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"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."

Artificial womb successful

Thu, April 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used what "look like oversized ziplock bags" filled with tubes and fluid to allow…


Google's Self-Driving Cars Giving Rides to the Public

Waymo deploys 500 self-driving minivans

Wed, April 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Electrek, Waymo — the self-driving company formerly known as Google — is offering rides to the public for the purpose of data collection.…


"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."

Ontario to test out UBI

Tue, April 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a pilot program to study UBI's effectiveness by providing 4,000 randomly picked low-incomes households with about $17,000 a year, "whether…


"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."

Brick and mortar stores closing at record levels

Mon, April 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Zero Edge, 2017 has already broken all records with 8,640 stores closing — Bebe stores being the latest casualty. And while high rents…


"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."

Elon Musk's wizard hat explained

Sun, April 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In his latest post on Wait But Why, Tim Urban explains everything you need to know about Elon Musk's latest venture, Neuralink, a company that…


Where AI is Currently At

And where it is going

Sat, April 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, professor Christian Bauckhage explains where AI is currently at and where it is heading. AI can create new art we have never…


Robot Hotel

It's a hotel staffed by robots, not a hotel for robots

Fri, April 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In Japan (where else?) you can spend a night at the Henna Hotel, a strange hotel staffed by robots. In this episode of Abroad in…


Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat


Thu, April 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

During Shabbat, Orthodox Jews cannot turn on and off lights because a lightbulb "violates the Biblical prohibition against igniting a fire." While the various religious…


"Super-detailed scans of actual human brains that run as models on computers"

Brain emulations to run government and businesses in about 100 years

Wed, April 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Big Think brings to attention the work of Economist Robin Hanson, who believes that in a not-too-distant future not only will robots will be commonplace…


"A spacecraft may be possible that could maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants."

NASA testing impulse drive engine

Tue, April 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Next Big Future introduces us to the Mach Effect Thruster (MET) propulsion system, an electrically powered engine that, if functional, would mean the ability to…


"John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles."

John Deere, not Google, has been leading the self-driving vehicle revolution

Mon, April 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Washington Post, albeit Google has been getting all the media attention for its self-driving vehicles, John Deere is the only company so…


Extinct Alien Civilisations

Where to look for extinct alien civilizations and what we could learn from their ruins

Sun, April 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit his video is not about Fermi's paradox, Isaac Arthur wonders about alien civilizations going extinct as a reason for the silence that surrounds us,…


“Trump is what happens when you fail to understand our global problems in their interconnected, systemic context.”

The end of cheap energy

Sat, April 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Andrew Nikiforuk of The Tyee looks at the current state of affairs of our world — failing states and collapsing systems — as a result…


The End of Doodling

Google Autodraw

Fri, April 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using machine learning, Google's AutoDraw will take your crude sketch, figure out what it is you're trying to draw, and offer a professionally rendered image…


"How advertising has become increasingly persuasive and tailored in the age of big data"

How digital advertising uses big-data to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of consumers

Thu, April 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Big Think has this video where Google's former ethicist Tristan Harris explains how advertising critically undermines independent thought. Google Home may be a good example…


"We’ve never before built machines that operate in ways their creators don’t understand."

It is not entirely clear how AI makes its decisions

Wed, April 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Technology Review brings to attention a fascinating concern "at the heart of AI": as impressive as deep learning has been in resolving problems and figuring…


Building a High Powered Air Cannon with PVC Piping

Blowing up watermelons has never been so much fun

Tue, April 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this instructional video, NightHawkInLight shows you how to build a high-powered air cannon using nothing more than PVC piping and a 2" PVC piston…


A Slow Motion Video That is Not in Slow Motion

Fast slow motion

Mon, April 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The very clever Eran Amir has this YouTube video titled Fast Slow Motion, where things shot in real-time appear to be in slow-motion. Very clever.…


Analogue Coin Sorting Machine

Cardboard, glue, and a sharp knife

Sun, April 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Keeping in theme with everything The Q does with cardboard, here is their instructional video for a very low-tech yet functional coin sorting machine. They…


The Ford Motor Company Baby Crib

Max Motor Dreams

Sat, April 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

New Atlas brings to attention the Max Motor Dreams, a smart crib that simulates a car ride — from engine noise, street lights flashing by,…