Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Four Ways We Can “Swallow the Doctor” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/four-ways-we-can-swallow-the-doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/four-ways-we-can-swallow-the-doctor#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/four-ways-we-can-swallow-the-doctor

Summary: Nanodocs? #Swallow #the #doctor? The authors of a recent research study, says soon we will be able to “swallow the surgeon.” Using medical #nanobots to diagnose and treat disease from inside the body. Study authors documented recent advances in nanotechnology tools, such as nanodrillers, microgrippers, and microbullets – and show how #nanodocs have tremendous potential in the areas of precision surgery, detection, detoxification and targeted drug delivery.


Summary: Nanodocs? Swallow the doctor? The authors of a recent research study, say the concept of “swallow the surgeon” – or using medical nanobots to diagnose and treat disease from inside the body – may be closer than we think. Study authors document recent advances in nanotechnology tools, such as nanodrillers, microgrippers, and microbullets – and show how nanodocs have tremendous potential in the areas of precision surgery, detection, detoxification and targeted drug delivery. Cover photo: The old way to swallow the surgeon. Credit: R. Collin Johnson / Attributed to Stanford University.

Imagine that you need to repair a defective heart valve, a major surgery. Instead of ripping your chest cut open, a doctor merely injects you with a syringe full of medical nanorobots, called nanodocs for short. You emerge from the ‘surgery’ unscathed, and your only external wound is the puncture hole from the injection.

According to a recent study published by nanorobotic engineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), the concept of ‘swallow the doctor’ may be closer to reality than we think.

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The Immune System Is Critical to Tissue Regeneration https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-immune-system-is-critical-to-tissue-regeneration https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-immune-system-is-critical-to-tissue-regeneration#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-immune-system-is-critical-to-tissue-regeneration

One of the most intriguing questions in biology is how can some animals regenerate their major body parts like hearts and limbs and others cannot?

A new study led by Dr. James Godwin from the MDI Biological Laboratory suggests that the innate immune system could be the answer.

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German Party for Health Research: Together Against Age-related Diseases https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/german-party-for-health-research-together-against-age-related-diseases https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/german-party-for-health-research-together-against-age-related-diseases#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:02:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/german-party-for-health-research-together-against-age-related-diseases

German Party for Health Research is calling for more funding for studies on aging and age-related diseases! Nice initiative! Good luck!


It seems the only reason why the situation with state funding for medical research has not improved over time in a given country is the lack of well-organized public initiatives to support the necessary changes.

People are rarely offered a clear program of action that could promote the development of therapies that might bring aging under medical control and address age-related diseases.

German Party for Health Research is offering such a program, and so far its activities are quire fruitful. We wish them good luck!

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Mum begged doc to ‘chip’ daughter in case ‘radical’ dad takes her to Syria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/mum-begged-doc-to-chip-daughter-in-case-radical-dad-takes-her-to-syria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/mum-begged-doc-to-chip-daughter-in-case-radical-dad-takes-her-to-syria#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/mum-begged-doc-to-chip-daughter-in-case-radical-dad-takes-her-to-syria

Transhumanism discussion of using implants in children is in The Sun today, one of UK’s largest sites/papers.


A DOCTOR known as a “human cyborg” has revealed parents are bombarding him with requests to implant chips into their children.

Dr Patrick Kramer, who work under the job title of “chief cyborg officer”, receives harrowing messages from parents desperate for him to implant tracking chips under their children’s skin.

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‘I was just doing my job’: Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-was-just-doing-my-job-soviet-officer-who-averted-nuclear-war-dies-at-age-77 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-was-just-doing-my-job-soviet-officer-who-averted-nuclear-war-dies-at-age-77#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-was-just-doing-my-job-soviet-officer-who-averted-nuclear-war-dies-at-age-77

A Soviet officer who prevented a nuclear crisis between the US and the USSR and possible World War III in the 1980s has quietly passed away. He was 77. In 2010 RT spoke to Stanislav Petrov, who never considered himself a hero. We look at the life of the man who saved the world.

A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

On September 7, Schumacher, who kept in touch with Petrov in the intervening years, phoned him to wish him a happy birthday, but instead learned from Petrov’s son, Dmitry, that the retired officer had died on May 19 in his home in a small town near Moscow.

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Nanotechnology to treat cancer? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/nanotechnology-to-treat-cancer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/nanotechnology-to-treat-cancer#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/nanotechnology-to-treat-cancer

The therapy has been approved by the FDA for phase one clinical trials at three U.S. institutions: the Greenebaum Cancer Center of the University of Maryland, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia Cancer Center.

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Discovery helps engineer more accurate Cas9s for CRISPR editing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/discovery-helps-engineer-more-accurate-cas9s-for-crispr-editing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/discovery-helps-engineer-more-accurate-cas9s-for-crispr-editing#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/discovery-helps-engineer-more-accurate-cas9s-for-crispr-editing

Detailed study of how Cas9 protein domains move when they bind DNA leads to re-engineered Cas9 with fewer off-target effects.

