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Aug 31, 2016

Harvard Made the World’s First All-Soft Robot. It’s Autonomous and It’s Adorable

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Harvard researchers were able to create the world’s first fully autonomous soft robot. Ultimately, it is controlled by a pneumatic system.

A group of Harvard engineers were able to create a completely autonomous robot using soft robotics. Notably, this is the first robot created that does not use any hard components. And if that’s not enough, it’s also the world’s first completely autonomous soft robot.

The team’s work was published in Nature, and you can see the robot in action in the video below.

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Aug 31, 2016

Survival Capsule

Posted by in category: futurism

Water storage, GPS and air supply tanks come standard.

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Aug 31, 2016

Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

O Google planeja supremacia quantum.

Google está construindo computador qu ntico de 50 qubits.

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Aug 31, 2016

5 Big Ideas From Singularity University’s 2016 Global Solutions Program

Posted by in categories: climatology, singularity, sustainability

Something big happened this week at Singularity University.

79 participants from 49 different countries graduated from Singularity University’s 10-week flagship Global Solutions Program (GSP).

Over 30 team projects were launched during GSP, each focused on using exponential technology to address a massive global problem, such as water scarcity, malnutrition, and climate change.

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Aug 31, 2016

The Golden Age

Posted by in categories: government, life extension, singularity, space

I HIGHLY recommend reading this novel, as well as it sequels! It’s a beautiful, smart, and occasionally frightening exploration of what our civilization will look like post singularity, what WE will look like as posthumans, and where we might go from there.

The Golden Age is Grand Space Opera, a large-scale SF adventure novel in the tradition of A. E. Van vogt and Roger Zelazny, with perhaps a bit of Cordwainer Smith enriching the style. It is an astounding story of super science, a thrilling wonder story that recaptures the excitements of SF’s golden age writers.

The Golden Age takes place 10,000 years in the future in our solar system, an interplanetary utopian society filled with immortal humans. Within the frame of a traditional tale-the one rebel who is unhappy in utopia-Wright spins an elaborate plot web filled with suspense and passion.

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Aug 31, 2016

Be afraid. Be very afraid: IBM’s Watson makes AI trailer about ‘Morgan’ AI movie

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics, robotics/AI

Experts may reassure us that artificial intelligence won’t take over the world anytime soon – but they just might invade the multiplex.

At least that’s the plot developing at IBM, where the Watson artificial-intelligence team programmed a computer to come up with a scary trailer for “Morgan,” a thriller about a genetically modified, AI-enhanced super-human.

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Aug 31, 2016

‘Star in a jar’ could lead to limitless fusion energy

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, space

A test cell for the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade with tokamak in the center. (credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications)

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are building a “star in a jar” — a miniature version of the how our Sun creates energy through fusion. It could provide humankind with near limitless energy, ending dependence on fossil fuels for generating electricity — without contributing greenhouse gases that warm the Earth, and with no long-term radioactive waste.

But that requires a “jar” that can contain superhot plasma — and is low-cost enough to be built around the world. A model for such a “jar,” or fusion device, already exists in experimental form: the tokamak, or fusion reactor. Invented in the 1950s by Soviet physicists, it’s a device that uses a powerful magnetic field to confine plasma (superhot charged gas) in the shape of a torus.

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Aug 31, 2016

Elon Musk’s neural lace

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, neuroscience

Elon Musk’s neural lace concept and the future scenarios and god-like abilities for humans merged at a neural level with the machine.

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Aug 31, 2016

We are already cyborgs

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, Elon Musk, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Elon Musk talks about Neural Lace.

Elon Musk discusses his views on AI integration in every day life.

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Aug 31, 2016

Physics Confronts Its Heart of Darkness

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Cracks are showing in the dominant explanation for dark matter. Is there anything more plausible to replace it?

By Lee Billings on August 31, 2016

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