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Jan 28, 2016

The Cognitive Assistant That’s Like Google for Your Brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Interesting; “Human memory is not the same as computer memory,” said James Kozloski.


An inventor at IBM has patented technology for a cognitive assistant that could learn all about you, then remind you of a name you can’t remember the moment you need to say it.

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Jan 28, 2016

Webcam search engine raises privacy concerns for connected devices

Posted by in categories: business, internet, security

“But if you are familiar with the advanced search options these sites offer or read any number of books or blogs on ‘Google Dorks, ’ you’ll likely be more fearful of them than something with limited scope like Shodan”.

And it’s recently emerged that Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things, allows users to snoop on screenshots of anything filmed by a webcam from cash register cameras to babies sleeping in a cot. It’s pitched mainly as a security research tool and a way for businesses to monitor connected device usage, but it has also exposed controls to utilities, heating and cooling units, and traffic systems.

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Jan 28, 2016

The Drone Racing League is Real, and It’s Spectacular

Posted by in category: drones

Drone Racing is a new high speed competitive racing sport with skilled pilots flying quad-copter drones.

via Drone Racing League, http://creativity.condenast.com/

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Jan 28, 2016

Google Just Beat Facebook in Race to Artificial Intelligence Milestone

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

Artificial intelligence researchers at Google DeepMind are celebrating after reaching a major breakthrough that’s been pursued for more than 20 years: The team taught a computer program the ancient game of Go, which has long been considered the most challenging game for an an artificial intelligence to learn. Not only can the team’s program play Go, it’s actually very good at it.

The computer program AlphaGo was developed by Google DeepMind specifically with the task of beating professional human players in the ancient game. The group challenged the three-time European Go Champion Fan Hui to a series of matches, and for the first time ever, the software was able to beat a professional player in all five of the games played on a full-sized board. The team announced the breakthrough in a Nature article published today.

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Jan 28, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 17

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jan 28, 2016

Why a new physics theory could rewrite the textbooks

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Scientists are closer to changing everything we know about one of the basic building blocks of the universe, according to an international group of physics experts involving the University of Adelaide.

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Jan 28, 2016

Archelis–Wearable Chair

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, wearables

Wearable Chair is now A THING that helps surgeons through long hours of surgery. Actually, much more can be done.”

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Jan 27, 2016

Official Alcor Statement Concerning Marvin Minsky

Posted by in categories: cryonics, law, life extension, nanotechnology

The legal death of Marvin Minsky was publicly reported on Monday, January 25, 2016. There has been speculation on the part of numerous individuals and publications that he may have been cryopreserved by Alcor. This notice is Alcor’s formal response to inquiries on this issue.

In a public ceremony at the Extro-3 conference in 1997, nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler presented Prof. Minsky with a bracelet given to all new Alcor members. This bracelet provides emergency contact information and basic instructions. Minsky has spoken publicy many times about his advocacy of overcoming aging and the inevitability of death and about cryonics (human cryopreservation) as a last resort. He was also among the 67 signatories of the Scientists Open Letter on Cryonics and a member of Alcor’s Scientific Advisory Board. This much is public knowledge. None of this necessarily means that Prof. Minsky had cryopreservation arrangements at the time of legal death. Alcor neither confirms nor denies whether Prof. Minsky had such arrangements.

Alcor’s official response may puzzle some readers, so we would like to point out the privacy options that have been and currently are available to our members. When a member signs up for cryopreservation by Alcor, they have four options:

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Jan 27, 2016

Nanoinjector Device

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This is a nanoinjector, a microscopic machine used to inject cells with DNA.

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Jan 27, 2016

Israel Hit with Massive Cyberattack Targeting Electrical Grid

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

Cyber attacks on our power grids — As I have highlighted in my Jan 10th Pulse positing “Quantum Computing – things that need to be considered for our future Quantum Computing” we mush get our funding and special projects under way to prevent a possible Quantum hack by overseas hackers. Russia and China are both ramping up their infrastructures to be Quantum to protect their citizens and we must do the same.


Israel’s Electric Authority has revealed its systems have been the target of a “severe cyberattack” which, while under control, is yet to be fully repelled.

“We had to paralyze numerous computers of the Israeli electricity authorities”, he said.

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