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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 24)

SPACE NASA Finds Evidence of 10 New Earth-Sized Planets in Our Corner of the Galaxy Sean O’Kane | The Verge “A total of 2,335 of those have been verified as exoplanets, 21 of which are Earth-sized and orbit in their star’s habitable zone. Earth-sized planets are of particular interest because they can teach us about […]

How I Built an AI to Sort 2 Tons of Lego Pieces

A GPU-based neural network was the only way to handle a garage full of Lego

New Virtual World Sansar Is Ready to Pick Up Where Second Life Left Off

On its 14th birthday, a reflection on Linden Lab’s groundbreaking Second Life, and how their next project Sansar hopes to go even further. In May 2006, Bloomberg’s Businessweek ran a cover story detailing the business empire of real estate millionaire Anshe Chung. What caught the world’s attention, however, is that Anshe Chung wasn’t a real […]

Ray Kurzweil: Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil looks ahead to a time in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to connect our brains to computers in the cloud. Individual computers and mobile devices are already billions […]

Why Do We Need Robots : Survival

This is the last part of three in our series “Why Do We Need Robots?”. The goal is to highlight the major reasons why robotics will be part of our future, and an essential one, by looking a bit further. While the democratization of robots is rendering them more and more [...]Show More Summary

Are Telepresence Robots the Best Way to Explore Other Worlds?

The most efficient way to exploring other planets may be sending humans to orbit, and letting robots do everything else

This Tech Could Charge Electric Cars While They Drive

The global auto industry is worth $2 trillion, but electric and hybrid cars currently make up less than one percent of that figure. However, experts are predicting an explosion in electric car adoption. Financial services company UBS predicted demand for electric cars will reach an inflection point in 2018 as their cost shrinks to equal […]

Drone “Fireworks,” 5G communications, and Streaming VR Coming to Olympic Games

Intel says its new Olympics sponsorship is about “changing the experience” for the digital generation

Watch This Robot Navigate Like a Rat

Specialized neurons in a rat’s brain may be the key to autonomous robot navigation

Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation

The preliminary work for simulating the human brain is already under way

Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain’s Computation?

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks looked into the night sky and saw geometric shapes emerge among the stars: a hunter, a lion, a water vase. In a way, they used these constellations to make sense of the random scattering of stars in the fabric of the universe. By translating astronomy into shapes, they […]

Automation will take over IT tasks, not jobs

Advisory firm says robotic programs free up tech pros to pursue more innovative work.

Deep Learning at the Speed of Light on Nanophotonic Chips

Deep learning has transformed the field of artificial intelligence, but the limitations of conventional computer hardware are already hindering progress. Researchers at MIT think their new “nanophotonic” processor could be the answer by carrying out deep learning at the speed of light. In the 1980s, scientists and engineers hailed optical computing as the next great […]

Voliro Hexcopter Uses Rotating Nacelles to Perform Versatile Acrobatics

A team of ETH Zurich undergrads has created an innovative hexcopter that can move and turn in any direction

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change, and the next global pandemic. Speaking on pandemic preparedness at the Munich Security Conference earlier this year, Gates reminded us that “the fact that a deadly global pandemic has not occurred in recent history shouldn’t be mistaken for […]

Why Interstellar Travel Will Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

The term “moonshot” is sometimes invoked to denote a project so outrageously ambitious that it can only be described by comparing it to the Apollo 11 mission to land the first human on the Moon. The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative transcends the moonshot descriptor because its purpose goes far beyond the Moon. The aptly-named project seeks […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 17)

SILICON VALLEY NEWS Even Uber's Crisis Won't Kill Founder Worship in Tech Davey Alba | WIRED "Because of Uber's corporate structure, only Kalanick himself can really decide if he stays or goes. And the Valley has been largely welcoming of such arrangements, imbuing founders with a near-mythic ability to see a company's future clearly and […]

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