Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Killer robots which use facial recognition ‘will be devastating to humankind’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/killer-robots-which-use-facial-recognition-will-be-devastating-to-humankind https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/killer-robots-which-use-facial-recognition-will-be-devastating-to-humankind#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:43:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/killer-robots-which-use-facial-recognition-will-be-devastating-to-humankind

Professor Stuart Russell, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) expert at the University of California, said allowing machines to kill humans would endanger freedom and security.

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How to Beam Factories to Mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-beam-factories-to-mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-beam-factories-to-mars#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-to-beam-factories-to-mars

In a recent blog post, Paul Krugman tried to illustrate a point about the GOP tax cut plan by imagining interplanetary trade with Martians. (At least he’s now entertaining voluntary transactions, rather than an alien invasion.) Yet in his zeal to downplay the potential benefits to workers from a corporate tax cut, Krugman ends up shortchanging the versatility of markets. As a teaching exercise, I’ll walk through the full implications of Krugman’s story about Martians, to show the elegance of capitalism.

Krugman’s Martian Scenario

The context for Krugman’s fanciful thought experiment is the GOP plan to cut the corporate income tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. In order to sell this plan as pro-worker, the GOP defenders are arguing that capital is very mobile on the international market. Therefore, global investors can be picky, and must earn the same after–tax rate of return (due account being made for risk), wherever they invest. This means — so the GOP argument continues — that a large cut in the US corporate tax rate will simply invite a flood of foreign capital into the US, pushing down the pre –tax rate of return to reestablish equilibrium across all countries. Yet this process helps American workers, who are now mixing their labor with a larger capital stock. Because labor productivity is higher with more tools and equipment, wage rates end up rising. Thus, so the argument concludes, the primary beneficiaries of the GOP tax cut won’t be international capitalists, but instead will be American workers.

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CRISPR Can Now Hitch a Ride on Nanoparticles to Battle Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/crispr-can-now-hitch-a-ride-on-nanoparticles-to-battle-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/crispr-can-now-hitch-a-ride-on-nanoparticles-to-battle-disease#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/crispr-can-now-hitch-a-ride-on-nanoparticles-to-battle-disease

Yet CRISPR has a dirty secret: there’s really no perfect way to deliver the “molecular scissors” safely into cells. Most methods currently rely on viruses: the DNA that encodes the CRISPR machinery is spliced into a “viral vector” then injected into the troubled tissue.

That’s all well and good for diseases that affect blood and muscle. But for destinations buried deep within the body, delivery becomes a serious issue.

Yin’s workaround wasn’t ideal: he shot two milliliters of solution containing the CRISPR machinery into the mice’s veins using incredibly high pressure. The human equivalent? Your entire blood volume, injected in just five minutes.

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How Would You Donate $450 Million? Six Leaders Weigh In https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-would-you-donate-450-million-six-leaders-weigh-in https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-would-you-donate-450-million-six-leaders-weigh-in#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/how-would-you-donate-450-million-six-leaders-weigh-in

Somehow, some way, someone paid $450 million, after buyer’s fees, for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at Christie’s last Wednesday. Believed to be the last work by the artist in private hands, the painting’s price smashed all previous records.

Since the price also seemed more on par with the education budget of a medium-sized country, Artsy asked a range of leaders from the arts, economics, bioethics, and development to tell us how they’d spend $450 million.


After last week’s recording-breaking sale of a Leonardo da Vinci painting, Artsy asked a range of leadersdevelopment how they’d spend $450 million.

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Today, as part of my #libertarian California Governor campaign, I toured some of the areas in Northern California destroyed by the recent wildfires https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/today-as-part-of-my-libertarian-california-governor-campaign-i-toured-some-of-the-areas-in-northern-california-destroyed-by-the-recent-wildfires https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/today-as-part-of-my-libertarian-california-governor-campaign-i-toured-some-of-the-areas-in-northern-california-destroyed-by-the-recent-wildfires#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:22:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/today-as-part-of-my-libertarian-california-governor-campaign-i-toured-some-of-the-areas-in-northern-california-destroyed-by-the-recent-wildfires

I saw hundreds of homes in one subdivision destroyed (8900 homes were destroyed in total in the fires). We must seek out better technological solutions to stop wildfires in California. Lives are at risk and hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake. The state is getting drier, and innovative technologies—especially drone surveillance—can help spot fires before they get too large to easily contain. AI can also tell us, based on weather conditions, where fire protection resources and first responders should be stationed. Quickly putting out fires that do occur is the key to protecting the state.

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Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/russia-to-the-united-nations-dont-try-to-stop-us-from-building-killer-robots https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/russia-to-the-united-nations-dont-try-to-stop-us-from-building-killer-robots#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/russia-to-the-united-nations-dont-try-to-stop-us-from-building-killer-robots

The UN attempt to regulate AI is doomed to failure. If the USA doesnt veto, and i’m sure it would, China and Russia will.


UN efforts to limit or regulate military AI may be failing before they even begin.

Arms control advocates had reason for hope when scores of countries met at the United Nations in Geneva last week to discuss the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS. Unlike previous meetings, this one involved a Group of Governmental Experts, a big bump in diplomatic formality and consequence, and those experts had a mandate to better define lethal autonomy in weapons. But hopes for even a small first step toward restricting “killer robots” were dashed as the meeting unfolded. Russia announced that it would adhere to no international ban, moratorium or regulation on such weapons. Complicating the issue, the meeting was run in a way that made any meaningful progress toward defining (and thus eventually regulating) LAWS nearly impossible. Multiple attendees pointed out that that played directly toward Russia’s interests.

Russia’s Nov. 10 statement amounts to a lawyerly attempt to undermine any progress toward a ban. It argues that defining “lethal autonomous robots” is too hard, not yet necessary, and a threat to legitimate technology development.

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The real science behind the unreal predictions of major earthquakes in 2018 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-real-science-behind-the-unreal-predictions-of-major-earthquakes-in-2018 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-real-science-behind-the-unreal-predictions-of-major-earthquakes-in-2018#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-real-science-behind-the-unreal-predictions-of-major-earthquakes-in-2018

The research got a lot of attention after Bilham presented it at the October meeting of the Geological Society of America. Several critics noted that correlation is not causation — earthquake clusters and fluctuations of Earth’s rotation might happen on the same time scales, but that doesn’t mean they are linked.


There’s a curious connection between earthquakes and the Earth’s rotation. But that doesn’t mean the planet is in for a major shaking next year.

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Why cyborg creators must self-govern security, privacy efforts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-cyborg-creators-must-self-govern-security-privacy-efforts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-cyborg-creators-must-self-govern-security-privacy-efforts#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-cyborg-creators-must-self-govern-security-privacy-efforts

Most people probably aren’t aware of this, but the 2016 U.S. Presidential election included a candidate who had a radio-frequency identification chip implanted in his hand. No, it wasn’t Donald J. Trump. It was Zoltan Istvan, a nominee representing the Silicon Valley-based Transhumanist Party and his body-worn chip unlocked his front door, provided computer password access and sent an auto-text that said: “Win in 2016!”

The transhumanist movement – employing technology and radical science to modify humans – offers a glimpse into the marriage of machines and people, the focus of a recent paper released by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). With cybernetic implants already available to consumers, the prospect for techno-human transmutation – cyborgs – is not as far away as many may think.

“We are moving towards automation, we are moving towards machine learning,” said Parham Eftekhari (pictured), co-founder and senior fellow at ICIT. “We’re seeing it impact a lot of our society.”

Eftekhari stopped by the set of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio, and spoke with co-hosts John Furrier (@furrier) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante) at CyberConnect 2017 in New York City. They discussed ICIT’s recent cybersecurity research and the potential for increased government regulation. ( Disclosure below.)

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DARPA Seeking AI That Learns All the Time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/darpa-seeking-ai-that-learns-all-the-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/darpa-seeking-ai-that-learns-all-the-time#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:02:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/darpa-seeking-ai-that-learns-all-the-time

The agency wants ideas for turning computers into lifelong learners.

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Walmart is ‘secretly’ testing self-driving floor scrubbers, signaling that more robots are coming https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/walmart-is-secretly-testing-self-driving-floor-scrubbers-signaling-that-more-robots-are-coming https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/walmart-is-secretly-testing-self-driving-floor-scrubbers-signaling-that-more-robots-are-coming#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:44:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/walmart-is-secretly-testing-self-driving-floor-scrubbers-signaling-that-more-robots-are-coming

Planning to try and automate the entire store.


Walmart (WMT) has been quietly testing out autonomous floor scrubbers during the overnight shifts in five store locations near the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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A spokesperson for Walmart told FOX Business that the move, which was first reported by LinkedIn, is a “very small proof of concept pilot that we are running” and that the company still has a lot more to learn about how this technology “might work best in our different retail locations.”

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Toyota’s latest humanoid robot can mimic your movements https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/toyotas-latest-humanoid-robot-can-mimic-your-movements https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/toyotas-latest-humanoid-robot-can-mimic-your-movements#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:43:16 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/toyotas-latest-humanoid-robot-can-mimic-your-movements

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The U.S. Military Is Building a Fleet of Star Trek-Inspired ‘Shadow’ Bombers Invisible to Radar https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-u-s-military-is-building-a-fleet-of-star-trek-inspired-shadow-bombers-invisible-to-radar https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-u-s-military-is-building-a-fleet-of-star-trek-inspired-shadow-bombers-invisible-to-radar#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:42:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-u-s-military-is-building-a-fleet-of-star-trek-inspired-shadow-bombers-invisible-to-radar

The Pentagon is developing a new fleet of shadow bombers that possibly disappear on radar like those featured in Star Trek movies.

The unit of B-21 stealth bombers, a futuristic combat aircraft, are being created at a secret desert plant in Palmdale, California, after the company Northrop Grumman won the contract for their development two years ago, The Times reported.

The U.S. military has sanctioned the development of around 100 of the bat-like bombers for as much as $80 billion. The precise amount remains top secret.

