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Humans won't be able to control a superintelligent AI, according to a study

Machines already perform certain tasks without humans understanding how they learned it. Reuters A Max-Planck Institute study suggests humans couldn't prevent an AI from making its own choices. The researchers used Alan Turing's "halting problem" to test their theory. Programming a superintelligent AI with "containment algorithms" or rules would be futile. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It may not be theoretically possible to predict the actions of artifici...
Tags: Apple, UK, Science, Design, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Robots, Alan Turing, Ai, Nordic, Google Amazon, Isaac Asimov, Baker McKenzie, Asimov


Biden wants 45% of US electricity to come from solar power by 2050. An energy tech expert breaks down what it would take.

President Biden said investing in clean energy will help combat climate change and create new jobs. Brian Snyder/Reuters President Biden announced a new plan to reduce carbon emissions by investing in clean energy. The White House report says solar power could provide almost half of the US electricity supply by 2050. Energy technology expert Joshua D. Rhodes says this goal would require massive changes at US energy companies. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe B...
Tags: Energy, Science, Congress, Climate Change, Opinion, White House, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Sustainability, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Solar Power, North America, Biden


SpaceX is launching its first all-civilian space mission tomorrow - here's what the flight means for the future of space tourism

The four members of the Inspiration4 crew will orbit around Earth for three days. Netflix On September 15, SpaceX will launch Inspiration4, it's first all-civilian mission to space. The crew of four has spent months in rigorous training to prepare for the flight. While space tourism isn't accessible for everyone yet, this all-civilian trip marks an important milestone in space travel. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Sept. 15, 2021, the next batch of space tour...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Opinion, Time, Trends, Earth, Netflix, Virgin Galactic, Tourism, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Falcon, Nordic


How you can learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, International, Trends, Skills, Nordic, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


How a 'twisting' method could help us build artificial muscles for robotic prostheses

Synthetic muscles could potentially cope with a high power output, even on a small scale. Gorodenkoff / Getty Images Artificial muscles can be made by twisting synthetic strands in a similar way to a DNA helix. A team "supercoiled" threads coated in a hydrogel into helices, according to The Conversation. These small, synthetic muscle fibers could, one day, power miniature devices in prosthetic limbs. See more stories on Insider's business page. The DNA double helix is one of the most e...
Tags: Science, Design, Australia, International, Trends, Tech, Inventions, Robotics, Nordic, University of Wollongong, Prosthetic, Prosthesis, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


From edible algae packaging to olive pit bioplastic, here's how 7 startups are fighting plastic pollution

Notpla is also working on algae packaging to replace cardboard boxes, which they're already testing in London with Just Eat. Getty Images It's estimated that by 2040, 1.3 billion tons of plastic will flood the Earth's oceans and land. Among the main culprits in plastic garbage are single-use plastics like bottles and wrappers. Here are seven biodegradable, compostable, and edible packaging solutions companies have designed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Singl...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Design, London, Enterprise, Life, Environment, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Investing, Markets, Sustainability, Spain


A creepy virtual influencer looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what it says on the tin - an animation in human form, developed either to promote a company's own products or to...
Tags: UK, Science, Design, Style, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Inventions, Innovation, Retail, Chanel, Nordic


Drinking water probably won't help you avoid a hangover, according to a molecular biologist

According to molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt, drinking water won't help you avoid a hangover. dragana991/Getty Images Many drink a glass of water between drinking alcohol to help avoid the effects of a hangover. The body doesn't get dehydrated when drinking alcohol, molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt says. He said drinking water won't help with a hangover, as hangovers aren't caused by dehydration. See more stories on Insider's business page. My phone is vibrating ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Life, International, Trends, Drinking, Nordic, Partying, Schmitt, Patrick Schmitt, Business Insider Deutschland, Francois Lenoir, BI General Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


