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Jan 31, 2016

Google’s Go Victory Is Just a Glimpse of How Powerful AI Will Be

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This AI race is not really just about which company is better at Go.

“There has been, and there is, a lot of progress in state-of-the-art artificial intelligence,” Bostrom says. “[Google’s] underlying technology is very much continuous with what has been under development for the last several years.”

But if you look at this another way, it’s exactly why Google’s triumph is so exciting—and perhaps a little frightening. Even Bostrom says it’s a good excuse to stop and take a look at how far this technology has come and where it’s going. Researchers once thought AI would struggle to crack Go for at least another decade. Now, it’s headed to places that once seemed unreachable. Or, at least, there are many people—with much power and money at their disposal—who are intent on reaching those places.

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Jan 31, 2016

Why Your Digital Virtual Assistants Will Need a Virtual Manager

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Interesting article. As I have mentioned before; there will be new positions created.


NEWS ANALYSIS: The day is coming when some people have so many virtual assistants they will need a virtual manager to direct their “virtual staff.” But how many virtual assistants are too many?

The availability and use of digital virtual assistants—software-based artificial intelligence services that do things for you—is about to explode.

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Jan 31, 2016

Health Apps Study Raises Questions About Digital Medicine’s Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, health, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

First, this study is very biased and flawed. Secondly, have the tech companies considered all of the resistance that we’re all going to face with the provider and payer communities plus their lobbyists when we try to promote medical AI, nanobots, etc.

I have seen some resistance mounted by some providers, some pharma, etc. against CRISPR. And, I believe this type of resistance is only going to hurt patients as well as many cancer survivors with a genetic predisposition to cancer, and other genetic mutations.


A study of mobile health apps’ impact on health care costs represents a limited but crucial step for assessing digital medicine.

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Jan 31, 2016

You are more than your brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Sam Harris says the subjective experience of life is just as valid as neuroscience.

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Jan 31, 2016

Palmer Luckey + MMOne VR

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Great #VR experience and crazy @MMOneProject rides tested by Palmer Luckey. #Oculus #OculusRift

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Jan 31, 2016

Virtual Fashion Mirror

Posted by in category: futurism

Women love technology… smile
‪#‎Amazing‬ ‪#‎mirror‬ ‪#‎technology‬

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Jan 31, 2016

First-ever head transplant in history candidate says he’s ready

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Would YOU have your body cooled to −15C, spinal cord cut, someone else’s head attached to YOUR body with special bio-glue and stay in an induced coma for 3–4 weeks?

This guy will.
#headtransplant

For more information http://www.desireforlife.org/

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Jan 31, 2016

London’s first driverless cars based on Heathrow ‘pods’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

A driverless ‘pod’ that will take to the streets of London in July will resemble the electric passenger shuttle at Heathrow Airport.

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Jan 31, 2016

The Real Truth Behind the Rise of Robo-Advisors

Posted by in categories: finance, information science, robotics/AI, space

Nice! Robo-advice will be accessed by investors worth $2.2 trillion by 2020, equivalent to 12% of the global retail funds.


If you’re a finance professional, the question you probably get asked most by your friends and acquaintances is “what investments they should make”? That’s the basic question that everyone with money will ask. They may ask the “financial advisor” at their bank, they may turn to Google for advice, they may ask their “friends who work in finance”, or they may listen to recommendations of people they trust. However, individuals with a high net worth will typically seek out a wealth management firm with a brand they trust. But which firm?

Try to Google “top wealth management firms” and the first 5 search results will be a comparison of the top 100 wealth management firms. That’s a very competitive space. How do you differentiate yourself from your 99 competitors who are essentially trying to so the same thing you are? One way is through the use of technology, and as a result we see the rise of “robo advisors”. Here’s the definition of a “robo-advisor” from Investopedia:

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Jan 31, 2016

Aviation on Mars? Airbus Perlan 2 Glider To Help Test Its Limits

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

One of the best places to test what it will actually be like to fly in Mars’ thin atmosphere is at 90,000 feet in our own. Ironically, this summer, Airbus and partners are testing the Perlan 2 glider in part to help determine among other things just what we need to do to actually aviate through the red planet’s atmosphere. Maybe Andy Weir has a sequel in him.


By pushing the atmospheric envelope at the edge of Earth’s stratosphere, the Airbus Perlan 2 glider’s next tests should pave the way for both future aviation on Mars and Earth-based commercial hypersonic aircraft, Allan McArtor, the Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc… told me.

The Perlan 2 sailplane/glider, which had its first test flight last September in Oregon, will attempt to reach its optimal cruising altitude of 90,000 feet as early as this coming June in Argentina, says McArtor. When it does, it will be the highest that any winged vehicle, powered or otherwise has gone.

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