Some futurists think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — is going to happen soon. ISTOCKPHOTO
Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords?
The idea of superintelligent machines may sound like the plot of “The Terminator” or “The Matrix,” but many experts say the idea isn’t far-fetched. Some even think the singularity – the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years. Read more
We may be in the early stages of a disaster so profound that it could kick off a mass extinction. Does that mean humanity is doomed? No. Scientific evidence suggests that humans will survive. Read more
Turns out that the elusive Fountain of Youth may exist after all … in our heads. Scientists at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine say they’ve discovered a brain region that may control aging throughout the entire body. By manipulating that region, they were able to extend the lives of mice by 20 percent. The finding, detailed in a paper published in Nature on May 1, may lead to new ways of warding off age-related diseases and increasing life spans. Read more
Geologists believe Yellowstone sits over a hotspot, a plume of superheated rock rising from Earth’s mantle
Yellowstone’s underground volcanic plumbing is bigger and better connected than scientists thought, geologists reported this week at the Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting.
“We are getting a much better understanding of the volcanic system of Yellowstone,” said Jamie Farrell, a c graduate student at the University of Utah. “The magma reservoir is at least 50 percent larger than previously imaged.” Read more
A Russian billionaire has unveiled plans to make humans immortal by converting them into ‘Terminator-style’ cyborgs – a creature that’s part human and part machine – within the next three decades.
Thirty two-year-old mogul, Dmitry Itskov has been pushing the project forward since 2011 when he founded the 2045 Initiative. His ultimate goal is to transfer a person’s mind or consciousness from a living brain into a machine with that its personality and memories intact, according to website Digital Trends.
The so called ‘Cyborg’ will have no physical form, and exist in a network similar to the Internet and be able to travel at the speed of light all over the Earth, or even into the space. Read more
The Asian Cairns farmscrapers (Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architects)
“Farmscraper” is the term they invented for a plan of six skyscrapers, deemed “Asian Cairns,” created for Shenzhen province in China. The towering structures are divided into ovular, blob-like sections that look like rocks smoothed by years in running water. Each blob plays host to a miniature forest of trees and grass, along with wind turbines and solar cells. Each farmscraper measures 1,300 feet high and has 111 floors, reports New York Daily News. Read more
In the novel Childhood’s End, sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke tells the story of an alien civilization that visits Earth and helps to create a generation of telepathic human children. Mentally interconnected, the children think and act as one all-knowing organism.
Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis foresees a day when our brains really will be interconnected in what he calls a brain-net, and we won’t even need aliens to achieve it. In his lab at Duke University, Nicolelis has taken the first steps toward bringing brain-to-brain communication into reality by electronically connecting rats’ brains. The results are published in today’s issue of Scientific Reports.
A nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation is hosting a press conference next week in which plans for a trip to Mars and back will be revealed. The proposed launch date is January 2018, and the venture is called “Mission for America.”
The press release doesn’t explicitly state that the mission is manned, but it does say that the organization “is committed to accelerating America’s human exploration of space as a critical catalyst for future growth, national prosperity, new knowledge and global leadership.”
The leader of this effort is millionaire Dennis Tito, who’s no stranger to space travel. He spent $20 million to jaunt up to the International Space Station in 2001, making him the first private space traveler. Read more