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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.

Singularity Q&A

Questions and Answers So what is the Singularity? 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. 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

Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently tested whether humans could end the life of a robot as it pleaded for survival. Christoph Bartneck Could you say "no" to this face? Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently tested whether humans could end the life of a robot as it pleaded for survival. 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 Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ Rupture. 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.

Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander

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. Elon Musk's Mission to Mars. Maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk Photo: Art Streiber When a man tells you about the time he planned to put a vegetable garden on Mars, you worry about his mental state.

Elon Musk's Mission to Mars

But if that same man has since launched multiple rockets that are actually capable of reaching Mars—sending them into orbit, Bond-style, from a tiny island in the Pacific—you need to find another diagnosis.

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. Like Bitbanger Labs on Facebook Remee has been selected as a finalist for the William McShane Fund, by Buckyballs & Brookstone! If you think Remee deserves to be available at Brookstone, vote here! Yes, really! The Turing Problem. 100 years ago this year, the man who first conceived of the computer age was born. His name was Alan Turing. He was also a math genius, a hero of World War II and he is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. 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.

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.

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.

In a lot of ways, what's happening with Gears of War is emblematic of what the industry as a whole is going through. 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. Ramin Rahimian for NPR Sarah Allen, CEO of Blazing Cloud, works with user experience designer Anton Zadorozhnyy in the company's offices in San Francisco. This story is part of our series, The Changing Lives of Women.

Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field. Cloud Computing: Cloud University. What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) 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. RIP, Aaron Swartz. Program or Be Programmed: Douglas Rushkoff, Leland Purvis: 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. 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.