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Business Impact
Meet the astronaut trainer getting billionaire space tourists ready for liftoff
The coming rise in private spaceflight is prompting growth in space companies that give citizen astronauts the know-how they need to fly.
I 3D-printed every bit of my wedding—including my bouquet
The maker community helped me create everything from my bouquet to my cake toppers—and gave me an insight into the technology’s possibilities.
Connectivity
Photo of a satellite launch
A mass ride-sharing launch will put cremated remains, satellites, and art into space
Artists and space entrepreneurs are among those with something on board a SpaceX rocket intended to launch more than 60 satellites.
Photo of a satellite launch
Intelligent Machines
Alibaba already has a voice assistant way better than Google’s
It navigates interruptions and other tricky features of human conversation to field millions of requests a day.
Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for
Some US experts think it could take at least 20 years to get quantum-proof encryption widely deployed.
Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed
Smartphones that are used to track our faces and voices could also help lower the barrier to mental-health diagnosis and treatment.
AI software can dream up an entire digital world from a simple sketch
Creating a lifelike digital scene normally requires skill, creativity, and patience. Now we can just offload the work to an AI algorithm.
Inside the world of AI that forges beautiful art and terrifying deepfakes
Generative adversarial networks, or GANs, are fueling creativity—and controversy. Here’s how they work.
Rewriting Life
Microscopic photograph of human sperm
Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm
Even as a furious debate broke out in China over gene-edited babies, some scientists in the US are also hoping to improve tomorrow’s children.
Microscopic photograph of human sperm
Popular this week
250 pages of internal Facebook files were just dumped online—here are the 6 key takeaways
China is about to land a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon
So much for that hope of reaching peak climate emissions
How to check if you’re affected by the Marriott mega data breach
Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm
Even as a furious debate broke out in China over gene-edited babies, some scientists in the US are also hoping to improve tomorrow’s children.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies
A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing.
Inside the world of AI that forges beautiful art and terrifying deepfakes
Generative adversarial networks, or GANs, are fueling creativity—and controversy. Here’s how they work.
AI has a culturally biased world view that Google has a plan to change
Alibaba already has a voice assistant way better than Google’s
It navigates interruptions and other tricky features of human conversation to field millions of requests a day.
DeepMind’s AI will accelerate drug discovery by predicting how proteins fold
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