Friday Futures: how to greet aliens, the end of sex (almost)

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: how we greet aliens; AI based Universe simulator; the end of sex; other life in our solar system; power from lemons.

We should all have a say in how we greet aliens

Watch enough movies in which aliens contact humans, and you’ll notice a trend: the people deciding how Earth should respond to the extraterrestrial communications are usually politicians or scientists. Read more…

AI based Universe simulator knows things it shouldn’t

The goal was to teach D3M how to model the way gravity shapes the universe. To that end, they started by feeding the system 8,000 different gravity-focused simulations created by a highly accurate existing universe simulator. Read more…

Creating power from lemons (because why not)

Cyborgs are one step closer

Machine enhanced humans — or cyborgs as they are known in science fiction — could be one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research Lieber Group at Harvard University, as well as scientists from University of Surrey and Yonsei University. Read more…

There’s a crowd funded space traffic monitoring system (obviously)

Testing sci-fi space travel

Of the advanced propulsion concepts that could theoretically pull that off, few have generated as much excitement—and controversy—as the EmDrive. First described nearly two decades ago, the EmDrive works by converting electricity into microwaves and channeling this electromagnetic radiation through a conical chamber. Read more…

Predicting the end of sex (for reproduction anyway)

“My strongest prediction is in the future people will still have sex – but not as often for the purpose of making babies,” Greely, who published a book titled “The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction,” told the BBC. “In 20 to 40 years, most people all over the world with good health coverage will choose to conceive in a lab.” Read more…

There may be extraterrestrial life in our solar system

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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