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Aug 23, 2016

Here is Jeremy Seaman’s talk at NeuroFutures on the dynamic encoding properties of medial frontal cortex neurons and ensembles

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

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Aug 23, 2016

Aubrey de Grey Explains The OncoSENS Approach to Curing ALT-Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Aubrey de Grey Explains ALT cancer at the DNA Conference earlier this year. Support their cancer research at:

Help Aubrey and the SENS Foundation fight ALT-Cancer here,

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Aug 23, 2016

Battery you can swallow could enable future ingestible medical devices

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Baterias comestível feita com melanina e materiais absorvíveis.

Baterias de melanina é baixa em relação ao de iões de lítio, seria suficientemente elevada para alimentar um dispositivo de libertação de fármaco ou de detecção ingerível. Por exemplo, Bettinger prevê usando a bateria do seu grupo para detectar mudanças intestino microbioma e respondendo com um comunicado da medicina, ou para a entrega de rajadas de uma vacina durante várias horas antes de degradar.

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Aug 23, 2016

NASA Invests in Innovative Concepts, Including Electronic-recycling Microbes

Posted by in categories: biological, internet, sustainability

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Aug 23, 2016

Look Up! 2017 is Going to be the Year of the Autonomous Flying Taxi

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Aircraft manufacturing company Airbus is looking to the skies for a solution to the growing traffic problem. They intend to send out a prototype for their self-flying taxi by next year.

For those of us who live in crowded cities, rush hour traffic is a daily struggle we aren’t likely to get used to. The past few years have seen an ever-lengthening travel time in different cities all over the world.

Nobody is immune, not even the most innovative minds of the world. Aircraft manufacturing company Airbus notes the irony that techies in Silicon Valley come up with all sorts of innovation every day, yet none of them has solved one of their own biggest problems: traffic congestion. “Silicon Valley may pride itself on speed, but during rush hour, everything around the IT Mecca grinds to a halt,” they wrote on their website. “The situation is even worse in cities such as Mumbai, Manila, or Tokyo,” they added. In the Philippines, an estimate says PHP 2.5 billion ($57 million) of potential income is lost to traffic every day, and will rise to P6 billion daily by 2030. In the US, this loss is estimated at $160 billion a year.

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Aug 23, 2016

Alan Watts on Socially Responsible Automation and an Unconditional Basic Income Guarantee

Posted by in category: economics

It’s like he knew what the main problems of work-cultist capitalism and its socially irresponsible job automation were going to be before the whole mess even got started.

This video is a piece selected from watercourseway1’s longer version called “Alan Watts — Money and Guilt” (account since deleted). Closest copy I can see now is:

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Aug 22, 2016

Iraq Is Preparing an Armed Robot to Fight ISIS

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Alrobot would not be the first robot to hit the sands of Baghdad, but it might become the first to actually fire a weapon.

Back in 2007, the U.S. Army deployed three armed ground robots called the Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection System, or SWORDS, from weapons maker Foster-Miller (now owned by Qinetiq). SWORDS basically consisted of a Foster-Miller TALON robot armed with a machine gun. But the SWORDS were pulled off the battlefield before they were able to take a single shot.

Kevin Fahey, the Army’s program executive officer for ground forces, explained why the following year at a RoboBusiness Conference in Pittsburgh: “The gun started moving when it was not intended to move.”

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Aug 22, 2016

Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, electronics

Researchers in growing numbers are starting to enlist do-it-yourself 3D printers, cheap electronics, sensors and more to advance their work

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Aug 22, 2016

China’s Race to Space Domination: To Try to Gain an Edge Here on Earth, China is Pushing Ahead in Space

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering, quantum physics, robotics/AI, space

More on China’s race on Space. Last Tuesday, China launched the 1st Quantum Satellite. In 2017, China is planning to be the dominant force in mining of Space. First stop — mining the dark side of the moon. Given China’s own history with environmental pollution plus mining’s damaging effects to the environment when not properly managed; etc. one must ponder how will space and Earth itself be impacted by such mining.

Before this decade is out, humanity will go where it’s never gone before: the far side of the moon. This dark side — forever facing away from us — has long been a mystery. No human-made object has ever touched its surface. The mission will be a marvel of engineering. It will involve a rocket that weighs hundreds of tons (traveling almost 250,000 miles), a robot lander, and an unmanned lunar rover that will use sensors, cameras, and an infrared spectrometer to uncover billion-year-old secrets from the soil. The mission also might scout the moon’s supply of helium-3 — a promising material for fusion energy. And the nation planting its starry flag on this historic trip will be the People’s Republic of China.

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Aug 22, 2016

Venus’ ‘Twin Planet’ Could Still Have Oxygen, Scientists Say

Posted by in categories: alien life, space travel

# Venus # OxygenVenus’ ‘Twin Planet’ Could Still Have Oxygen, Scientists Say : Nine months ago, astronomers announced that they were able to discover a planet that is said to be a twin to Venus. Today, it seems that a new study raises the possibility of the said planet to have oxygen in its atmosphere – don’t mistake it for the next livable planet though – it is said to have hellish temperatures, which automatically rules out the possibility of life.

Dubbed the GJ 1132b, IFL Science noted that it is larger than Earth in size and mass. Temperature-wise, it is considerably hot at 120 to 320 degrees Celsius, but it is still considered cooler than most of the rocky planets previously detected.

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