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What’s Wrong with Godless AI Technological Salvation, the Singularity? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/whats-wrong-with-godless-ai-technological-salvation-the-singularity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/whats-wrong-with-godless-ai-technological-salvation-the-singularity#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/whats-wrong-with-godless-ai-technological-salvation-the-singularity

In a recent article, I began to unpack Rodney Brooks’ October 2017 essay “The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions.” Now I continue my analysis by looking into the faulty atheistic thinking that motivates the AI salvation preached by futurists such as Google’s Ray Kurzweil. Although Brooks does not address this worldview dimension, his critique of AI predictive sins provides a great opportunity for just that.

Brooks is a pioneer of robotic artificial intelligence (AI) and is MIT Panasonic Professor of Robotics Emeritus. He is also the founder and chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics, which makes cobots—robots designed to collaborate with humans in a shared industrial workspace.

Previously I discussed Brooks’ remark that “all the evidence that I see says we have no real idea yet how to build” the superintelligent devices that Kurzweil and like-minded singularity advocates imagine.

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Great news! Photo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/great-news-photo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/great-news-photo#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:42:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/great-news-photo

Great news! Dr. Aubrey de Grey is going to be doing an AMA on Reddit. This is your chance to ask anything you like about SENS and the scientific progress we are making. Find out more about SENS and how you can help us at: http://www.sens.org/donate

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This Gene-Editing Tech Might Be Too Dangerous To Unleash https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/this-gene-editing-tech-might-be-too-dangerous-to-unleash https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/this-gene-editing-tech-might-be-too-dangerous-to-unleash#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/this-gene-editing-tech-might-be-too-dangerous-to-unleash

With gene drives, scientists are trying to supercharge evolution to eradicate malaria and save endangered species from extinction. But is this DARPA-funded tech safe enough to test in the wild? One of its creators isn’t so sure.

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Even Light Exercise is Beneficial to Health and Can Reduce Mortality Risk https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/even-light-exercise-is-beneficial-to-health-and-can-reduce-mortality-risk https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/even-light-exercise-is-beneficial-to-health-and-can-reduce-mortality-risk#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:02:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/even-light-exercise-is-beneficial-to-health-and-can-reduce-mortality-risk

Even very moderate activity levels can influence the risk of death, according to a new study led by the University of Buffalo. The study showed that there was a significant reduction of mortality risk in women over 65 who regularly engaged in light physical activites, such as household chores.

Yes, folding the laundry, ironing, vacuuming the house and other menial tasks might not seem the most glamorous of activities, but they may help you to live longer.

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The Stage Has Been Set For The Next Financial Crisis https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-stage-has-been-set-for-the-next-financial-crisis https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-stage-has-been-set-for-the-next-financial-crisis#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:22:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-stage-has-been-set-for-the-next-financial-crisis

We are in a multidimensional and fully internationalized carry trade game, folks, which means there is a very serious and tangible risk pool sitting just below the surface across world’s largest insurance companies, pensions funds and banks, the so-called ‘mandated’ undertakings…

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Maximize the impacts of space science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/maximize-the-impacts-of-space-science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/maximize-the-impacts-of-space-science#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/maximize-the-impacts-of-space-science

In our view, to get the most from space-science programmes — in terms of impacts on research and reputation — government agencies and institutions need to choose, manage and assess missions in ways that optimize the scientific outputs. As heads of space-science agencies and institutes from around the world gather at a forum next week in Beijing to identify principles for maximizing returns on such missions, we call on them to put science first.


Put research goals first when prioritizing and managing national and international projects, urge Ji Wu and Roger Bonnet.

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Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/kaspersky-yes-we-obtained-nsa-secrets-no-we-didnt-help-steal-them https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/kaspersky-yes-we-obtained-nsa-secrets-no-we-didnt-help-steal-them#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:22:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/kaspersky-yes-we-obtained-nsa-secrets-no-we-didnt-help-steal-them

He said, she said.

Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them.

Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.

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The World is Running Out of Sand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-world-is-running-out-of-sand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-world-is-running-out-of-sand#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:22:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-world-is-running-out-of-sand

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On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space? — By Sandra Erwin | SpaceNews https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/on-orbit-satellite-servicing-the-next-big-thing-in-space-by-sandra-erwin-spacenews https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/on-orbit-satellite-servicing-the-next-big-thing-in-space-by-sandra-erwin-spacenews#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:14:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73897

“Technology has been developed to “approach, grasp, manipulate, modify, repair, refuel, integrate, and build completely new platforms and spacecraft on orbit,” he said. But the lack of clear, widely accepted technical and safety standards for on-orbit activities involving commercial satellites remains a major obstacle to the expansion of the industry.”

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Tesla Roadster might fly — By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNN Tech https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/tesla-roadster-might-fly-by-peter-valdes-dapena-cnn-tech https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/tesla-roadster-might-fly-by-peter-valdes-dapena-cnn-tech#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:06:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73894

“Musk seems to be talking about something different, a sports car that could “hop” over obstacles. The emphasis would, presumably, still be on performance and practicality with four wheels on the ground.”

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Christiana Figueres Europe Regional Round Table—United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/christiana-figueres-europe-regional-round-table-united-nations-environment-programme-finance-initiative-unep-fi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/christiana-figueres-europe-regional-round-table-united-nations-environment-programme-finance-initiative-unep-fi#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:02:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73892

“Former Executive Secretary to UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres has laid down a challenge to UNEP FI’s banking members, and the wider finance industry to increase their allocations to low carbon investments to avoid a 2 degrees scenario. Watch her recording which she made for participants at UNEP FI’s Europe Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance which took place in October 2017.”

