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Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace?

The Pew Research Internet Project has just published a major survey of tech experts, asking whether they thought robotic devices would displace significant numbers of blue- and white-collar workers. Opinions are divided, with 52% saying no, and 48% warning that we could see a new underclass of unemployable people. » 8/08/14 11:40am 8/08/14 11:40am

Rotating Rooms Let You Redesign This House Whenever You Feel Like It

Normally, the phrase "push-button home" evokes images of a Jetson-esque lifestyle filled with futuristic gadgets and shiny automatons just waiting to do our bidding. But this house turns that concept on its head, allowing you to transform your home into a simple, quiet retreat in the midst of a bustling city. » 7/30/14 1:06pm 7/30/14 1:06pm

The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun

Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 8:40am 7/24/14 8:40am

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine. » 7/23/14 11:30am 7/23/14 11:30am