Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 This is the world’s first smart stroller https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-is-the-worlds-first-smart-stroller https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-is-the-worlds-first-smart-stroller#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:43:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-is-the-worlds-first-smart-stroller

Not sure if i would use. To sketchy for me.


This smart stroller is designed to be hands-free.

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Drive Time Podcast 27-06-2017 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/drive-time-podcast-27-06-2017 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/drive-time-podcast-27-06-2017#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:42:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/drive-time-podcast-27-06-2017

Today I did a 10-minute interview on “Voice of Islam” on AI and automation. My interview starts at.

1:02:20 on the program: http://voiceofislam.co.uk/podcasts/drive-time-podcast-27-06-2017/ #transhumaism #libertarian


A new channel that will inform, engage and give you a chance to express your views on a range of topics. Broadcasting 24 hours a day the station aims to give everyone a space for discussion, for people of faith, no faith or just those with an interest in social peace and greater justice.

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5 Cosmic Questions For The Ages https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/5-cosmic-questions-for-the-ages https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/5-cosmic-questions-for-the-ages#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:02:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/5-cosmic-questions-for-the-ages

Here are a few early summer ruminations to think about when looking at that beautiful night sky in the Northern Hemisphere. For brevity, I have omitted many aspects of these issues but I hope this will provide a spoonful or two of dessert for your gray matter. Chris Bakley was kind enough to allow me to use a couple of his photos.


A few intractable questions to think about after looking up into that big night sky.

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Charging Your Devices Could Soon Be as Simple as Connecting to WiFi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/charging-your-devices-could-soon-be-as-simple-as-connecting-to-wifi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/charging-your-devices-could-soon-be-as-simple-as-connecting-to-wifi#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/charging-your-devices-could-soon-be-as-simple-as-connecting-to-wifi

  • Disney researchers have developed innovative technology that will allow people to charge their devices in a truly wireless fashion
  • If this technology could be commercially adopted, it could revolutionize the way that we use and create everything from smartphones to AI robots

It seems like almost everything has gone wireless. Yet somehow, when it comes to charging electronic devices, we still have to deal with cords. Sure wireless charging exists, but only for small devices like your smartphone. And even then, it’s not convenient as you might hope. To actually power a device, a phone must maintain contact with a charging pad, which means it can’t be used while charging. This seems to be even a bigger hassle than dealing with cords and cables.

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This artificial womb can grow a baby inside your living room https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-artificial-womb-can-grow-a-baby-inside-your-living-room https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-artificial-womb-can-grow-a-baby-inside-your-living-room#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:04:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-artificial-womb-can-grow-a-baby-inside-your-living-room

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Leather Is Made Entirely Of Mushrooms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/leather-is-made-entirely-of-mushrooms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/leather-is-made-entirely-of-mushrooms#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:03:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/leather-is-made-entirely-of-mushrooms

Would you wear mushroom leather?

Via Green Matters

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Machine Over Mind In A New Economy46:46Download https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/machine-over-mind-in-a-new-economy4646download https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/machine-over-mind-in-a-new-economy4646download#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:02:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/machine-over-mind-in-a-new-economy4646download

🖒⛧Well worth a listen!⛧🖒⬅.


Robots moving deeper into the American workplace—how much decision-making will we turn over to machines?

For all the change that has come with the digital revolution – in the ways we work and communicate and do business – the real impact still lies ahead. Computers – machines themselves – are become smarter all the time. That intelligence is being wired into real world action. That’s overturning giant companies. It’s moving in on what we thought only humans could do. Andrew McAfee and Eric Brynjolfsson are on it. It’s exciting. And terrifying. This hour On Point: intelligent machines move in. — Tom Ashbrook

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Andrew McAfee, co-author of the forthcoming “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future.” Co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. (@amcafee)

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Journal Club: June 27th 13:00 EST/18:00 UK https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/journal-club-june-27th-1300-est1800-uk https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/journal-club-june-27th-1300-est1800-uk#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/journal-club-june-27th-1300-est1800-uk

Today live from Cooper Union, NYC, the June edition of Journal Club is being broadcast on our Facebook page at 13:00 EST / 18:00 UK.