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Al Gore — Fiduciary Duty in the 21st century—Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/al-gore-fiduciary-duty-in-the-21st-century-principles-for-responsible-investment-pri https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/al-gore-fiduciary-duty-in-the-21st-century-principles-for-responsible-investment-pri#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:58:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73888

“Former Vice President and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, Al Gore, introduces PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation’s Fiduciary duty in the 21st century programme. The project finds that, far from being a barrier, there are positive duties to integrate environmental, social and governance factors in investment processes.”

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Fifty years since the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1968 — 2018): UNISPACE+50 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/fifty-years-since-the-first-united-nations-conference-on-the-exploration-and-peaceful-uses-of-outer-space-1968-2018-unispace50-united-nations-office-for-outer-space-affairs-unoosa https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/fifty-years-since-the-first-united-nations-conference-on-the-exploration-and-peaceful-uses-of-outer-space-1968-2018-unispace50-united-nations-office-for-outer-space-affairs-unoosa#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:51:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73884

“UNISPACE+50 will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It will also be an opportunity for the international community to gather and consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.

From 20 to 21 June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61 st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).”

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VLT reveals dark, reddish and highly-elongated object https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/vlt-reveals-dark-reddish-and-highly-elongated-object https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/vlt-reveals-dark-reddish-and-highly-elongated-object#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/vlt-reveals-dark-reddish-and-highly-elongated-object

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017.

On 19 October 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai‘i picked up a faint point of light moving across the sky. It initially looked like a typical fast-moving small asteroid, but additional observations over the next couple of days allowed its orbit to be computed fairly accurately. The orbit calculations revealed beyond any doubt that this body did not originate from inside the Solar System, like all other asteroids or comets ever observed, but instead had come from interstellar space. Although originally classified as a comet, observations from ESO and elsewhere revealed no signs of cometary activity after it passed closest to the Sun in September 2017. The object was reclassified as an interstellar asteroid and named 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) [1].

We had to act quickly,” explains team member Olivier Hainaut from ESO in Garching, Germany. “‘Oumuamua had already passed its closest point to the Sun and was heading back into interstellar space.

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Why Longer Lives Thanks to Science Will Probably Not Create Cultural Stagnation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-longer-lives-thanks-to-science-will-probably-not-create-cultural-stagnation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-longer-lives-thanks-to-science-will-probably-not-create-cultural-stagnation#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-longer-lives-thanks-to-science-will-probably-not-create-cultural-stagnation

You probably know the quote by Steve Jobs saying that death is life’s single best invention because it gets rid of the old and makes room for the new. This view is the core of another fairly common objection to rejuvenation, codename “cultural stagnation”.

Wouldn’t all those rejuvenated people, however physically young, be always old people “inside”, and drag everyone down with them into their anachronistic, surpassed ways of thinking, making it harder for fresh ideas to take hold, ultimately hindering social progress and our growth as a species? Maybe it’d be best not to take the risk, forget rejuvenation, and be content with old age as it is.

Well, try explaining to your grandfather that the reason he has to put up with heart disease is that we’re afraid people his age may all become troublemakers when you let them live too long.

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There will soon be more plastic than fish in the ocean https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/there-will-soon-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-ocean https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/there-will-soon-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-ocean#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:42:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/there-will-soon-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-ocean

Calling for a plastic deposit refund system https://virg.in/oa8

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Everything You Need to Know About 5G https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g

Millimeter waves, massive MIMO, full duplex, beamforming, and small cells are just a few of the technologies that could enable ultrafast 5G networks.

Today’s mobile users want faster data speeds and more reliable service. The next generation of wireless networks—5G—promises to deliver that, and much more. With 5G, users should be able to download a high-definition film in under a second (a task that could take 10 minutes on 4G LTE). And wireless engineers say these networks will boost the development of other new technologies, too, such as autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things.

If all goes well, telecommunications companies hope to debut the first commercial 5G networks in the early 2020s. Right now, though, 5G is still in the planning stages, and companies and industry groups are working together to figure out exactly what it will be. But they all agree on one matter: As the number of mobile users and their demand for data rises, 5G must handle far more traffic at much higher speeds than the base stations that make up today’s cellular networks.

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The New Madrid Fault may take out 150 miles of the Midwest https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-new-madrid-fault-may-take-out-150-miles-of-the-midwest https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-new-madrid-fault-may-take-out-150-miles-of-the-midwest#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:22:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-new-madrid-fault-may-take-out-150-miles-of-the-midwest

Way back in 1811 and 1812, a series of over 1,000 earthquakes rocked the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Memphis. One was so powerful that it caused the river to run backwards for a few hours. The infamous New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812 rang church bells in Boston, which is 1,200 miles from St. Louis. Today, scientists say that the 150-mile-long New Madrid Seismic Zone has a terrifying 40% chance to blast in the next few decades, impacting 7 states – Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi – with 715,000 buildings damaged and 2.6m people left without power.

