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The hybrid motor could lead to more efficient rockets down the road, its builders say.
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Neuroscientist Henry Markram says he can build a supercomputer replica of the human brain. Now he has $1.3 billion to prove it.
Computers could take some tough choices out of our hands, if we let them. Is there still a place for human judgement?
Pads inside the helmet vibrate in the direction of nearby objects; walls; and big, burning things.
Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology. I have many
What does de-extinction mean for biology and the environment?
These are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness.
200 years ago, the Luddites tried to stop technological progress. They didn’t succeed.
Today, January 8, is Hawking’s birthday, yet on this day it’s worth examining just who and what we are really celebrating: the man, the mind, or … the machines?
In the debate of what intelligence truly means, columnist Marcelo Cicconet looks at the current state of artificial intelligence.
With billions of mouths to feed, we can't go on producing food in the traditional way. Scientists are coming up with novel ways to cater for future generations. In-vitro burger, anyone?
For the price of a night out, individuals can learn key elements of their genetic composition from new DNA testing kit for booming private genetic testing market.
Laptops, smartphones and even Web-connected fridges are all contributing to a deluge of electronic information.
Eventually, the human world will simply vanish, leaving behind only the affectless emptiness of space, which will continue on, unconsciously, without us. It’s not just that we’ll die, but that our values, and value, will end.
Empathy research is thriving these days. Several new books enthusiastically champion an increase in empathy as a cure for humanity’s ills. This enthusiasm may be misplaced, however.
Have you loved R2-D2 and C-3PO since you were a kid? Do you have a soft spot in your in your heart for WALL-E? Did you used to play with Furbies and care for a Tamagotchi digital pet?
From the Darmouth Conferences to Turing's test, prophecies about AI have rarely hit the mark. But there are ways to tell the good from the bad when it comes to futurology
Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico--a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility--have discovered a way to predict
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The gravest danger of offloading work is not a machine uprising but a human downgrading.
BOOM times are back in Silicon Valley. Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start-ups. Rents are soaring, as is the...
How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence
Alex Renton imagines what two families – one rich, the other hard-up – might be eating in the future
The bestselling anthropologist tells Robin McKie how western culture is failing us
The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil?