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Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part IV: So What Now?

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If you’ve been reading this series over the past few days, you might be under the impression that I’m a nihilist who thinks the world is doomed no matter what we do. I wouldn’t blame you for this assessment of my views – I’ve spent three straight days ranting about how society is unwilling to address some of the biggest challenges we will face in the coming years. But despite all my gloom and doom talk, I’m actually quite optimistic

Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part II: Technology, Automation and the Obsolete Human Worker

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Editor’s Note: This is part two in a four-part series about the challenges facing millennials as we look ahead into the future. You can check out “Part I: The Inevitability of Climate Change” here. Be sure to come back tomorrow for “Part III: The Wild World of Human Enhancement”. Right now, we are all lab rats in a giant experiment: the experiment of modern technology. Of course, we’re not the first generation to find ourselves in uncharted waters. Indeed, every past generation has had to

Wilson’s New “Smart” Basketball Tracks Your Shooting Percentage and More (Video)

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The world’s first attachment-free “smart” basketball has just hit the shelves, offering basketball players a new way to elevate their training. Using an embedded sensor, the Wilson X Connected Basketball and app can track your shots, analyze your performance and more. Check out the “Wilson X Connected” Basketball’s promo video below… Not only can the ball track your makes/misses and calculate your shot percentage, it can also break down your shots by distance so that you know which range you shoot well

Barbie Is About to Release A Doll Equipped With Artificial Intelligence (Video)

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One of America’s most iconic toys is about to get a lot smarter. In the next few weeks, toy giant Mattel will release a new Barbie equipped with artificial intelligence that will help the doll get to know your child better. The “Hello Barbie”, as it’s called, will hit retail shelves next month, just in time to capitalize on a holiday toy market worth roughly $6 billion. To design the futuristic new doll, Mattel collaborated with a San Francisco-based company called ToyTalk that specializes in integrating artificial intelligence into toys.

Volvo Says They Will Take Full Responsibility for Accidents Caused By Driverless Cars

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Driverless cars are no longer a thing of the future. Nearly every major car company is working on self-driving technology right now (as are a handful of tech giants like Google and Apple), and driverless cars have been taking part in road tests since as early as 2010. So far, the results have been very promising. By all accounts, driverless cars are much safer than human drivers, and virtually every reported accident involving a self-driving car so far has been caused by a human. But despite this

AI: Watch As Two Robots Learn About Their Bodies and Develop Their Own Language (Video)

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The field of artificial intelligence is doing some incredible things. Whether its learning-equipped software that detects cancer earlier and more accurately, or a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots, AI is becoming more and more common and increasingly more advanced. In a special for BBC2, Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy took a look at some of the most cutting-edge AI projects taking place around the world. One of his stops was at the headquarters of the ALEAR (Artificial Language Evolution of Autonomous Robots) project. There, he met two “Myon” humanoid robots, which

Google’s Project Soli Hopes to Bring Gesture Control to Your Mobile Devices (Video)


Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) group has been working on a new micro-scale radar technology that can recognize the movement and intent of a user’s hand. Once incorporated into a device (like a smartwatch, for example), the new technology will give users the ability to use their hand as a motion controller, replacing more traditional input devices like touch screens. Similar to how gesture-based systems work on gaming consoles (like Nintendo’s Wii or the Microsoft Kinect), Google’s “Project Soli” will allow

Deep Neural Network Learns How to ‘Paint’ Like Van Gogh and Other Famous Artists (Video)

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Back in June, Google released a series of rather trippy computer-generated images created by its image recognition neural network. The images — dubbed “the dreams of machines” by a number of media outlets — were created by feeding images into the neural network and then having it recognize and accentuate certain features. As the process is repeated more and more times, the image becomes increasingly strange. In the image below, for example, the network was fed a painting of a knight on horseback and directed to look for animals

Google Has the Power to Decide the Next Presidential Election. Here’s How

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When you want to look something up on the internet, where do you go? For more than 75 percent of Americans, the answer to that question is Google (globally the number is closer to 90 precent). And after you’ve hit the search button, how many links do you actually check out? Research shows that half of us will only click the first two links, and less than 10 percent of us will make it past the first page of search results. When you consider these numbers, it’s hard to deny that Google’s

A Canadian Company Just Got A U.S. Patent for This Giant Inflatable Space Elevator

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Thanks to forces like gravity and air resistance, getting a rocket out of our atmosphere is a difficult and costly endeavor. Depending on its size and weight, space agencies like NASA can spend anywhere from $100 million to $260 million to launch a cargo ship into space. But what if we could build a giant tower that reached all the way up into space — a tower capable of shuttling supplies and even people from the surface of the earth

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