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Jan 21, 2016

Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

Posted by in category: existential risks

Very well thought out, quite intelligent points.

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?

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Jan 21, 2016

Rise of Medical Robots: You May Now Consult A Robot Doctor Via A Mobile App

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Isn’t medical technology a beautiful thing — your own personal doctor and on your terms.

The new trend on healthcare technology is found to let you see your robot doctor in just a few taps in your mobile phones.

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Jan 21, 2016

Why you should be scared of robots

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, computing, finance, habitats, health, robotics/AI, security, singularity

Another article highlighting the fears around Singularity. There are so many great things that will come from Singularity such as Cancer is wiped out, improved healthcare across the board and cheaper, etc. And, there are also downsides as Gates, Musk, etc. have warned folks especially around AI.

So, what are our options and obligations around Singularity? In reality, you will not be able to stop this evolution from happening. However, each person has a right to decide how much singularity is right for their own private use. As a business or a company, there are many things to consider such as Total Cost of Ownership v. ROI, tax codes or how government will view “humanoids” v. non-humanoids as it relates to CapEx and Taxes, etc. And, the company or business needs to ensure that there are appropriate safegaurds in place in order to protect their data, etc… Also, government has an obligation to the people in general in safegaurding our rights, security, and safety.

Another, question that will continue to be raised and will increase overtime is government and business obligations to the financial welfare of the people. And, this one will become more and more complex and interesting overtime. If AI was to truly displace millions of workers; how will the countries help feed, clothe, and house millions displaced people beyond what they have done in their own country’s past? Will the countries government place a special tax structure on companies and businesses to help fund the displaced workers and their families? Or, will it be a joint partnership with business and government? It does make one wonder.

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Jan 21, 2016

Multimillion dollar humanoid robot doesn’t make for a good cleaner

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This article does trigger some good questions for companies & households to consider as we roll forward into robotic mania. One, is the cost to replace or the cost to update/ upgrade your new “humanoid robot/s.” How do we look at CapEx when is comes to a “humanoid robot” v. a non-humanoid machine; and what will congress & government’s/ IRS viewpoint be around a “humanoid”; will there be special new rules in how we depreciate and do tax breaks on “humanoids” v. non humanoid AI machines?

Bottom line is, with a humanoid bot we’re stepping into a realm of companionship, relationships, etc. like any one would have with a person in their household, company, etc. And, the way government, etc. will view those situations and relationships may get interesting for all of us. We still have lots and lots of questions to figure out around this area; however, we do still have some time.

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Jan 21, 2016

Researchers Use Modified Rabies Viruses To Map The Brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Talk about a bold and unique method for mapping the human brain — using a modified version of the rabies virus to help researcher to rapidly map the brain.

Researchers have figured out a way to leverage rabies to not kill the brain, but instead map it.

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Jan 21, 2016

FINANCIAL PANIC: China’s stock markets hit again as fears grow for GLOBAL CRASH

Posted by in categories: finance, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Investments in gene editing, AI, robotics, Quantum; everything is looking rosy. What could potentially go wrong or slow us down?

STOCK markets in China and Asia have taken another hammering, hitting traders in Britain and across the globe with yet more waves of panic.

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Jan 21, 2016

Elites pouring billions into gene-therapy research

Posted by in categories: business, evolution, genetics, health, life extension, singularity

The real opportunities of our future is when we truly integrate technology and genetics/ healthcare together to the point that technology benefits from learning and evolving from what we do in genetics/ healthcare; and genetics/ healthcare truly evolve through technology discoveries and evolution. Does this sound like singularity? Yes; however, this is when we truly see some amazing advancements in both fields. And, several investors (even in Silicon Valley) are investing in technology that is positioned to focus on evolving technology through healthcare.

Scientists have been quietly working for decades to crack the genetic codes that allow humans to live forever, or at least significantly longer.

And judging by the bits of information on this research that is beginning to leak into the mainstream of human discourse, the idea may no longer be far-fetched.

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Jan 21, 2016

Bill Gates: We can end poverty

Posted by in category: economics

“There is good reason for optimism about progress on reducing inequity,” he writes. He published the essay from Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum is taking place this week.

Gates points out that since the turn of the century, “Maternal deaths have almost halved; child mortality and malaria deaths have halved; extreme poverty has more than halved.” Plus, thanks to the Global Fund, a project supported by the Gates Foundation, 17 million lives have been saved from malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis.

Progress like that is encouraging him to believe that in a mere 14-ish more years, poverty can be wiped out. That’s the cornerstone of the Global Goals plan, which was been signed by the United Nations’ 193 countries agreed in September.

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Jan 21, 2016

CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing Is a Huge Deal, But It’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

CRISPR/Cas9 has been touted as an almost magical technology in the news—and rightly so. The technique allows scientists to alter the DNA of living cells and, it’s hoped, achieve a longstanding goal of science to treat disease at the genetic level.

That’s a really big deal.

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Jan 21, 2016

So The US Military Are Actually Working On A Way For Cyborg Soldiers To ‘Enter The Matrix’

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, military

The US Military’s experimental research division DARPA have confirmed that they’re to begin work on the world’s first human computer interface. This would effectively allow soldier ‘cyborgs’ to connect directly to computers and ‘talk’ to them.

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