Friday Futures: an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: on our way to an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion; brain meets neurons over the internet; art and technology framing reality; no more jet fighters; nano bots; mega cities and the end of time.

We’re about to visit an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion

NASA’s historic uncrewed mission to the metallic asteroid Psyche is now, also, a SpaceX jam. Elon Musk’s rocket company will be responsible for getting the probe launched onboard a Falcon Heavy. Read more…

Brain and artificial neurons communicate via the Web

During the study, researchers based at the University of Padova in Italy cultivated rat neurons in their laboratory, whilst partners from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich created artificial neurons on Silicon microchips. Read more…

Here’s how art makes technology frame reality

NASA spots black hole, by mistake

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made an unexpected discovery last year, spotting a black hole emitting a massive cloud of X-rays some 30,000 light years away. The “photobombing” black hole was picked up by the spacecraft’s Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS). Read more…

Super fast nano bots to cure diseases

Through a technique known as DNA origami, scientists have created the fastest, most persistent DNA nano motor yet. New findings provide a blueprint for how to optimize the design of motors at the nanoscale — hundreds of times smaller than the typical human cell. Read more…

Lessons from building a mega city in 10 weeks

Building batteries from modified viruses

Over the past decade, MIT bioengineering professor Angela Belcher has been working on a battery-building technology that works by conscripting millions of zombie viruses to repeat a simple task, Wired reports. Read more…

The era of fighter jets is so over, says Musk

“The fighter jet era has passed,” Musk said during a fireside chat with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida. “Drone warfare is where the future will be. It’s not that I want the future to be – it’s just, this is what the future will be,” he added. Read more…

Here’s a timelapse of the future

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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