We are discussing the recent paper “Common Telomere Changes during In Vivo Reprogramming and Early Stages of Tumorigenesis.” by Blaso et al.

Tune in today and get involved in the discussion. Journal Club is made possible thanks to the support of our Lifespan Heroes.

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If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/if-emdrive-is-real-and-scales-with-q-factor-then-we-get-almost-star-trek-level-technology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/if-emdrive-is-real-and-scales-with-q-factor-then-we-get-almost-star-trek-level-technology#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:22:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/if-emdrive-is-real-and-scales-with-q-factor-then-we-get-almost-star-trek-level-technology

Adam Crowl considers spaceships if EM-Drive is verified as a real thing.

If the NASA emdrive performance of 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt.

8.3 TeraWatts of power would be needed to provide 10 million newtons of thrust to accelerate a 1000 ton space-craft at 1 gee of acceleration. We have no power source that could generate 8.3 TeraWatts for a 1000 ton spacecraft.

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Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/ultra-thin-camera-creates-images-without-lenses https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/ultra-thin-camera-creates-images-without-lenses#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:22:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/ultra-thin-camera-creates-images-without-lenses

Engineers have built a camera that does not need lenses to focus light.

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Lunar Laser Link: Virtual Reality from the Moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/lunar-laser-link-virtual-reality-from-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/lunar-laser-link-virtual-reality-from-the-moon#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:02:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/lunar-laser-link-virtual-reality-from-the-moon

The world’s first laser communication link … from the Moon!

A laser communications terminal on a private firm’s upcoming mission to the Moon has been announced during this week’s Paris Air Show.

Astrobotic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ATLAS Space Operations Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan are now linked at the laser – offering up to one gigabit per second of data to its customers.

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There’s a Major Problem with AI’s Decision Making https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/theres-a-major-problem-with-ais-decision-making https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/theres-a-major-problem-with-ais-decision-making#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/theres-a-major-problem-with-ais-decision-making

‘Deep learning’ AI should be able to explain its automated decision-making—but it can’t. And even its creators are lost on where to begin.

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Biologists Plan to Bring the Woolly Mammoth Back to Life by 2019 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/biologists-plan-to-bring-the-woolly-mammoth-back-to-life-by-2019 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/biologists-plan-to-bring-the-woolly-mammoth-back-to-life-by-2019#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/biologists-plan-to-bring-the-woolly-mammoth-back-to-life-by-2019

A team of researchers believe they could bring back the woolly mammoth from extinction within the next two years.

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Dickson Despommier: Urban Agriculture and the Vertical Farm // Economy, People & Planet 2015 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/dickson-despommier-urban-agriculture-and-the-vertical-farm-economy-people-planet-2015 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/dickson-despommier-urban-agriculture-and-the-vertical-farm-economy-people-planet-2015#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:19:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=70508

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Help Us Crowdfund the Cure for Aging — Be a Lifespan Hero: Join Us! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/help-us-crowdfund-the-cure-for-aging-be-a-lifespan-hero-join-us https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/help-us-crowdfund-the-cure-for-aging-be-a-lifespan-hero-join-us#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/help-us-crowdfund-the-cure-for-aging-be-a-lifespan-hero-join-us

Introducing Lifespan Heroes our new campaign.


Here at Lifespan.io we are funding research to help extend healthy human lifespan, supporting nonprofits and companies working to overcome age-related diseases. By becoming a “Lifespan Hero” you can join us in this humanitarian and necessary effort — http://www.lifespan.io/heroes — and help us end age-related diseases for good.

In this video Lifespan.io / LEAF President Keith Comito explains the work Lifespan.io has done thus far in funding research, educating the public, and building a grass roots movement in support of healthy human lifespan, as well as the work that can be done in the future with the support of heroes willing to stand up and fight against the diseases of aging, like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer, by addressing their shared root causes.

Together we can do this; please join us.

