Is a guaranteed paycheck from the government, with no strings attached, the answer to the relentless rise of automation? The concept might sound far-fetched, but a so-called universal basic income (UBI), is currently one of the most hotly debated policy topics being floated as a means to address income inequality and the disruption that technology poses to the workforce. UBI is being tested in Finland and other international markets, but has received decidedly mixed reactions. Meanwhile, developments in robotics and artificial intelligence have grave implications for the labor force. A report issued this week from consulting firm PwC found that more than a third of U.S. jobs were at risk from
California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025. The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025 after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. More recently, however, President Donald Trump said he wants to re-examine the rules governing gas mileage and set a uniform fuel mileage requirement for automakers in the U.S.
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, Uber and truck drivers, algorithms are playing a growing role in journalism, robots are informing consumers as mall greeters, and medicine is adapting robotic surgery and artificial intelligence to detect cancer and heart conditions.
(Reuters) – Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed. U.S. station commander Shane Kimbrough, 49, and French flight engineer Thomas Pesquet, 39, floated outside the station’s airlock as the $100 billion complex soared 250 miles (402 km) above Earth. Kimbrough, making his fifth spacewalk, first upgraded a computer relay box on the station’s central beam, then worked on a docking system for new spaceships in development by Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX. The U.S. National
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business. The British scientist appeared Friday before an audience of hundreds who cheered and snapped pictures with their phones as he discussed his career and answered questions about the possibility of life on other planets, the use of technology in education and the impact of Brexit on Britain. The 75-year-old said the election of US President Donald Trump was one in a string of "right-wing successes" that would have grave implications for the future of scientific innovation and discovery.
Ask Zhenan Bao why she went from designing batteries to creating synthetic, human-like skin and she'll give you a simple answer. Bao's 17-member Stanford team is developing is flexible, stretchable skin that can sense touch and temperature.
The last thing twenty-one-year-old Pat Fletcher saw before the explosion was the chemical-filled steel tank beside her suddenly ballooning outward. With alarm she realized the plastic hose in her hand had grown unusually hot. Then the world flashed blindingly bright and turned a brilliant blue, the color of the flames engulfing her body. When she awoke, Pat thought she might be dreaming. The world around her was featureless and dark, as though she were lost in a gray, smoky fog. The sedatives and painkillers had something to do with it, as did the fact that her face was swathed in thick bandages. But soon a solemn doctor arrived at her bedside. And Pat learned there was something more. She had
All those cool rocket landings SpaceX has pulled off over the past year or so? They’ll amount to little more than expensive stunts unless the company shows that those recovered Falcon 9 boosters can be re-launched again. And again. And again. SpaceX’s highly anticipated first opportunity to prove that its rockets can be reused is expected next week, with the planned 4:59 p.m. Wednesday launch from Kennedy Space Center of a commercial communications satellite on what's being called a “flight proven” booster. CEO Elon Musk has long argued that reusability is the innovation that will revolutionize the launch industry by driving down costs, a prerequisite to fulfilling his dream of colonizing Mars.
To those of us who care about details and facts (there, I said the “f” word), these past few months have been troubling times. We are told by the highest office in the country that facts don’t matter, that those who think they have facts are corrupt, and that “alternative facts” is a thing (it isn’t). All of these various euphemisms we’ve been hearing, such as alt.truth and fake news, are just obscuring the reality that we are neck deep in lies. My job as a neuroscientist is to help understand how people come to hold the beliefs they do (it’s even in my job description). Why do we find so much emotional resonance in lies? There are four reasons that derive from our evolutionary history. We are
Prepare to hear your worst nightmare: cockroaches can multiply on their own for years without meeting a member of the opposite sex. For a few types of cockroaches, such as the American cockroach, or “Periplaneta Americana,” females are able to breed for years without the help of a male, according to a Japanese study published this month in the peer-reviewed Zoological Letters journal. The team, from Hokkaido University in Japan and led by entomologist Hiroshi Nishino, studied a group of 15 female virgin cockroaches for three years beginning in December of 2013. The results surprised them: They grew to about 1,000 female roaches over that time. The cockroaches multiplied through asexual reproduction
The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.
The 4 conundrums of the universe that lead to all biases There are four qualities of the universe that limit our own intelligence and the intelligence of every other person, collective, organism, machine, alien, or imaginable god. All 200-ish of our known biases are attempts to work around these conundrums! 1. There's too much information The first conundrum is that there's too much information in the universe for any individual within the universe to process. We have our five senses (or up to a dozen, depending on how you divide them up), and we're located at points within vast planes of space and time. So there's a lot of information out there (outside your house, across the street, on the
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a 3D-printed robot “skin” capable of changing color according to the physical stimuli that it receives. The work was inspired by the so-called “goldbug,” a golden tortoise beetle, which changes color in the wild. “I was googling online about two and a half years ago, looking for creatures that change their color, and found out about this beetle,” project leader, Subramanian Sundaram, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, told Digital Trends.
"Noura's blood was not at the crime scene. And Jennifer's blood was not on Noura," says defense attorney Valerie Corder.
Stephen Hawking's synthesized voice is perhaps just as famous as his brilliant mind. Now, however, Hawking says he's ready for a replacement. In a spoof video, the English scientist sifts through audition tapes from celebrities vying to provide Hawking's new voice.
Dinosaur research just got more high tech, thanks to drones which will now be used by researchers to track the footprints of the prehistoric creatures. Drone mapping of dinosaurs' tracks is expected to revolutionise the way researchers investigate the ancient crutures as they allow scientists the ability to create digital maps, which in turn provide more in-depth data. Australian researchers have begun using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to track dinosaurs' footprints in remote locations.
UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science and Technology Lab. Last fall the company switched from researching the feasibility of the concept into phase two: actually trying to build the thing. They now say they’re confident they’ll have a flying prototype of their Skeeter drone to demo by this summer — with the tech potentially deployed in the field by the end of next year. To be clear this microdrone has not yet got off the ground. At this point
Astrophysicist Paul Sutter explains what the science community is doing and the tools they are using to understand dark energy in the Universe.
“Natural science will … incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.” —Karl Marx, 1844 You can take the peasant out of the countryside, and Stalin did, literally, and on an industrial scale. It is harder—much harder—to take the countryside out of the peasant. Slave societies rarely breed fine feeling, and lives spent on the edge of starvation breed reciprocity faster than friendliness. (There is a word for debt in Russian—dolg, but no word for favor. The nearest equivalent, odolzhenie, still expects a return.) Traditionally, peasant relations in the countryside had been policed through reputation,
Groundwater is poorly understood because it is difficult to measure, according to Richey. A satellite NASA launched called GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) observes gravitational pulls from the earth, and logs the changes from month to month. The changes GRACE records reflect growing and shrinking in the earth's total freshwater water storage, and scientists use the changes to glean measurements of snowpack, groundwater and soil moisture, said Richey. The United States Geological Survey monitors wells to measure aquifers — which contain and transmit groundwater — but there are data gaps, said Richey.
Could space travel be the future of fruit? Researchers in China think sending fruit to space could help them develop better produce, and the first crop of “space mangoes” is about ready to come to fruition. According to Shanghaiist, researchers sent mangoes to space in November as part of China’s Shenzhou-11 mission, and astronauts subjected the mangoes to different environmental conditions in an attempt to get them to develop advantageous new genetic traits as quickly as possible.
Researchers have shown for the first time that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and schizophrenia have a shared genetic origin, indicating that the causes of these diverse conditions are biologically linked. The work has just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. In fact, the research which involved collaborators from the University of Utrecht, Kings College London and members of the Project MinE and Psychiatric Genome Consortia has shown an overlap of 14% in genetic susceptibility to the adult onset neuro-degeneration condition ALS/MND and the developmental neuropsychiatric disorder schizophrenia. While overlaps between
Cutting right down to it, Life didn't really change their opinions about space travel because it has been a long time since it was on their list of interests. Jake Gyllenhaal makes the great point that when we are young we find ourselves inspired by and gravitating towards those who take on courageous individuals, but that personally stopped for him when he started getting interested in girls. As for Ryan Reynolds, his stance on the issue was just a tad softer, as he said that he wouldn't turn down the chance to travel to the moon and back -- but when it comes to the idea of deep space exploration or any kind of colonization, he assured me that it would end in guaranteed disaster. Ultimately,
In recent years, though, as our knowledge of what goes on in the realm of subatomic particles has expanded, scientists have come to realize that what seems to be true, and, in some cases, even deeply intuitive, is not always so. Take the concept called superposition, for instance. As exemplified by Schrödinger’s ill-fated feline, quantum superposition is the phenomenon wherein particles exist in two or more states simultaneously and can be at two different locations at the same time.
Mark your calendars, folks. On March 16, 2017, one era of space travel ended and another one began. On that date at 2 a.m. EDT, reusable rocket pioneer SpaceX launched EchoStar Corporation's (NASDAQ:SATS) EchoStar XXIII communications satellite into high geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) in preparation for its final transition into a geosynchronous orbit (GEO). And in a development that would never have merited a headline as recently as 16 months ago, SpaceX did not then proceed to reland its rocket on a drone barge at sea. One era ends This happened because the Falcon 9 rocket that lifted EchoStar XXIII into GTO was not designed and equipped to reland. It was also the last rocket SpaceX has