Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Tue, 23 May 2017 12:42:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Microsoft Plans to Create DNA Storage System Data Center within a Decade https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/microsoft-plans-to-create-dna-storage-system-data-center-within-a-decade https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/microsoft-plans-to-create-dna-storage-system-data-center-within-a-decade#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 12:42:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/microsoft-plans-to-create-dna-storage-system-data-center-within-a-decade

MIT Technology Review has reported that researchers working for the company are optimistic they will create an apparatus that replaces tape drives within this decade.

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China’s belt and road infrastructure plan also includes science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/chinas-belt-and-road-infrastructure-plan-also-includes-science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/chinas-belt-and-road-infrastructure-plan-also-includes-science#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 10:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/chinas-belt-and-road-infrastructure-plan-also-includes-science

China is also planning to use the initiative to flex its scientific and engineering muscles, officials made clear at a 2-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that ended yesterday in Beijing. “Innovation is an important force powering development,” Xi said in a speech to the opening session of the forum. And so the initiative will include technical cooperation in fields including artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, and smart cities. He also mentioned the need to pursue economic growth that is in line with sustainable development goals, and that rests on environmentally friendly approaches.


Investment also planned in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and other fields.

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Self-driving cars could cost America’s professional drivers up to 25,000 jobs a month, Goldman Sachs says https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/self-driving-cars-could-cost-americas-professional-drivers-up-to-25000-jobs-a-month-goldman-sachs-says https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/self-driving-cars-could-cost-americas-professional-drivers-up-to-25000-jobs-a-month-goldman-sachs-says#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 07:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/self-driving-cars-could-cost-americas-professional-drivers-up-to-25000-jobs-a-month-goldman-sachs-says

The full impact of self-driving cars on society is several decades away — but when it hits, the job losses will be substantial for American truck drivers, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs.

When autonomous vehicle saturation peaks, U.S. drivers could see job losses at a rate of 25,000 a month, or 300,000 a year, according to a report from Goldman Sachs Economics Research.

Truck drivers, more so than bus or taxi drivers, will see the bulk of that job loss, according to the report. That makes sense, given today’s employment: In 2014, there were 4 million driver jobs in the U.S., 3.1 million of which were truck drivers, Goldman said. That represents 2 percent of total employment.

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Robot cop begins patrolling the streets of Dubai tomorrow night https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/robot-cop-begins-patrolling-the-streets-of-dubai-tomorrow-night https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/robot-cop-begins-patrolling-the-streets-of-dubai-tomorrow-night#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 00:43:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/robot-cop-begins-patrolling-the-streets-of-dubai-tomorrow-night

A robotic police officer is making its debut on the streets of Dubai tomorrow night — and I hope everyone there has watched Robocop.

The uniformed bot greeted visitors to the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference. After the conference wraps on Tuesday, it will be deployed to the streets of Dubai.

The robot rolls around on wheels. It can salute, bow, speak in multiple languages, and recognize hand gestures from up to 1.5 meters away, according to the Khaleej Times. It also has a tablet lodged in its chest which civilians can use to report crimes, according to The Daily Mail. It was designed by the Dubai police, with assistance from IBM’s Watson and Google.

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Scientists Have Created Liquid Metal Drops That Move Like T-1000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/scientists-have-created-liquid-metal-drops-that-move-like-t-1000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/scientists-have-created-liquid-metal-drops-that-move-like-t-1000#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 00:42:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/scientists-have-created-liquid-metal-drops-that-move-like-t-1000

Despite the NSA confirming the existence of Skynet, we all should be grateful that technology has not yet advanced to the stage where a liquid metal T-1000 terminator can shape-shift its way into your home and demand to see John Connor.

But scientists in China are making a solid effort make a less sinister version of this scenario at reality, by creating liquid metal droplets that could one day make “self-powered liquid metal machines” a real possibility.

Because of their excellent conductivity, low toxicity, and shape-shifting abilities, liquid metal alloys have been put to good use in targeting cancer cells, creating nature-inspired self-fuelled motors for robots, and many other liquid metal biomaterials.