This video is presented by LEAF. Please support our work to overcome the diseases of aging: http://lifespan.io/hero

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Realtime Health Tracking Using Biosensor based Tattoos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/realtime-health-tracking-using-biosensor-based-tattoos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/realtime-health-tracking-using-biosensor-based-tattoos#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/realtime-health-tracking-using-biosensor-based-tattoos

Forget body trackers and smart watches or any fancy gadgets. These biosensor based tattoos to monitor your health dynamics in real time.

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Rejuvenation is good for you https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/rejuvenation-is-good-for-you https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/rejuvenation-is-good-for-you#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:02:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/rejuvenation-is-good-for-you If you are not sure why you should support rejuvenation research, or know people who aren’t, this article explains why rejuvenation would be good for you as an individual.


The reasons why rejuvenation would be good for any given individual should be bleeding obvious. However, you’d be surprised how often people think it all boils down to ‘You’d live forever!’—which by the way is not granted and can be a bit of a controversial concept. The real reasons why rejuvenation would be good for you as an individual are the following.

The elderly of today aren’t exactly famous for their good health, nor for their ability to go about their lives easily and without help in even the simplest tasks. Old people have weaker bodies, weaker immune systems, are prey to a number of horrible diseases and chronic pain, and cannot take care of themselves with the same ease as they did when they were young. Pay attention next time you go downtown. You’ll see elderly people walking slowly and with difficulty, perhaps with the aid of a walker or a cane. They can’t hear well and they can’t see well. Climbing the stairs for them feels like more climbing a mountain. A young person can shake off the flu after a few days of discomfort; an old person may well die of the complications of it, because their weak immune system did not do a very good job. This is, in a nutshell, why young people can take care of themselves and old people end up in hospices or have to be watched over by their families.

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9 Artificial Intelligence Startups in Medical Imaging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/9-artificial-intelligence-startups-in-medical-imaging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/9-artificial-intelligence-startups-in-medical-imaging#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/9-artificial-intelligence-startups-in-medical-imaging

You don’t have to be a gambler to appreciate the complexities of the card game Texas Hold ‘Em. It involves a strategy that needs to evolve based on the players around the table, it takes a certain amount of intuition, and it doesn’t require the player to win every hand. Just a few days ago, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm named Libratus beat four professional poker players at a no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament played out over 20 days.

If you have even the slightest understanding of how to write code, you would realize that it is impossible to actually code a software program to do that with such “imperfect information”. The AI algorithm did exceptionally well and was utilizing strategies that humans had never used before. Professional poker players are in no danger of losing their jobs, but the incredible capabilities of what AI is mastering these days should make everyone wonder just how safe their jobs actually are.

Let’s take the $3 billion medical imaging market. It’s no secret that AI is now performing certain medical imaging tasks better than human doctors. Pundits say “well, people will always trust a human doctor over an AI” and the answer we’d have to that is “not if the AI is going to give a more accurate answer “. It’s only a matter of time before every X-ray machine is connected to the cloud and one human doctor per hospital puts his hand on your shoulder when he reads you the output from the AI algorithm. Kind of like this:

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Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/heres-what-will-happen-when-we-connect-our-brains-to-the-cloud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/heres-what-will-happen-when-we-connect-our-brains-to-the-cloud#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:23:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/heres-what-will-happen-when-we-connect-our-brains-to-the-cloud

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Agah Bahari speaks with Zoltan Istvan @ Toronto Transhumanism Meetup https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/agah-bahari-speaks-with-zoltan-istvan-toronto-transhumanism-meetup https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/agah-bahari-speaks-with-zoltan-istvan-toronto-transhumanism-meetup#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/agah-bahari-speaks-with-zoltan-istvan-toronto-transhumanism-meetup

Recorded on Jun.06.2017 @ rangle.io

Zoltan Istvan: http://www.zoltanistvan.com
NEOHUMAN podcast: http://www.lil.fm/neohuman

Toronto Transhumanism @

MU: https://www.meetup.com/transhumanism-78
FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TorontoTranshumanists

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The Four Immortality Stories We Tell Ourselves https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/the-four-immortality-stories-we-tell-ourselves https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/the-four-immortality-stories-we-tell-ourselves#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:02:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/the-four-immortality-stories-we-tell-ourselves

Since the moment humans became aware of their existence, they have been haunted by the knowledge that it will inevitably come to an end and the hope to change this unfortunate fate.

