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Jun 30, 2015

Swedish scientists create an artificial neuron that mimicks an organic one

Posted by in categories: electronics, futurism, neuroscience

Chemical-to-electrical-to-chemical signal transmission. A conventional neuron (upper panel) senses chemical signals (orange circles), which trigger an electrical pulse of membrane depolarization (action potential) along the axon, causing chemical release at the axon terminals (blue circles). This process can be mimicked (lower panel) by a chemical biosensor (for glutamate or acetylcholine) connected to an axon-mimicking organic electronic ion pump that transmits electrons/ions and generates chemicals — forming an organic electronic biomimetic neuron. (credit: Daniel T. Simon et al./Biosensors and Bioelectronics)

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Jun 29, 2015

The Future of Superhuman Technology

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, futurism, neuroscience, transhumanism

I’m excited to share this 12-min video on transhumanism and my presidential campaign (at 7 min mark). This video just came out, but the Good Mythical Morning (with over 7 million YouTube subscribers) videos often get over 1 million views and 3,000+ comments. This will likely be one of the most popular videos on transhumanism this year, and it’s really funny!

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Jun 29, 2015

The Crazy Science Behind Self/less’ Consciousness Transfer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In the new movie Self/Less, Ben Kingsley is dying of cancer, so he gets his mind placed into a younger body—that of Ryan Reynolds. You’ve seen this kind of “re-sleeving” before in novels like Altered Carbon, but is it scientifically possible? Here’s a brand new exclusive featurette that says… maybe.

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Jun 29, 2015

If Isaac Asimov Were Alive, Humans Would Be His Favorite TV Show

Posted by in category: entertainment

I couldn’t agree more! Fantastic show.

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Jun 29, 2015

Some physicists believe we’re living in a giant hologram — and it’s not that far-fetched

Posted by in category: physics

The wild idea, explained in basic English.

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Jun 29, 2015

No, an AI Did Not Just “Lash Out” at Its Human Programmer 

Posted by in categories: ethics, neuroscience, robotics/AI

A slew of articles are claiming that an “exasperated” artificial intelligence snapped at its programmer during a conversation about morality and ethics. Sadly, it’s another example of the media overselling the capabilities of simple chatbots.

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Jun 29, 2015

Africa Is Going To Be Polio-Free Soon

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

After years of frustrating pushback, Africa may soon be able to declare itself polio-free.

The disease that affects mostly children under 5 and can lead to irreversible paralysis, has been all but wiped out in Africa — except for in Nigeria. There, religious leaders often interfered with vaccination campaigns, but thanks to increased efforts, the country hasn’t seen a new polio case since July of last year, NPR’s Goats and Soda reported.

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Jun 29, 2015

How Google Finally Got Design — By Cliff Kuang | Fast Company

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

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“It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, then set down your Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. Take a cleansing breath, open your mind, and compare Android and iOS.”

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Jun 29, 2015

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page? — Peter Wayner | The Atlantic

Posted by in categories: business, entertainment

“The maker of the Kindle is going to flip the formula used for reimbursing some of the authors who depend on it for sales. Instead of paying these authors by the book, Amazon will soon start paying authors based on how many pages are read—not how many pages are downloaded, but how many pages are displayed on the screen long enough to be parsed.” Read More

Jun 28, 2015

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man

Posted by in category: entertainment

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