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Jun 30, 2014

This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise

Posted by in category: space travel

By Abby Phillip — The Washington Post
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NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.”

And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise.

“We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career,” Rademaker said in an e-mail interview. “It does have some Sci-Fi features that might never transfer to a possible final design, unless we really want to.”

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Jun 30, 2014

Lifeboat Foundation Worldwide Ambassador White Swan Update and Published Amazon Author by Andres Agostini at www.amazon.com/author/agostini

Posted by in category: futurism

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Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command http://phys.org/news/2014-06-muscle-powered-bio-bots-video.html

Crowdsourcing for robots http://www.kurzweilai.net/crowdsourcing-for-robots

Giant space telescope could detect hints of life on exoplanets http://www.kurzweilai.net/giant-space-telescope-could-detect.….exoplanets

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Jun 30, 2014

New book: The Beginning and the End by Clément Vidal

Posted by in categories: alien life, complex systems, ethics, philosophy, physics, posthumanism, singularity

By Clément Vidal — Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

I am happy to inform you that I just published a book which deals at length with our cosmological future. I made a short book trailer introducing it, and the book has been mentioned in the Huffington Post and H+ Magazine.

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About the book:
In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution? Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe’s deepest mysteries. Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations. He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale. In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data. His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution, and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come.
About the author:
Dr. Clément Vidal is a philosopher with a background in logic and cognitive sciences. He is co-director of the ‘Evo Devo Universe’ community and founder of the ‘High Energy Astrobiology’ prize. To satisfy his intellectual curiosity when facing the big questions, he brings together many areas of knowledge such as cosmology, physics, astrobiology, complexity science, evolutionary theory and philosophy of science.
http://clement.vidal.philosophons.com

You can get 20% off with the discount code ‘Vidal2014′ (valid until 31st July)!

Jun 30, 2014

Space Travel Test Flight A Success, Trip To Space May Be A Reality Soon

Posted by in category: space travel

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An Arizona start-up company says it has successfully completed its first small-scale test flight of a stratospheric balloon and capsule being developed to show tourists a space like view of the Earth from 19 miles (30 km) above ground.

Privately owned by World View, an offshoot of Paragon Space Development Corp, aims to start taking passengers to the edge of space in the Voyager vehicle by 2016, according to a company statement.

“We couldn’t be any more excited about the results from this test flight,” said Jane Poynter, chief executive officer of World View. “It represents a foundational achievement that moves us one step closer to offering a life-changing experience of our Voyagers.”

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Jun 30, 2014

Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How to Treat You

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

By Daniela Hernandez — Wired

Image: Courtesy of Modernizing Medicine

Long Island dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla knows how to treat acne, burns, and rashes. But when a patient came in with a potentially disfiguring case of bullous pemphigoid–a rare skin condition that causes large, watery blisters–she was stumped. The medication doctors usually prescribe for the autoimmune disorder wasn’t available. So she logged in to Modernizing Medicine, a web-based repository of medical information and insights.

Within seconds, she had the name of another drug that had worked in comparable cases. “It gives you access to data, and data is king,” Mariwalla says of Modernizing Medicine. “It’s been very helpful, especially in clinically challenging situations.”

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Jun 30, 2014

The Moore’s Law of 3D Printing… Yes it Does Exist, And Could Have Staggering Implications

Posted by in category: 3D printing

by — 3D Print.com

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Jun 30, 2014

Gov. Brown signs bills legalizing Bitcoins use, other legislation

Posted by in category: bitcoin

— LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills that recognize the legal use of Bitcoins and other digital currencies in California, repeal a requirement for food handlers to use gloves, and keep minor truants out of lockup facilities, his aides announced Saturday.

In all, the governor signed 15 pieces of legislation into law, including one that reflects the changing way that technology has Californians doing business.

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Jun 30, 2014

How Will We Know When Computers Can Think for Themselves?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

By: Jason Dorrier — Singularity Hub
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Headlines recently exploded with news that a computer program called Eugene Goostman had become the first to pass the Turing test, a method devised by computing pioneer Alan Turing to objectively prove a computer can think.

The program fooled 33% of 30 judges into thinking it was a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy in a five-minute conversation. How impressive is the result? In a very brief encounter, judges interacted with a program that could be forgiven for not knowing much or speaking very eloquently—in the grand scheme, it’s a fairly low bar.

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Jun 29, 2014

Lifeboat Foundation Worldwide Ambassador White Swan Update and Published Amazon Author by Andres Agostini at www.amazon.com/author/agostini

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8 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Everyday Life https://blogs.sap.com/innovation/innovation/8-ways-the-internet-of-things-will-change-everyday-life-01253438?source=social-Ariba-LinkedIn-NetworkedEconomy-Blog-IoT&campaigncode=CRM-XH14-GRO-NTECLPLIS

Billions To Soon Be Invested In 3D Printing Research and Development http://3dprint.com/7599/billions-rd-3d-printing/

Iraq Says Russian Experts Have Arrived to Help Prepare Jets for Fighting http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/world/middleeast/iraq.html.….v=top-news

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Jun 27, 2014

Lifeboat Foundation Worldwide Ambassador White Swan Update and Published Amazon Author by Andres Agostini at www.amazon.com/author/agostini

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The quantum cryptography arms race has begun http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/the-quantum-cryptography.….gun-244907

A 36-core chip design with an Internet-style communication network http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-36-core-chip-design-with-an-inte.….on-network

Wearable computing gloves can teach Braille, even if you’re not paying attention http://www.kurzweilai.net/wearable-computing-gloves-can-teac.….-attention

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