This month, during Brain Bar Budapest – Europe’s leading conference on the future – Stephen Cave talked about the four immortality stories we tell ourselves and how they are changing in the context of new scientific discoveries and technological advancements. Stephen Cave spent a decade studying and teaching philosophy, and was awarded his PhD in metaphysics from the University of Cambridge in 2001. He is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

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New research suggests problematic memories could be deleted https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/new-research-suggests-problematic-memories-could-be-deleted https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/new-research-suggests-problematic-memories-could-be-deleted#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/new-research-suggests-problematic-memories-could-be-deleted

June 22 (UPI) — In a series of experiments, neuroscientists were able to selectively delete different types of memories stored a single neuron belonging to a marine snail.

The feat, detailed in the journal Current Biology, suggests problematic memories — like those responsible for PSTD and anxiety — in the human brain could be excised without harming other memories.

When the brain stores a traumatic experience in its memory bank, the memory is actually stored in multiple forms. Each memory can include bits of incidental information from the experience. Years later, these incidental, or neutral, memories can trigger panic attacks and severe anxiety.

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Amazon patent reveals drone delivery ‘beehives’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/amazon-patent-reveals-drone-delivery-beehives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/amazon-patent-reveals-drone-delivery-beehives#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:22:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/amazon-patent-reveals-drone-delivery-beehives

Amazon’s drone delivery ‘beehive’ towers could be built vertically to blend in with high rises in big cities.

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Future Energy: China leads world in solar power production https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/future-energy-china-leads-world-in-solar-power-production https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/future-energy-china-leads-world-in-solar-power-production#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:02:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/future-energy-china-leads-world-in-solar-power-production

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world’s biggest solar energy producer.

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This designer made his own crazy version of Super Mario Bros https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-designer-made-his-own-crazy-version-of-super-mario-bros https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-designer-made-his-own-crazy-version-of-super-mario-bros#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:02:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-designer-made-his-own-crazy-version-of-super-mario-bros

If you thought Pokémon Go was crazy, check out this rendition of Super Mario Bros.

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Intel Launches Core i9 X-Series CPUs, 10-Core Available Now and 18 in October https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/intel-launches-core-i9-x-series-cpus-10-core-available-now-and-18-in-october https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/intel-launches-core-i9-x-series-cpus-10-core-available-now-and-18-in-october#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:22:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/intel-launches-core-i9-x-series-cpus-10-core-available-now-and-18-in-october

Intel’s new Core i9 CPU family and its X-Series of processors are both available for preorder today, with shipments expected on June 26.

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As of right now, we are not seeing a large neo-luddism or cyber-luddism movement in the U.S. Many younger and older people seem to be busy addressing their emotional impulses towards political left or right wing policies and other issues, that they feel take away or limit their personal freedom https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/as-of-right-now-we-are-not-seeing-a-large-neo-luddism-or-cyber-luddism-movement-in-the-u-s-many-younger-and-older-people-seem-to-be-busy-addressing-their-emotional-impulses-towards-political-left-or https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/as-of-right-now-we-are-not-seeing-a-large-neo-luddism-or-cyber-luddism-movement-in-the-u-s-many-younger-and-older-people-seem-to-be-busy-addressing-their-emotional-impulses-towards-political-left-or#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/as-of-right-now-we-are-not-seeing-a-large-neo-luddism-or-cyber-luddism-movement-in-the-u-s-many-younger-and-older-people-seem-to-be-busy-addressing-their-emotional-impulses-towards-political-left-or

Can the U.S. and world live in a psychological state of cyber nihilism? What will the effects look like? What do you think about this? Read More Here…

Is Humanity Headed Into A State Of Cyber Nihilism

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Artificial meat and the problems of ‘-isms’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/artificial-meat-and-the-problems-of-isms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/artificial-meat-and-the-problems-of-isms#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/artificial-meat-and-the-problems-of-isms

Artificial meat and food may be among our best tools to solve the problems of animal cruelty, feeding a growing population, and (in part) global warming. What do vegans and vegetarians think? In favour of cruelty-free lab-grown meat, or against it by principle?


