SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket could help humans mine more asteroids
The world’s most powerful rocket may be good for more commercial missions than Mars supply trips. One astronomer says it could open access to lots of asteroids on which humans could strike it rich mining metals.
Backstory: Earlier this month, SpaceX… Read more
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company will start digging a tunnel in Washington DC
Permission to excavate in the city could be a first step to building an East Coast Hyperloop, or just an expensive folly.
- Boring Company
“We’re in a diversity crisis”: cofounder of Black in AI on what’s poisoning algorithms in our lives
Artificial intelligence is an increasingly seamless part of our everyday lives, present in everything from web searches to social media to home assistants like Alexa. But what do we do if this massively important technology is unintentionally, but fundamentally,...Read the full story →
Russian meddling charges stoke fear that midterms will bring more of the same
Indictments against Russia reveal the nation’s skills at creating chaos online, and it’s unclear if Big Tech can yet fight off another onslaught.
Human-sheep chimeras won’t grow us replacement organs just yet
Researchers say they've grown sheep embryos containing human cells—but the benefits that the work could bring are still a way off.
- Megan Johnston
Russians accused of information warfare used tech to whip up controversy and cover their tracks
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller (pictured above) has charged 13 Russians and three organizations, including the Internet Research Agency, with alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Misinformation Inc.: The meddling was widely known,… Read more
- Alex Wong | Getty Images
Here’s how automation will hollow out the American economy
Missing the Paris climate target by just a little means raising the odds of extreme weather by a lot
While the lofty goal of the landmark Paris climate agreement was to prevent global temperatures from rising 2 °C, it’s increasingly unlikely the world will pull that off (see “Global warming’s worst-case projections look increasingly likely”).
Several...Read the full story →
Germany says it won’t use killer robots, but soldiers are torn
Autonomous weapons remain incredibly controversial, and the debate even extends to the soldiers that might be working with them.
A detailed virtual house will help robots train to become your butler
A new digital training ground that replicates an average home lets AI learn how to do simple chores like slicing apples, making beds, or carrying drinks in a low-stakes environment.
Background: We all want a robot to run around our home and fetch us… Read more
- Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)