Why Robots Will Take Over The World

Is it already too late to stop the robot apocalypse?

By on August 5, 2015 at 1:47 PM.

Is it already too late to stop the robot apocalypse?

Look: Worries about the implications of artificial intelligence aren’t just the crazy ramblings of survivalist loons. Some of the world’s smartest people — including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak — have all warned to various degrees that we have to be extremely careful with how far we take A.I. lest we end up making The Terminator films into a reality. Over at The Week, James Poulos argues that it’s basically too late to stop the Robopocalypse unless we stop doing research into robotics all together, which is something that he acknowledges just isn’t happening. More →

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Bionic Eye Surgery Restores Vision

Bionic eye implant restores partial vision to woman who’s been blind for years

By on August 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM.

Bionic eye implant restores partial vision to woman who’s been blind for years

After 13 years of darkness, Carmen Torres has received a miraculous bionic eye implant that can restore her vision. The device won’t actually allow her to see as she did before the implant, but she’ll be able to discern between light and darkness, something that wasn’t possible for her in the years preceding the intervention. More →

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Salt Water Lamp iPhone Battery

How a salt water-powered lamp could be your next smartphone charger

By on August 3, 2015 at 6:06 PM.

How a salt water-powered lamp could be your next smartphone charger

In theory, it will soon be possible for you to charge your iPhone or any other USB-equipped mobile device with a lamp that’s powered by salt water. However, this lamp’s designers have an even bigger goal in mind than just charging smartphones — they want to be able to use it to power entire houses.

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Hitchhiking Robot Decapitated in U.S.

Robot that hitchhiked across Canada and Germany gets decapitated after 2 weeks in the U.S.

By on August 3, 2015 at 12:21 PM.

Robot that hitchhiked across Canada and Germany gets decapitated after 2 weeks in the U.S.

Sorry, hitchBOT: It looks like you weren’t ready for the U.S.A. after all. hitchBOT, in case you don’t know, was a hitchhiking robot that successfully made its way across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands all thanks to the kindness of strangers who picked it up on the side of the road and took it to various destinations. You may notice we said the robot was a hitchhiker. That’s because the friendly hunk of metal only lasted two weeks hitchhiking in the United States before it was found brutally decapitated and dismembered in Philadelphia. More →

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Dutch Windwheel Building Rotterdam

Giant Windwheel houses 72 apartments, makes its own energy, and can power 1,000 homes

By on July 31, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

Giant Windwheel houses 72 apartments, makes its own energy, and can power 1,000 homes

You probably have no idea what the picture above actually depicts. For your information, it’s a concept of a Windwheel building that will house 72 apartments and a hotel. But more interestingly, it’s a modern windwheel that’ll be able to generate enough power to sustain life inside it and power an additional of 1,000 homes. More →

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Blue Moon Friday July 31st

You’ll be able to see a rare blue moon tonight

By on July 31, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

You’ll be able to see a rare blue moon tonight

The phrase “once in a blue moon” is meant to describe something that’s very rare, although in reality blue moons happen once every three years or so. And actually, there’s nothing blue about a blue moon — rather, it’s a term used to describe the second time a full moon appears in a given month. The last time we had a blue moon was in 2012 and we’re not scheduled to get another one until 2018. More →

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Why Is Pluto Not A Planet

NASA scientist: ‘It’s bulls–t’ that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore

By on July 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM.

NASA scientist: ‘It’s bulls–t’ that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore

People get very, very emotional about Pluto being designated as a mere “dwarf planet” and not a proper planet like the other eight that inhabit our solar system. Tech Insider has scored an interview with Alan Stern, the head scientist behind the recent New Horizons mission that gave us our first clear pictures of Pluto, and he seems incredulous that the International Astronomical Union decided to kick Pluto out of the planet club back in 2006. More →

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Osaka University Japan Most Power Laser

Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever

By on July 30, 2015 at 2:49 PM.

Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever

Lasers. They’ve captured our imaginations for decades and were even at the center of one of Dr. Evil’s most beloved running gags in the Austin Powers movies. And now a team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan claims that they’ve fired the most powerful laser in the history of the world for the first time… and thankfully it didn’t take out any small planets with it. More →

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What Does Coke Do To You

These are the horrifying things that happen to your body in the hour after you drink a Coke

By on July 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

These are the horrifying things that happen to your body in the hour after you drink a Coke

Everyone knows that soda isn’t healthy, but you probably don’t know specifically what a can of Coca-Cola does to your body on a chemical level in the hour after you drink it. Thankfully, The Renegade Pharmacist has put together an infographic detailing the adverse effects of the sugary drink so that we might reconsider our soda consumption habits. More →

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Stephen Hawking Elon Musk Steve Wozniak AI Weapons

The world’s smartest people agree: AI-enhanced weapons systems are a bad, bad idea

By on July 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

The world’s smartest people agree: AI-enhanced weapons systems are a bad, bad idea

There are times when humanity inexplicably shoots itself in the foot. Remember when we thought it would be a good idea to use lead in paint and gasoline? Yeah, that wasn’t one of our best moments. Same deal when we created crazy financial instruments like synthetic collateralized debt obligations that helped blow up the world economy back in 2008. Humanity’s next own goal, however, could be its most catastrophic yet — yes, we’re talking about artificially intelligent weapons systems. More →

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