I often say that I am not a fan of ‘-isms’. Not even those supporting the causes I care for, such as transhumanism. I sympathise with some ‘-isms’ (again, such as transhumanism), but I never consider myself a ‘something-ist’. The reason is that, generally, ‘-isms’ have two problems. The first problem is that they almost always support at least some ideas, or make certain claims, which I disagree with or find too fanciful (certain acceptations of ‘mind uploading’ come to mind, but that’s a story for another post). The second problem is that, if you say you’re a something-ist, people will almost surely assume that you endorse, or believe in, some ideas that are really not your thing, merely because such ideas are either an integral part of the relevant something-ism, or are what people think something-ism is about (which may or may not be true). Not to mention the fact that people often regard the dictionary as the ultimate authority on what ‘real’ something-ism is about, cheerfully ignoring all its variants and flavours (which often blur into mainstream something-ism and each other), whose proponents are usually well persuaded that their own something-ism is the real thing—others just got it wrong.

There’s actually a third problem too. Namely, that if they’re not careful, something-ists who are a bit too zealous might end up putting their ideology before the reasons they embraced it in the first place. Sometimes, this can undermine the very objective something-ists intended to achieve with their embracing the ideology and spreading it left and right.

I had a brilliant example of this phenomenon one time when, while having lunch at a vegetarian restaurant (or vegan, I’m not sure), I mentioned lab-grown meat to my friend. My friend is a vegetarian (or vegan, I’m again not sure), whereas I am not. Vegetarianism and veganism are, obviously, two ‘-isms’; as a corollary of the above, I’m neither a vegetarian, nor a vegan. (Although again according to the above, perhaps I should say ‘vegetarianist’…) I’m not just quibbling about definitions: I do indeed eat animal products of pretty much all kinds. This, however, doesn’t prevent me from sympathising with the cause of vegetarians and vegans who are such because they’re against animal cruelty. Quite frankly, even if animals are raised in the best possible way, and are then killed in the nicest possible way (whatever that means), eating them is still at odds with my own moral compass. Even though I do eat them.

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Will increased lifespans cause overpopulation? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/will-increased-lifespans-cause-overpopulation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/will-increased-lifespans-cause-overpopulation#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:02:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/will-increased-lifespans-cause-overpopulation

Overpopulation is the most common objection people make to developing rejuvenation biotechnology and potentially increasing healthy human lifespan. We take a look at why that is and if the figures support this concern.


Any discussion of rejuvenation biotechnology almost certainly includes the subject of overpopulation and that objection medical advances that directly address the various processes of aging will lead to an overpopulated world. Such dire predictions are a common theme when advances in medicine that could increase human lifespans are concerned.

Overpopulation is a word that gives the simple fact of population growth a negative connotation. It implies that an increase in the number of people will harm our lives in different ways: it might be famine, scarcity of resources, excessive population density, increased risks of infectious diseases, or harm to the environment.

This concern, first raised by the work of 18th century Reverend and scholar Thomas Malthus, has been a constant theme in both popular fiction and early foresights related to population growth. But is it actually well-founded? Let’s take a look at the issues behind these concerns from a scientific point of view.

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MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/mit-and-google-researchers-have-made-ai-that-can-link-sound-sight-and-text-to-understand-the-world https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/mit-and-google-researchers-have-made-ai-that-can-link-sound-sight-and-text-to-understand-the-world#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/mit-and-google-researchers-have-made-ai-that-can-link-sound-sight-and-text-to-understand-the-world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?

AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify noises, and understand text as three different problems, and built algorithms suited to each individual task. Imagine if you could only use one sense at a time, and couldn’t match anything you heard to anything you saw. That’s AI today, and part of the reason why we’re so far from creating an algorithm that can learn like a human. But two new papers from MIT and Google explain first steps for making AI see, hear, and read in a holistic way—an approach that could upend how we teach our machines about the world.

“It doesn’t matter if you see a car or hear an engine, you instantly recognize the same concept. The information in our brain is aligned naturally,” says Yusuf Aytar, a post-doctoral AI research at MIT who co-authored the paper.

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Google’s neural network is a multi-tasking pro https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/googles-neural-network-is-a-multi-tasking-pro https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/googles-neural-network-is-a-multi-tasking-pro#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/googles-neural-network-is-a-multi-tasking-pro

Google’s “MultiModal” can manage eight tasks at once.

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First ever close-up footage of DNA replication will have experts rewriting textbooks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/first-ever-close-up-footage-of-dna-replication-will-have-experts-rewriting-textbooks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/first-ever-close-up-footage-of-dna-replication-will-have-experts-rewriting-textbooks#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:42:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/first-ever-close-up-footage-of-dna-replication-will-have-experts-rewriting-textbooks

The first footage of DNA replication in real time has a shocking surprise.

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About Michael Kramer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/about-michael-kramer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/about-michael-kramer#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/about-michael-kramer

Can we live to 1,000? It was outrageous when he said it at ideacity in 2008… and again in 2015. Now he’s back to update us on the incredible progress that has been made toward life extension.

Michael Kramer of Zoomer Radio talks with Aubrey de Grey at ideacity 2017. Aubrey de Grey is an English author and biomedical gerontologist, currently the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation. Find out more about ideacity at http://www.ideacity.ca/ideacity-2017/

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Canada|The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/canadathe-man-who-helped-turn-toronto-into-a-high-tech-hotbed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/canadathe-man-who-helped-turn-toronto-into-a-high-tech-hotbed#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:22:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/canadathe-man-who-helped-turn-toronto-into-a-high-tech-hotbed

Geoffrey Hinton, a scientist at the heart of artificial intelligence’s recent breakthroughs, has helped make Toronto a leading research location.

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Private Enterprise Is Making Sci-Fi Technology A Reality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/private-enterprise-is-making-sci-fi-technology-a-reality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/private-enterprise-is-making-sci-fi-technology-a-reality#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:22:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/private-enterprise-is-making-sci-fi-technology-a-reality

Private enterprises are working to convert sci-fi concepts, such as affordable fusion power and commercial space travel, into 21st century realities. And they’re bringing in the funding to make it happen.

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SpaceX successfully launches and lands used rocket https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/spacex-successfully-launches-and-lands-used-rocket https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/spacex-successfully-launches-and-lands-used-rocket#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:02:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/spacex-successfully-launches-and-lands-used-rocket

SpaceX successfully launched a used rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday afternoon. It landed safely minutes later.

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Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/atomic-imperfections-move-quantum-communication-network-closer-to-reality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/atomic-imperfections-move-quantum-communication-network-closer-to-reality#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:02:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/atomic-imperfections-move-quantum-communication-network-closer-to-reality

An international team led by the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications.

The work advances the possibility of applying quantum mechanical principles to existing optical fiber networks for secure communications and geographically distributed quantum computation. Prof. David Awschalom and his 13 co-authors announced their discovery in the June 23 issue of Physical Review X.

“Silicon carbide is currently used to build a wide variety of classical electronic devices today,” said Awschalom, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at UChicago and a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. “All of the processing protocols are in place to fabricate small quantum devices out of this material. These results offer a pathway for bringing quantum physics into the technological world.”