Unlike California, which has been super-prepared since the last major earthquake hit hard enough to delay the World Series, the New Madrid fault area has been sitting blissfully by. In case the “40 percent” statistic didn’t bother you, this should: The New Madrid fault has an impact zone ten times as big as its more famous San Andreas cousin.

As described by USGS: “In 1811, the extent of the area that experienced damaging earth motion, which produced Modified Mercalli Intensity greater than or equal to VII, is estimated to be 600,000 square kilometers. However, shaking strong enough to alarm the general population (intensity greater than or equal to V) occurred over an area of 2.5 million square kilometers.”

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EU Cybersecurity Package: New Potential for EU to Cooperate with NATO https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eu-cybersecurity-package-new-potential-for-eu-to-cooperate-with-nato https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eu-cybersecurity-package-new-potential-for-eu-to-cooperate-with-nato#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:43:14 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eu-cybersecurity-package-new-potential-for-eu-to-cooperate-with-nato

The European Union’s new ambitious approach to cyber challenges could be a game-changer for its cyber posture as well as for the transatlantic and neighbourhood relations, concludes this analysis by Tomáš Minárik and Siim Alatalu of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the NATO-affiliated cyber defence think-tank. Nevertheless, the EU could make better use of existing expertise in NATO and individual Member States.

The following analysis does not represent the official views of NATO.

On 13 September 2017, the European Commission and the High Representative issued a Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council [JOIN(2017) 450 final], bearing the title Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU. It introduces an ambitious and comprehensive plan to improve cybersecurity throughout the EU. The Commission and the High Representative (HR) proposed a broad range of measures, divided into three areas – resilience, deterrence and defence:

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KRUSTY: First of a New Breed of Reactors, Kilopower Part II https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/krusty-first-of-a-new-breed-of-reactors-kilopower-part-ii https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/krusty-first-of-a-new-breed-of-reactors-kilopower-part-ii#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/krusty-first-of-a-new-breed-of-reactors-kilopower-part-ii

Hello, and welcome back to the Beyond NERVA blog, and the second installment in our series on NASA’s current plans for in-space nuclear reactors. Last time, we looked at the experiments leading up to the development of NASA and the Department of Energy’s newest reactor. Today, we’re looking at the reactor that will be tested by the end of this year (2017), and the reactors that will follow that test. We have two more installments after this, on larger power systems that NASA has planned and done non-nuclear testing on, but can’t continue due to the testing and regulatory limitations it operates under. These are the Fission Surface Power program and Project Prometheus.

As we saw in the last post, in-space nuclear reactors have been flown before, mainly by the USSR, and their development in the West has stalled in terms of testing since the 1970s. However, a recent (2012) test at the National Nuclear Security site by scientists and engineers from the Department of Energy and NASA, the Desktop Using Flattop Fission test (DUFF), has breathed new life into the program by demonstrating new heat transport and power conversion techniques with a nuclear reactor for the first time.

Now, the results of this experiment are being used to finalize the design and move forward with a new reactor, the Kilowatt Reactor Utilizing Stirling TechnologY, or KRUSTY. This is an incredibly simple small nuclear reactor being developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the DOE, and Glenn Research Center (GRC) and Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC) for NASA.

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We are happy to announce Dr. Michele Calos as a speaker for the 2018 Undoing Aging Conference https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/we-are-happy-to-announce-dr-michele-calos-as-a-speaker-for-the-2018-undoing-aging-conference https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/we-are-happy-to-announce-dr-michele-calos-as-a-speaker-for-the-2018-undoing-aging-conference#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:02:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/we-are-happy-to-announce-dr-michele-calos-as-a-speaker-for-the-2018-undoing-aging-conference

Dr. Calos’s work has inspired us for over a decade: she has pioneered a radically novel approach to gene therapy that has the potential to overcome all the key obstacles that have held that field back for so long. We are delighted to welcome her to Berlin to discuss the latest advances in this technology.

https://www.undoing-aging.org/news/dr-michele-calos-to-speak…aging-2018

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The Policy Prognosis for AI: Winner of the SSUNS 2017 Essay Contest https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-policy-prognosis-for-ai-winner-of-the-ssuns-2017-essay-contest https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-policy-prognosis-for-ai-winner-of-the-ssuns-2017-essay-contest#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-policy-prognosis-for-ai-winner-of-the-ssuns-2017-essay-contest

Furthermore, with advancements in quantum computing and machine learning, many notable public figures, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have indicated a growing concern with the imminent threat of AI surpassing human intelligence (Gosset, 2017). For instance, Darrell M. West, a political scientist, has proposed a protectionist framework that appeals to transhumanism, in which he restructures socioeconomic policy to account for changes in technology-induced unemployment. In particular, he posits that “Separating the dispersion of health care, disability, and pension benefits outside of employment offers workers with limited skills social benefits on a universal basis” (West, 2015). Expounding upon this equivocation, a more viable solution to potential unemployment is the realization of a multi-faceted policy which advocates the improvement of STEM-related education on a broad economic base, with habituation programs for the unskilled workforce. That is, with the implementation of appropriate and reformatory policies concerning the future development of AI technologies, this sector provides an economic incentive for new job creation, compatible with industrial development.


