background preloader

Emerging Technologies

Facebook Twitter

Once And For All, Here's What Science Says About GMOs. You’ve probably heard the same conversation, in one way or another, for years: Some say genetically modified organisms (GMO) are harmful, while others say they’ll help us feed the growing billions of humans that populate our planet.

Once And For All, Here's What Science Says About GMOs

People’s positions on the subject seem cemented, bound by the hard stays of emotion, and nearly impossible to change. It’s even more resonant at this intractable moment in the United States, where the division between the two sides on issues from the economy, to gun control, to healthcare — really, just politics in general — seems insurmountable. GAC16 Top10 Emerging Technologies 2016 report. IBM Predictions: Life in 2022. Mind Control: New System Allows Pilots to Fly Planes Using Their Brainwaves. Getting your head in it There’s been much research done to perfect mind control technology — and no, not the brainwashing kind.

Mind Control: New System Allows Pilots to Fly Planes Using Their Brainwaves

Recent developments include a car that could be moved using a person’s thoughts, and several competitions involving mind-controlled drones and robots. Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way. Bitcoin debit card introduced in USA. 30th November 2015 Bitcoin debit card introduced in USA Coinbase has unveiled the first US-issued Bitcoin debit card, accepted at over 38 million merchants worldwide.

Bitcoin debit card introduced in USA

3D printing to be a $20 billion global industry by 2019. This $7000 3D Printer Can Print 10 Materials Simultaneously. In Brief Researchers from MIT revealed they've produced a "better, cheaper, more user-friendly" printer that can print using 10 different materials at the same time.

This $7000 3D Printer Can Print 10 Materials Simultaneously

The secret to the “Multifab,” as the researchers are calling it, is that it uses 3D-scanning techniques from machine vision. Light-emitting, transparent flexible paper developed in China. Left: optical images of normal filter paper (bottom layer), nanocellulose-quantum dot paper (middle layer), and with acrylic resin coating added (top layer).

Light-emitting, transparent flexible paper developed in China

Right: photo of luminescent nanocellulose-quantum dot paper in operation. (credit: Juan Xue et al. /ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces) The first light-emitting, transparent, flexible paper made from environmentally friendly materialshas been developed by scientists at Sichuan University in China, the scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Most current flexible electronics paper designs rely on petroleum-based plastics and toxic materials. China’s Tianhe-2 still the fastest supercomputer in the world at 33.86 petaflops per second. The results are in, and they’re not a huge surprise: For the fifth consecutive time, China’s Tianhe-2 remains the fastest supercomputer in the world, with a Linpack benchmark performance of 33.86 petaflops, or quadrillions of floating-point calculations per second.

China’s Tianhe-2 still the fastest supercomputer in the world at 33.86 petaflops per second

That’s the word from the 45th edition of the twice-annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Despite the expected result, some interesting bits of info come out of this latest roundup. The United States still has the most systems in the list of any country, with 233 (up from 231 six months ago and down from 265 in late 2013); the second and third-place systems are both from the United States as well. DARPA Aims to Create Software That Can Evolve Over 100 Years. Robot learns ‘self-awareness’ Who’s that good-looking guy?

Robot learns ‘self-awareness’

Nico examines itself and its surroundings in the mirror. (Credit: Justin Hart / Yale University ) “Only humans can be self-aware.” Deep neural network program recognizes sketches more accurately than a human. The Sketch-a-Net program successfully identified a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans.

Deep neural network program recognizes sketches more accurately than a human

(credit: Credit: QMUL, Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa) The first computer program that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than humans has been developed by researchers from Queen Mary University of London. Known as Sketch-a-Net, the program correctly identified the subject of sketches 74.9 per cent of the time compared to humans that only managed a success rate of 73.1 per cent. Advances in Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Mass Unemployment Warn Experts.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Dr Stuart Armstrong from the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford said that there was a risk that computers could take over human jobs “at a faster rate than new jobs could be generated.”

Advances in Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Mass Unemployment Warn Experts

“We have some studies looking at to which jobs are the most vulnerable and there are quite a lot of them in logistics, administration, insurance underwriting,” said Dr Armstrong. “Ultimately, huge swathe of jobs are potentially vulnerable to improved artificial intelligence.” Dr Murray Shanahan, a professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, agreed that improvements in artificial intelligence were creating “short term issues that we all need to be talking about.”

Scientists Create First Self Replicating Synthetic Life. U.S. Navy Reveals They Can TURN SEAWATER INTO JET FUEL. Daimler's Driverless 18-Wheelers Approved to Cruise Nevada's Highways - Singularity HUB. This summer, while road tripping through Nevada, you may pull up to the sleek silver cab of an 18-wheeler, and get a shock—the driver isn’t looking at the road, and his hands aren’t on the wheel.