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Magnetic nanoknots evoke Lord Kelvin’s vortex theory of atoms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/magnetic-nanoknots-evoke-lord-kelvins-vortex-theory-of-atoms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/magnetic-nanoknots-evoke-lord-kelvins-vortex-theory-of-atoms#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/magnetic-nanoknots-evoke-lord-kelvins-vortex-theory-of-atoms

(Phys.org)—In the late 1800s when scientists were still trying to figure out what exactly atoms are, one of the leading theories, proposed by Lord Kelvin, was that atoms are knots of swirling vortices in the aether. Although this idea turned out to be completely wrong, it ushered in modern knot theory, which today is used in various areas of science such as fluid dynamics, the structure of DNA, and the concept of chirality.

Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, mathematical physicist Paul Sutcliffe at Durham University in the UK has theoretically shown that nanoparticles called magnetic skyrmions can be tied into various types of knots with different magnetic properties. He explains that, in a sense, these nanoknots represent a “nanoscale resurrection of Kelvin’s dream of knotted fields.”

Skyrmions are the name of a general class of particles that are made by twisting a field. When this field is a magnetic field, the skyrmions are called magnetic skyrmions. Magnetic skyrmions have attracted a lot of attention recently due to their potential applications in spintronics, where electron spins (which are related to the electron’s magnetic properties) are exploited in the design of transistors, storage media, and related devices.

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This robot is learning how to print a human organ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-robot-is-learning-how-to-print-a-human-organ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-robot-is-learning-how-to-print-a-human-organ#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-robot-is-learning-how-to-print-a-human-organ

Kentucky-based software company Advanced Solutions has developed what it calls the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that operates on a six axis robot.

Called the BioAssemblyBot, the machine is the second generation of 3D printers focused on producing biomedical materials intended to revolutionizing healthcare.

The goal is to 3D print human organs, Advanced Solutions president and CEO Michael Golway told CNBC on Friday.

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Goodbye Dental Implants, Grow Your Own Teeth In Just 9 Weeks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/goodbye-dental-implants-grow-your-own-teeth-in-just-9-weeks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/goodbye-dental-implants-grow-your-own-teeth-in-just-9-weeks#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:42:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/goodbye-dental-implants-grow-your-own-teeth-in-just-9-weeks

Everyone knows that there are dental implants that were invented to benefit our lives in many ways, they are extremely useful and a great solution to fill the gap. But, trust me, once you read this you will be amazed.

A group of experts in the dental field has made some amazing discoveries and there has been a really incredible development in the technology of dental implants that goes far beyond the classic implant or denture. They say that these discoveries will give us the chance to grow new and genuine teeth in the oral cavity.

The famous Dr. Jeremy Mao of Columbia University was the lea d investigator of this research and what he found was absolutely incredible. Dr. Mao built a scaffold for teeth, containing stem cells in the body. Using DNA, he succeeded in regenerating new teeth. This discovery of the modern technology promises a bright future when it comes to dental care.

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This solar paint creates energy from water vapor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-solar-paint-creates-energy-from-water-vapor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-solar-paint-creates-energy-from-water-vapor#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:03:02 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/this-solar-paint-creates-energy-from-water-vapor

This solar paint will turn your house into a power station.

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California’s next governor: Who’s running, who’s on the fence? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/californias-next-governor-whos-running-whos-on-the-fence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/californias-next-governor-whos-running-whos-on-the-fence#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/californias-next-governor-whos-running-whos-on-the-fence

I’m in this new LA Times story featuring the major candidates in the California Governor race. My profile is the only one that mentions science: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-governo…story.html #libertarian


This is who’s running for governor of California in 2018, and who might be running.

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Afrojack & David Guetta ft. Ester Dean — Another Life (Official Video) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/afrojack-david-guetta-ft-ester-dean-another-life-official-video https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/afrojack-david-guetta-ft-ester-dean-another-life-official-video#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/afrojack-david-guetta-ft-ester-dean-another-life-official-video

Official video for Afrojack & David Guetta ft. Ester Dean – Another Life.

Download or stream Another Life here: https://Afrojack.lnk.to/AnotherLIfe

Directed by sanghon kim produced by division

Website: http://www.afrojack.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/djafrojack
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/afrojack
VEVO: http://www.vevo.com/artist/afrojack
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/afrojack
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/afrojack
Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/Afrojack

℗ & © 2017 Wall Recordings, under exclusive license to Universal Music B.V./Republic, UMG Recordings Inc.

