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Computers


Skynet (future computers from the Terminator movies - but without the time travel nonsense) moving closer to reality.




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Computer screens that eliminate the need for glasses.

What will they think of next? (5:28)


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It took 65 years, but the Turing Challenge has finally been passed by a robot
(the computer must fool 30% of the judges into believing it is human)




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Devices


Scientists propose first space-time crystal

A Clock That Will Last Forever


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They will hit the jackpot when they can make it look like a human.


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Scientists now have a scale that weighs individual molecules




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This ... is a microscope




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Materials


Heat can now be focused like an electromagnetic wave




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What is the world's strongest material?




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Plastic that repairs itself




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Travel


Interview with Roger Shawyer, the inventor of EM drive (17:55)



And here's a word from NASA about Shawyer's EM drive

And here's a word from neurologist Steven Novella
declaring the EM drive "bullshit" (including my replies)


Even the most powerful skeptics, like Novella,
make mistakes that violate basic skeptical principles.
In the skeptical community we worship neither dieties nor authority figures.
Everyone and every idea is fair game.
What separates a "rationalist" from the crowd is,
how we deal with those mistakes when we make them, as we all inevitably do.

Here is Novella, writing about a year later, giving a beautiful demonstration of ...

how a Rationalist corrects his mistakes

UPDATE

This is the proper way to deal with in-progress scientific advances ...

which stretch one's credulity (first 10 minutes)

ANOTHER UPDATE

Shawyer's EM drive was published in a peer-reviewed journal


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