Daimler's Driverless 18-Wheelers Approved to Cruise Nevada's Highways - Singularity HUB

Is he…reading? Daimler driverless Freightliner Inspiration truck. Nevada, one of the first states to write legislation regulating the testing and operation of driverless vehicles, just okayed Daimler’s futuristic Freightliner Inspiration driverless trucks for the highway. Cover Charge: New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device. Perhaps someday you'll need to go to the store because you ran out of cathode paint.

A team of researchers has just announced a new paint-on battery design. The technique could change the way batteries are produced and eliminate restrictions on the surfaces used for energy storage. The paint-on battery, like all lithium ion batteries, consists of five layers: a positive current collector, a cathode that attracts positively charged ions, an ion-conducting separator, an anode to attract negative ions, and a negative current collector. Smart Electronic Concrete. Functional 3D Brain Tissue Successfully Grown From Stem Cells. The ultimate goal of stem cell research is to create functional replica tissues and organs for use as replacements in times of injury or disease, or for use in the development of drugs and other therapeutic techniques. Cyborgs – scientists create biological tissue with embedded wiring. Under its human skin, James Cameron’s Terminator was a fully-armored cyborg built out of a strong, easy-to-spot hyperalloy combat chassis – but judging from recent developments, it looks like Philip K.

Scientists Can Now Extract, Record and Return Information To the Brain. Scientists Manipulate Genes to Make Old Organs Young Again (in Mice) Neurosurgeon to attempt world's first head transplant. DARPA Program Seeks to Use Brain Implants to Control Mental Illness. Researcher Jose Carmena has worked for years training macaque monkeys to move computer cursors and robotic limbs with their minds. He does so by implanting electrodes into their brains to monitor neural activity.

Now, as part of a sweeping $70 million program funded by the U.S. military, Carmena has a new goal: to use brain implants to read, and then control, the emotions of mentally ill people. This week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, awarded two large contracts to Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, to create electrical brain implants capable of treating seven psychiatric conditions, including addiction, depression, and borderline personality disorder.

Tiny Scallop-Like Robots Designed To Deliver Drugs Through The Bloodstream To Treat Diseases - Futurism. Worm ‘Brain’ Uploaded Into Lego Robot. Animal Brains Networked Into Organic Computer ‘Brainet’ - Singularity HUB. Imagine a future where computers no longer run on silicon chips. Cultured meat could spell the end of traditional cattle farming within just a few decades - Futurism. Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Could Be Done by Computers, Study Says. Nearly Half of U.S. The Rise of Automated Cars Will Kill Thousands of Jobs Beyond Driving.

Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Ready to Start Working the Land. Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour. Hedge fund robots are crushing their human rivals. Synopsis The hedge fund robots are winning again. In 2014, computer algorithm-led investing produced stellar returns, beating most human managers and recovering most of their losses from 2011, 2012 and 2013. Robot-writing increased AP’s earnings stories by tenfold. Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, the news cooperative has generated 3,000 stories per quarter, ten times its previous output, according to a press release from Automated Insights, the company behind the automation.

Hovercraft Coming To Market in 2017. No matter what anyone tells you, it is never too early to make your Christmas list for 2017. Scientists discover whole new state of matter. Most people are familiar with some of the common states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Scientist Creates Diamonds From Peanut Butter. Scientists transform cement into liquid metal. German-made ‘miracle’ machine turns water into gasoline. Scientists Create New Invisible Material. A Polish Company is Developing Liquid Body Armor - Futurism. The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours. Israeli firm developing electricity-generating roads. Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet.

DNA Hard Drive Could Store Data For Millions Of Years. IBM develops 'instantaneous' memory, 100x faster than flash. Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp. IBM Develops a New Chip That Functions Like a Brain - Scientists Discover the Secret to Keeping Cells Young. Scientists Discover 'Reset' Button For Brain's Biological Clock. Artificial Neurons Can Communicate in the Same Way as Human Neurons. Scientists use 3D printing to make artificial blood vessels. Factory Made Blood Nearing Human Trials. Researchers closer to being able to change blood types.

A bioengineered patch that regrows damaged bones inside the body. Man With Severed Spinal Cord Walks Again After Cell Transplant. World's smallest, fastest nanomotor can fit inside a single cell. Can DNA Nanobots Successfully Treat Cancer Patients? First Human Trial Soon. Smart Insulin Patch a “Game Changer” for Diabetic Medicine. Inject Your Eyeballs With Night Vision. ​Scientists learn to selectively erase and restore memories in brain. Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip. Scientists 'reactivate' Alzheimer's patients' memories. Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves. Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication Demonstrated Over The Internet. Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI.

How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind? A very human-like robot invented by Japanese engineers. Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? Researchers Create Thousand Strong Swarm Of Bots That Can Assemble Into Complex Shapes. The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots. US DoD report: Preparing for war in the robotic age. Fire and Forget: DARPA successfully tests revolutionary self-guiding bullet (VIDEO)

Real-life Iron Man armor to be ready by June – US admiral. The Navy is Preparing To Launch Swarm Bots Out of Cannons. A paralyzed woman flies a fighter jet with her mind.