Futurology

Inside big tech’s high-stakes race for quantum supremacy
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Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world’s biggest tech companies, they’re on the verge of changing everything

The State of the Self-Driving Car Race 2020
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Waymo is still the one to beat. But in a post-Covid world, autonomous will enable more of our contactless needs.

Our Bookless Future - Claremont Review of Books
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It won’t be long before all living memory of a time before the personal computer is gone.

Universal basic income seems to improve employment and well-being
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Finland’s two-year test of universal basic income has concluded that it doesn't seem to disincentivise working, and improves recipients’ mental and financial well-being

Electric microwave plasma thruster could rival traditional jet engines
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A Chinese team has demonstrated a prototype of a microwave plasma thruster capable of working in the Earth's atmosphere and producing thrust with an efficiency comparable to the jet engines you'd find on modern airliners – under laboratory conditions.

Venice hybrid water taxi melds modern technology with classic design
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Looking for a cleaner, more sustainable path forward, Venice nautical design firm Nuvolari Lenard launches the Thunder water taxi. The 14-seater stays true to the classic wood style of Venice's luxury water limousines while incorporating a new diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system designed to…

SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like
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NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first-ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches…

How to mine precious metals in your home
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Our modern world is dependent upon natural resources extracted from the ground, but there could be another source of rare and valuable metals by giving our houses a spring clean.

Europe’s Cities Are Making Less Room for Cars After Coronavirus
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Hard-hit Milan may be leading the way in reimagining how transit and commuting patterns could change as cities emerge from coronavirus shutdowns.

Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six – TechCrunch
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SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has shared more details about when in 2020 we can expect the company’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet service to actually be available to customers. He said on Twitter that a private beta for Starlink would begin in around three months…

NASA's Plan to Turn the ISS Into a Quantum Laser Lab
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A national quantum internet would enable ultra-secure data transmission. But first, we're going to need some space lasers.

Our data centers now work harder when the sun shines and wind blows
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Today we’re announcing a carbon-intelligent computing platform, which can shift tasks to hours of the day when energy from cleaner power sources is plentiful.