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Scientists create world’s first ‘molecular robot’ capable of building molecules https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/scientists-create-worlds-first-molecular-robot-capable-of-building-molecules https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/scientists-create-worlds-first-molecular-robot-capable-of-building-molecules#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:02:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/scientists-create-worlds-first-molecular-robot-capable-of-building-molecules

Credit: Image credit: Stuart Jantzen, www.biocinematics.com]

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Fathers pass on four times as many new genetic mutations as mothers – study https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/fathers-pass-on-four-times-as-many-new-genetic-mutations-as-mothers-study https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/fathers-pass-on-four-times-as-many-new-genetic-mutations-as-mothers-study#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/fathers-pass-on-four-times-as-many-new-genetic-mutations-as-mothers-study

Researchers studied 14,000 Icelanders and found that men passed on one new mutation for every eight months of age, compared with women who passed on a new mutation for every three years of age.

The figures mean that a child born to 30-year-old parents would, on average, inherit 11 new mutations from the mother, but 45 from the father.

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The Way We Get Power Is About to Change Forever https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-way-we-get-power-is-about-to-change-forever https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-way-we-get-power-is-about-to-change-forever#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-way-we-get-power-is-about-to-change-forever

Solar and wind power are all about the batteries.


The age of batteries is just getting started. In the latest episode of our animated series, Sooner Than You Think, Bloomberg’s Tom Randall does the math on when solar plus batteries might start wiping fossil fuels off the grid.

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China Upgrading Milky Way 2 Supercomputer to 95 Petaflops https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/china-upgrading-milky-way-2-supercomputer-to-95-petaflops https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/china-upgrading-milky-way-2-supercomputer-to-95-petaflops#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:22:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/china-upgrading-milky-way-2-supercomputer-to-95-petaflops

We have some breaking news from the IHPC Forum in Guangzhou today. Researchers in China are busy upgrading the MilkyWay 2 (Tianhe-2) system to nearly 95 Petaflops (peak). This should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500 with 33.86 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark. The upgraded system, dubbed Tianhe −2A, should be completed in the coming months.

Details about the system upgrade were presented at the conference opening session. While the current system derives much of its performance from Intel Knights Corner co-processors, the new system swaps these PCI devices out for custom-made 4-way MATRIX-200o boards, with each chip providing 2.46 Teraflops of peak performance.

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How AI can Help Reduce the Cost of Drug Discovery https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-ai-can-help-reduce-the-cost-of-drug-discovery https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-ai-can-help-reduce-the-cost-of-drug-discovery#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-ai-can-help-reduce-the-cost-of-drug-discovery

The cost of drug discovery and subsequent development is a massive challenge in the pharmaceutical industry. A typical drug can cost upwards of $2.5 billion and a decade or more to identify and test a new drug candidate[1].

These costs have been increasing steadily over the years, and pharmaceutical manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to improve efficiency to save time and money and speed up research progress.

Automation in the lab is one example; tasks that were traditionally carried out by technicians can now be done by machines. Increasingly sophisticated assays to detect new drug candidates have also helped to slash development time. Now a new ally has arrived to aid drug development – artificial intelligence – and a powerful ally it is.

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How do you grow bone in a lab? Good vibrations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-you-grow-bone-in-a-lab-good-vibrations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-you-grow-bone-in-a-lab-good-vibrations#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-you-grow-bone-in-a-lab-good-vibrations

A team from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, the West of Scotland and Galway have created a device that sends nano vibrations across mesenchymal stem cells suspended in a collagen gel.

The authors of the paper, published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal, found that these tiny vibrations turn the cells into a 3D model of mineralised bone ‘putty’. This putty isn’t quite as hard as bone at this stage. That’s where the body comes in.

“We add the bone putty to an anatomically correct, rigid living scaffold, that we made by 3D printing collagen,” says Matthew Dalby, professor of cell engineering at the University of Glasgow, and one of the lead authors of the paper. “We put lots of cells in the body so it has a chance to integrate this new bone. We tell the cells what to do in the lab, then the body can act as a bioreactor to do the rest.”


Scientists have grown living bone in the lab by sending vibrations through stem cells. It could help amputees and people with osteoporosis.

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Are We Killing Ourselves With Antioxidants? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/are-we-killing-ourselves-with-antioxidants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/are-we-killing-ourselves-with-antioxidants#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/are-we-killing-ourselves-with-antioxidants

Summary: The mitochondrial free radical theory of aging says that if we consume antioxidant supplements, we can repair the damage caused by free radicals. However, this recommendation is contradicted by a large body of evidence which shows that antioxidant supplements are often harmful. Researchers are discovering more effective ways to improve health by clearing our mitochondrial damage caused by free radicals.

Are you killing yourself in a bid to live a longer healthier life?

