The 3D Printer So Big It Can Make Houses

photo credit: The printer, named BigDelta, stands 12 meters (40 feet) tall. WASP Share on facebook45.4K Share on twitter177 Share on reddit Share on google_plusone_share More Sharing Services Clay – not the most advanced building material, or so you might think. The World’s Advanced Saving Project, or WASP, has just unveiled a giant 3D printer that…

Light-Based Data Breakthrough Could Lead To Much Faster Computers

photo credit: Andrey VP/Shutterstock. Share on facebook29.6K Share on twitter175 Share on reddit Share on google_plusone_share More Sharing Services Researchers say they have developed a method to store data permanently in a memory chip using light. The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Photonics, could lead to significantly faster computers in the future. To store…

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In Defence Of Sex Machines: Why Trying To Ban Sex Robots Is Wrong

“Ban sex robots!” scream the tech headlines, as if they’re heralding the arrival of the latest artificial intelligence threat to humankind since autonomous killer robots. The campaign, led by academics Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing, argues that the development of sex robots should be stopped because it reinforces or reproduces existing inequalities. Yes, society has enough problems with gender stereotypes,…

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Terahertz Radiation Breakthrough Could Lead To 100 Times Faster Wireless Networks

Scientists have taken a step closer to creating wireless systems that are 100 times faster than existing networks. Known as terahertz radiation, a breakthrough by scientists at Brown University, published in the journal Nature Photonics, could see these high-speed networks in the next 15 years. Today, cellular and Wi-Fi networks rely on microwaves – a form of electromagnetic radiation…

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How Likely Is It That Your Job Will Be Replaced By A Robot?

Driverless cars, robot helpers, and bionic bartenders are just some of the proposed benefits of advances in artificial intelligence. But is the rise of the machines all good news? The BBC has put together a fun infographic on the risk robots pose to different professions, based on a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte. And it’s grim reading…

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LISA Pathfinder: Ready For Space In Search Of Gravity Waves

There is a bubble of excitement around a tall beauty that’s ready to head into space, currently stationed in Germany. LISA Pathfinder, an instrument that will measure elusive gravitational waves, is the detector that is anticipated to probe the Universe like never before. The space detector is currently proposed to leave Earth this November. The featured image shows the…