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MIT used bacteria to create a self-ventilating workout shirt https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/mit-used-bacteria-to-create-a-self-ventilating-workout-shirt https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/mit-used-bacteria-to-create-a-self-ventilating-workout-shirt#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 00:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/mit-used-bacteria-to-create-a-self-ventilating-workout-shirt

Many rain jackets have zippers at the armpits that, when opened, let out perspiration and funk that would otherwise stay trapped inside. But researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a prototype of a wearable that vents itself automatically in response to sweat—and it does so using bacteria.

Wen Wang, the lead author of a new study about biohybrid wearables in the journal Science Advances, says that the garment with bacteria-triggered vents represents just a stepping stone on their way to creating shirts that do something even better: produce a pleasant smell when you sweat.

To make the prototype garment, the researchers experimented with different structures of latex and bacteria, says Wang, a bioengineer and former research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab and the university’s department of chemical engineering. One such configuration involved just two layers: bacteria on one side, and latex on the other. But what worked best for creating the vented wearable was coating latex on both sides with a type of bacteria called B. subtilis.

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These Lowe’s employees are now wearing exosuits to work https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/these-lowes-employees-are-now-wearing-exosuits-to-work https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/these-lowes-employees-are-now-wearing-exosuits-to-work#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 00:23:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/these-lowes-employees-are-now-wearing-exosuits-to-work

Lowe’s is making it easier for employees to stock shelves.

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A fundamental quantum physics problem has been proved unsolvable https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-fundamental-quantum-physics-problem-has-been-proved-unsolvable https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-fundamental-quantum-physics-problem-has-been-proved-unsolvable#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 22:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-fundamental-quantum-physics-problem-has-been-proved-unsolvable

For the first time a major physics problem has been proved unsolvable, meaning that no matter how accurately a material is mathematically described on a microscopic level, there will not be enough information to predict its macroscopic behaviour.

The research, by an international team of scientists from UCL, the Technical University of Music and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid – ICMAT, concerns the spectral gap, a term for the energy required for an electron to transition from a low-energy state to an excited state.

Spectral gaps are a key property in semiconductors, among a multitude of other materials, in particular those with superconducting properties. It was thought that it was possible to determine if a material is superconductive by extrapolating from a complete enough microscopic description of it, however this study has shown that determining whether a material has a spectral gap is what is known as “an undecidable question”.

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7.2-Million-Year-Old Pre-Human Fossils Challenge Evolutionary Theory https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/7-2-million-year-old-pre-human-fossils-challenge-evolutionary-theory https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/7-2-million-year-old-pre-human-fossils-challenge-evolutionary-theory#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 21:43:16 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/7-2-million-year-old-pre-human-fossils-challenge-evolutionary-theory

But there’s another significant finding: that human split occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not Africa, as it is believed.


A jawbone discovered by German troops in Athens during the Second World War could be evidence that apes and humans diverged 200,000 years earlier than the current theory says.

Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest known relatives to humans, sharing 99 per cent of our DNA. It’s believed that we split between five and seven million years ago.

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Weird energy beam seems to travel five times the speed of light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/weird-energy-beam-seems-to-travel-five-times-the-speed-of-light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/weird-energy-beam-seems-to-travel-five-times-the-speed-of-light#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 21:42:56 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/weird-energy-beam-seems-to-travel-five-times-the-speed-of-light

The galaxy M87 emits a jet of plasma that looks like it’s breaking the cosmic speed limit – here’s how it manages the trick.

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Technology for Immortality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/technology-for-immortality https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/technology-for-immortality#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 21:42:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/technology-for-immortality

I wonder if this will allow the body’s current healing abilities to remain robust or will the body’s healing abilities fall off as it will not have to work as hard.


In the near future, tiny microscopic robots will fix our cells so that they never get old or fall apart.

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Flyboard Air by Franky Zapata In Lake Havasu in Arizona https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/flyboard-air-by-franky-zapata-in-lake-havasu-in-arizona https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/flyboard-air-by-franky-zapata-in-lake-havasu-in-arizona#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 20:03:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/flyboard-air-by-franky-zapata-in-lake-havasu-in-arizona

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Diginomics: Follow our new Facebook page for videos on the bitcoin economy! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/diginomics-follow-our-new-facebook-page-for-videos-on-the-bitcoin-economy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/diginomics-follow-our-new-facebook-page-for-videos-on-the-bitcoin-economy#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 20:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/diginomics-follow-our-new-facebook-page-for-videos-on-the-bitcoin-economy


Education.