A growing body of evidence shows that if you take antioxidant supplements, and you are otherwise healthy, then you are wasting your money, and damaging your liver and nervous system.

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Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/insanely-concentrated-wealth-is-strangling-our-prosperity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/insanely-concentrated-wealth-is-strangling-our-prosperity#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/insanely-concentrated-wealth-is-strangling-our-prosperity

Just like the game of Monopoly, which was created to illustrate the operation of laissez faire capitalism, there is always one big winner at the end of the game.

“Wealth concentration drives a vicious, downward cycle, throttling the very engine of wealth creation itself.”

“Because: people with lots of money don’t spend it. They just sit on it, like Smaug in his cave. The more money you have, the less of it you spend every year. If you have $10,000, you might spend it this year. If you have $10 million, you’re not gonna. If you have $1,000, you’re at least somewhat likely to spend it this month.”


These people could spend $20 million every year and they’d still just keep getting richer, forever, even if they did absolutely nothing except choose some index funds, watch their balances grow, and shop for a new yacht for their eight-year-old.

If you’re thinking that they “deserve” all that wealth, and all that income just for owning stuff, because they’re “makers,” think again: between 50% and 70% of U.S. household wealth is “earned” the old-fashioned way (cue John Houseman voice): it’s inherited.

The bottom 90% of Americans aren’t even visible on this chart — and it’s a very tall chart. The scale of wealth inequality in America today makes our crazy levels of income inequality (which have also expanded vastly) look like a Marxist utopia.

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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/chips-off-the-old-block-computers-are-taking-design-cues-from-human-brains https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/chips-off-the-old-block-computers-are-taking-design-cues-from-human-brains#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/chips-off-the-old-block-computers-are-taking-design-cues-from-human-brains

Now, some of the world’s largest tech companies are taking a cue from biology as they respond to these growing demands. They are rethinking the very nature of computers and are building machines that look more like the human brain, where a central brain stem oversees the nervous system and offloads particular tasks — like hearing and seeing — to the surrounding cortex.


New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors. To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.

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Someone checked and, yup, you can still hijack Gmail, Bitcoin wallets etc via dirty SS7 tricks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/someone-checked-and-yup-you-can-still-hijack-gmail-bitcoin-wallets-etc-via-dirty-ss7-tricks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/someone-checked-and-yup-you-can-still-hijack-gmail-bitcoin-wallets-etc-via-dirty-ss7-tricks#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:42:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/someone-checked-and-yup-you-can-still-hijack-gmail-bitcoin-wallets-etc-via-dirty-ss7-tricks

Two-factor authentication by SMS? More like SOS

Once again, it’s been demonstrated that vulnerabilities in cellphone networks can be exploited to intercept one-time two-factor authentication tokens in text messages.

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Equifax Officially Has No Excuse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/equifax-officially-has-no-excuse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/equifax-officially-has-no-excuse#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/equifax-officially-has-no-excuse

A patch that would have prevented the devastating Equifax breach had been available for months. There’s no excuse for that.

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Can We Stop Mitochondria From Causing Cancer to Grow? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-we-stop-mitochondria-from-causing-cancer-to-grow https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-we-stop-mitochondria-from-causing-cancer-to-grow#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-we-stop-mitochondria-from-causing-cancer-to-grow

Summary: A new report on mitochondria and cancer shows how our mitochondria help our cancers to grow. With its 37 genes, mitochondria are an attractive druggable target and researchers are looking it as an angle to develop powerful cancer cures. Cover Photo: FatCamera – iStock/Getty Images.

Scientists believe the cure for cancer lies within our mitochondria.

Once considered an academic backwater, researchers suddenly have a renewed interest in the metabolism of cancer cells and are focusing on the lowly mitochondrion. New research shows that the mitochondria within our bodies bend over backward to help cancer cells grow. Scientists are publishing increasing amounts of evidence showing that cancer-induced changes in our mitochondria contribute to the growth of cancer. As Dr. Dario C Altieri, Head of the Altieri Lab at the Wistar Institute said in a review in the July 2017 British Journal of Cancer.

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Thanks to Gene Thieves We Have ‘Alien DNA’ in Our Mitochondria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/thanks-to-gene-thieves-we-have-alien-dna-in-our-mitochondria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/thanks-to-gene-thieves-we-have-alien-dna-in-our-mitochondria#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/thanks-to-gene-thieves-we-have-alien-dna-in-our-mitochondria

Most people don’t realize that all human beings have two sets of DNA in their bodies, the DNA inside our chromosomes, and a foreign DNA inside our mitochondria, that our ancestors stole from bacteria over a billion years ago.

Look into any of your cells, and you’ll see mysterious foreign DNA lurking inside your mitochondria, the tiny organelles that litter your cells. Recently, mitochondria have come under a growing scientific spotlight; scientists increasingly believe they play a central role in many, if not most, human illnesses. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and when they falter, our cells lose power, just as a flashlight dims when its batteries weaken. Recently, researchers have linked mitochondria to an array of metabolic and age-related maladies, including autism, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cardiovascular disease.

While our mitochondria did not come from another planet, they might as well have. Peer through a microscope, and you’ll swear that tiny aliens have invaded your cells. You are partially correct. Mitochondria appear out of place compared to the other structures within the cell. Something ‘alien’ has invaded our cells, eons ago, but it came from primordial bacteria, a distinctly terrestrial source.

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“Cyber-attacks can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks.” President Jean-Claude Juncker https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/cyber-attacks-can-be-more-dangerous-to-the-stability-of-democracies-and-economies-than-guns-and-tanks-president-jean-claude-juncker https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/cyber-attacks-can-be-more-dangerous-to-the-stability-of-democracies-and-economies-than-guns-and-tanks-president-jean-claude-juncker#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:43:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/cyber-attacks-can-be-more-dangerous-to-the-stability-of-democracies-and-economies-than-guns-and-tanks-president-jean-claude-juncker

How can we protect Europeans in digital age? Our proposals:
📌 An EU Cybersecurity Agency to defend us from cyber-attacks.

📌 A European certification scheme to ensure that products and services in the digital world are safe to use.

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VTT Finland develops 3D printed device for advanced wound care https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/vtt-finland-develops-3d-printed-device-for-advanced-wound-care https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/vtt-finland-develops-3d-printed-device-for-advanced-wound-care#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:42:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/vtt-finland-develops-3d-printed-device-for-advanced-wound-care

Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world. It is the primary compound in the cell walls of green plants, and is typically used to make paper and cardboard.

At the VTT Technical Centre of Finland, a state owned research and development non-profit, scientists have used nano-structured cellulose to make a 3D printable material.

The nanocellulose paste is now in development to make smart-dressings that heal and monitor skin wounds.

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Solid and liquid cats, didgeridoos and cheese disgust scoop Ig Nobel awards https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/solid-and-liquid-cats-didgeridoos-and-cheese-disgust-scoop-ig-nobel-awards https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/solid-and-liquid-cats-didgeridoos-and-cheese-disgust-scoop-ig-nobel-awards#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:02:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/solid-and-liquid-cats-didgeridoos-and-cheese-disgust-scoop-ig-nobel-awards

The annual awards ceremony for research that “first makes you laugh, then makes you think” took place at Harvard University on Thursday evening, with three bona fide Nobel laureates, including the British-born economist Oliver Hart, on hand to distribute prizes.


Scientists from around the globe gathered for annual ceremony celebrating research that ‘first makes you laugh, then makes you think’.

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Hurricane Irma’s impact on the BVI and what now needs to happen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-the-bvi-and-what-now-needs-to-happen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-the-bvi-and-what-now-needs-to-happen#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:42:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-the-bvi-and-what-now-needs-to-happen

Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of unimaginable destruction and has caused the entire British Virgin Islands (BVI) infrastructure to collapse. People need help rebuilding their lives and there is an immediate and critical need for food, water and shelter.

Thanks to Producer Rob Sorrenti for the Hurricane Irma BVI appeal film with voiceover from Kate Winslet.

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GE Working on Robot That It Says Can Save $200 Billion of Power https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/ge-working-on-robot-that-it-says-can-save-200-billion-of-power https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/ge-working-on-robot-that-it-says-can-save-200-billion-of-power#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/ge-working-on-robot-that-it-says-can-save-200-billion-of-power

General Electric Co. is working on a way to use artificial intelligence in electricity grids, a technology that it expects will save $200 billion globally by improving efficiency.

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The “Science Will Not Defeat Aging in my Lifetime so Why Bother?” Argument, and Why We Should be More Optimistic https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-science-will-not-defeat-aging-in-my-lifetime-so-why-bother-argument-and-why-we-should-be-more-optimistic https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-science-will-not-defeat-aging-in-my-lifetime-so-why-bother-argument-and-why-we-should-be-more-optimistic#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:22:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-science-will-not-defeat-aging-in-my-lifetime-so-why-bother-argument-and-why-we-should-be-more-optimistic

For much of human history, living up to a ripe old age was seen as a gift from the gods, an aberration, or just the product of sheer luck. Given that up to the beginning of the twentieth century many of us succumbed to disease at an early age, being extremely fortunate to live anywhere past the age of forty, it should be no surprise that living a long life is still beatified today as something akin to winning the lottery.

Even when confronted with the galloping pace of scientific advances in human longevity, our historical sensibilities have led us to take a defeatist stance towards the subject: “Even if longevity interventions become available during my lifetime, I am already too late to take advantage of them, so why bother?”

Indeed, this hesitation to see human life extension as a real possibility in our lifetime, dismissing it as a dream belonging to the realms of science fiction[1] and futuristic utopias[2] is not an uncommon one, and as long as tangible rejuvenation therapies do not become available, we will feel validated in our pragmatism.

