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Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game. Singularity Q&A. Originally published in 2005 with the launch of The Singularity Is Near. Questions and Answers. Dawn of Midi. In this short, Jad puts on his music hat and shares his love of Dawn of Midi, a band that he recently started using on the show.

Dawn of Midi

Midi, for those of you who don't know, is sort of like a computer language for music. But the band Dawn of Midi seems to exist at the intersection between acoustic and electronic sounds. Jad talks to Aakaash Israni, Amino Belyamani, and Qasim Naqvi about how they met and how they ended up creating their latest album, Dysnomia, an album filled with heavily layered rhythms that feel both mechanistic and deeply human at the same time.

Better Than Human. Special guest Jimmy Fallon welcomes our new robot overlords.Photo: Peter Yang Imagine that 7 out of 10 working Americans got fired tomorrow.

Better Than Human

What would they all do? It’s hard to believe you’d have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force. But that—in slow motion—is what the industrial revolution did to the workforce of the early 19th century. Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived on the farm. Self-Tracking Apps To Help You 'Quantify' Yourself : All Tech Considered. Hide captionNoah Zandan shows off his Zeo sleep-tracking headband.

Self-Tracking Apps To Help You 'Quantify' Yourself : All Tech Considered

His other self-tracking devices are on his wrists. Noah and his father, Peter, are both part of the growing "Quantified Self" movement. Elise Hu/NPR Noah Zandan shows off his Zeo sleep-tracking headband. His other self-tracking devices are on his wrists. Technology has made it easier than ever to track your activity levels, your sleep cycles, how you spend your time, and more.

Interested in giving self-tracking a try? If you're just getting started, the most "mainstream" self-tracking devices are the Fitbit, Jawbone UP, and Nike Fuelband. For heart rate monitoring devices, Garmin and Polar both make options that self-trackers like. Food monitoring apps include MyFitnessPal and MyPlate. Robots on the rise in the workplace.

Technology has always been one of the great drivers of the U.S. economy, constantly creating jobs and eliminating some in the process.

Robots on the rise in the workplace

But recently, MIT professors tell Steve Kroft, technology has been eliminating more jobs than it creates -- a net loss that poses a danger to the delicate economic recovery. Kroft's report on this technological revolution, often characterized by advanced robotics, will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines : Shots - Health News. Hide captionCould you say "no" to this face?

No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines : Shots - Health News

Morgan Harris - Introducing Muse: Changing The Way The World Thinks. Matt Mills: Image recognition that triggers augmented reality. Morgan Harris - Seeing Beyond the Human Eye. Translation Software For Music Makers : The Record. Hide captionJace Clayton, a.k.a.

Translation Software For Music Makers : The Record

DJ Rupture. Xabi Tudela/Courtesy of the artist. Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander. NASA engineer Adam Steltzner led the team that designed a crazy new approach to landing on Mars. Rachael Porter for NPR It's called the seven minutes of terror. In just seven minutes, NASA's latest mission to Mars, a new six-wheeled rover called Curiosity, must go from 13,000 mph as it enters the Martian atmosphere to a dead stop on the surface. During those seven minutes, the rover is on its own. Earth is too far away for radio signals to make it to Mars in time for ground controllers to do anything. Elon Musk's Mission to Mars. Maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk Photo: Art Streiber.

Elon Musk's Mission to Mars

21st century solitude

The Cure For Internet Addiction? Mindfulness. Designed by Dmitry Baranovskiy for the Noun Project The creative routines of famous creatives has been popular internet fodder this year.

The Cure For Internet Addiction? Mindfulness

The Pacific Standard thinks this obsession and trend of emulating famous artist’s habits is problematic, to say the least. The larger picture, says Casey N. Remee - The REM enhancing Lucid Dreaming Mask by Bitbanger Labs. The Turing Problem. 100 years ago this year, the man who first conceived of the computer age was born.

The Turing Problem

IBM's Quantum Computers Could Change The World (Mostly In Very Good Ways) 101010: That's the number 42 represented in binary, which is the mathematical way today's binary computers see every single piece of information flowing through them, whether it's a stock price, the latest Adele track, or a calculation to generate an MRI of a tumor.

IBM's Quantum Computers Could Change The World (Mostly In Very Good Ways)

But now IBM believes it's made progress in developing quantum computers, which don't use binary coding. It is not overstating the matter to say this really may be the ultimate answer in computing machines. Quick, mop your brow and don't worry: The science isn't too hard to grasp and the revolution, when it comes, could rock the world.

Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit. When Gaming Is Good for You. Updated March 13, 2012 12:01 a.m. ET Videogames can change a person's brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better. A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability. People who played action-based video and computer games made decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study.

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life. Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world. After Conquering Consoles, Hard-Core Gaming Shifts To Mobile : All Tech Considered. Hide captionGears of War: Judgment hit stores on Tuesday. Courtesy Microsoft Studios This generation of video game consoles will be remembered for over-the-top, knock-you-out-of-your-seat extravaganza games like Halo, Call of Duty — and Gears of War, a juggernaut of a game. The first three Gears of War sold 19 million units, making it a $1 billion franchise. And the latest, Gears of War: Judgment, has just hit stores at a crucial time in the video game industry — sales are down, new Xbox and PlayStation consoles are due out, and mobile gaming is growing.

Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers : All Tech Considered. Hide captionSarah Allen, CEO of Blazing Cloud, works with user experience designer Anton Zadorozhnyy in the company's offices in San Francisco. Cloud Computing: Cloud University. What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education. The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Photo: Name Withheld; Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz. In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity.

Syrian Cyber-Rebel Wages War, One Hack At A Time. Firms Brace For Possible Retaliatory Cyberattacks From Syria : All Tech Considered. Hide captionWith the possibility of a strike on Syrian targets, U.S. firms are trying to protect themselves from cyberattacks that may follow. RIP, Aaron Swartz. Program or Be Programmed: Douglas Rushkoff, Leland Purvis: Amazon.com. Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code. Morgan Harris - The Culture Of Reddit. Facebook's Bold, Compelling and Scary Engine of Discovery: The Inside Story of Graph Search. Bump On The Road For Driverless Cars Isn't Technology, It's You : All Tech Considered. Hide captionCar companies are picking up automobile concepts such as this Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January in Las Vegas.

If A Driverless Car Crashes, Who's Liable? : Planet Money. With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers : All Tech Considered. In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map : Parallels. The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever. Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts : Shots - Health News. How to Spot the Future.

A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley's Startup Culture. Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing. Rio Goes High-Tech, With An Eye Toward Olympics, World Cup : Parallels. Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public : All Tech Considered.