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SDJ jacket is made with the future in mind https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/sdj-jacket-is-made-with-the-future-in-mind https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/sdj-jacket-is-made-with-the-future-in-mind#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:43:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/sdj-jacket-is-made-with-the-future-in-mind

This jacket can dry itself.

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Want To Hold An ICO? CoinList Makes It Easy — And Legal https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/want-to-hold-an-ico-coinlist-makes-it-easy-and-legal https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/want-to-hold-an-ico-coinlist-makes-it-easy-and-legal#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:42:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/want-to-hold-an-ico-coinlist-makes-it-easy-and-legal

This new site, a cross between AngelList and Kickstarter — and developed with AngelList — will especially help developers who want to fundraise before launching a network.

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How Do You Code for a Quantum Computer? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/how-do-you-code-for-a-quantum-computer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/how-do-you-code-for-a-quantum-computer#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:42:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/how-do-you-code-for-a-quantum-computer

The coders of tomorrow may be bug-checking the multiverse.

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I don’t want to live forever https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/i-dont-want-to-live-forever https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/i-dont-want-to-live-forever#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/i-dont-want-to-live-forever A very simple reason why whether or not people want to live ‘forever’ doesn’t matter in the discussion about rejuvenation biotechnologies, plus a couple of thought experiments to better understand the wish to ‘die at some point’ of some.


You don’t want to live forever? Then don’t.

I’m not kidding. It is as simple as that, and I’ll tell you more. If you—or even the entire world, for that matter—don’t want to live forever, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop rejuvenation therapies.

Why? Because rejuvenation therapies do not make you immortal. Being forever young only means you don’t get age-related diseases and disabilities, not that you can’t be shot or run over by a truck, or that you can’t kill yourself. On top of that, you don’t have to undergo rejuvenation therapies if you don’t want to. However, while rejuvenation wouldn’t make you immortal, it would give you more control over you life. If you say you know for a fact you want to die at some point, I’m cool with that, but there is no guarantee ageing will kill you just at the right moment. Ageing could easily take you away when you still had tons of things you wanted to do. On the other hand, if you didn’t have to worry about the possibility of such an untimely death, you could very well decide for yourself when and how you want to go, and be relatively sure it’d happen that way.

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Moogfest Day Three Highlights: Robot Car, Immortality Bus & Particle Physics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/moogfest-day-three-highlights-robot-car-immortality-bus-particle-physics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/moogfest-day-three-highlights-robot-car-immortality-bus-particle-physics#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 12:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/moogfest-day-three-highlights-robot-car-immortality-bus-particle-physics

Here’s a write-up of Moogfest that has a section dedicated to the Immortality Bus and transhumanism:


The ExitEvent team is all hands on deck for the next four days as we try to capture all the cool stuff going on in downtown Durham for Moogfest. We’ll post photos, videos, stories and soundbites as we get them. Feel free to submit your own captures as well!

Thanks for following along!

(photo above, credit to Moogfest)

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SoftBank, Saudis Launch $100 Billion Tech Fund https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/softbank-saudis-launch-100-billion-tech-fund https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/softbank-saudis-launch-100-billion-tech-fund#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 10:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/softbank-saudis-launch-100-billion-tech-fund

Ahead of the fund’s launch on Saturday, Mr. Son said it would focus on investing in sectors including artificial intelligence, smart devices and semiconductors. “We already have lots in the pipeline,” he said. “We are investing into genome sequencing. We are investing in virtual-reality simulations, the games, and so on.”


Japan’s SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund on Saturday launched the world’s largest technology fund, a nearly $100 billion vehicle that will steer capital to cutting-edge technologies in U.S. startups and other global firms.

In a statement, SoftBank said the fund secured $93 billion of committed capital. The so-called SoftBank Vision Fund is targeting a total of $100 billion within 6 months. The fund’s creation coincides with U.S. President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is…

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Train-drone delivery system could bring packages to your balcony https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/train-drone-delivery-system-could-bring-packages-to-your-balcony https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/train-drone-delivery-system-could-bring-packages-to-your-balcony#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 10:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/train-drone-delivery-system-could-bring-packages-to-your-balcony

The Iris concept would use modified metros and drones to deliver packages for online retailers.