The 3 worst habits that are making you burn out, according to a psychologist

"Our way of working demands energy and it's unnecessarily draining," said Leons. Maskot/Getty Images Ulrika Leons says our daily habits in and out the office put us at serious risk of burning out. There are some surprising activities that can up your risk of feeling tired, low, and stressed out. Some include reading or watching a movie when we get home to engaging too much with our coworkers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Every now and then, when health care psychol...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, Life, International, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Stress, Mental Health, Burnout, Nordic, Leons, BI General Contributors, Strategy Contributors


A startup made sustainable 'seed' paper that grows into trees when planted

Gonzalo Mestre was a university student looking at innovating sustainable espadrilles with a partner when he came across plantable seed paper. Sheedo Paper / YouTube Spanish startup Sheedo developed a type of "seed paper" that can be planted to grow new plants. The paper, made of waste cotton from the textile industry, doesn't require tree-felling or bleaching. It's a 100% sustainable product and it ends up germinating into a plant at the end of its life. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, International, Trends, Startup, Tech, Sustainability, Telefonica, Coca Cola, Sustainable, Nordic, Massimo Dutti, AMI, Mestre, Tech Insider


How it's possible to learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, Germany, International, Trends, Nordic, Deutsch, BI International, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Business Insider Deutschland, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors


A disturbing 'zoo' theory may explain why we haven't yet discovered alien life

Despite myriad sightings of unidentified flying objects and alleged incidences of alien contact with Earth, so far we've put forward little hard evidence that we have intelligent company elsewhere in the universe. Chandra X-ray Observatory/Hubble Space Telescope/Spitzer Given the size of the universe, it would seem impossible that intelligent life is unique to Earth. In 1973 researcher John Ball of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology put forward a hypothesis. He suggested aliens...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, International, San Francisco, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Paris, Aliens, Alien Life, Extraterrestrial Life, Nordic, Meti, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology


'Smart clothes' can conduct Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to link all your tech at once, and can boost battery life by 1,000

The clothes can be washed, dried and ironed as with regular garments. YouTube / NUSLife Researchers invented clothes that conduct Bluetooth and WiFi to connect all your different gadgets. The conductive material on the clothes' surface is made of stainless steel in comb-shaped strips. It can still be washed like any normal clothing. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearable devices like smartwatches and sensors that monitor your heart rate have, in recent years, become ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, Enterprise, Singapore, International, Trends, Tech, Chargers, Nus, Nordic, National University Of Singapore, Ho, Wi Fi, BI International, Tech Insider


How a company managed to produce a 'biochar' fuel from sewage without emitting CO2

Ingelia's co-founder says that, by 2022, the company would be able to replace 220,000 tons of coal with its biochar cylinders. Ingelia Spanish company Ingelia developed an industrial process to produce biocarbon fuel It can be made using sewage. The resulting product burns like coal but the actual production is carbon neutral. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 205...
Tags: Energy, UK, Science, Climate Change, Life, International, Trends, Sustainability, Eu, Spain, Budapest, Italy, Un, Biofuel, Valencia, Tuscany


15 cities that are home to some of the world's best transport solutions

On average, Singapore's commuters spend 84 minutes commuting on public transport each day. Getty Images / Gavin Hellier Traffic jams, air pollution, and faulty infrastructures can make navigating cities a real struggle. By 2050, 68% of the world will live in urban areas, placing strain on cities' transport systems. Oliver Wyman ranked the top 15 cities based on the quality of their public transport systems. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Urban mobility is f...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, Life, China, Russia, Berlin, Singapore, International, Los Angeles, San Francisco


From edible algae packaging to olive stone bioplastic, here's how 7 startups are fighting plastic pollution

Notpla is also working on algae packaging to replace cardboard boxes, which they're already testing in London with Just Eat. Yuan Yue It's estimated that by 2040, 1.3 billion tons of plastic will flood the Earth's oceans and land. Among the main culprits in plastic garbage are single-use plastics like bottles and wrappers. Here are seven biodegradable, compostable, and edible packaging solutions companies have designed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Single-us...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, Enterprise, Life, International, Trends, Strategy, Investing, Markets, Spain, Catalonia, Earth, United Kingdom, Zaragoza


A global immune system that spots new diseases and curbs their spread could stop the next pandemic - here's how

There are signs a pandemic is coming before anyone even gets sick. John Lamparski / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images There are often warning signs before a pandemic, like an increase in the price of garlic in China. Author David Bray says these signs can be used to build a system to spot diseases faster and curb their spread sooner. This 'immune system for the planet' would search for signs of new infections and identify potential therapies. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Science, Opinion, China, US, Trends, Immune System, Commission, Disease, Illness, Transmission, Sickness, Nordic, Atlantic Council, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Contributor, David Bray


An 'elastic ice' that can bend like wire could one day be used to detect air pollution

Though the idea of ice bending rather than breaking or cracking seems impossible, scientists have managed it. YouTube / Insider Chinese researchers have developed thin strands of ice that can be bent and curled like wires. The discovery could have many applications, like transmitting light, as is done in fiber optics. The ice is made by cooling water vapor with liquid nitrogen and forming microfibers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Materials science is going through a gol...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Life, International, Trends, New York Times, New Scientist, Gizmodo, Nordic, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


Chinese innovators made an eerie virtual influencer who looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

This virtual influencer has a long way to go, but she's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what ...
Tags: UK, Science, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Retail, Chanel, Nordic, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors


How Instagram and Facebook are intentionally designed to mimic addictive painkillers

"Painkiller apps" increase the likelihood of addiction. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Americans check their phones 262 times a day on average. Much of this time is spent on social media. Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook apps are deliberately designed to be addictive. App developer Peter Mezyk says Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, Reviews.org surveyed 1,0...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Instagram, Life, Stanford, Germany, International, Trends, Phone, Smartphones, Addiction, Nordic, Tui, Deutsch


How a 'smart foam' could allow prosthetic hands to heal like human skin

The smart foam is artificially innervated. Getty Images AiFoam is a smart foam developed by the National University of Singapore. It allows robotic hands to self-heal and recognize nearby objects with changes in electric fields. The new design is a breakthrough in robotics and prosthetics research towards ever smarter tools. See more stories on Insider's business page. Robots aren't just becoming more graceful, sophisticated, and precise; they're becoming more autonomous, too. ...
Tags: UK, Science, Life, International, Trends, Mit, Darpa, Mars, Nordic, National University Of Singapore, Reuters, DEKA, Tech Insider, Benjamin Tee, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors


How 'rain drones' in Dubai use electric shocks against clouds to trigger rain to battle extreme temperatures

Cloud seeding can increase low annual rainfall. Getty Images Dubai has launched a project to cope with high temperatures. The project is based on Dubai creating its own rain. To do this, drones that discharge electrical charges are used. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fighting the heat isn't always easy but in places like the United Arab Emirates where temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit at certain times of the year.In the UAE - specifically in Dubai ...
Tags: UK, Science, International, Trends, Bbc, Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Nordic, Vanguard, University of Reading, Tech Insider, NCMS, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors


I had to stop my psychoactive meds while pregnant and the withdrawal was so bad, I considered an abortion

It's incredibly difficult to wean yourself off psychoactive medication once you've begun. Kanawa_Studio/Getty Images Benzodiazepines are a psychoactive drug. They can calm symptoms associated with anxiety. The withdrawal symptoms from giving them up are considered worse than those from cocaine. Sara suffered so much with insomnia and anxiety during pregnancy, she considered having an abortion. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sara is a pseudonym but below is a true ...
Tags: UK, Science, Drugs, Life, International, Trends, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Italy, Healthcare, National Health Service, Medication, Thomson Reuters, Nordic, Sara, Psychiatrist


Nestle is working with a startup that produces lab-grown meat from cell cultures

Nestlé Research scientists in Lausanne are working with Israeli startup Future Meat Technologies, a leading cultured meat startup. Getty Images Nestlé has joined the growing list of firms looking into cultured meat production. The company is exploring new partnerships and emerging projects in non-GMO lab-grown meat. Future Meat Technologies produces non-GMO cultured meat components from animal cells. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nestlé is exploring alternatives offered ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, India, US, International, Trends, Sustainability, Bloomberg, Gmo, United States, Retail, Cargill, Mongolia, Nestle


The world's first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam

The transportation of the 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam. Imperial College of London Pedestrians in Amsterdam can now cross the world's first 3D printed steel bridge. The architectural work required 4.9 tons of stainless steel and four years of research. Intelligent sensors on the bridge will monitor stress, movement, vibration, and temperature. See more stories on Insider's business page. The world's first 3D printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.Whil...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, News, International, Trends, Research, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nordic, Queen Maxima, Red light District, Craig Buchanan, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Business Insider España


A health startup founder who raised $40 million plans to improve healthcare access in the US

Carlos Reines is the CEO and co-founder of RubiconMD. Rubicon Health startup RubiconMD is revolutionizing the complex and costly healthcare model in the US. The platform allows primary care physicians to consult with specialists to improve patient care. Rubicon serves over 10 million Americans and has raised $40 million since it was founded in 2013. See more stories on Insider's business page. Carlos Reines is the CEO and co-founder of RubiconMD.As well as revolutionizing healthcare in...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Nigeria, US, International, Trends, Spain, Harvard, Pennsylvania, United States, Healthcare, Netherlands, West Coast, Haiti, Dominican Republic


Why your brain may need time to readjust to social gatherings after the pandemic, according to a neuroscientist

We've been lonely for a year, but going back to normal socialization could be more difficult than expected. Don Ryan/AP 36% of adults in the US and 61% of young adults reported "serious loneliness" during the pandemic. Nearly half of Americans also reported feeling uneasy about returning to in-person interaction. Neuroscientist Kareem Clark says it may take time for some to reset their 'social homeostasis,' or need to socialize. See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: Science, Isolation, US, Trends, Anxiety, Netflix, Loneliness, Nordic, Antarctic, Contributor, Pandemic, Schitt, Don Ryan, The Conversation, Social Distancing, Reopening


US government sources have reported more than 140 unexplained UFO sightings since 2004, new report reveals

An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane’s infrared camera. US Department of Defense/Navy Times A government report on UFO sightings by government sources, including military pilots, is out. The report says there have been 144 reliably reported UFO sightings since 2004. Only one has been explained. See more stories on Insider's business page. US government sources have reported 144 unidentified flying object sightings since 2004, and only one has been explained, a hig...
Tags: Science, Navy, US, International, Trends, Ufo, Nordic, Tech Insider, UAP, UFO sighting, Military & Defense, Ryan Pickrell, US Department of Defense Navy Times


New US government report on UFOs says it still can't explain more than 140 sightings

An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane’s infrared camera. US Department of Defense/Navy Times A government report on UFO sightings by government sources, including military pilots, is out. A government task force investigated 144 reports of UFO sightings collected since 2004. Only one of these sightings has been explained with confidence. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US government recently investigated 144 reports of unidentified flying object si...
Tags: Science, Navy, US, International, Trends, Department Of Defense, Cnn, Pentagon, Ufo, Nordic, Dod, John Kirby, Kirby, Tech Insider, UAP, UFO sighting


How to encourage skeptical family members to get the COVID vaccine, according to a brain science expert

Everyone has been trying to make everyone else see the world from their perspective, writes Moran Cerf. lechatnoir/Getty Images Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business. He regularly answers questions about psychology, business, and behavior via email from people who attend his talks. In this column, he shares different ways to encourage skeptical family members to get the COVID vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. Q: We live in Florida and visit my paren...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Opinion, Trends, Hawaii, Healthcare, Behavior, Vaccine, Wuhan, Buzz, Nordic, Buzz Aldrin, Brain Science, Neuroscientist, Moran Cerf



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