Prompt: What are the political implications of artificial intelligence technology and how should policy makers ensure this technology will benefit diverse sectors of society?

In recent years, the rapid development and mass proliferation of artificial intelligence have had various sociopolitical implications. It is a commonly held belief that the emergence of this technology will have an unprecedented impact on policies and political agendas. However, such discourse often lacks a geopolitical and social dimension, which limits the breadth of analysis. Further, little consideration has been given to potential employment and public policy reform. Growing concerns have been raised regarding the potential risk inherent in the evolution of strong AI, which provides the basis for transhumanism, whereby it is conjectured that AI will eventually be able to surpass human intelligence. As such, it is incumbent upon the upcoming generation of policymakers to implement and adopt necessary measures, which will provide a careful, multilateral framework, ultimately achieving market-oriented technological advancement with respect to employment and public policy.

Machine learning, the interplay of computer science and neuroscience, is a rapidly developing field that has been a source of much political controversy in recent years. While emerging technologies have significantly improved production quality and efficiency across industries, they have also raised concerns such as job displacement and other unfavourable socioeconomic implications (Karsten & West, 2015). In particular, the growing shortage of job opportunities has furnished increasing levels of unemployment and has, in various instances, lead to unwanted economic stagnation. On the subject of potential future unemployment, many policymakers have proposed an increase in Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides a collateral basic income and encourages profit-sharing (West, 2015).

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Lockheed Martin — Orion https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/lockheed-martin-orion https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/lockheed-martin-orion#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/lockheed-martin-orion

Do you want to change our world by sending humans to another one?

Now is the time.

At Lockheed Martin Space, we’ve been robotically exploring the solar system for decades. We’ve been on Mars for over 40 years starting with Viking, and we’re the only company in the world that has helped NASA visit as many planets, moon, and asteroids.

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Chinese surgeon tackles head transplant critics in countdown to world first https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-surgeon-tackles-head-transplant-critics-in-countdown-to-world-first https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-surgeon-tackles-head-transplant-critics-in-countdown-to-world-first#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:22:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-surgeon-tackles-head-transplant-critics-in-countdown-to-world-first

Doctor says test run on corpses last week helped explore technical issues and results will be published soon.

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World’s First Cloned Dog Has Been Cloned Again https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-cloned-dog-has-been-cloned-again https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-cloned-dog-has-been-cloned-again#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-cloned-dog-has-been-cloned-again

“How healthy are clones? What about clones of clones?”

This seems like a pretty silly way to go about testing this. I’d clone like 1,000 to 10,000 mice and track them down generations to see if there was anything abnormal. Then, 1,000 cloned rats. And, finally clone 100 monkeys.


In the 1996 film Multiplicity, Michael Keaton plays an overworked construction worker who gets cloned so that he can spend more time with his family. Eventually his clone gets cloned, but this clone is defective, with a low IQ and weird personality. As might be expected, the movie was a total flop at the box office*.

Silly as it was, the movie does raise an interesting question: How healthy are clones? What about clones of clones?

Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned animal, died young at the age of six. This, along with other data, suggested that cloned animals may not be entirely healthy, specifically that they may have shorter lifespans. However, a follow-up study that examined 13 cloned sheep concluded that cloning had “no obvious detrimental long-term health effects.”

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World’s First Artificial Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in 2–3 Years. Here is how it works! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-artificial-kidney-is-all-set-to-replace-dialysis-in-2-3-years-here-is-how-it-works https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-artificial-kidney-is-all-set-to-replace-dialysis-in-2-3-years-here-is-how-it-works#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:02:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/worlds-first-artificial-kidney-is-all-set-to-replace-dialysis-in-2-3-years-here-is-how-it-works

A team of university scientists has developed the world’s first artificial kidney technology to be implanted in the body. Their bio-hybrid approach uses living kidney cells in tandem with a series of specialized microchips powered by the human heart to filter waste from the blood stream.

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for a donor kidney, and over 3,000 are added list each year. The average patient spends 3.6 years waiting for a viable transplant, and may be treated with dialysis while they wait, but only one in three dialysis patient survives longer than five years without a transplant.

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The Moon Express MX-1E Lander Is Heading for the Moon or Bust https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-moon-express-mx-1e-lander-is-heading-for-the-moon-or-bust https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-moon-express-mx-1e-lander-is-heading-for-the-moon-or-bust#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/the-moon-express-mx-1e-lander-is-heading-for-the-moon-or-bust

Take a close look at the R2-D2-shaped lander that startup Moon Express wants to land on the moon.

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Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionize technology and spaceflight https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/hydrogen-turned-into-metal-in-stunning-act-of-alchemy-that-could-revolutionize-technology-and-spaceflight https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/hydrogen-turned-into-metal-in-stunning-act-of-alchemy-that-could-revolutionize-technology-and-spaceflight#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:02:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/hydrogen-turned-into-metal-in-stunning-act-of-alchemy-that-could-revolutionize-technology-and-spaceflight

Revolutionizing technology and spaceflight.


‘It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before’

For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal.

Now, in a stunning act of modern-day alchemy, scientists at Harvard University have finally succeeded in creating a tiny amount of what is the rarest, and possibly most valuable, material on the planet, they reported in the journal Science.

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Why I’m Digging Deep Into Alzheimer’s https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-im-digging-deep-into-alzheimers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-im-digging-deep-into-alzheimers#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-im-digging-deep-into-alzheimers

This effects whole families and their emotional well being!


Bill Gates shares his thoughts on Alzheimer’s disease and his hopes for accelerating progress to find a breakthrough.

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Experts discuss warning signs of eruption at Yellowstone super volcano https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/experts-discuss-warning-signs-of-eruption-at-yellowstone-super-volcano https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/experts-discuss-warning-signs-of-eruption-at-yellowstone-super-volcano#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:02:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/experts-discuss-warning-signs-of-eruption-at-yellowstone-super-volcano

  • Geology
  • Volcanic Eruption

Experts discuss warning signs of eruption at Yellowstone super volcano

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Dark cloud over future force with current strain on troops, says DoD’s top personnel official https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/dark-cloud-over-future-force-with-current-strain-on-troops-says-dods-top-personnel-official https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/dark-cloud-over-future-force-with-current-strain-on-troops-says-dods-top-personnel-official#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:02:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/dark-cloud-over-future-force-with-current-strain-on-troops-says-dods-top-personnel-official

A new survey is worrying the leader of DoD’s personnel and readiness office about how the military will recruit in the future.

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Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/pope-to-lawmakers-protect-all-people-with-health-care-laws https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/pope-to-lawmakers-protect-all-people-with-health-care-laws#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:42:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/pope-to-lawmakers-protect-all-people-with-health-care-laws

“Increasingly, sophisticated and costly treatment are available to ever more limited and privileged segments of the population, and this raises questions about the sustainability of health care delivery and about what might be called a systemic tendency toward growing inequality in health care,” the pope said.


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical treatments.

The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation’s health insurance laws.

In a message to a medical association meeting at the Vatican, Francis expressed dismay at what he called a tendency toward growing inequality in health care. He said in wealthier countries, health care access risks being more dependent on people’s money than on their need for treatment.

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Chinese robot becomes world’s first machine to pass medical exam https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-robot-becomes-worlds-first-machine-to-pass-medical-exam https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-robot-becomes-worlds-first-machine-to-pass-medical-exam#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/chinese-robot-becomes-worlds-first-machine-to-pass-medical-exam

Its developer iFlytek Co Ltd, a leading Chinese artificial intelligence company, said on Thursday that the robot scored 456 points, 96 points higher than the required marks.

The artificial-intelligence-enabled robot can automatically capture and analyze patient information and make initial diagnosis. It will be used to assist doctors to improve efficiency in future treatments, iFlytek said.

This is part of broader efforts by China to accelerate the application of AI in healthcare, consumer electronics, and other industries.

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First-of-Its-Kind Satellite Launches to Track Earth’s Weather Like Never Before https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/first-of-its-kind-satellite-launches-to-track-earths-weather-like-never-before https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/first-of-its-kind-satellite-launches-to-track-earths-weather-like-never-before#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:02:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/first-of-its-kind-satellite-launches-to-track-earths-weather-like-never-before

The first in a series of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites launched to space on its third try early Saturday (Nov. 18), turning its watchful eye to improving the accuracy of weather forecasts and Earth observations.

The new Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite, or JPSS-1, launched into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance-built Delta II rocket at 4:47 a.m. EST (0947 GMT), lighting up the predawn sky over its Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The successful liftoff came after two scrubbed launch attempts earlier this week due to high winds and boats inside the launch range restriction zone offshore.

“Things went absolutely perfect today,” NASA launch manager Omar Baez said after the JPSS-1 launch. “The nation’s got another wonderful weather asset up in space.” [The JPSS-1 Weather Satellite’s Mission in Pictures].

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Transforming Education through Imagination — even for Tech Execs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/transforming-education-through-imagination-even-for-tech-execs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/transforming-education-through-imagination-even-for-tech-execs#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:57:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=73857  

Why do Silicon Valley technology executives send their children to an almost tech-free school? Several authors have explored this question, including New York University professor Adam Alter. In his book “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” Alter explores the case of a San Francisco Steiner-Waldorf school where 75% of students are the children of Silicon Valley tech execs. How ironic. 

In this piece I propose some additional reasons why imaginative education is becoming an approach of choice for parents wanting their children to become innovative, ecologically aware and even, as Whitehead suggests, to develop genius.  

The three factors of genius are the habit of action, the vivid imagination, and the discipline of judgment. Alfred North Whitehead, 1916.

When we offer children a lifeless, stale education, we not only destroy their vitality, but we dumb them down. Through industrial era excesses we have altered the biosphere to the extent that our planetary homeland may in the foreseeable future become inhospitable for human habitation. Climate crisis is recognised as a global geo-political issue. How can young people be expected to contend with such catastrophic futures? How can we turn around dead, stale thinking, awaken ecological thinking and bring education back to life?

Evolution of consciousness research tells us that 19th century mechanistic thinking is giving way to more life enhancing thinking. In the early 20th century Whitehead’s process philosophy, Einstein’s relativity and quantum physics turned Newton’s building block universe on its head. Is education keeping up?

