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The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

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Published on Feb 28, 2017
What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

Lifecode :: We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely | Juan Enriquez

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For four billion years, what lived and died on Earth depended on two principles: natural selection and random mutation. Then humans came along and changed everything — hybridizing plants, breeding animals, altering the environment and even purposefully evolving ourselves. Juan Enriquez provides five guidelines for a future where this ability to program life rapidly accelerates. “This is the single most exciting adventure human beings have been on,” Enriquez says. “This is the single greatest superpower humans have ever had.”

House Dome Inspired By Bucky Fuller’s Tensegrity

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In 1960 American architect/designer/futurist Buckminster Fuller envisioned building a dome over Manhattan to regulate weather and air pollution. A half century later, a Danish construction company built a Bucky Fuller-inspired “geodesic” dome in the center of one of Copenhagen’s largest plazas as an experiment in future living: single family home and mini urban farm included.

Tesla S P85D Model – World’s First Auto Pilot Car

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Published on Oct 10, 2014
The New Tesla Model S packs twin electric motors with Autopilot

Elon Musk talks about the most powerful electric car ever that can read speed limit signs and avoid crashes, too

Tesla has taken the wraps off its latest electric car – a specced-up version of the Model S that adds a second electric motor between the front wheels.

You’ll be able to add the dual drive option to all three versions of the Model S; on the most powerful version of the car, the Model S P85D, that second motor allows it to deliver a staggering 682bhp and 930Nm of torque. it’ll go from 0 to 60mph in 3.2 seconds – a full second faster than the Model S P85.

Despite the extra motor, the dual-motor Model S benefits from extended range; the P85D can now manage 275 miles on a charge, versus 265 on the standard Model S P85. And the smaller 60kWh Model D can manage 225 miles, an increase of 17 miles over the Model S version.

Tesla is also kitting out all Model S cars with a new “Autopilot” suite of active safety features; it uses a combination of GPS, long-range forward-looking radar, an image-recognition camera, and long-range sonar to monitor the car’s surroundings.

That means the car can now automatically park itself, and even drive up to where you’re waiting for it, as long as you’re on private property. It’ll even sync up with your calendar to meet you at a pre-arranged location.

Naturally, Autopilot also adds adaptive cruise control and lane assist features; it can also move the car into the right lane when you use the turn signal, and even read speed signs and adjust its speed accordingly. It’s not quite fully autonomous, though; you won’t be able to nod off at the wheel.

UK pricing and availability for the Model S dual-motor upgrade has yet to be announced. However, all Model S cars ordered in the UK from today will get the Autopilot hardware upgrade – though they’ll require an over-the-air software upgrade before it can be used.

In the US, the dual-motor upgrade adds US$4,000 to the base price of the car – while the top-of-the-line Model S P85D will start at US$120,000.

When Ideas Have Sex

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At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.