DNA stores the code for all living things, but now DNA could be the storage for computers now too. Earlier this month, a team of scientists at the University of Washington published a paper describing one of the first complete DNA storage systems that encodes, stores and retrieves digital images using strings of synthetic DNA molecules.
Developing cheap energy storage is a critical step in moving to renewables and away from fossil fuels as the primary source of electricity: it’s the only way such intermittent sources can supply power to the grid when the wind’s not blowing and the sun’s not shining.
As spenders and savers, what does the future hold for us? Over the past 30 years, the way in which we bank and use money has changed drastically. While the pace of change has started to slow, there are still exciting times ahead.
Here’s the list of five trends learning professionals should be considering when mapping out strategies for the next five of years. It’s important to note that trends are not isolated developments within the L&D community but are often the culmination, confluence, and convergence of technological innovation, discoveries or rediscoveries of learning science and a reaction to changes within the larger culture in which society operates.
A recent scientific breakthrough in a Ministry of Defence research project is paving the way for scanners that could see underground or through walls. A team of British scientists, including experts at the MoD’s Porton Down labs, have developed a new device that can detect tiny fluctuations in gravity.
Autonomous vehicles are going to radically change how we get around. As they become commonplace in our streets, we’ll need to rethink how we design our roadways, and they may not include stop lights.
Security guru Bruce Schneier said, “Surveillance is the business model of the Internet. We build systems that spy on people in exchange for services. Corporations call it marketing.” The nature of these services tends to obscure our true relationship to companies like Facebook or Google. As the saying goes, if you don’t pay for a product, you are the product.
Google’s got a special way to improve the quality of search results: artificial intelligence (AI.) Using machine learning, Google will be able to figure out what its users really want to search for.
The robots are coming! They’ll be taking millions – maybe billions – of jobs away with them. Yoram Yaakobi, head of the Microsoft Israel R&D center, says not to worry.
Human life expectancy could start creeping up toward the triple digits, according to two leading scientists at the edge of the medical revolution.
Big data is on the fast track right now. The rapid ongoing developments are not showing any signs of slowing down in 2015, as seen by the following trends for the coming year: