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Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

When I was a kid, I was the quintessential nerd. I think some of you were, too. (Laughter) And you, sir, who laughed the loudest, you probably still are. (Laughter) I grew up in a small town in the dusty plains of north Texas, the son of a sheriff who …

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The Randomness Problem: How Lava Lamps Protect the Internet

SciShow is supported by Brilliant.org. Go to Brilliant.org/SciShow to get 20% off of an annual Premium subscription. You jog onto the field for another NFL football game or at least your team’s video game avatars do, which, I mean, let’s face it, is about as close as you’ll get. The …

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The Quantum Theory that Connects the Entire Universe

Thanks to Brilliant for sponsoring SciShow. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: quantum mechanics is weird. It also hard to make videos about, but we’re doing it! It’s the physics of the super-tiny, and it’s built around the idea that energy isn’t a smooth spectrum — it …

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Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! …

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How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there …

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9 Futuristic Materials

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home — ever seen it? Came out in 1986? The crew of the original Enterprise go back in time? To … 1986? Anyway, there’s a scene where chief engineer Scotty describes a lighter, sturdier, futuristic alternative to plexiglass: transparent aluminum. This stuff is supposed …

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