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Aug 17, 2016

How to Build Your Own Starter House in Just 5 Steps — for $25,000

Posted by in categories: education, habitats

If you’re interested in one day creating your own eco-house using open source tech, this kit is great place to start:


Picture this: you own a small piece of land. Nothing fancy — just a small plot. A group of people shows up, sets up a workshop in your shed, and within five days, using materials available at your local hardware store or made from the raw resources of your land, builds you a small starter house kitted out with state-of-the-art eco features for less than $25,000.

Sound crazy? Well, open source advocate and maker Catarina Mota and inventor Marcin Jakubowski (see their TED Talks, “Play with smart materials” and “Open-sourced blueprints for civilization,” respectively), are making the dream of accessible, affordable eco-housing come true with their Open Building Institute Eco-Building Toolkit. They’ve already built several prototypes and tested the concept through a series of educational builds.

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Aug 16, 2016

Automatic Colorizing Bot Tries to Colorize a Black and White Video

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Classic tv will never be the same.


Remember that amazing automatic colorizing algorithm we told you about back in March? It was just put to an interesting test. As a fun “what if?” hobbyist Amir Avni tried the neural network-powered colorizer on a B&W video.

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Aug 16, 2016

Parking-ticket bot will now help homeless people get benefits

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Stanford computer science student Joshua Browder, whose DoNotPay bot helps you fight parking tickets in London and New York (it’s estimated to have overturned $4M in tickets to date) has a new bot in the offing: a chatbot that helps newly homeless people in the UK create and optimise their applications for benefits.

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In austerity-wracked Britain, where the Tories have made things easier than they’ve ever been for landlords and harder than they’ve ever been for workers, repossessions and evictions are at an all-time high. So Browder — who was born in the UK — decided to add a homelessness navigation aid to his bot, which had already been expanded to handle fight-delay reimbursement applications. He’s also researching adding New York City homelessness form-completing to the bot’s repertoire.

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Aug 16, 2016

Bot-Run Company of the Future Gets Hacked: New at Reason

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, futurism, robotics/AI

They have been warned in the past; and chose to ignore. Bot operated company gets hacked.


A funny thing happened on the way to a post-capitalist, crypto-anarchist utopia.

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Aug 16, 2016

China begins operating bullet trains at 350 kmph speed

Posted by in category: transportation

Its super train.


Beijing: China on Monday began operating its indigenously designed bullet trains which can clock 350 kmph speed, the country’s first passenger train using Electric Multiple Units technology.

The China Railway Corporation announced that Train No G8041 departed from Dalian for Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning.

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Aug 16, 2016

IBM’s foray into Chinese healthcare sector

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

Watson joins China’s research team.


China’s Hangzhou Cognitive Care has teamed up with IBM to bring Watson super computer to 21 hospitals in the country.

Singapore: In a bid to intensify its fight against cancer, China’s Hangzhou Cognitive Care has teamed up with IBM to bring Watson super computer to 21 hospitals in the country. The super computer is all set to play a crucial role in a new multi-year program being unveiled in China. This is IBM’s first partnership in China’s healthcare sector.

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Aug 16, 2016

Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, information science, privacy

A day in the life of an NSA Hacker.


In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented,” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the Equation Group, an internal hacking team. The Shadow Brokers published two chunks of data, one “open” chunk and another encrypted file containing the “best files” that they will sell for at least $1 million. Wikileaks has said they already own the “auction” files and will publish them in “due course.”

They’ve also released images of the file tree containing a script kiddie-like trove of exploits ostensibly created and used by the NSA as well as a page calling out cyber warriors and “Wealthy Elites.” The page also contains links to the two files, both encrypted. You can grab them using BitTorrent here.

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Aug 16, 2016

Science! Russian Scientist Photographs Souls Leaving Body And Quantifies Chakras!! You Must See This

Posted by in category: science

Hmmm.


According to the statements of Dr. Konstantin G. Korotkov, a Russian scientist, the soul does exist and he also has evidence pointing out that there is something beyond death. Hence, he photographed souls leaving the body and quantified chakras.

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Aug 16, 2016

Shaping Neural Circuits

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Nice paper on Neural Circuit structures.


Plasticity between neural connections plays a key role in our ability to process and store information. One of the fundamental questions on plasticity, is the extent to which local processes, affecting individual synapses, are responsible for large scale structures of neural connectivity. Here we focus on two types of structures: synfire chains and self connected assemblies. These structures are often proposed as forms of neural connectivity that can support brain functions such as memory and generation of motor activity. We show that an important plasticity mechanism, spike timing dependent plasticity, can lead to autonomous emergence of these large scale structures in the brain: in contrast to previous theoretical proposals, we show that the emergence can occur autonomously even if instructive signals are not fed into the neural network while its form is shaped by synaptic plasticity.

Citation: Ravid Tannenbaum N, Burak Y (2016) Shaping Neural Circuits by High Order Synaptic Interactions. PLoS Comput Biol 12: e1005056. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005056

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Aug 16, 2016

3DCeram 3D Prints Custom-Designed, Biocompatible Cranial Prostheses

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, materials

3D Printing for the skull.


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