Friday Futures: Clever embryos, AI news anchors and cartoonists

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: we can tell how clever your baby will be; the Universe’s missing matter; China’s AI news anchor; longest time lapse from space and an AI cartoonist.

We can tell how clever a baby is before it is born

New genetic screening technology can look for signs that an embryo might be carrying certain genetic diseases — or that the resulting child might have a low IQ, raising grave ethical questions about the future of pregnancy and childbirth. Read more…

They found the Universe’s missing matter

Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It’s been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the “ordinary” matter in the cosmos—stars and planets and gas, anything made out of atomic parts. Read more…

Meet China’s AI news anchor

It’s kinda creepy. (More details here.)

A brain computer interface that works

Three clinical trial participants with paralysis chatted with family and friends, shopped online and used other tablet computer applications, all by just thinking about pointing and clicking a mouse. Read more…

Here’s how AI is a great cartoonist – not!

AI Portraits is a new website that uses a neural network to analyze your photos and generate a brand-new portrait in your likeness. Futurism decided to test the algorithm on some more well-known faces. The results were…something. Just take a look. Read more…

Longest time lapse video from the Space Station

This material could solar power your clothes

The general rule when developing a new kind of solar technology is to expect progress to be slow. Take silicon solar cells, the most ubiquitous and recognizable form of photovoltaic generations today. Read more…

Your brain has two clocks

That moment when you step on the gas pedal a split second before the light changes, or when you tap your toes even before the first piano note of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” is struck. That’s anticipatory timing. Read more…

Wind powered drones are changing our thinking about oceans

(Compiled by Alex Leslie; Edited by John C. Tanner)

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