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No, We Cannot Shoot Down North Korea’s Missiles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/no-we-cannot-shoot-down-north-koreas-missiles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/no-we-cannot-shoot-down-north-koreas-missiles#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:03:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/no-we-cannot-shoot-down-north-koreas-missiles

It’s time national leaders speak realistically about missile defense.

The number one reason we don’t shoot down North Korea’s missiles is that we cannot.

Officials like to reassure their publics about our defense to these missiles. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told his nation after last week’s test, “We didn’t intercept it because no damage to Japanese territory was expected.”

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Google’s New Mobile Payment System Sends Money via Sound https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/googles-new-mobile-payment-system-sends-money-via-sound https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/googles-new-mobile-payment-system-sends-money-via-sound#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/googles-new-mobile-payment-system-sends-money-via-sound

The new digital payment app, called Tez, allows people in India to use a phone to pay for goods in physical stores and online, or make payments to other bank accounts. It’s different to the (already incredibly popular) Indian service PayTM in the respect that it links a phone directly with a bank account, rather than having the user regularly top up a wallet with money.

The Financial Times reports ($) that, unlike many other mobile payment systems which rely on NFC to make payments, Google offers users the ability to make use of a technology called AudioQR to transfer money. The approach allows any two phones with mics and speakers to communicate with each other using ultrasound, above the range of human hearing, to arrange a transaction. That will be particularly useful in a country where not everyone has a high-spec device.

According to TechCrunch, Google has also trademarked the name Tez in other Asian countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines. That suggests that, in the longer term, it has bigger ambitions for the service.

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I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-tried-direct-neurofeedback-and-the-results-surprised-me https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-tried-direct-neurofeedback-and-the-results-surprised-me#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/i-tried-direct-neurofeedback-and-the-results-surprised-me

My new story for my #transhumanism column at Psychology Today on Direct Neurofeedback:


Transhumanism—the movement of using science and technology to improve the human being—covers many different fields of research. There are exoskeleton suits to help the disabled; there are stem cell treatments to cure disease; there are robots and AI to perform human chores. The field is wide open and booming as humanity uses more and more tech in its world.

It’s not that often I get to participate directly in these radical technologies, but I did so recently when Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy in Mill Valley, California invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques. Via his computer and EEG wire hookups, Mr. Rudolph echoed my brainwave information back into my head at an imperceptible level. I did two sessions of Direct Neurofeedback.

At first, I was skeptical that I’d even feel anything since the EEG information can’t be detected by the skin as a sensation, but within five minutes of having the wires stuck onto my forehead, I began feeling different. I can compare it to a light dose of a recreational drug: I felt happy, content, and worry-free. I also felt more introspective than normal. The feedback only took a few seconds, and after about 15 minutes, I seemed to notice the world’s colors were sharper and my hearing was more acute. The heightened awareness and calming effect lasted about 24 hours and then most of it gradually wore off. Some of the clarity must still be working, because getting things done sometimes still seems easier. I’m told that continued sessions would make this state of clarity my new norm.

Zoltan Istvan

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Aubrey de Grey Joins LEAF Scientific Advisory Board https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-joins-leaf-scientific-advisory-board https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-joins-leaf-scientific-advisory-board#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-joins-leaf-scientific-advisory-board

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Aubrey de Grey has accepted our offer to join the LEAF scientific advisory board, and he joins the other luminaries whose expertise we already benefit from.

The majority of you already know about Dr. Aubrey de Grey and his work at the SENS Research Foundation, but for those who are not familiar with him, here is a short introduction.

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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, Channel 4 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/philip-k-dicks-electric-dreams-channel-4 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/philip-k-dicks-electric-dreams-channel-4#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:43:56 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/philip-k-dicks-electric-dreams-channel-4

Decades on, his work remains an irresistible trove of ideas for film-makers to plunder. Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, which begins on Sunday (Channel 4, 9pm), is an ambitious series of 10 one-hour films based on his stories, with different casts and creative teams.


An ambitious series of 10 one-hour films based on the stories of the sci-fi writer.

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Hospital Captures First Commercial Volta GPU Based DGX-1 Systems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hospital-captures-first-commercial-volta-gpu-based-dgx-1-systems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hospital-captures-first-commercial-volta-gpu-based-dgx-1-systems#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:43:13 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/hospital-captures-first-commercial-volta-gpu-based-dgx-1-systems

At well over $150,000 per appliance, the Volta GPU based DGX appliances from Nvidia, which take aim at deep learning with framework integration and 8 Volta-accelerated nodes linked with NVlink, is set to appeal to the most bleeding edge of machine learning shops.

Nvidia has built its own clusters by stringing several of these together, just as researchers at Tokyo Tech have done with the Pascal generation systems. But one of the first commercial customers for the Volta based boxes is the Center for Clinical Data Science, which is part of the first wave of hospitals set to use deep learning for MR and CT image analysis.

