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Sep 18, 2015

Apple meets California officials to discuss self-driving car — By Mark Harris | The Guardian

Posted by in categories: disruptive technology, driverless cars, innovation

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Apple executives have discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt.”

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Sep 16, 2015

Atlantis Rising: Why Floating Cities are the Next Frontier (Joe Quirk)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, governance, innovation

Is seasteading the wave of the future? Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute thinks floating cities will allow micro nations to compete for people — providing better life options and innovations. “Aquapreneurs,” says Quirk, can save humanity from disease, environmental harm and maybe even war.

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Sep 16, 2015

The Duke, the Landscape Architect and the World’s Most Ambitious Attempt to Bring the Cosmos to Earth — By Alina Simone | Atlas Obscura

Posted by in categories: innovation, science

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“Last fall, a hand-picked group of the world’s top theoretical physicists received an invitation to a conference about the multiverse, a subject to which many of them had devoted the majority of their careers.”

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Sep 15, 2015

Physics-Astronomy: LOCKHEED: We Made A Huge Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion

Posted by in categories: innovation, nuclear energy

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Sep 15, 2015

The Imminence of Transhuman Technologies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, ethics, existential risks, genetics, health, innovation, neuroscience

Progress always seems to ride a slippery slope. Innovations generally bring a plethora of potential benefits and just as many dangers, the obvious and the hidden. Technologies that tamper with our biological constructs is well underway in the neuro- and biotech industries. Historically, innovations in medicine have usually been beneficial on the aggregate.

But these new breakthroughs go beyond preventing and healing pre-existing causes. Transhuman technologies hold the promise of enhancing who we are as individuals and potentially as an entire species, and the decisions surrounding these technologies are far from simple. Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan, a philosopher, neuroscientist, and director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, believes we should be acting now to prepare for the inevitable and the unpredictable ramifications.

Framing Human Motivation

Considering our mixed track record as a species in rolling out groundbreaking innovations, discussing and finding potential solutions to many of the hidden dangers, and obvious ones, seems more than reasonable. One of the more puzzling questions is, where do we begin to have a pragmatic conversation on the ethics of these technologies?

There are plenty of theories about what drive human decisions, not least because human morality is infinitely complex and our minds crave frames through which to make sense of chaos. Dr. Al-Rodhan has his own conception of what drives human motivations. He makes meaning using the lens of “5 P’s” – Power, Pride, Profit, Pleasure, and Permanence – which he posits drive human motivations. “This is my view, the foundation of my outlook…this perceived emotion of self interest drives our moral compass.”

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Sep 13, 2015

Breakthrough: Artificial Leaf Capable Of Producing Oxygen Could Make Living In Space A Reality!

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

The man-made “plant” can create endless oxygen using light and water!

Pioneers have been dreaming about living in outer space for eons, but there’s always been one major roadblock: securing a long-term oxygen supply. Toting around an indefinite supply of O2 isn’t feasible, and obtaining oxygen from plants in space is difficult, as green vegetation does not thrive in zero gravity environments.

But thanks to graduate student Julian Melchiorri, long-term space travel could soon be a reality. Melchiorri worked with Dezeen and MINI Frontiers to produce the Silk Leaf, an invention capable of sustaining life.

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Sep 11, 2015

Breakthrough NIST study creates molecules out of photons

Posted by in categories: innovation, physics

A new study in manipulating photons has created the first two-photon structure that behaves like a molecule of matter.

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Sep 9, 2015

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Breakthroughs — Peter Diamandis | SENS Research Foundation Conference

Posted by in categories: innovation, life extension

Sep 9, 2015

Verizon to start 5G wireless testing ahead of schedule

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

US telecom giant Verizon announced Tuesday it would start field testing of the superfast fifth generation of wireless technology or 5G, in 2016.

The announcement aims to accelerate the deployment of the new wireless system that could unleash innovation and new services such as and remote surgery.

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Sep 4, 2015

Changing the World Panel—Singularity Summit 2009—Peter Thiel, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Aubrey de Grey — MIRI | Vimeo.com

Posted by in categories: hacking, innovation, life extension, robotics/AI, Singularity University