Meet the robot 'dog' NASA is sending to Mars

Boston Dynamics' notorious robot goes on an interplanetary mission.

  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announces the deployment of a robotic "dog" for Mars exploration.
  • The robot is a modified Boston Dynamics cyberdog familiar to the internet from YouTube videos over the last few years.
  • The bot will be autonomous and smart enough to explore Martian caves that may one day provide shelter for human visitors to the Red Planet.
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Mind uploading: Can we become immortal?

Is the quest to upload human consciousness and ditch our meat puppets the future—or is it fool's gold?

  • Technology has evolved to a point where humans have overridden natural selection. So what will our species become? Immortal interstellar travelers, perhaps.
  • Scientists are currently mapping the human brain in an effort to understand the connections that produce consciousness. If we can re-create consciousness, your mind can live on forever. You could even laser-port your consciousness to different planets at the speed of light, download your mind into a local avatar and explore those worlds.
  • But is this transhumanist vision of the future real or is it a pipedream? And if it is real, is it wise? Join theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, neuroscientist David Eagleman, human performance researcher Steven Kotler, skeptic Michael Shermer, cultural theorist Douglas Rushkoff and futurist Jason Silva.
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10 ways to prepare for the rise of intelligent machines – MIT study

A new MIT report proposes how humans should prepare for the age of automation and artificial intelligence.

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  • A new report by MIT experts proposes what humans should do to prepare for the age of automation.
  • The rise of intelligent machines is coming but it's important to resolve human issues first.
  • Improving economic inequality, skills training, and investment in innovation are necessary steps.
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Help your kid grow their STEM skills with this hands-on kit

Looking for fun STEM activities to try at home with your kids? Check out this DIY kit packed with 50 projects.

  • Encouraging an early interest in STEM can build a strong foundation for your child's math and science skills in the future.
  • The best way to teach them is with hands-on projects that are enjoyable to them.
  • Help your kid grow their skills with over 50 hands-on projects in this all-in-one STEM electronics kit.
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"What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots"

New book explores a future populated with robot helpers.

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As Covid-19 has made it necessary for people to keep their distance from each other, robots are stepping in to fill essential roles, such as sanitizing warehouses and hospitals, ferrying test samples to laboratories, and serving as telemedicine avatars.

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