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Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game. Singularity Q&A. Dawn of Midi. Better Than Human. 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. Today automation has eliminated all but 1 percent of their jobs, replacing them (and their work animals) with machines. It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation.

First, machines will consolidate their gains in already-automated industries. 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. 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

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 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

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!

Remee - The REM enhancing Lucid Dreaming Mask by Bitbanger Labs

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.

The Turing Problem

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.

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. 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. 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. The recession created new demand for higher education, demand that can be met more economically, thanks to improved broadband access and decreased costs in delivering Internet services.

Remarkably, the pricing of higher education has remained flat despite these advances -- presumably reacting more to the increased demand than the decreased production costs. 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) In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity.

Hide captionAn analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cybersecurity defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2011. Syrian Cyber-Rebel Wages War, One Hack At A Time. Hide captionAhmad "Harvester" Heidar is a computer software engineer whose work for the Syrian rebels includes sweeping the hard drives of detained anti-government activists, and trying to develop a robot that will help extract sniper victims in Syria. 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.

Julie Jacobson/AP Car 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. Hide captionThe Toyota Prius, seen here at the New York International Auto Show in March, was one of the cars security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed to be susceptible to attacks by hackers.

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.