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Feb 23, 2017

Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if machines become conscious?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?

Check out Wisecrack and their video: https://goo.gl/oaUbAF

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Feb 23, 2017

The Future of Medicine is Artificial Intelligences And a Virtual World

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Innovations in medical science are gooing to allow for greater technological utility for our surgeries. We will see more robotics and AI assistance.

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Feb 23, 2017

A Potential Dark Matter Signature Has Been Seen in The Andromeda Galaxy

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

NASA’s Fermi Telescope has looked at the gamma-ray emission of M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, and discovered the largest fraction of this powerful radiation comes from the core of the galaxy, very much like in our own Milky Way. The international team of researchers has considered this signature as potential indirect evidence of dark matter.

Some theoretical models predict gamma-ray emissions when dark matter particles interact with each other. Dark matter doesn’t like interacting at all, it doesn’t form clumps or clouds, so these gamma-ray signals might only happen in dense regions, like at the core of galaxies.

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Feb 23, 2017

This California gubernatorial candidate wants state-funded ‘universal basic income’ for everyone

Posted by in categories: economics, government, robotics/AI

The Los Angeles Times covered my libertarian campaign for CA governor. I do still support a libertarian version of a basic income due to coming automation—and the fact it will swallow welfare and other government programs, essentially reducing the size of government while distributing money to all residents.


Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles

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Feb 23, 2017

Lifeboat Foundation

Posted by in categories: lifeboat, robotics/AI, transportation

I want this car only if I can get in the driverless hover version. Imagine this car requiring no wheels as it hovers across the roads/ streets and no more flat tires.

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Feb 23, 2017

Artificial intelligence in quantum systems, too

Posted by in categories: biological, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Quantum biomimetics consists of reproducing in quantum systems certain properties exclusive to living organisms. Researchers at University of the Basque Country have imitated natural selection, learning and memory in a new study. The mechanisms developed could give quantum computation a boost and facilitate the learning process in machines.

Unai Alvarez-Rodriguez is a researcher in the Quantum Technologies for Information Science (QUTIS) research group attached to the UPV/EHU’s Department of Physical Chemistry, and an expert in information technologies. Quantum information technology uses quantum phenomena to encode computational tasks. Unlike classical computation, quantum computation “has the advantage of not being limited to producing registers in values of zero and one,” he said. Qubits, the equivalent of bits in classical computation, can take values of zero, one or both at the same time, a phenomenon known as superposition, which “gives quantum systems the possibility of performing much more complex operations, establishing a computational parallel on a quantum level, and offering better results than classical computation systems,” he added.

The research group to which Alvarez-Rodriguez belongs decided to focus on imitating biological processes. “We thought it would be interesting to create systems capable of emulating certain properties exclusive of living entities. In other words, we were seeking to design protocols whose dynamics were analogous to these properties.” The processes they chose to imitate by means of quantum simulators were natural selection, memory and intelligence. This led them to develop the concept of quantum biomimetics.

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Feb 23, 2017

Private Russian Airline Gets Green Light For Space Launch

Posted by in categories: government, space

The Russian government has given S7 airlines a license for space operations. The company plans its first launch by the year’s end.

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Feb 23, 2017

New Tech Makes Brain Implants Safer and Super Precise

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, robotics/AI

When Jan Scheuermann volunteered for an experimental brain implant, she had no idea she was making neuroscience history.

Scheuermann, 54 at the time of surgery, had been paralyzed for 14 years due to a neurological disease that severed the neural connections between her brain and muscles. She could still feel her body, but couldn’t move her limbs.

Unwilling to give up, Scheuermann had two button-sized electrical implants inserted into her motor cortex. The implants tethered her brain to a robotic arm through two bunches of cables that protruded out from her skull.

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Feb 23, 2017

Graphene Could Buttress Next-Gen Computer Chip Wiring

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Nice.


Current can literally blow copper interconnects away, but graphene could keep them intact.

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Feb 23, 2017

Synopsis: Revealing a Hidden Spin Polarization

Posted by in category: materials

Photoemission spectroscopy has detected two different populations of spin-polarized electrons that are “hidden” within a layered, graphene-like material.

The layers inside certain materials can carry spin-polarized electrons, but this polarization is hidden to measurements that aren’t sufficiently localized. A new study using photoemission spectroscopy has detected the hidden spin polarization in a graphene-like material called molybdenum disulfide (MoS22). Unique to this work is the ability to target specific populations of spin-polarized electrons with circularly polarized light.

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