Friday Futures: lawyers on Mars, Aussie lions and finding ET

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: the legalities of moving to Mars; what to do with your quantum computer; making AI safe; birth of planets; extinct lions; water balloons and racquets.

We need to figure out some legal problems before moving to Mars

Before humans settle or even set foot on Mars, engineers and scientists have to solve all sorts of problems, like protecting space travelers from dangerous radiation. Read more…

What to do with a quantum computer? Ask a quantum computer

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights, New York, from the comfort of their own home. Read more…

The principles of safe AI

Largest ever survey of how planets form

Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know. Read more…

The new Apple Watch lets you do an ECG on your wrist

The first uses optical sensors to detect irregular heart rhythms on Apple Watch Series 1 and later iterations. The second enables wearers of Apple Watch Series 4 to record an electrocardiogram, or ECG, directly from their wrist. Read more…

Here’s a company that is saving the planet with a toothbrush

Established in 2013, The Humble Co. is growing throughout the world. Based in Sweden, The Humble Co. is leading a small revolution in personal care products – from design and manufacture to humility. Read more…

The solution to plastic (and world hunger) might be coming

 To find ET we need to build stuff in space

If we ever want to find habitable planets far away from Earth, spot whatever extraterrestrial life be out there, or fly crewed missions out into deeper space, we’re going to have to invest heavily in space-based manufacturing operations. Read more…

Here’s what the Australian lion looked like

Thyalacoleo carnifex, the “marsupial lion” of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a study released December 12, 2018. Read more…

And, of course, here is what happens when you hit water balloons with a racquet

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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