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“It was weeks later that she was at a party and realized she'd been texting with her dead friend's bot for 30 minutes.”

Texting with the dead

Mon, March 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using bits of digital presence from text messages, tweets and Facebook posts to create tone, vocabulary and expressions, Eugenia Kuyda built an AI chatbot based…


“You can think of quasars as lighthouses in the dark of the early universe.”

Possibly answering what came first: galaxies or black holes?

Sun, March 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Ultra-distant quasars are so rare that only 60 have been discovered so far — that in itself a remarkable achievement. Reportedly, by being able to…


“There are still some shockingly difficult and remote places to get to in the world.”

And some places where humans have not been at all

Sat, March 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

From impossible to reach mountain tops to extremely remote islands, this video by Real Life Lore looks at some of the most difficult places to…


“It is possible that FRBs are from an alien propulsion system.”

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) could be alien devices used to propel starships

Fri, March 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In a paper titled Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) are theorising that FRBs may not…


"After that they tend to dodge."

The Baby Bottle Robot

Thu, March 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Mike, the CEO of Useless Duck Company, shows off the Baby Bottle Robot, a device that will feed your child when they are crying for…


"All the lost time we collectively spend in digital limbo."

Analogue Loaders

Wed, March 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Raphael Vangelis takes the ridiculous amount of time we waste waiting for computers and programs to load and turns them into analogue versions. Making of…


Giving Mars an Artificial Magnetosphere

NASA suggests creating an artificial magnetic dipole at Mars’ L1 Lagrange Point

Tue, March 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to PHYS, NASA is proposing giving Mars an artificial magnetosphere at the Lagrange Point, effectively protecting it from solar winds. This, in turn, would…


Small House 3D-Printed in 24 Hours

Just needs a sofa bed

Mon, March 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Apis Cor and PIK companies have announced that they successfully 3D-printed a small house in the middle of winter and that the entire process took…


“Sickle cell is caused by a typo.”

Doctors reprogram teenager's DNA to stop sickle cell disease

Sun, March 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

BBC reports that a French teenager has been free of sickle cell disease for the last 15 months after a world-first procedure involving reprogramming his…


"Almost every flight today takes longer than it did back in the 60s."

Why Planes Don't Fly Faster

Sat, March 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Wendover Productions explains why airplanes today fly just as fast or not as fast as they did back in the 60s.


Alternative Methods of Getting into Space

Upward Bound

Fri, March 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Isaac Arthur has a very fascinating series of videos that cover different aspects of space, from travelling between planets, to understanding alien languages, to life…


“The startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago.”

In 1991, Shell warned that fossil fuels would be causing climate change

Thu, March 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian brings to attention a video by Shell's film and video unit called Climate of Concern. Already in 1991, the oil giant warned that…


“Think 'Terminator riding on a hoverboard' and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the impression Handle gives off.”

Boston Dynamic's Handle

Wed, March 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Probably in response for the need of a robot capable of tackling all kinds of terrain for deliveries, Boston Dynamics has released this video for…


"Two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries might be lost to automation."

Automation will render low-wage under-developed countries too expensive

Tue, February 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, not only will automation take away two thirds of all jobs in developing…


“This is a really cool concept, but it’s not clear whether it will make its way off the drawing board.”

The maglev rocket launcher proposal

Mon, February 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

While it probably won't work, Inverse looks over at the idea of YouTubber PatentYogi who proposes building a system similar to Elon Musk's Hyperlook to…


“Super-intelligence is a serious danger for humanity, possibly even more dangerous than nuclear weapons.”

Hacking democracy

Sun, February 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With artificial intelligence taking more and more roles in society, crunching all those Big Data numbers we produce, this lengthy Scientific American essay raises its…


"When it comes to growing intestines, the first inch is the hardest."

Lab grown guts

Sat, February 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Intestines now join kidneys, brain matter "and a few other kinds of tissue" that can be grown in a lab. While there is no mention…


"Would we be forced, one day, to give machines rights?"

If robots become self-aware, do they deserve rights?

Fri, February 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If artificial intelligence reaches a point where machines become self-aware, do they deserve rights? In their usual nutshell style, Kurzgesagt takes us down a food-for-thought…


Documentary on Toronto's Subway at the End of the Service Day

The Last Train

Thu, February 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this short documentary, Matt Knarr interviews travellers taking the very last train of the day before the vomit comet service takes over. A documentary…


“It will be very disruptive and very quick.”

The robots are coming to take your job, very very soon

Wed, February 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

American businessman Marc Cuban warned that "automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to be ready for that," after pointing out that the…