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Feb 8, 2016

Transforming Cancer Treatment With Immunotherapy (TechVision)

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New therapy for cancer.

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Feb 8, 2016

Humanity in 2030: 危機

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension, singularity, space travel, transhumanism

HRP Area of Study: Environment | NASA

The Rise of the Rest and Mars Colonization
The Chinese word for crisis has two characters (危機). The first character represents danger and the second can be interpreted as opportunity, change of time, moment or chance. Even though the meaning of these Chinese characters can vary according to the context and nearby characters, the understanding of crisis (危機) as danger (危) plus opportunity (機) can help us think about the challenges faced by humanity in 2030.

In the coming years, China will have the largest economy of the planet, dethroning the USA to number two, both economically and scientifically. India will also be catching up fast as the third largest economy in the world, and its population will continue increasing after overtaking that of China in 2025. The re-emergence of Asia, as represented by China and India, will create a dramatic shift in power and geopolitics from what has been called the West to the East. The international hegemony enjoyed by the West during the last half millennium will move back to the East, which already led the world in many areas before the European Renaissance.

Fortunately, during the next two decades, the world economy will keep expanding and human conditions will get better throughout the whole planet. Indeed, a rising tide lifts all boats. Poverty will be substantially reduced and the environment will be significantly improved thanks to a growing global conscience and continuous advances in technology. Even Africa, the historic cradle of civilization, but considered a basket case during the last few centuries, will experience its own re-emergence in the world stage. After experiencing growth of 5% during the 2010s, and even higher during the 2020s, most African countries will be joining the rapid development of China and India, like most of the rest of the world.

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Feb 8, 2016

Lego paper airplane machine

Posted by in category: transportation

This genius machine can fold and fly paper airplanes… using only LEGOs.

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Feb 8, 2016

Emergent Chip Vastly Accelerates Deep Neural Networks

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Stanford University PhD candidate, Song Han, who works under advisor and networking pioneer, Dr. Bill Dally, responded in a most soft-spoken and thoughtful way to the question of whether the coupled software and hardware architecture he developed might change the world.

In fact, instead of answering the question directly, he pointed to the range of applications, both in the present and future, that will be driven by near real-time inference for complex deep neural networks—all a roundabout way of showing not just why what he is working toward is revolutionary, but why the missing pieces he is filling in have kept neural network-fed services at a relative constant.

There is one large barrier to that future Han considers imminent—one pushed by an existing range of neural network-driven applications powering all aspects of the consumer economy and, over time, the enterprise. And it’s less broadly technical than it is efficiency-driven. After all, considering the mode of service delivery of these applications, often lightweight, power-aware devices, how much computation can be effectively packed into the memory of such devices—and at what cost to battery life or overall power? Devices aside, these same concerns, at a grander level of scale, are even more pertinent at the datacenter where some bulk of the inference is handled.

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Feb 8, 2016

Drawing Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meet Otto, the robot that draws.

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Feb 8, 2016

Elon Musk explains how a Hyperloop would work on Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space, transportation

It’s easier than on earth!

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Feb 8, 2016

Jason Silva

Posted by in category: futurism

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” — William Blake.

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Feb 8, 2016

Autonomous Cars: Here’s a Look at Some of the Top Models

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Autonomous cars have finally arrived, and they’re pretty remarkable. Here’s a look at the best on the line.

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Feb 8, 2016

Now, Scientists Can Suture Wounds with Lasers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

A new method of closing wounds has been discovered by researchers from University of St. Andrews and Harvard Medical School.

In the future, your wounds might not be closed by stitches or staples. Instead, they will be fixed with lasers.

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Feb 8, 2016

Here’s What NASA Thinks Our Martian Homes Will Look Like

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

The Red Planet is a hostile, barren world. So if we’re going to live there, we’re going to need to develop a new kind of home.

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