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Jan 24, 2016

Experts At Davos Say Weaponized Artificial Intelligence Robots Are Dangerous

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

I am in favor of responsible development of new technologies but, as always, it is a double-edged sword.


Scientists say smarter autonomous robots are dangerous and may start new era in warfare.

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Jan 24, 2016

The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, economics, employment, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

“According to many industry observers, we are today on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another…”


The World Economic Forum (WEF) published an analysis today on the technological and sociological drivers of employment.

The report, titled The Future of Jobs, validates the accelerating impact of technology on global employment trends, and also highlights serious concerns that job growth in certain industries is still very much outpaced by large scale declines in other industries.

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Jan 24, 2016

Artificial intelligence to analyze ethnic relations in Russia

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“We have managed to develop a software product that will use artificial intelligence to analyze the situation in interethnic relations. This system has already been created and we are now introducing it in the regions,” Barinov told an interregional forum of the Russian National Front in Stavropol on Sunday.

However, this program is “not a cure-all”, but the first results of its work are quite promising, he added.

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Jan 24, 2016

3 ways robots and AI will change the way you work

Posted by in categories: business, economics, Elon Musk, employment, robotics/AI

Essentially, the jobs being replaced will give rise to new roles that people can take up.

“There are new classes of jobs that we haven’t thought of yet. Those who can curate and manage the full rich data lifecycle will be a new class of professional,” Shadbolt added.


Whether you like it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are going to be a big part of the future workforce.

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Jan 24, 2016

Good Start Genetics, Helix partnership could bring affordable genetic tests to parents-to-be

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

People with a family history of some inheritable diseases like cystic fibrosis can now be tested to see if they carry the genes for the condition. If neither parent has the disease, but both carry the corresponding gene or genes, the odds of having a child with the condition are higher.


Cambridge diagnostics company Good Start Genetics has partnered with Helix, a startup in California, to bring its genetic tests to a bigger market.

People with a family history of some inheritable diseases like cystic fibrosis can now be tested to see if they carry the genes for the condition. If neither parent has the disease, but both carry the corresponding gene or genes, the odds of having a child with the condition are higher.

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Jan 24, 2016

Forcing a religion on your children is as bad as child abuse, claims atheist professor Richard Dawkins

Posted by in category: education

The leading atheist said that teaching a child a religion without questioning its merits is as bad as ‘abuse’ at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival yesterday.

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Jan 24, 2016

Ray Kurzweil keynote and panel at Nobel Week Dialog from the Nobel Prize

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, Ray Kurzweil

Dear readers,

I had the honor of speaking on the future of technology at the Nobel Prize gatherings in Gothenburg, Sweden. Every year, the Nobel Prize picks a theme of interest to the world on the state of sciences in different arenas. This year’s theme was the future of intelligence, with a focus on different technologies that are changing our ability to see and understand large sets of information and create computer systems that might reach human level thinking — I believe that progress is accelerating.

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Jan 24, 2016

Nuclear Fusion’s “Heat Loss” Problem May Have Been Solved

Posted by in category: particle physics

Scientists claim to have made yet another step towards the ultimate goal of achieving nuclear fusion, by partially solving an outstanding problem in the field: heat loss.

The research was led by scientists at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, in collaboration with the University of California at San Diego, General Atomics, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

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Jan 24, 2016

Here’s the online version of the feature on the Immortality Bus and transhumanism in Der Spiegel, one of Europe’s larger publications

Posted by in categories: internet, life extension, transhumanism, transportation

It’s in German, but easy to translate via the internet. Lots of pictures:


Von Veit Medick

Wahlkampf in den USA: Kennen Sie Zoltan Istvan? Er reist in einem großen Sarg durch die USA. Und er will ins Weiße Haus. Unterwegs mit dem ungewöhnlichsten Präsidentschaftskandidaten der Vereinigten Staaten.

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Jan 24, 2016

Physicists Have Discovered Evidence Of A Gluino Particle, The Cousin Of The Higgs Boson

Posted by in category: particle physics

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have found evidence of a new particle called the gluino, which might be integral to the nature of our universe. (Photo : Mark Hillary | Flickr)

A team of scientists currently working at the Large Hadron Collier at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that it has possibly discovered the existence of a particle integral to nature in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and again on Dec.16.

The two teams working in concert, named Atlas and CMS, presented their findings on the particle from the Large Hadron Collider’s second run (LHC Run 2). The results were based on what the scientists observed during the particle collisions. The previously-hypothesized particle, named the gluino, is theoretically the supersymmetric partner of the gluon (or glue particle, which is comprised entirely of nuclear force). This would mean that the gluino could be pair-produced by colliders like the LHC, and would more or less be described as a heavier version of the Higgs boson, a particle that essentially helps us understand why other particles contain mass and was identified at the LHC at CERN in 2012.

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