Scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam have invented a real-life teleporter system that can scan in an object and “beam it” to another location. Not quite the dematerialisation and reconstruction of science fiction, the system relies on destructive scanning and 3D printing.
Jason Silva talks about “The Remix Revolution” and how we can use technology to upgrade our minds in this episode of “Shots of Awe.”
“Everything is a remix” – Kirby Ferguson
Two billionaires are competing to be the first to provide wireless internet for the entire world through the most expansive systems of satellites ever created. Within days of each other, both Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk announced plans to achieve the hugely expensive and out of this world goal, but many hurdles stand in the way of either visionary succeeding. RT’s Ben Swann takes a look.
Jon Rappoport: I want to sketch the path along which virtual reality is going. Right now, companies are selling improved tech that allows a helmet-wearer to see landscape and people in a wider perspective, and hear layers of sounds to the left and right, and above and below him. He can also walk inside the virtual set up. He can’t touch everything he sees yet, but that’s coming. And perhaps one day, he’ll be able to sit down at a lavish meal and smell and taste the food. Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. A five-sense envelope.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to make lives easier by understanding human desires or driving people’s cars , but if it were uncontrolled, the technology could pose a serious threat to society. Now, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and dozens of other top scientists and technology leaders have signed a letter warning of the potential dangers of developing artificial intelligence
The ongoing investment in the field of neuroscience has opened up many pathways to theoretically making direct remote mind control possible, as well as mapping the brain for other social engineering applications. We are now beginning to enter an era where new findings are starting to become openly actionable.
Large crowds are being attracted to a shopping center where a robot salesgirl prepares ice cream for customers in the city of Shenyang in north-east China. The robot is installed in a transparent vending machine and makes six flavors of ice cream.
Real trees offer something substantive to the world in the way they omit oxygen. Now, the French company, New Wind has created fake trees that serve a great purpose as well –- they generate electricity. The “wind trees” they have created have steel trunks and mini plastic turbine leaves that can generate electricity form even the slightest breeze. They are extremely affordable, nice to look at, and much quieter than more traditional larger turbines.
Chunks of the Internet went offline in 2012, the last time scientists added an extra second (a leap second) to clocks to match Earth’s slowing rotation. Will we have the similar problems this year.
Riding in a self-driving car is not the white-knuckled, cybernetic thrill ride one might expect. The car drives like a person, and after a few minutes you forget that you’re being driven autonomously.
When looking back at 2014’s biggest moments, don’t forget to take a look at the biggest innovations in science. From monumental gains in space exploration to DNA and ancient dinosaurs, intrepid intellectuals made great discoveries. RT’s Lindsay France has more.
The self-driving, goofy-looking car with no steering wheel or pedals that Google revealed in May is now “fully functional” and should start testing on public roads next month, the tech giant says. Over the past seven months, Google has made a series of prototypes, testing different aspects of the design, from steering and braking to the sensors and software that brings it all together. The result, it says, is “our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”
The question many people have been asking since the first hours passed, is how can an airliner go missing again after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
Radar only extends so far. Most of us landlubbers understand that air traffic controllers typically use radar to monitor a flight’s progress. That’s all very well over land. But radar also has a limited range, and you can’t put a radar station in the middle of the ocean.