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Oct 31, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 01, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 01, 2014)

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BLOOMBERG: Virgin Galactic Ship Crashes With 1 Pilot Reported Dead http://lnkd.in/dR-C8cV

ENGADGET: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes after launch http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/31/virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo/

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Oct 31, 2014

Richard Branson, Success, Unpreparedness, Failure, and Death!

Posted by in categories: business, electronics, energy, internet, physics

Richard Branson, Success, Unpreparedness, Failure, and Death!

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The Largest God of Entrepreneurial Success, “knighted by the English Crown,” wanted to teach us that the Power of Simplicity with Boldness is sufficient to defeat the Science of Complexity and a most-unprepared à –la-Sir-Francis-Drake company called: “Virgin Galactic.”

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Oct 31, 2014

Walmart Will Be Sputnikked By Amazon Or Alibaba

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Walmart Will Be Sputnikked By Amazon Or Alibaba

Walmart will be Sputnikked by Amazon or Alibaba. That is, as you don’t understand English and Russian, let us try Latin:

“… Si vis pacem, para bellum.…”

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Oct 31, 2014

Force of nature gave life its asymmetry

Posted by in category: biological

Elizabeth Gibney — Nature

Physicists have found hints that the asymmetry of life — the fact that most biochemical molecules are ‘left-handed’ or ‘right-handed’ — could have been caused by electrons from nuclear decay in the early days of evolution. In an experiment that took 13 years to perfect1, the researchers have found that these electrons tend to destroy certain organic molecules slightly more often than they destroy their mirror images.

Many organic molecules, including glucose and most biological amino acids, are ‘chiral’. This means that they are different than their mirror-image molecules, just like a left and a right glove are. Moreover, in such cases life tends to consistently use one of the possible versions — for example, the DNA double helix in its standard form always twists like a right-handed screw. But the reason for this preference has long remained a mystery.

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Oct 30, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 31, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 31, 2014)

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WIRED: Huge Flock of Minisatellites Aims to Photograph the Entire Earth Every Day http://lnkd.in/dT53SGk

BLOOMBERG: Mercedes, VW to Thwart Google’s Car Inroads in Car Data http://lnkd.in/dRnNVqz

WIRED: How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online http://lnkd.in/daY8Uc9

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Oct 30, 2014

Amit Singhal (at Google): Will your computer plan change your life?

Posted by in categories: lifeboat, posthumanism, robotics/AI, science

This archive file was compiled from an interview conducted at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, 2013. In the discussion, Amit Singhal, a key figure in the evolution of Google’s search engine, broadly outlined the significant hurdles that stood in the way of achieving one of his long-held dreams — creating a true ‘conversational’ search engine. He also sketched out a vision of how the initial versions of such a system would, and also importantly, would not attempt to assist the individuals that it interacted with.

Though the vision was by design more limited and focused than a system capable of passing the famous Turing test, it nonetheless raised stimulating questions about the future relationships of humans and their ‘artificial’ assistants.

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Oct 30, 2014

Why artificial intelligence is the future of religion

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

— Salon

Why artificial intelligence is the future of religion

There are places you never expect to be in life. For me, this was certainly one of them: in a conference room in suburban Charlotte on the campus of Southern Evangelical Seminary, with an enormous old Bible on a side table, shelves of Great Books lining the walls, and, on the conference table itself, a 23-inch-tall robot doing yoga.

Meet the Digitally Advanced Viritual Intelligence Device, a NAO (now) robot known as “D.A.V.I.D.”

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Oct 29, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (October 30, 2014)

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FUTURISM UPDATE (October 30, 2014)

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WIRED: Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data http://lnkd.in/dsiYwPY

YAHOO: Volkswagen says to launch over 20 electric vehicle models in China http://lnkd.in/dV-ZcpM

“The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”

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Oct 29, 2014

The Most Valiant Attempts to Program Our Five Senses Into Robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Alexandra Ossola — MotherBoard

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Ever since humans first envisioned robots, we’ve thought about how to make the machines more like us. Robots compete against us on game shows, and rendezvous with us in the bedroom (or at least, make virtual sex feel real). But part of being human is sensing the world around us in a particular way, and doing it all at the same time.

This is much more complicated than it seems, as scientists haven’t fully unraveled how we’re able to sense what we do; it’s both our hardware and software that contain codes that are difficult to crack. Still, scientists power through, discovering how their own senses work while crafting artificial versions of them. Here are some of the most valiant attempts to get robots to taste, smell, touch, hear, and see in the most human way possible.

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Oct 28, 2014

One of science’s most baffling questions? Why we yawn

Posted by in category: biological

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