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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest University have

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6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

6 Futuristic Bicycle Designs

The Denny The “Denny” bicycle, by Sizemore Bicycles, was especially designed for Seattle’s rainy weather and urban environment. Denny sports clever design features like auto-shifting and electric

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Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting Wins NASA Prize For Revolutionary 3D Printed Building Tech

Contour Crafting just won a major design prize for its ability to 3D print large-scale structures from computer-aided design (CAD) files. Berokh Kohshnevis' “robotic building construction" system can

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World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

Losing the ability to walk is a big deal that can affect a person’s life in so many ways, but a new device is helping people who have an injured limb to regain their mobility. According to the

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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google has announced the successful testing of Project Wing, an experimental "unmanned aerial vehicle," a.k.a. a drone. The project has been developed over the last two years under the auspices of the

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity to stand upright

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Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

When Wiesbaden, Germany, was proclaimed the country's least bike-friendly city by a leading cycling club, local creative agency Scholz & Volkmer teamed up with artists Manfred Kraft and Tom Kresin to

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Accident-prone smartphone owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief and stop with the bowls of dry rice - the tech start-up Wickedleak just unveiled the world's first waterproof smartphone. The

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Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

There’s no question that China is facing a dire pollution problem. We’ve already seen dozens of photos of the nation's smog-ridden capital, and if that isn’t evidence enough, check out this latest

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Image of prescription marijuana via Shutterstock Move over technology, there's a hot new industry in town and it's all green. New research shows that legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing

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Should Apple Buy Tesla? One Analyst Thinks So

Should Apple Buy Tesla? One Analyst Thinks So

Rumors have long floated around that Apple might stake a claim in Tesla Motors, which is now valued at $20 billion. But the move may be one step closer after analyst Andaan Ahmad at German investment bank

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Costa Rican Volcano Erupts in a Shower of 8 Million Flowers!

Costa Rican Volcano Erupts in a Shower of 8 Million Flowers!

Normally, news of a sudden volcanic eruption in a habited part of the world is immediately followed by reports of death and destruction, but not today! In a brilliant marketing move, Sony created a video

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How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

How 7 Smart Technologies are Tackling New World Problems

3D Printing 3D printing lets anyone make just about anything from nick nacks to full-size rooms. While the novelty is certainly there, 3D printing is also a technology that's starting to make a

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The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

Living in America, it’s easy to forget that developing countries have a harder time providing the many things we take granted such as water, electricity, and education. Now a South African-based

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Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

It’s no secret that iPhones are fragile and prone to breaking - and Apple’s latest versions, the 5C and 5S are no exception. But surprisingly, these new models are actually even less robust than last

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Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel believes that ultra low-power computer chips are the future - especially when it comes to connecting people in developing countries, where electricity is often scarce. To this end, they just

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Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

It seems like most people get a new cellphone every year these days - and while that’s good news for phone manufacturers and telecoms, it’s not helping our wallets or the environment. Enter PhoneBloks

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The Mebotics Microfactory is a One-Stop Shop for Fabricating Anything

The Mebotics Microfactory is a One-Stop Shop for Fabricating Anything

3D printing technology holds the amazing potential to change the way we make things - however most 3D printers are limited to creating objects out of plastic. Enter the Mebotics Microfactory, which it

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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Samsung’s Android-Powered ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch Isn’t Your Grandma’s Timepiece

Samsung’s Android-Powered ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch Isn’t Your Grandma’s Timepiece

Remember back in the early 2000's when cell phone companies were racing to see who could create the smallest phone, even though we weren't really sure why? The electronics industry's sudden obsession with

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

Can Google Glass Help Doctors Perform Safer, More Successful Surgeries?

The world is gaga for Google Glass, but even the nerdiest among us must admit that the practical applications are few thus far. For most, wearing the internet in your eyeball is just an excuse to make

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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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