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Why the Argument Against a Ban on Autonomous Killer Robots Falls Flat

This week, an open letter was presented at an AI conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The letter has been signed by nearly 14,000 prominent thinkers and leading robotics researchers, but not everyone agrees with its premise. Here’s the case against a ban on killer robots, and… » 7/29/15 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

"How The Human Era Ends": Listen To The Audiobook Of Ramez Naam's Apex

The epic post-human story of Ramez Naam’s Nexus trilogy has finally come to an end—and the final volume, Apex, is coming out as an audiobook. And we’ve got an excerpt. Meet the intelligences that are set to replace us, and find out why “the next few minutes will decide the future of intelligence on planet Earth.” » 7/20/15 8:00pm 7/20/15 8:00pm

7 Innovative Concepts are Getting Closer to Reality Thanks to NASA

NASA just funded research into releasing robot-swarms during flybys, improving life support system, laser-mapping lunar lava caves, exploring the hydrocarbon seas of Titan, converting torpedo power supplies for deep space, creating an oasis of perpetual sunshine on the moon, and characterizing electric sails. Awesome. » 7/08/15 5:21pm 7/08/15 5:21pm

Meanwhile in the Future: Extreme Body Modification

We all want to be our best selves. But what if you could add almost anything to your body and mind? A camera here, an exoskeleton there. This is the world that some biohackers imagine—one in which humans can extend their abilities beyond the limits biology has set for us. But what does that world look like? » 7/07/15 3:32pm 7/07/15 3:32pm

How Ghost Fleet Nails The Perfect Vision of World War III

Set in the near future, Ghost Fleet dares to imagine what the next global war might actually look like. We talked to P.W. Singer to learn how he and his co-author August Cole managed to produce a futuristic techno-thriller that’s as plausible as it is entertaining. We were also given an exclusive excerpt from the… » 6/25/15 2:40pm 6/25/15 2:40pm

Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek?

“As the 21st century unfolds, science fiction increasingly comes to seem like a realist rather than a speculative genre,” says one essay/book review in the L.A. Review of Books. It’s just one of a few great pieces up at the LARB site right now, about the choice of futures we face: Mad Max versus Star Trek. » 6/25/15 10:43am 6/25/15 10:43am

How We Discovered The Dark Side Of Wearable Fitness Trackers

Wearable technologies like fitness trackers are becoming hugely popular, leading many to speculate about the potential for implantable technologies to augment human biology. The question that is often not asked however is: “How do we feel about living with technology on (or in) our bodies 24/7?” » 6/19/15 6:30am 6/19/15 6:30am