Science & Technology
You don’t have to look far to find outlandish theories on the nature of the cosmos and human consciousness. These days, notions once relegated to science fiction are finding their way into esoteric academic journals, and from there, into mainstream discourse. One example of this is the Simulation Argument, recently championed by Elon Musk; another is ‘time… Read More ›
Social Media Can Forecast the Future by Predicting Riots, Revolutions, and Even the Weather, Researchers Claim
A team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington have collated the results of hundreds of separate studies and found that the things we post on social media can be used to predict the future.
Smart dust is a name given to extremely small computing particles, RFID chips, or other very small technologies. A popular article from Extreme Tech describes it in the headline: “Smart dust: A complete computer that’s smaller than a grain of sand.” An article from War is Boring is titled “Future Military Sensors Could Be Tiny Specks of ‘Smart Dust’ New technologies… Read More ›
An unknown, unseen “planetary mass object” may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal. This object would be different from—and much closer than—the so-called Planet Nine, a planet whose existence yet awaits confirmation. In the paper,… Read More ›
Scientists at Standford University have figured out how to wirelessly transmit electricity between moving objects, overcoming previous limitations and possibly bringing Tesla’s vision of a global wireless power grid closer to reality. Using technology originally developed in 2007 at MIT to wirelessly transmit electricity between stationary objects, the research team was able to achieve a… Read More ›
Ray Kurzweil’s 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology has become one of the signposts toward a specific type of future that should be put into the same category as Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World … except that Kurzweil’s book does not hide behind the guise of fiction. Over the… Read More ›