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Gravitational Waves Are Permanently Warping The Fabric of Space-Time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/gravitational-waves-are-permanently-warping-the-fabric-of-space-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/gravitational-waves-are-permanently-warping-the-fabric-of-space-time#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 05:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/gravitational-waves-are-permanently-warping-the-fabric-of-space-time

Researchers have proposed a method for detecting exotic events in physics by looking for the scars they leave behind on the fabric of space.

By identifying how objects like cosmic strings or evaporating black holes leave behind memories of their existence on the Universe, it might be possible to move some rather strange phenomena from theoretical to empirical science.

It all comes down to an effect of general relativity called gravitational-wave memory, which is the distortion left behind as space is stretched and relaxed by a massive object.

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The Next Great Computer Interface Is Emerging—But It Doesn’t Have a Name Yet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-next-great-computer-interface-is-emerging-but-it-doesnt-have-a-name-yet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-next-great-computer-interface-is-emerging-but-it-doesnt-have-a-name-yet#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 04:42:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-next-great-computer-interface-is-emerging-but-it-doesnt-have-a-name-yet

Not long ago, your parents might’ve noticed a kid staring at a smartphone in their front yard. There wasn’t anything there. The kid was just…hanging out. What they didn’t know? Said kid was gazing through a digital window and seeing a mythical beast in their well-manicured roses.

This youngster was playing an augmented reality smartphone sensation called Pokémon Go that swept the online masses before fading back. But don’t confuse ephemerality for significance. Pokémon Go’s simple yet viral appeal suggests AR is going to be huge.

“The reason I’m inspired by this? I don’t think Pokemon Go is the pinnacle of AR. It’s kind of like the Solitaire for Windows 3. It’s a killer app at a certain time, a big milestone,” John Werner said at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Summit in Boston.

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Cytosurge FluidFM µ3Dprinter is world’s first sub-micron metal 3D printer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/cytosurge-fluidfm-%c2%b53dprinter-is-worlds-first-sub-micron-metal-3d-printer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/cytosurge-fluidfm-%c2%b53dprinter-is-worlds-first-sub-micron-metal-3d-printer#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 23:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/cytosurge-fluidfm-%c2%b53dprinter-is-worlds-first-sub-micron-metal-3d-printer

Major advancement in 3D printing:


Cytosurge AG, based in Zurich Switzerland, presents their revolutionary FluidFM µ3Dprinter which is world’s first 3D sub-micron direct metal printing machine.

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The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-doomsday-vault-isnt-flooded-but-were-all-still-going-to-die https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-doomsday-vault-isnt-flooded-but-were-all-still-going-to-die#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 22:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/the-doomsday-vault-isnt-flooded-but-were-all-still-going-to-die

Still, the seed vault is supposed to function without humans having to get involved with maintenance. The Norwegian government is studying the situation and plans to fix the leak.


It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking along nicely.

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Bill Gates: Try a career in artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience to make an impact https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/bill-gates-try-a-career-in-artificial-intelligence-energy-or-bioscience-to-make-an-impact https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/bill-gates-try-a-career-in-artificial-intelligence-energy-or-bioscience-to-make-an-impact#comments Sun, 21 May 2017 21:02:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/bill-gates-try-a-career-in-artificial-intelligence-energy-or-bioscience-to-make-an-impact

The billionaire said we all must strive to fight inequity to make the world a better place, and technology can help that.

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Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/googles-new-ai-is-better-at-creating-ai-than-the-companys-engineers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/googles-new-ai-is-better-at-creating-ai-than-the-companys-engineers#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 20:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/googles-new-ai-is-better-at-creating-ai-than-the-companys-engineers

Google’s AutoML makes it easier to design better AI.

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Jeff Bezos sets Blue Origin’s sights on building a city on the moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-sets-blue-origins-sights-on-building-a-city-on-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-sets-blue-origins-sights-on-building-a-city-on-the-moon#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 19:22:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-sets-blue-origins-sights-on-building-a-city-on-the-moon

SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk may have his heart set on building a city on Mars, but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space vision looks closer to home. He’s gazing at the moon.