A few well-known educational pioneers made significant contributions to overhauling the factory model of education and breathing life into it. The ideas of Maria Montessori in Italy, Rudolf Steiner in Germany, John Dewey in the USA and Sri Aurobindo in India are still alive today globally. But they have remained relatively marginalised. How can the best of these ideas be spread?

Several contemporary educational approaches can help to shift static concepts to living thinking. One of the most important is Kieran Egan’s imaginative education. I first met Kieran at the “Imagination and Education Conference” (2009) in Australia, after completing my PhD on evolution of consciousness and its importance for education. I became particularly interested in his five developmental stages of imaginative education: somatic, mythic, romantic, philosophic and ironic. It synergised wonderfully with Jean Gebser’s structures of consciousness: archaic, magical, mythic, mental and integral.

Australian advocate of imagination in education, Bernie Neville, compared Egan’s stages with both Gebser’s structures of consciousness and psychologist Robert Kegan’s orders of consciousness. I discuss this in detail in Postformal Education, in Chapter 9: “Pedagogical Life: A Sustaining Force.”

Other contemporary educators who believe imagination plays a crucial role in transforming education include Jack Miller from Toronto, Ron Miller from the United States and Thomas Nielsen from Australia.

Life and its metaphors are also emphasised in ecological, environmental and sustainability education. David Jardine talks about developing “ecological imagination” in young people. Similarly, ecopedagogy grew out of the First Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992 under the influence of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy. In addition to its home in Latin America, ecopedagogy is thriving in Bulgaria through the influence of young sociologist, Stefan Grigorov.

Futures studies and foresight education, with their links to sustainability and citizenship education, play a vital role in ecological awareness. They help develop a sense of responsibility for long-term futures of life on our planet, the survival of our companion species and life itself. Futures education with young people may involve workshops in which the young people imagine possible, alternative and desirable futures, before creating the action plans that empower them to create their preferred futures.

We can also encourage life-enhancing values and increase vitality through promoting pedagogical life in simple practical ways. We can ground children in nature through gardening, creative handwork, and following daily and seasonal cycles, rather than mechanical clock time. I share a couple of enlivening examples from the school I founded in the 1980s, when alternative energy was still a relatively new idea. With the help of a low-impact alternative energy expert from the local region, we designed and built a swing set that was like no other. When the children swung on the swings, once their kinetic energy built up to a certain degree, a light bulb installed in the frame of the swing set would light up. To the children, this was pure magic. And yet it was a magic that they had created with their own energy, while they were playing!

In a second project we built a large stone structure with a water wheel at the top and a series of sculpted clay-fired flow form basins through which water flowed down like a waterfall into a pond nestled into a sandpit beside a see-saw. When children rode the see-saw, the kinetic energy of their weight moving the see-saw up and down pumped water up, turning the water wheel and pouring water down through the flow forms. The children were empowered to experience their own kinetic energy transforming into another kind of energy—physics through imaginative play. Even these primary school children learnt important lessons in physics through their bodily kinetic activity, which they would only learn about conceptually in high school, when they studied physics.

Finally, creative school architecture is an increasingly popular way to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination – to help them to think outside the square. Creative school architecture is iconic to Steiner-Waldorf schooling, but more recently has become a benchmark for top international schools in Scandinavia, Japan and elsewhere. See below the colourful kindergarten in Tromso, Norway.

To read more about Jennifer’s idea on Imaginative Education:

The ideas in this blog are expanded and discussed in: Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016).

An earlier version of this article was published on ImaginEd: Education that Inspires.

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And with an apparently adequate battery too! None of the power lines are visible anymore!

Welcome to the NINJA-singularity!

So wax on.

Then wax off! wink


A new disaster robot has amazing human-like capabilities.

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Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eugenics-2-0-were-at-the-dawn-of-choosing-embryos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eugenics-2-0-were-at-the-dawn-of-choosing-embryos#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/eugenics-2-0-were-at-the-dawn-of-choosing-embryos

Nathan Treff was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 24. It’s a disease that runs in families, but it has complex causes. More than one gene is involved. And the environment plays a role too.

So you don’t know who will get it. Treff’s grandfather had it, and lost a leg. But Treff’s three young kids are fine, so far. He’s crossing his fingers they won’t develop it later.

Now Treff, an in vitro fertilization specialist, is working on a radical way to change the odds. Using a combination of computer models and DNA tests, the startup company he’s working with, Genomic Prediction, thinks it has a way of predicting which IVF embryos in a laboratory dish would be most likely to develop type 1 diabetes or other complex diseases. Armed with such statistical scorecards, doctors and parents could huddle and choose to avoid embryos with failing grades.

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Why Waiting for Perfect Autonomous Vehicles May Cost Lives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-waiting-for-perfect-autonomous-vehicles-may-cost-lives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-waiting-for-perfect-autonomous-vehicles-may-cost-lives#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:02:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/11/why-waiting-for-perfect-autonomous-vehicles-may-cost-lives

Some people think autonomous vehicles must be nearly flawless before humans take their hands off the wheel. But RAND research shows that putting AVs on the road before they’re perfect improves the technology more quickly—and could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

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