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Gamification UX/UI — AR/VR https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/gamification-uxui-arvr https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/gamification-uxui-arvr#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:23:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/gamification-uxui-arvr

“The future of gamification is nearly here with virtual and augmented reality features and the addition of artificial intelligence. These elements can personalize the experience and continually increase the challenge involved to keep the audience hooked. “ https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2017/06/22/how-to-add-ga…8cd53b5b3b

My mission statement is to push the boundries of the new tech tools that we are being given in the UX/ UI and prototyping design fields. This week I have been experimenting with Augemented and Virtual Reality. During the Summer Solstice I visited the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and tested out a few augemented reality offerings using augmented reality dinosaurs to complement the existing dinosaur scenery and built the following website to include my examples and also to showcase A-Frame and Sketchfab which will be producing VR within websites which will be used for e-commerce and online shopping soon.

https://bcgallie.wixsite.com/jurassicpalace

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Testosterone Hormone Linked to Higher IQ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq

University of Alberta researcher Marty Mrazik, Ph.D., says being bright may be due to an excess level of a natural hormone.

Mrazik, and a colleague have published a paper in Roeper Review linking giftedness (having an IQ score of 130 or higher) to prenatal exposure of higher levels of testosterone.

Mrazik hypothesizes that, in the same way that physical and cognitive deficiencies may develop in utero, so too could similar exposure to this naturally occurring chemical result in giftedness.

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Are Artificial Wombs the Future of Birth? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/are-artificial-wombs-the-future-of-birth-galactic-public-archives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/are-artificial-wombs-the-future-of-birth-galactic-public-archives#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:47:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=70472

In April, Scientists based in Philadelphia unveiled an artificial womb undergoing testing on fetal lambs. With a prediction from one of the researchers that the technology could be ready for human testing in three to five years, artificial wombs suddenly became the most unexpected rage of 2017. But what sort of artificial wombs might realistically be a part of healthcare in the near future?

In this video series, the Galactic Public Archives takes bite-sized looks at a variety of terms, technologies, and ideas that are likely to be prominent in the future. Terms are regularly changing and being redefined with the passing of time. With constant breakthroughs and the development of new technology and other resources, we seek to define what these things are and how they will impact our future.

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Why Life Extension is not Popular with the Public Yet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/why-life-extension-is-not-popular-with-the-public-yet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/why-life-extension-is-not-popular-with-the-public-yet#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/why-life-extension-is-not-popular-with-the-public-yet

LEAF Director Elena Milova recently attended the International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit in Madrid and gave a talk about effective advocacy and how we can engage better with the public as advocates for rejuvenation biotechnology.

Her talk touches upon effective message delivery as well as the basic principles of teaching, known as the didactic principles.

If we can learn to master this techniques it will help us all become better advocates and champions of rejuvenation biotechnology. Her talk is available below and for those who prefer reading, there is a text version of the main points addressed during the presentation. The presentation slides used in the video are available here or here for pdf.

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Near term technology for global big brother https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/near-term-technology-for-global-big-brother https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/near-term-technology-for-global-big-brother#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/near-term-technology-for-global-big-brother

Constellation of microsats could achieve global big brother monitoring of the world at 0.25 meter resolution.

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‘Avatar’ To Start Production in September https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/avatar-to-start-production-in-september https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/avatar-to-start-production-in-september#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:43:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/avatar-to-start-production-in-september

There are FOUR new Avatar films in the works 🙌.

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An Autonomous Hospital On Wheels Saves A Trip To The Doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/an-autonomous-hospital-on-wheels-saves-a-trip-to-the-doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/an-autonomous-hospital-on-wheels-saves-a-trip-to-the-doctor#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:25:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/06/an-autonomous-hospital-on-wheels-saves-a-trip-to-the-doctor

This autonomous car is a hospital on wheels.

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