Friday Futures: Universal computer memory, killing super bugs

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: Cannabis compound could kill superbugs; colonising space; rice farming; universal computer memory; crap AI blog.

Cannabis compound could kill superbugs

Mark Blaskovich, a senior research chemist from the University of Queensland, presented his finding that CBD is “remarkably effective” at killing a range of bacteria, including several antibiotic-resistant strains — meaning we may have a new weapon in the war against superbugs. Read more…

The robotic future for rice farming

There is a prize for ideas on how we colonise the Milky Way

Winners were recently announced for a bizarre contest that asked contestants to figure out how humanity could ship out and colonize the entire Milky Way galaxy. Read more…

Universal computer memory – the holy grail – is now a thing

A new type of computer memory to solve the digital technology energy crisis has been invented and patented by scientists. The device is the realization of the decades long search for a ‘Universal Memory’ to replace the $100 billion market for Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and flash drives. Read more…

We need living tech to colonise space

Two earth-like planets discovered – and they’re close

An international research team has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. Teegarden’s Star is about 12.5 light years away and is one of the smallest known stars. Read more…

AI written blog proves how crap AI is for some things

“This Marketing Blog Doesn’t Exist” recreates that particular species of bland PR website, complete with 900-word articles about things like “ROI scales” and “synchronicity” crapped out by AI tools that have learned to mimic online content. Read more…

Those rings around Saturn are elegant – and tell a story

The rings around this planet are much like the rings in a very old tree: They tell stories about how long they’ve been there, how the environment changed, and even can hint at how the entire solar system came together. Read more…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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