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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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Aug 31, 2016

China Readies Next ‘Heavenly Palace’ for Mid-September Launch

Posted by in category: satellites

China is readying its next piloted space mission, a multifaceted undertaking that will lay the foundation for the country to build a space station in Earth orbit in the 2020s.

Both Tiangong-2 (whose name means “Heavenly Palace”) and the piloted Shenzhou-11 spacecraft are now undergoing checkout at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Tiangong-2, which is scheduled to launch in mid-September, is a true “space lab” that will verify key technologies for building China’s space station, according to its chief designer, Zhu Zongpeng. [Latest News About China’s Space Program].

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Aug 31, 2016

What is Transhumanism?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A nice story out on transhumanism:

An idea that has frequently been used by science fiction is now starting to gain widespread attention by futurists, scientists, philosophers, and even the general public; the idea that the human species needs to use either artificial augmentations or gene manipulation to usher in the next stage of evolution. That idea is transhumanism.

Transhumanist ArtBut why would humans want to willingly accelerate or initiate the next step in evolution? The positives of transhumanism are lofty goals that mankind has sought after for years, goals such as a world without diseases, ignorance, or even death. The only question, and an extremely important one, is how much is humanity willing to modify itself to attain those goals, and could the end result still be considered human? Some sources even suggest that in order to discuss individuals who are radically different from modern-day humans, the term “posthuman” must be used. Transhumanists who alter or augment themselves would theoretically at some point become a posthuman.

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Aug 31, 2016

Elena Milova speaking in support of OncoSENS crowdfunding campaign

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The MMTP has recorded this film in support of SENS Research and their quest to find solutions to ALT cancer.

To support OncoSENS project with a donation click the link:

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Aug 31, 2016

Prospecting for Asteroid Resources — Deep Space Industries

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Prospector-1, the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission, will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid to determine its value as a source of space resources.

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