“I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” Bezos said today during a Q&A with kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”

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Jeff Bezos lays out a plan for settling the moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-lays-out-a-plan-for-settling-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-lays-out-a-plan-for-settling-the-moon#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 14:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/jeff-bezos-lays-out-a-plan-for-settling-the-moon

During a chat with students at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin discusses how to build a permanent human settlement on the moon. Get the full story on GeekWire: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-moon/

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An image from my talk at Moogfest yesterday https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-image-from-my-talk-at-moogfest-yesterday https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-image-from-my-talk-at-moogfest-yesterday#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 13:03:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-image-from-my-talk-at-moogfest-yesterday

It went well! Vice and others were there to film it. To learn more about the Immortality Bus journey, go here: www.immortalitybus.com

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New series “Year Million” aims to predict the future of humanity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/new-series-year-million-aims-to-predict-the-future-of-humanity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/new-series-year-million-aims-to-predict-the-future-of-humanity#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 10:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/new-series-year-million-aims-to-predict-the-future-of-humanity

National Geographic is bringing together the brightest minds in science, technology and science fiction for a glimpse into what awaits humanity in the years to come. The predictions are showcased in a new six-part series “Year Million.” Executive producer David O’Connor and CBS News science contributor Dr. Michio Kaku join “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss some of the series’ jaw-dropping projections.

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Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/uber-vs-google-and-now-the-self-driving-car-war-gets-nasty https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/uber-vs-google-and-now-the-self-driving-car-war-gets-nasty#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 07:02:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/uber-vs-google-and-now-the-self-driving-car-war-gets-nasty

There’s just not enough tech talent out there.

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‘A robot doesn’t have to shoot back,’ Rodney Brooks says of machines in the military https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-robot-doesnt-have-to-shoot-back-rodney-brooks-says-of-machines-in-the-military https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-robot-doesnt-have-to-shoot-back-rodney-brooks-says-of-machines-in-the-military#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 07:02:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-robot-doesnt-have-to-shoot-back-rodney-brooks-says-of-machines-in-the-military

Rethink Robotics co-founder and CTO, former CSAIL director and all-around robot luminary Rodney Brooks joined the Disrupt New York stage this afternoon to tackle some complex questions, ranging from robots place in the living room to the battlefield.

Brooks has a fair bit of experience in both categories, as a cofounder of iRobot, whose product offerings have ranging from vacuuming to bomb diffusion. And while his current company deals more in the realm of factory automation, a number of these ethical issues still clearly weigh heavily on the Australian roboticist.

It was a question about whether robots should be considered unfit for any human tasks that really caused Brooks to ponder their place in the world.

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A trip in Airbus’s flying car will cost the same as ground taxi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-trip-in-airbuss-flying-car-will-cost-the-same-as-ground-taxi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-trip-in-airbuss-flying-car-will-cost-the-same-as-ground-taxi#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 06:02:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/a-trip-in-airbuss-flying-car-will-cost-the-same-as-ground-taxi

Airbus has revealed a trip in its flying taxi will cost ‘the equivalent of a normal taxi’ — from $1.50 to $2.50. The firm is set to release a working craft in 2020 to alleviate the ever-growing issue of traffic jams.

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Air Force Unmanned Fighter Jets https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/air-force-unmanned-fighter-jets https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/air-force-unmanned-fighter-jets#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 04:43:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/air-force-unmanned-fighter-jets

These fighter jets can fly themselves.

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Court Strikes Down FAA’s Drone Registration Rule https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/court-strikes-down-faas-drone-registration-rule https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/court-strikes-down-faas-drone-registration-rule#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 02:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/court-strikes-down-faas-drone-registration-rule

Despite its Big Brother-ish nature, the rule was ostensibly enacted to improve safety as more and more drones take to the air. In his decision, Judge Kavanaugh noted that although the rule is unlawful, “aviation safety is obviously an important goal, and the Registration Rule may well help further that goal to some degree.”

The FAA said on Friday that it is reviewing the court decision, but did not immediately announce whether it would appeal.

“The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats,” the agency said in a statement. “We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.”

