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Westworld-style sex with robots: When will it happen – and is it really a good idea?

October 8th, 2016 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

  Would you have sex with a robot? An impromptu poll of colleagues and friends drew answers ranging from “yes, but only if it was a fully sentient, consenting robot” to “yes, but only if it wasn’t a sentient robot” to “yes, if I could program it and specify exactly what I wanted…no unexpected exploratory penetration, please”. […]

The Pot-Belly of Ignorance

October 7th, 2016 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates. Increasingly, we’re filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are […]

Donesurfing: A new sport takes flight

September 20th, 2016 at 6:09 am » Comments Off

 A brand new sport has been created specifically due to new technology: Dronesurfing. A professional cinematographic company called Freefly used a drone, the Freefly Alta 8, on a day with minimal waves to help pull their boarder across the water. While the drone does have a 20-pound maximum cargo limit, it is able to pull a person across the water […]

Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

  First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports. Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience. The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN […]

Cinematic VR Challenge shows how Virtual Reality will transform film

September 12th, 2016 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

  As the sun set over the Olympic Mountains on a warm and muggy Sunday, I trekked from the manicured suburbia of Sammamish, Wash., to Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton district, where an eclectic home, known as the Bird House, sits among low-hanging branches at the end of a quiet street. The Bird House belongs to musician Perry […]

Your child’s name sets them up for success — or failure

September 9th, 2016 at 6:25 am » Comments Off

What’s in a name? Potentially your child’s future. A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

China: 13 million ghost children getting official recognition and documents

September 7th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

Birth controls still exist in China: The one-child policy was replaced by a two-child policy. Authorities in Beijing quietly began to give undocumented 2nd and third children legal status without first paying fines. Hukou registration is being provided which is like an internal passport and provides access to government services. It allows registration in school.

MIT creates a video you can reach out and touch

August 17th, 2016 at 7:23 am » Comments Off

Strictly speaking, video isn’t an interactive medium, but a new research project from MIT aims to change that: The school’s CSAIL lab has come up with a technique through which viewers can reach out and “touch” objects in videos, manipulating them directly to achieve effects similar to what you’d expect if you were actually touching […]

Fewer Americans now think churches are important to solving social problems

August 10th, 2016 at 6:07 am » Comments Off

Religious leaders and institutions have taken part in efforts to address important social issues throughout American history, from slavery to civil rights to today’s advocacy in areas such as reducing poverty. But Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social […]

Ridiculous Japanese robot hotel is serious business – really!

August 6th, 2016 at 7:19 am » Comments Off

“My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel.” The University of Tokyo’s associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn’t really look like a hotel. “Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen,” he says. “Experts in environmental design, engineering, architecture, robotics and construction … it’s their hotel.” The […]

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