The center, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has secured a whopping four DGX-1 Volta appliances, which sport the latest GPUs with eight per node with the NVlink interconnect. The Next Platform talked with Neil Tenenholtz, senior data scientist at the center, about where deep learning will yield results for hospitals and medical research and about their early experiences with the four machines.

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In 2015, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) ran its first Allen AI Science Challenge, which tested machines on an ostensibly difficult task—answering eighth-grade science questions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/in-2015-the-allen-institute-for-artificial-intelligence-ai2-ran-its-first-allen-ai-science-challenge-which-tested-machines-on-an-ostensibly-difficult-task-answering-eighth-grade-science-qu https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/in-2015-the-allen-institute-for-artificial-intelligence-ai2-ran-its-first-allen-ai-science-challenge-which-tested-machines-on-an-ostensibly-difficult-task-answering-eighth-grade-science-qu#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:43:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/in-2015-the-allen-institute-for-artificial-intelligence-ai2-ran-its-first-allen-ai-science-challenge-which-tested-machines-on-an-ostensibly-difficult-task-answering-eighth-grade-science-qu

Doing well on such a challenge would appear to require significant advances in AI technology, making it a potentially powerful way to advance the field. In this video, Carissa Schoenick discusses “Moving Beyond the Turing Test with the Allen AI Science Challenge,” in the September 2017 CACM.

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Disaster relief hacks dominate the stage at the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/disaster-relief-hacks-dominate-the-stage-at-the-disrupt-sf-2017-hackathon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/disaster-relief-hacks-dominate-the-stage-at-the-disrupt-sf-2017-hackathon#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:22:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/disaster-relief-hacks-dominate-the-stage-at-the-disrupt-sf-2017-hackathon

At the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon, a massive swath of the 102 companies that took the stage on Sunday presented hacks with disaster relief in mind. From ResQme to ResQMi to RescueMe, if you can think of a phrase with the word “rescue” in it, it probably showed up on stage among the roughly 30 emergency and disaster related hacks.

Most of the disaster-related apps that presented today mentioned the recent events of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in their pitches, observing that tech should be able to pair victims, resources and rescue workers far better than existing services. Many of the rescue-oriented apps that took the stage acknowledged that mobile data services usually go down during these events and the vast majority of them offered an SMS-based version of their hack.

While some hacks addressed specific disaster scenarios like emergency ridesharing and drone rescue operations, nearly all of the disaster-related apps mentioned failings of modern emergency management, like a “lack of communication” between victims and rescuers and the absence of a “cohesive program” tracking realtime rescue and relief efforts.

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Aubrey de Grey on The State of Anti-Aging & His New Job At AgeX Therapeutics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-on-the-state-of-anti-aging-his-new-job-at-agex-therapeutics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-on-the-state-of-anti-aging-his-new-job-at-agex-therapeutics#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/aubrey-de-grey-on-the-state-of-anti-aging-his-new-job-at-agex-therapeutics

AgeX Therapeutics: A Discussion with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, V.P. New Technology Discovery and Dr. Michael West. Co-CEO of BioTime & CEO of AgeX Therapeutics.

http://www.agexinc.com/

Recorded: July 2017

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Bacteriobot Holds ‘A Lot Of Promise’ To Treat Cancer, Says Doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/bacteriobot-holds-a-lot-of-promise-to-treat-cancer-says-doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/bacteriobot-holds-a-lot-of-promise-to-treat-cancer-says-doctor#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/bacteriobot-holds-a-lot-of-promise-to-treat-cancer-says-doctor

The new self-propelled, cancer-seeking bacteriobot swims right into the tumor and zaps it with a deadly payload of cancer drugs.

The recently perfected #bacteriobot holds ‘a lot of promise’ in treating #cancer says a physician. Cancer patients at a hospital in Montreal may be the first to be treated with these #nanorobots built out of bacteria.


Summary: The recently perfected bacteriobot holds ‘a lot of promise’ in treating cancer says a physician. Cancer patients at a hospital in Montreal may be the first to be treated with nanorobots built out of bacteria. The new self-propelled, cancer-seeking bacteriobot swims right into the tumor and zaps it with a deadly payload of cancer drugs. [Cover image: Getty Images/iStock.]

Google’s Futurist Ray Kurzweil once said that within decades, we will have nanobots, swimming through our veins keeping us healthy. The tiny robots will keep us healthy by correcting DNA errors, removing toxins, extending our memories and zapping cancer. The Futurist said that back in 2007, and his prophecy is becoming a reality, at least in the treatment of cancer.

Years spent developing bacteria-based nanobots are finally bearing fruit, and thanks to progress made by a physician at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) in Montreal, cancer patients may be the first to be treated with tumor-killing nanorobots. The JGH doctors are using a newly-developed self-propelled, cancer-seeking nanorobot built out of bacteria and referred to as a bacteriobot, an amalgam of the words bacteria and nanorobot.

