Friday Futures: invisible aliens and an asteroid hit

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: invisible aliens are breeding with us; robots playing Tetris; AI and magnets; laser weapons and asteroids.

Invisible aliens are breeding with us: Oxford Academic

An Oxford lecturer thinks we share the Earth with invisible aliens — and, the outlandish idea holds, they’re trying to save our species and theirs from total destruction by breeding with us. Read more…

Watch micro robots play Tetris

The European Space Agency will live tweet a fake asteroid hit

On Monday, the Twitter account for the European Space Agency (ESA), is going to pivot hard to science fiction: The agency will spend the week acting out a catastrophic asteroid impact. Read more…

Q&A: will AI improve or hack humanity?

The event was hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics and Society, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and the Stanford Humanities Center. A transcript of the event follows, and a video is posted below. Read more…

US Navy demonstrates its laser weapons

Half of Earth’s water could have come from asteroids

The team’s findings suggest that impacts early in Earth’s history by similar asteroids could have delivered as much as half of our planet’s ocean water. Read more…

How close are we to cheap fusion power?

SpaceX has made rocket launches a whole lot cheaper. And now, according to industry experts who spoke to NBC News, fusion energy production could be next — with decades of scientific research to leverage, it could be startups that finally turn fusion energy into an affordable, commercially viable energy source. Read more…

Magnets can help train robots to generalise

Researchers have developed a process to use magnetics with brain-like networks to program and teach devices such as personal robots, self-driving cars and drones to better generalize about different objects. Read more…

And here’s four billion years of evolution in six minutes

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by Tony Poulos)

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