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Apr 23, 2017

Artificial intelligence could build new drugs faster than any human team

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

Artificial intelligence algorithms are being taught to generate art, human voices, and even fiction stories all on their own—why not give them a shot at building new ways to treat disease?

Atomwise, a San Francisco-based startup and Y Combinator alum, has built a system it calls AtomNet (pdf), which attempts to generate potential drugs for diseases like Ebola and multiple sclerosis. The company has invited academic and non-profit researchers from around the country to detail which diseases they’re trying to generate treatments for, so AtomNet can take a shot. The academic labs will receive 72 different drugs that the neural network has found to have the highest probability of interacting with the disease, based on the molecular data it’s seen.

Atomwise’s system only generates potential drugs—the compounds created by the neural network aren’t guaranteed to be safe, and need to go through the same drug trials and safety checks as anything else on the market. The company believes that the speed at which it can generate trial-ready drugs based on previous safe molecular interactions is what sets it apart.

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Apr 23, 2017

Britain powered 24 hours without coal for first time in 135 years in ‘watershed moment’

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

The UK’s first 24 hours without using coal as part of its energy mix has been hailed “a watershed” moment.

For the first time since the industrial revolution, the country fulfilled all of its energy needs without using coal for a full day. It is bound to happen more frequently, the National Grid said.

Around half of energy came from natural gas and about a quarter came from nuclear plants, according to Grid Watch. Wind, biomass and imported energy made up the difference.

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Apr 23, 2017

Rockstar is not happy about driverless cars learning from ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ without permission

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

I remember posting that video in here a few months ago. Some lab in California was testing their AI’s to drive cars in the game. I wish they’d let them goof around in Multiplayer it would be interesting to mess with one. How would it re act if it got attacked, if a random person hopped in a car and started playing with the radio or other weird stuff.


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Apr 23, 2017

I Talked to Four Humanoid Robots and They’re Mostly Dumb as Doornails

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

My new Vice Motherboard article on interviewing four humanoid robots: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/i-talked-to-four-humanoid-robots #transhumanism


“Human relationships can be hard to define.”

Over the last 18 months, I’ve found myself in the strange habit of hanging out and interviewing English-speaking humanoid robots. I was able to chat with four machines, each which possessed some level of artificial intelligence. Even though none of them could fully carry on normal conversations, they all had something to say. And sometimes, what they say and how they say it, is a piercing glimpse into the future of humanity.

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Apr 23, 2017

Spaceworks Hibernation Chambers may finally help Astronauts cool down and rest in a deep and dreamless slumber

Posted by in category: space travel

We all know that real space travel and space colonization will not be achieved without the hard work, passion, and courage of people willingly taking risks for the greater good of humanity.

However, we can put all our hearts into deep space missions but won’t succeed unless we also provide the technological innovations needed. Let’s say, that thermal radiation isn’t our biggest enemy in space (literally roasting and melting our astronauts), speed and time are still affecting us the most. Mars, which is only a mere six months of travel time away from Earth, is certainly manageable, but getting to the outer parts of our own solar system already took some 10 years to accomplish.

So, it’s obvious why sci-fi avoids any further questioning by putting space explorers in sleep mode. In reality, shutting down humans is hard to do, whereas keeping a body alive in suspension mode is tricky, to say the least.

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Apr 23, 2017

Here are 15 Job Openings at Elon Musk’s New Startup, Neuralink

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

On Thursday, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his new startup, Neuralink, which will focus on melding the human brain and artificial intelligence.

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Apr 23, 2017

ChipSat conceptual art by Ellam Mercier

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Conceptual artist Efflam Mercier, who has previously created images of an AI interstellar probe has now created images of ChipSats, a new class of space system that has the size of a fingernail and a mass of less than 10g (atto-sat class). i4is has started developing a ChipSat in the context of Project Glowworm.

Project Glowworm

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Apr 22, 2017

Great to see so many science supporters in the US today

Posted by in category: science

Special thanks to Rachel Lyn Edler, a wonderful designer on my team, who carreid a poster of my science-minded campaign today in Santa Rosa, CA)

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Apr 22, 2017

Update: My Jacque Fresco interview and video on a Resource Based Economy via NowThis Future shared a few weeks ago now has 142,000 Facebook shares, 16,000 comments, 102,000 likes, and 12.3 million views

Posted by in categories: economics, transhumanism

Wow! For context, that’s nearly 4x times the amount of daily views that Bill O’Reilly used to get on his #1 cable show on Fox before he was fired. smile Give the video a view: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisFuture/videos/1500983249942850/ #transhumanism

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Apr 22, 2017

Elon Musk’s new company wants to link human brains with computers in 4 years

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

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke and cancer lesion in about four years, Musk said in an interview with the website Wait But Why on Thursday.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview. Neuralink will be Musk’s third company along with Tesla and SpaceX.

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