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Riding high: Toyota eyes ‘flying car’ future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/riding-high-toyota-eyes-flying-car-future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/riding-high-toyota-eyes-flying-car-future#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 00:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/riding-high-toyota-eyes-flying-car-future

Toyota has its sights set on a Blade Runner future as the Japanese automaker backs a move to launch a flying car in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The company is giving about 42.5 million yen ($375,000) to the Cartivator project, which is developing the three-wheeled sci-fi car that relies on drone technology to take flight.

The manned vehicle, dubbed SkyDrive, will have four sets of propellors and — at 2.9 metres (9.5 foot) long and 1.3 metres wide — is aiming to be the world’s smallest flying car, according to the project.

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Plasma jet engine breakthrough heralds beginning of new era in space travel https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/plasma-jet-engine-breakthrough-heralds-beginning-of-new-era-in-space-travel https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/plasma-jet-engine-breakthrough-heralds-beginning-of-new-era-in-space-travel#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 22:02:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/plasma-jet-engine-breakthrough-heralds-beginning-of-new-era-in-space-travel

A major new breakthrough in jet propulsion technology could revolutionize the aerospace industry, paving the way for plasma jet engines that could carry a craft to the edge of space using only air and electricity.

Berkant Göksel, the lead researcher in a new study by the Technical University of Berlin, says his team have successfully completed tests on plasma engines that could take future aircrafts to altitudes of 30 miles (50km) and beyond.

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Join me today at Moogfest from 4:30PM to 6PM at Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/join-me-today-at-moogfest-from-430pm-to-6pm-at-carolina-theatre-cinema-1-309-w-morgan-st-durham-nc-27701 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/join-me-today-at-moogfest-from-430pm-to-6pm-at-carolina-theatre-cinema-1-309-w-morgan-st-durham-nc-27701#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 17:45:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/join-me-today-at-moogfest-from-430pm-to-6pm-at-carolina-theatre-cinema-1-309-w-morgan-st-durham-nc-27701

I’m talking #transhumanism, liberty, the Immortality Bus, politics, and overcoming death w/ science. I’ll be making a tribute to my recently deceased father too. There will be a Q & A after. http://sched.co/AGbE & https://moogfest2017.sched.com/artist/info6094

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Volvo’s Self-Driving Garbage Truck Wants Your Trash https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/volvos-self-driving-garbage-truck-wants-your-trash https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/volvos-self-driving-garbage-truck-wants-your-trash#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 16:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/volvos-self-driving-garbage-truck-wants-your-trash

The truck also offers “major environmental upsides,” Volvo said, since “gear changing, steering and speed are constantly optimized for low fuel consumption and emissions.”

Volvo plans to test the autonomous truck with Renova through the end of the year.

“There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general,” Stenqvist said. “Our self-driving refuse truck is leading the way in this field globally, and one of several exciting autonomous innovations we are working with right now.”

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Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/researchers-design-moisture-responsive-workout-suit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/researchers-design-moisture-responsive-workout-suit#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 16:02:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/researchers-design-moisture-responsive-workout-suit

No sweat: MIT researchers have designed bioLogic, moisture-responsive activewear — a workout suit and running shoe — with ventilating flaps lined with humidity-sensing cells. The flaps open and close in response to an athlete’s sweating.

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Bitcoin closes in on (US) $2000; Why it matters https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/bitcoin-closes-in-on-us-2000-why-it-matters https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/bitcoin-closes-in-on-us-2000-why-it-matters#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 15:20:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=57472 At the beginning of 2016, Bitcoin was fairly steady at $430. Richelle Ross predicted that it would finish the year at $650. She would have been right, if the year had ended in November. During 2016, Bitcoin’s US dollar exchange rose from $433 to $1000. In the past 2 months (March 24~May 20, 2017), Bitcoin has tacked on 114%, rising from $936 to $2000.  [continue below image]…

If this were stock in a corporation, I would recommend liquidating or cutting back on holdings. But the value of Bitcoin is not tied to the future earnings or property value of an organization. In this case, supply demand is fueled—in part—by speculation. Yes, of course. But, it is also fueled by a two-sided network built on the growing base of utilitarian adoption. And not just an adoption fad, but adoption that mirrors the shift in our very understanding of bookkeeping, trust and transparency.

