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Brian Gongol

June 20, 2013

Science and Technology Mergers in the 3D printing universe
Widely-known Makerbot is merging with Stratasys, but will probably remain a separate subsidiary

Computers and the Internet Not Auto-Tune, but automatic tunes
Please note that (a) IBM's Watson won "Jeopardy"; (b) music is, fundamentally, mathematical in nature; and (c) Watson won't die of a drug overdose. Long after individual artists burn out (or die much too young), the patterns that made them great can be replicated. Some day soon, a computer will learn to "think" musically like Jimi Hendrix or John Lennon. It won't be exactly the same, but it will be very close, very good, and much better than whatever One Direction is recording.

Health Half of babies born at 25 weeks of gestation can survive with modern medicine

Science and Technology Nature's pretty good at photosynthesis already
(Video) But figuring out how to replicate it mechanically turns out to be a little more tricky. But if we get it right, we'll do quite well by ourselves. If we can achieve ready supplies of super-cheap and abundant energy, then more or less every other problem facing humanity becomes easy to overcome.

Computers and the Internet Microsoft and Apple team up to challenge Google
It's not an Earth-shattering arrangement, but Apple's Siri program will now use Microsoft's Bing search engine to find results when they're outside the normal realm of what Siri can find

Computers and the Internet When's the next edition of Android coming? Nobody seems to know.