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Nov 24, 2017

“The Number of Teens who Are Depressed is Soaring — and All Signs Point to Smartphones”

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, neuroscience

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational purposes.

By Jean Twenge Business Insider

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

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Nov 24, 2017

Transhumanism And The Future Of Humanity: 7 Ways The World Will Change By 2030

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, government, internet, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Innovation Group looked at three fundamental pillars of humanity and how they will evolve over the coming 10–15 years: our bodies, our thought, and our behavior. After identifying the driving forces that will transform these fundamental pillars, we extracted key themes emerging from their convergence. Ultimately our goal was to determine the ways in which the changing nature of humanity and transhumanism would affect individuals, society, businesses, and government.

A few of the trends that emerged from this study include the following seven trends. We hope they will spark discussion and innovation at your organizations.


Companies today are strategizing about future investments and technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, or growth around new business models. While many of these trends will make for solid investments for the next 5–10 years, fewer companies are considering the revolutionary convergence of disparate trends pulled from technology, behavioral and societal changes, and medical advances to understand how they will converge to transform society. This transformation will be messy, complex, and sometimes scary, but signals already point to a future of humanity that will blur our identities into “transhumanism.”

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Nov 24, 2017

How Alzheimer’s emerged from the shadows

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A new movement aims to break the silence over a little-understood disease.

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Nov 23, 2017

Prion seeding activity and infectivity in skin samples from patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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

Another case of idiot MD’s who think they know everything not wanting to test for CJD, and getting mad when something they dont know existed contaminating instruments and spreading diseases.

AI doctors soon please.


Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), the most common human prion disease, can be transmitted via neurosurgical instruments or corneal or dura mater transplants contaminated by infectious prions. Some epidemiological studies have associated sCJD risk with surgeries that involve the skin, but whether the skin of sCJD patients contains prion infectivity is not known. Orrú et al. now report detectable prion seeding activity and infectivity in skin from sCJD patients, although at much lower levels compared to brain tissues from sCJD patients. These data suggest that there may be a potential for iatrogenic sCJD transmission through skin.

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Nov 23, 2017

Smart people have better connected brains

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Die Goethe-Universität ist eine forschungsstarke Hochschule in der europäischen Finanzmetropole Frankfurt. Lebendig, urban und weltoffen besitzt sie als Stiftungsuniversität ein einzigartiges Maß an Eigenständigkeit.

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Nov 23, 2017

Elon Musk takes 1st steps to build futuristic underground tunnel in LA

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, futurism

It could all be a pipe dream.

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Nov 23, 2017

Philip Hammond pledges driverless cars by 2021 and warns people to retrain

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

Government of England pledges to roll out Level 5 Self Driving cars by 2021. And, they estimate 1 million people being left unemployed. Gives an idea of what will happen with automation of the Transportation Industry in the US.


UK chancellor says driverless vehicles will revolutionise people’s lives but says for some it will be ‘very challenging’.

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Nov 23, 2017

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us

Posted by in category: futurism

From Palo Alto to Marrakesh, the world is changing.

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Nov 23, 2017

Killer robots which use facial recognition ‘will be devastating to humankind’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Professor Stuart Russell, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) expert at the University of California, said allowing machines to kill humans would endanger freedom and security.

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Nov 23, 2017

How to Beam Factories to Mars

Posted by in categories: alien life, health

In a recent blog post, Paul Krugman tried to illustrate a point about the GOP tax cut plan by imagining interplanetary trade with Martians. (At least he’s now entertaining voluntary transactions, rather than an alien invasion.) Yet in his zeal to downplay the potential benefits to workers from a corporate tax cut, Krugman ends up shortchanging the versatility of markets. As a teaching exercise, I’ll walk through the full implications of Krugman’s story about Martians, to show the elegance of capitalism.

Krugman’s Martian Scenario

The context for Krugman’s fanciful thought experiment is the GOP plan to cut the corporate income tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. In order to sell this plan as pro-worker, the GOP defenders are arguing that capital is very mobile on the international market. Therefore, global investors can be picky, and must earn the same after–tax rate of return (due account being made for risk), wherever they invest. This means — so the GOP argument continues — that a large cut in the US corporate tax rate will simply invite a flood of foreign capital into the US, pushing down the pre –tax rate of return to reestablish equilibrium across all countries. Yet this process helps American workers, who are now mixing their labor with a larger capital stock. Because labor productivity is higher with more tools and equipment, wage rates end up rising. Thus, so the argument concludes, the primary beneficiaries of the GOP tax cut won’t be international capitalists, but instead will be American workers.

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