]



Human Waste can be used as Fuel in Space

January 9th, 2015 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

Get your toilet humor and poop puns ready – it’s time for another edition of “What do astronauts do with all that doo-doo?” NASA recently asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds a moon base. The best answer was to […]



Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]



Preventing Patent Trolling

January 6th, 2015 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

The last decade was a boom time for patent trolls. Their names and lawsuits made the news; This American Life dedicated two hour-long episodes to them. The number of defendants in patent troll lawsuits increased sixfold from 2003 through last year. But now the tides seem to be turning for them: After growing very rapidly […]



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