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Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming to our oceans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/unmanned-ghost-ships-are-coming-to-our-oceans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/unmanned-ghost-ships-are-coming-to-our-oceans#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/unmanned-ghost-ships-are-coming-to-our-oceans

Current international shipping law states that ocean-going vessels must be properly crewed, so fully autonomous, unmanned ships aren’t allowed in international waters. As such, the Yara Birkeland will have to operate close to the Norweigan coast at all times, carrying out regular short journeys between three ports in the south of the country.

But change is afoot in the maritime sector, and earlier this year the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) began discussions that could allow unmanned ships to operate across oceans. This raises the prospect of crewless “ghost” ships crisscrossing the ocean, with the potential for cheaper shipping with fewer accidents.

Several Japanese shipping firms, for example, are reportedly investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the technology. And British firm Rolls-Royce demonstrated the world’s first remote-controlled unmanned commercial ship earlier this year.

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M. Fossel — How to Reverse Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/m-fossel-how-to-reverse-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/m-fossel-how-to-reverse-aging#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/m-fossel-how-to-reverse-aging

Full Interview ► https://goo.gl/PvUjjU

Michael B. Fossel, M.D., Ph.D. (born 1950, Greenwich, Connecticut) was a professor of clinical medicine at Michigan State University and is the author of several books on aging, who is best known for his views on telomerase therapy as a possible treatment for cellular senescence. Fossel has appeared on many major news programs to discuss aging and has appeared regularly on National Public Radio (NPR). He is also a respected lecturer, author, and the founder and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine (now known as Rejuvenation Research).

Prior to earning his M.D. at Stanford Medical School, Fossel earned a joint B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. in psychology at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology at Stanford University. He is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. Prior to graduating from medical school in 1981, he was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship and taught at Stanford University.

In addition to his position at Michigan State University, Fossel has lectured at the National Institute for Health, the Smithsonian Institution, and at various other universities and institutes in various parts of the world. Fossel served on the board of directors for the American Aging Association and was their executive director.

Fossel has written numerous articles on aging and ethics for the Journal of the American Medical Association and In Vivo, and his first book, entitled Reversing Human Aging was published in 1996. The book garnered favorable reviews from mainstream newspapers as well as Scientific American and was published in six languages. A magisterial academic textbook on by Fossel entitled Cells, Aging, and Human Disease was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press.

Since his days as a teacher at Stanford University, Fossel has studied aging from a medical and scientific perspective with a particular emphasis on premature aging syndromes such as progeria, and since at least 1996 he has been a strong and vocal advocate of [telomerase therapy]] as a potential treatment of age-related diseases, disorders, and syndromes such as progeria, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer, and other conditions. However, he is careful to qualify his advocacy of telomerase therapy as being a potential treatment for these conditions rather than a “cure for old age” and a panacea for age-related medical conditions, albeit a potential treatment that could radically extend the maximum human life span and reverse the aging process in most people. Specifically, Fossel sees the potential of telomerase therapy as being the single most effective point of intervention in a wide variety of age-related medical conditions. His new book, The Telomerase Revolution, (BenBella, 2015) gives a careful explanation of aging, age-related diseases, and the prospects for intervention, including upcoming human trials.
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Artificial Intelligence and Magnificent Brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/artificial-intelligence-and-magnificent-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/artificial-intelligence-and-magnificent-brain#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/artificial-intelligence-and-magnificent-brain

Shai Ben-David, Professor at the University of Waterloo, gave Machine Learning Course composed of 23 Lectures (CS 485/685) at the University of Waterloo on Jan 14, 2015…

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI.

Shai Ben-David holds a PhD in mathematics from the Hebrew University is Jerusalem. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Toronto in both the Mathematics and CS departments. He was a professor of computer science at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. Ben-David has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and Cornell University, and since 2004 has been a professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-the-us-military-re-invent-the-microchip-for-the-ai-era https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-the-us-military-re-invent-the-microchip-for-the-ai-era#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:18:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/can-the-us-military-re-invent-the-microchip-for-the-ai-era

Trying to outrun the expiration of Moore’s Law.


As conventional microchip design reaches its limits, DARPA is pouring money into the specialty chips that might power tomorrow’s autonomous machines.

The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips.

It’s one thing to get a bunch of transistors on an integrated circuit to crunch numbers, even very large ones. But what the brain does is far more difficult. Processing vast amounts of visual data for use by huge, multi-cellular organism is very different from the narrow calculations of conventional math. The algorithms that will drive tomorrow’s autonomous cars, planes, and programs will be incredibly data-intensive, with needs well beyond what conventional chips were ever designed for. This is one reason for the hype surrounding quantum computing and neurosynaptic chips.

