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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2016
     
    Posted By: Trim
    Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?


    No--show me an online tutor that can inspire curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Haven't seen one yet--and a teacher's job is not to know more than the student but to inspire the desire to learn.
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    Yes, and by 2050 over 90 percent of traffic on the interplanetary web was due to AIs tutoring each other.


    (and 5 percent was Nigerian 419 spam, directed to and originating from MaryYugo's email server)
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2016
     
    BBC

    The farmer who built her own broadband.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37974267
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2016
     
    TX

    With prefabricated panel system, house goes up in less than a day.

    https://techxplore.com/news/2016-12-prefabricated-panel-house-day.html
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2017
     
    For certain values of "house". I had to do a quadruple-take before I realized the thing in the foreground of the picture was the house.

    I wonder how many days went into prefabricating the panels?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2017
     
    It would be utterly unacceptable under the new building codes in BC. Wbere could you use it?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2017
     
    NBF

    You have wood.

    Mastery of Xylan and Cellulose will enable stronger glues for wooden skyscrapers.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/mastery-of-xylan-and-cellulose-will.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2017
     
    BBC

    New uses for old technology.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36148287
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2017
     
    You could paint them blue and turn them into Tardises...
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2017
     
    No, police boxes are different.

    BBC


    CES 2017: Tech preview of Las Vegas's biggest launches.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38403944
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2017 edited
     
    Do you really want to put your life in the hands of some programmer?

    Having done the deed myself for coming on a half-century, my response is "Are you nuts?"

    The sad fact is that we don't really have much of a choice any more.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2017
     
    AI and Alex clones will be able to listen to your symptoms (really listen the latest sound detectors can hear an insect walking) and come up with a diagnosis at least as good as your GP could verbally.

    Robot surgeons are getting better all the time and in keyhole surgery are often superior.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2017 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2017
     
    Po

    Using polymers to control the organizational behavior of nanoparticles.

    http://phys.org/news/2017-01-polymers-organizational-behavior-nanoparticles.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2017
     
    Po

    Tiny graphene radios may lead to Internet of Nano-Things.

    http://phys.org/news/2016-11-tiny-graphene-radios-internet-nano-things.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2017
     
    Your ex mother in law looks quite tasty.
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    Actually, she's lost 80 lbs. But - no.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2017
     
    NBF

    MEMS LIDAR chip for less than $250 will make affordable self driving cars.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/mems-lidar-chip-for-less-than-250-will.html
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    Cool for a lawn-mowing robot too.
    Mobot.