U.S. researchers developed a software program, which is claimed to be able to automatically generate sequential images of the future, predicting how the face of a child will change from decade to decade, as he will be growing from three years old to… 83.
The research, funded by the Google company and the biggest processor manufacturer Intel, was conducted by scientists at the University of Washington, led by computer science professor Steven Seitz.
The software can be run on a single PC and takes just a minute to produce a series of portraits of the future look of a three-year child. The algorithms are based on Continue reading
A new site promises digital immortality to everyone. The founders of the project give everyone the opportunity to construct their own virtual copy, which will be able to communicate with their children and grandchildren.
Can the modern technology offer virtual immortality? Can we give our children useful tips even after our death or easily communicate with our descendants after thousands of years?
The new startup offers people a chance to become “immortal”. The company is planning to create computerized versions of their clients, which will allow their friends and family communicate with their virtual copies after their death.
The site eterni.me wants to give everyone an opportunity to create their own three-dimensional digital avatar that will look and speak like the original.
Digital identity is created on the basis of information about a person, which is accumulated throughout his life. Photos, emails and social networking accounts will allow the user to construct a virtual imprint of his life. Continue reading
The possibility of time travel has occupied both great scientific minds and sci-fi lovers for quite a long time now. Despite the fact that it is considered impossible by most physicists, there are still theories that could really work. Here are 5 most interesting ones:
1. Cosmic strings
Cosmic strings are hypothetical topological defects in the space-time fabric, still remaining from the formation of the universe. With their help, in theory, a field of closed timelike curves can be formed, allowing travel into the past. Some scientists suggest that cosmic strings can be used to construct a time machine. If two cosmic strings get close to each other or a single string reaches a black hole, Continue reading
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher invested in artificial intelligence developer Vicarious FPC. The amount of investments was $40 million.
Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, co-owner of Tesla Motors and SpaceX Elon Musk and popular actor and venture investor Ashton Kutcher invested $40 million into the company Vicarious, which studies the structure of the cerebral cortex and tries to recreate it in the computer code.
It is the second largest investment in the company for the past two years. In the first round the Vicarious FPC received investment from Continue reading
In the future, if someone leaves just one hair at the crime scene, the CSI will be able to get the whole picture of the offender. A promising US – Belgian technology, which may be added to the “arsenal” of forensic investigators in the near future, allows to recreate a three-dimensional model of the face of a person only from the traces of genetic material (DNA).
Although the technique is still at an early stage and allows creating portraits without great precision, in the future, when further improved, it could provide significant assistance to the police and Continue reading
When 200,000 people have decided to participate in the Mars One project , aimed to establish the first colony on Mars, they definitely took into account the fact that it would be a one-way trip.
They know that they can die even before reaching the planet, and even if they get there, it’s most likely that they will die too. And these assumptions are very difficult refute, especially when you consider that everything that ever went to the Red Planet never returned back to Earth. Continue reading
Space “elevator” is one of the oldest dreams of science fiction, but the possibility of actual construction has been considered for years as it will greatly facilitate the activity in space. In the case of LiftPort Group (Seattle), such a concept is considered for transporting goods to and from the Moon.
According to a report at space.com, such a program should be built using the existing technology and based on simple principles. The basic idea is a “vehicle” which will move up and down on a wire connected to the surface of the Moon, making landings soft and smooth.
In particular, the vision of LiftPort Group includes the missile launch from Earth in a special space station (PicoGravity Laboratory) located in a … read more
Robots with high IQ, human brain back up, skyscraper gardens, life expectancy of 150 years are some of what we will be experiencing in 2030 according to the “prophets” of technology and science.
Scientists and researchers who have included the title “futurist” in their curriculum occasionally make predictions about the achievements of mankind in the near and distant future. Achievements that will have many-sided effects on people’s lives. Lately these prophets have been speaking about Continue reading
A team of IT-specialists from Media Development Investment Fund has developed a project of a new network access to the Internet, which will be completely free of charge and will cover the entire planet.
The product called Outernet provides placing miniature devices CubeSats on the orbit of the Earth, which will be capable of receiving data from ground stations and transferring them to the users. Outernet is something like a huge Wi-Fi-router, covering all continents. Continue reading
Scientists have developed a technique that enables to generate electricity from the heat that Earth releases into the atmosphere.
American engineers believe that the thermal energy of the Earth, which is released into the environment, can be used as a renewable energy source for electricity production in some areas of the planet.
The new technique, developed by Federico Capasso and his colleagues at Harvard University (USA), allows to produce electricity from the heat radiated by Earth into the environment. The experts came up with this idea when they discovered that the planet is “heating” space with a capacity of 100 million gigawatts.
At present there are no technologies to extract electricity from the heat of the Earth. The authors of this study created a special scheme of “thermal batteries”, focusing on the data on heat flux emanating from the Earth. These data were collected by specialists in the town of Lamont (Oklahoma).
This device includes a set of special Continue reading