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Facebook opens an A.I. research outpost in Canada https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/facebook-opens-an-a-i-research-outpost-in-canada https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/facebook-opens-an-a-i-research-outpost-in-canada#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/facebook-opens-an-a-i-research-outpost-in-canada

In addition to opening the lab, Facebook has committed about $5.75 million to support AI research at McGill, the University of Montreal, the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the company said in a Facebook blog post on Friday. Alphabet and Microsoft also have invested in AI at McGill and the University of Montreal.

The move comes a week after IBM said it would spend $240 million on a new AI lab in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Facebook will support Canadian AI research in addition to setting up a lab in Montreal.

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Lunar Regolilth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/lunar-regolilth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/lunar-regolilth#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:22:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/lunar-regolilth

The Global Space Organization plans to utilize lunar regolith as a construction material when we build our GSO Lunar Station One, but lunar regolith also contains many elements that can be utilized to sustain life and human habitation on the lunar surface.

Averages of these elements found:
• Oxygen % 60.9
• Silicon % 16.4
• Aluminum % 9.4
• Calcium % 5.8
• Magnesium % 4.2
• Iron % 2.3
• Sodium % 0.4
• Titanium % 0.3

There are many traces elements found as well that could be used to refine plastics, produce sugars, vitamins and harness gasses such as neon and helium.

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Dangerous Things https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/dangerous-things https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/dangerous-things#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:43:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/dangerous-things

We believe our bodies are our own, to do with what we want. Biohacking is leading the next phase of human evolution, and we’re excited to be a part of it.

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Energy Dept Spends $33M to Harden Grid Against Network, Kinetic Attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/energy-dept-spends-33m-to-harden-grid-against-network-kinetic-attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/energy-dept-spends-33m-to-harden-grid-against-network-kinetic-attack#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 03:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/energy-dept-spends-33m-to-harden-grid-against-network-kinetic-attack

The grants focus on improving grid resiliency during a cyberattack and speeding recovery.

The Energy Department announced a roughly $33 million investment Tuesday in seven projects aimed at securing the electric grid against cyberattacks, physical attacks and weather disasters.

The projects are designed both to make grid systems more secure against cyberattacks and to improve their ability to withstand a cyberattack, according to a department fact sheet.

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2017 Baillie Gifford Longlist Announced https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/2017-baillie-gifford-longlist-announced https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/2017-baillie-gifford-longlist-announced#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:02:56 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/2017-baillie-gifford-longlist-announced

More great news with the book Mark O’Connell’s “To Be a Machine”, whose closing chapter is on The Immortality Bus journey and my presidential run. It was nominated on the longlist of UK’s Baillie Gifford award for nonfiction. This is one of the most prestigious nonfiction prizes in the UK: http://www.foyles.co.uk/news/2017-Baillie-Gifford-Longlist%20Announced #transhumanism


Non-Fiction.

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This futuristic display offers a 360-degree view from every angle https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/this-futuristic-display-offers-a-360-degree-view-from-every-angle https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/this-futuristic-display-offers-a-360-degree-view-from-every-angle#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:23:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/this-futuristic-display-offers-a-360-degree-view-from-every-angle

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Next Big Futures from now to 2027 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/next-big-futures-from-now-to-2027 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/next-big-futures-from-now-to-2027#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 19:02:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/next-big-futures-from-now-to-2027

In 2011 Nextbigfuture projected a Mundane Singularity, where certain emerging technologies would start to have development and impact by Dec 2016.

There were various updates and the last update was in January of 2017.

I need to update and alter the January 2017 forecast andI will shift from calling it Mundane Singularity to Next Big Futures (Emerged Super technology or trillion dollar impacts). Therefore, to be included on the list something has to be a super-technology that will be emerging or in the some process of emergence or it has trillion or multi-trillion dollar impact.

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‘How do we survive?’: fearful Californians prepare for nuclear attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-we-survive-fearful-californians-prepare-for-nuclear-attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-we-survive-fearful-californians-prepare-for-nuclear-attack#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/how-do-we-survive-fearful-californians-prepare-for-nuclear-attack

Retired Lt Col Hal Kempfer and his group, Knowledge and Intelligence Program Professionals, see Long Beach as a prime target for an attack from North Korea.

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The future is coming. Here’s what it might look like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-future-is-coming-heres-what-it-might-look-like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-future-is-coming-heres-what-it-might-look-like#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/the-future-is-coming-heres-what-it-might-look-like

Sylvie Albert discusses the impact emerging technologies will have on society.

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Time of reckoning for US employers over opioid abuse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/time-of-reckoning-for-us-employers-over-opioid-abuse https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/time-of-reckoning-for-us-employers-over-opioid-abuse#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/09/time-of-reckoning-for-us-employers-over-opioid-abuse

The US is in a opioid addiction crisis that has been described as a national epidemic by health officials. Each day 91 people die after overdosing on the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents or from gun violence put together, and more than 2.6m are addicted to opioids, according to CDC figures.


Health insurance system is partly to blame for the epidemic that is costing companies $18bn a year.

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