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Mar 27, 2017

The lessons of violence and inequality through the ages

Posted by in categories: economics, neuroscience

History has shown us that only violence or huge disasters tend to reduce inequality. Which is frightening on it’s own.


The Great Leveller: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century By Walter Scheidel. Princeton University Press; 504 pages; $35 and £27.95.

AS A supplier of momentary relief, the Great Depression seems an unlikely candidate. But when it turns up on page 363 of Walter Scheidel’s “The Great Leveler” it feels oddly welcome. For once—and it is only once, for no other recession in American history boasts the same achievement—real wages rise and the incomes of the most affluent fall to a degree that has a “powerful impact on economic inequality”. Yes, it brought widespread suffering and dreadful misery. But it did not bring death to millions, and in that it stands out.

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Mar 27, 2017

Elon Musk Just Launched A Company To Merge Your Brain With A Computer

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, Elon Musk, robotics/AI

In case you missed it, Elon Musk is rather concerned about the fate of humanity, given the extreme advancements being made in artificial intelligence (AI). Ultimately, he fears that our AI will, one day, overtake us. When this happens, he claims that humans will likely become second class citizens (or slaves, or something even worse).

Now, reports have surfaced which assert that he is backing a brain-computer interface venture that was founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machines. The interface is intended to work by augmenting that which makes us human: our brains.

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Mar 27, 2017

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Somewhere in his packed schedule, he has found time to start a neuroscience company that plans to develop cranial computers, most likely to treat intractable brain diseases first, but later to help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.

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Mar 27, 2017

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Empresário Elon Musk tem uma nova empresa — sim, outra — focada no desenvolvimento das capacidades do cérebro através do aumento tecnológico. O Neuralink, vai trabalhar em tecnologia de interface computador-cérebro como meio de ajudar os seres humanos a acompanhar o desenvolvimento acelerado de inteligência artificial.

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Mar 27, 2017

Elon Musk’s new co could allow uploading, downloading thoughts: Wall Street Journal

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience, singularity

This is big: Is the Singularity a step closer?

Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk has launched a company called Neuralink Corp through which computers could merge with human brains, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Neuralink is pursuing what Musk calls the “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts, the Journal reported. (on.wsj.com/2naUATf)

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Mar 27, 2017

Education is Changing—It’s Time Assessment Caught Up — By Esther Care & Alvin Vista | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Posted by in category: education

“In today’s world, we are increasingly hearing calls for global competencies; that is, we are seeing demand for skills such as critical thinking and creativity across both manual and professional occupations.”

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Mar 27, 2017

An Amazing Therapy That Might Cure Age Related Blindness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

An exclusive interview with Ichor, the biotech company pioneering a SENS based repair therapy that could help cure age related blindness.


Check out our exclusive interview with Ichor the company taking the first SENS based therapy to the clinic. Should clinical trials be a success this will mark the arrival of a technology that addresses one of the aging processes.

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Mar 27, 2017

Uber resumes self-driving car program in San Francisco after crash

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

N” Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] were back on the road in San Francisco on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said.

Uber’s autonomous vehicles in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, remained grounded but were expected to be operating again soon, according to a spokeswoman for the company, who refused to be identified.

“We are resuming our development operations in San Francisco this morning,” she said in an email.

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Mar 27, 2017

3D printed pills: interview with FabRx at University College London

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

Are 3D printed pills the future? We visited a London laboratory to find out.

Established by academics from University College London (UCL) in 2014, FabRx is a company seeking commercialize 3D printed medicines and devices. On the principle that everyone is different, the vision of 3D printed pills it to be able to provide more personal and specific care to patients in need.

Dr. Alvaro Goyanes is one of the four founding partners of FabRx and the company’s director of development. Dr. Goyanes invited 3D Printing Industry into the lab at UCL’s School of Pharmacy to find out more about the ongoing FabRx research.

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Mar 27, 2017

Rejuvenation would cause cultural stagnation

Posted by in categories: ethics, life extension

Is the risk of cultural stagnation a valid objection to rejuvenation therapies? You guessed it—nope.


This objection can be discussed from both a moral and a practical point of view. This article discusses the matter from a moral standpoint, and concludes it is a morally unacceptable objection. (Bummer, now I’ve spoiled it all for you.)

However, even if the objection can be dismissed on moral grounds, one may still argue that, hey, it may be immoral to let old people die to avoid cultural and social stagnation, but it’s still necessary.

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