Friday Futures: powdered data and jobs only humans can do

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Data by the scoop? Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: data in powder form; 3D printing; original thinking; Tesla video games; zero gravity; cool AR maps; and very tiny (and powerful) drones.

Scientists just stored data in powder form

Data might be the most valuable resource in the world, but we’re quickly approaching the physical limits of the magnetic systems we use to store most of it. Additionally, mining the materials needed to create those systems, such as hard drives or USB sticks, is a burden on the environment. Read more…

Watch the real possibilities of 3D printing

Zero gravity plays havoc with astronauts’ brains

As famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrated with his extraterrestrial sob session, fluids behave strangely in space. And while microgravity makes for a great viral video, it also has terrifying medical implications that we absolutely need to sort out before we send people into space for the months or years necessary for deep space exploration. Read more…

An interesting thing about original thinkers

Here are some jobs that robots will not fill

Robots are coming for our jobs. Well, some of our jobs, anyways. While some experts focus on the occupations expected to fall to automation, IT firm Cognizant has identified 50 “jobs of the future” poised to thrive in the future. And now, you can keep an eye on these promising careers via the company’s job tracker. Read more…

Augmented reality comes to maps – and is cool

Tiny drones can lift 40 times their own weight

These tiny drones (or micro air vehicles) are able to pull super heavy loads as compared to their own weight—up to a factor of 40. That might seem crazy. Well, I guess it’s crazy—crazy awesome. Read more…

Watch Tesla’s hidden video games – and then live in your car

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

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