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A Duty to Preserve the Middle Class

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Technological progress has led to incalculable increases in quality of life, in health and nutrition. But the "progress" enjoyed by the many does not extend into our presently laid future trajectory.

An Open Letter To Fareed Zakaria In Defense of STEM Education

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

America does not need more business graduates doing investment banking and stock trading. America does not need more lawyers and lobbyists. America needs more doctors, engineers, scientists and teachers.

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Pugh

What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?

Is a Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Alejandro Rojas

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a screening and press conference for the movie Chappie. It is a great movie about a police robot named Chappie that is downloaded with a program that makes him self-aware.

Drone Rules

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

The rules are a good first step if we are to ease very gradually into the world of commercial drone operations: they will be matched one-to-one with operators, and will start out in unpopulated and controlled sites, where bridge inspection, agricultural assay and movie production are all possible applications.

Looking Forward to a Robot Doing Your Job for You? Think Again.

Nicholas Carr | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Nicholas Carr

We're actually happiest when we're absorbed in a difficult task, one that challenges us not only to exercise our talents but to stretch them. And yet, given the opportunity, we'll eagerly relieve ourselves of the rigors of labor.

Leveraging Behavioral Intelligence

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 03.29.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Perhaps you linger, click slowly, scroll a bit. Automatic algorithms will use your lurk behavior, even your mouse click speeds, to estimate ever more accurately whether you're a serious shopper or just a window viewer.

At 14, He Vowed To Invent An Affordable Prosthetic Limb. 5 Years Later, He's Succeeded.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.11.2015 | Teen

Exceptional. Awe-inspiring. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used to describe Easton LaChappelle, a 19-year-old Colorado teenager ...

Meet 'Teacher,' The Futuristic Machine That's Going To Show You How To Draw

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts

Before we the design world knows it, skyscrapers will rotate, dresses will be 4-D printed, and bridges will be non-orientable. Oh, and tiny machines w...

7 New Tech Gadgets Every Parent Needs to Know About

Andrea Smith | Posted 03.21.2015 | Technology
Andrea Smith

We all know the feeling of sneaking over to the baby rocker and starting it up again or changing the speed, desperately trying not to wake the baby so you can enjoy just a few more moments of peace and quiet. mamaRoo has you covered with their new connected baby rocker.

How 4 Undocumented Teens Beat MIT In A Robotics Competition

Fusion | Emily Deruy and Geneva Sands | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

It all came down to grit, determination and some tampons. Ten years ago, four undocumented Hispanic teenagers from a tough neighborhood in Phoenix ...

This Challenge Will Determine the Fate of the World's Market Economies

Dani Rodrik | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Dani Rodrik

Today's technological revolutions calls for a comprehensive reinvention. The potential benefits of discoveries and new applications in robotics, biotechnology, digital technologies and other areas are all around us and easy to see. Indeed, many believe that the world economy may be on the cusp of another explosion in new technologies.

Will Robotics Breed a New Generation of Super Professionals?

Mike Roberts | Posted 02.12.2015 | Technology
Mike Roberts

The question is: Will automation enable a generation of super industrial professionals? Rapid transformation is already starting, prospective workers, current industrial professionals, and manufacturing organizations should be doing everything possible now to be on the right side of it.

This Just May Be The Sports Bra Of The Future

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science

Scientists at Australia's University of Wollongong are hoping to boost women's workouts, but not with training tips or special sports drinks. They'...

Scaling the Mt. Everest of Behavioral Analytics

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Multiple companies are vying to be the entry point for your behavioral interaction at home: Nest, Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and many others. All of them want to know what you do, what you buy, and how you behave at home.

This Robot Creates Art, Basically, The Same Way We Do

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts

Imagine this: It's a not so distant future and robots roam the earth. Only, instead of crunching numbers, building structures or following orders, thi...

A TEDx Talk on Beauty and Life Extension Science

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

What is happening to our species is we are becoming far more than just human. All around us incredible advances in technology are changing and improving us.

For America's Future, Engineering Needs to Diversify

Linda Katehi | Posted 01.07.2015 | College
Linda Katehi

With the bright science students we see at UC Davis, we know that bias is unfounded, and we have programs designed to help get young girls excited about science.

11 Reasons To Fear Robots (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science

All that talk about robots rising up to become our high-tech overlords is pretty far-fetched--or is it? Sure, that Roomba keeping your floors clean...

This Is What An Android Orchestra Might Look Like

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts

If there's one thing classical music needs, it's more robots. Critics have been bemoaning the death of orchestra for some time, and -- judging by ...

The Dismal Future of Interstellar Travel

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 12.14.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.

Robert Crenshaw's Friends, Family and Neighbors: Detroit Rocker on Roots and Working With Talented Loved Ones

Steve Karras | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Steve Karras

The best work any artist can muster is the kind that comes from a place where career is never the driving force, age is just a number and one's relevance means little, except to himself. And though Crenshaw is apt to file away the chapter of his earlier life of a rock and roller, it's possible that many exciting chapters lay ahead.

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

The Future of Getting Lost

Mark Fallows | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Fallows

As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.

WATCH: Nothing Seems To Stop This Rubbery Robot

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.15.2014 | Science

A snowstorm can't stop it. A blazing fire can't stop it. And even getting run over by a car is no problem for this squishy little bot. Researchers ...