Best Tech Stories around the web #128

On the program this week: A 3D-printed house built in 24 hours, Elon Musk launches a venture to merge the humain brain with AI, Samsung is aiming to widen access to contactless payments and Electric planes to Paris in ten years.

This company will 3D print you a house anywhere you want it by

Giant 3D printers that fabricate homes have always done so in large facilities. Rather than assembling pieces printed elsewhere, engineering company Apis Cor has created the very first 3D-printed house using a mobile printer on-site. Printing the self-bearing walls, partitions, and building envelope took the machine 24 hours to complete. The final result is the first house printed as a whole with an area of 409 square feet. Read more

Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI by

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices. Read more

Samsung is aiming to widen access to contactless payments by

While Samsung’s most high profile contactless payment push is the eponymous Samsung Pay — aka its mobile payments product, which competes with the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay — the company is today bigging up another approach it’s backing, with the not so catchy name of Contactless Companion Platform. Read more

Electric planes to Paris ‘in ten years’ by

A start-up is working with Easyjet to develop electric passenger aircraft, which it claims could be used for flights from London to Paris within ten years. Wright Electric says that removing the need for aviation fuel would bring down the cost of short-haul flying and mean that airliners were quieter and greener. The Massachusetts-based company told investors that its goal was for all short-haul flights to be electric within the next 20 years. Read more