articles tagged: futurism
wowt explains: what is antimatter?
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wowt explains: what is antimatter?

Like warp drives, suspended animation, and teleportation, antimatter is a frequent staple of science fiction. But what exactly is it, and could we ever use it to do amazing things?

behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s
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behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s

Humans have been thinking about modifying themselves to survive the rigors of space flight for a long time now. Thankfully, out ideas for how to do it have vastly improved.

if you can’t beat artificial intelligence, maybe you can join it
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if you can’t beat artificial intelligence, maybe you can join it

Elon Musk's startup is raising money to protect humanity from runaway adoption of artificial intelligence by merging our minds with machines. Here's how it could succeed.

world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight
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world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight

Of all the worlds to which humanity may travel, the most typical one would require our colonists to live under a sky in which the sun never rises or sets because it physically can’t.

sci-fi saturday: why we really need more science fiction
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sci-fi saturday: why we really need more science fiction

Each installment of Sci-Fi Saturday and attempt at introducing science fiction at Weird Things was given a very positive reception, so the experiment is expanding. Here’s how and why.

world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe
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world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe

Humans have spent millenia looking for a fountain of youth or a recipe for immortality. Why have we been failing? And is there anything we can do to make death optional?

are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?
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are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?

As official approval of lab-grown meat looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to rethink how we feed ourselves and why we need to make a change sooner rather than later.

hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem
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hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem

Hyperloop designers are dreaming big, which is admirable. What’s less admirable is their failure to dream of practical solutions to real world problems.

dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all
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dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all

Imagine a computer the size of a solar system, powered by a star and built for speed. It sounds impressive, but it may not be as good of an idea as it may seem.

how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated
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how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated

Robots are now making their way to one of the oldest and most important human occupations: farming. And further automation of agriculture will have serious consequences.

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