Despite problems of growth, governance and regulation, Bitcoin is more clearly taking its place as the future of money. Even if it never becomes “legal tender” in any country—and is used only as a mechanism of payments and settlement, it is still woefully undervalued. $2000 is not an end-game. It is a beginning.

Philip Raymond co-chairs Crypsa & The Bitcoin Event. He is columnist & board member at Lifeboat Foundation,
editor at WildDuck and is delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Digital Currency Summit in Johannesburg.

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Intel’s Next CPUs Have 100 Million Transistors Per Square Millimeter: A Generation Ahead Of AMD? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/intels-next-cpus-have-100-million-transistors-per-square-millimeter-a-generation-ahead-of-amd https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/intels-next-cpus-have-100-million-transistors-per-square-millimeter-a-generation-ahead-of-amd#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 14:02:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/intels-next-cpus-have-100-million-transistors-per-square-millimeter-a-generation-ahead-of-amd

Moore’s Law is alive and ahead of schedule.


Intel claims Moore’s Law is alive and well and that it’s a generation ahead of the competition.

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Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 05:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change.

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Is There an AI President in Our Future? That Might Be an Upgrade https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/is-there-an-ai-president-in-our-future-that-might-be-an-upgrade https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/is-there-an-ai-president-in-our-future-that-might-be-an-upgrade#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 02:42:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/is-there-an-ai-president-in-our-future-that-might-be-an-upgrade

An artificial Intelligence would consider all the facts before making the most rational decision for the greatest good. What could possibly go wrong?

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An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-ai-invented-a-bunch-of-new-paint-colors-that-are-hilariously-wrong https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-ai-invented-a-bunch-of-new-paint-colors-that-are-hilariously-wrong#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 01:02:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/an-ai-invented-a-bunch-of-new-paint-colors-that-are-hilariously-wrong

Ronching blue or stummy beige? —

An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong.

Let’s just say this neural network won’t make you fear the robot uprising.

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Something Weird Is Happening to the ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/something-weird-is-happening-to-the-alien-megastructure-star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/something-weird-is-happening-to-the-alien-megastructure-star#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 22:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/something-weird-is-happening-to-the-alien-megastructure-star

Tabby’s star, famous for its inexplicable dips in brightness, is going through one of those dips right now.

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What is Plant-Based Meat? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/what-is-plant-based-meat https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/what-is-plant-based-meat#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 22:04:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=57459

A type of food that has been around for centuries, but is primed to be increasingly relevant to the future: Plant-Based “Meat.”

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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U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/u-s-air-force-sends-robotic-f-16s-into-mock-combat https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/u-s-air-force-sends-robotic-f-16s-into-mock-combat#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 21:02:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/u-s-air-force-sends-robotic-f-16s-into-mock-combat

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated a mixed formation of manned and unmanned F-16s in a simulated combat environment.

The Have Raider demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base in California included two phases, Lockheed announced on April 10, 2017. The first phase, Have Raider I, focused on formation-flying. Have Raider II sent the pilotless F-16 on a mock bombing run through “dynamic” enemy defenses.

“This demonstration is an important milestone in AFRL’s maturation of technologies needed to integrate manned and unmanned aircraft in a strike package,” Capt. Andrew Petry, an AFRL engineer, said in a Lockheed press release.

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World Asteroid Day Hackathon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/world-asteroid-day-hackathon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/world-asteroid-day-hackathon#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 19:43:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/world-asteroid-day-hackathon

“A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon

In February 2014, Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and famed guitarist for the rock band QUEEN, began working with Grigorij Richters, the director of a new film titled 51 Degrees North, a fictional story of an asteroid impact on London and the resulting human condition. May composed the music for the film and suggested that Richters preview it at Starmus, an event organized by Dr. Garik Israelian and attended by esteemed astrophysicists, scientists and artists, including Dr. Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Rick Wakeman. The result was the beginning of discussions that would lead to the launch of Asteroid Day in 2015. See : https://asteroidday.org/

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Giant tunneling machine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/giant-tunneling-machine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/giant-tunneling-machine#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 18:03:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/05/giant-tunneling-machine

This is how they dig subway tunnels.

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