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Jun 4, 2016

Google DeepMind Researchers Develop AI Kill Switch

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If a robot can be designed with a great big red kill switch built into it, then a robot can be designed that will not ever resist human attempts at pushing that kill switch.

Breathe easy.

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Jun 4, 2016

Sex robots to become a reality

Posted by in categories: ethics, law, robotics/AI, sex

The debate over them highlights one of the more controversial aspects of the increasingly social nature of our interactions with robots as they move from factories into our homes and someday, our bedrooms.”

“‘How we treat robots — it’s a mirror of our own psychology in a way,’ said Kate Darling, an expert in robot ethics at MIT’s Media Lab.

Advancements in machines that can mimic human beings are raising a host of new ethical, legal and moral questions.

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Jun 4, 2016

Scientists experimentally confirm electron model in complex molecules

Posted by in category: physics

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and the University of Milan have experimentally confirmed a model to detect electron delocalization in molecules and crystals.

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Jun 4, 2016

First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Quantum physicists have long thought it possible to send a perfectly secure message using a key that is shorter than the message itself. Now they’ve done it.

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Jun 4, 2016

A Disk of Dark Matter Might Run Through Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: cosmology

In the new, free-for-all era of dark matter research, the controversial idea that dark matter is concentrated in thin disks is being rescued from scientific oblivion.

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Jun 4, 2016

The Next Genetics Moonshot: Building a Human Genome from Scratch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Yes, it’s true that a group of leading geneticists is calling for the construction of a synthetic human genome. That means they want to take 3 billion chemical building blocks and assemble them into one complete package of DNA, encoding all the body parts and life processes that make up a functional human being.”

“But the organizers want to make one thing very clear: ‘We’re not planning to make synthetic people,’ says a somewhat exasperated Jef Boeke, one of the champions of this proposal. ‘We never were.’

The Human Genome Project-Write could bring down the cost of DNA manufacturing.

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Jun 4, 2016

Switzerland basic income: Landmark vote looms

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, robotics/AI

“Supporters point to the fact that 21st-Century work is increasingly automated, with more and more traditional jobs, in factories, retail and even in finance and accounting, being done by machines. And they do not need salaries.”

(I highly recommend this article, with all kinds of pros and cons, spare a couple of minutes and read it)

Switzerland is holding a landmark vote on whether to give each citizen a guaranteed basic income, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports.

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Jun 4, 2016

A Guaranteed Income for Every American

Posted by in category: employment

The WSJ comes out in favor of UBI.

Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture.

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Jun 4, 2016

3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, singularity

Not near…


The crazy predictions Ray Kurzweil made a decade ago don’t seem so outlandish now.

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Jun 4, 2016

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Posted by in category: futurism

“Digital Embodiment: Feminism, Technology, and the Self” starts on Tuesday, June 7! Course is strictly capped at 20 students. For more information and to enroll:

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