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Sep 10, 2015

Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, electronics, entertainment, existential risks, internet, lifeboat, robotics/AI, security

A piece I wrote recently about blockchain & AI, and how I see the Lifeboat Foundation as a crucial component in a bright future.


Blockchain technology could lead to an AI truly reminiscent of the human brain, with less of its frailties, and more of its strengths. Just as a brain is not inherently dictated by a single neuron, neither is the technology behind bitcoin. The advantage (and opportunity) in this sense, is the advent of an amalgamation of many nodes bridged together to form an overall, singular function. This very much resembles the human brain (just as billions of neurons and synapses work in unison). If we set our sights on the grander vision of things, humans could accomplish great things if we utilize this technology to create a truly life-like Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, we need to keep in mind the dangers of such an intelligence being built upon a faultless system that has no single point of failure.

Just as any technology has upsides and corresponding downsides, this is no exception. The advantages of this technology are seemingly endless. In the relevant sense, it has the ability to create internet services without the same downfalls exploited in the TV show ‘Mr. Robot,’ where a hacker group named “fsociety” breached numerous data centers and effectively destroyed every piece of data the company held, causing worldwide ramifications across all of society. Because blockchain technology ensures no centralized data storage (by using all network users as nodes to spread information), it can essentially be rendered impossible to take down. Without a single targeted weak point, this means a service that, in the right hands, doesn’t go offline from heavy loads, which speeds up as more people use it, has inherent privacy/security safeguards, and unique features that couldn’t be achieved with conventional technology. In the wrong hands, however, this could be outright devastation. Going forward, we must tread lightly and not forget to keep tabs on this technology, as it could run rampant and destroy society as we know it.

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Sep 10, 2015

GoPro is now selling its crazy 16-camera virtual reality rig

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

The wild, behemoth 16-camera virtual reality rig that GoPro announced at Google’s I/O conference is officially called “Odyssey,” and is now available for purchase. But it is not for everyone. It costs $15,000, and only “professional content creators and producers” will be allowed to buy it — after they submit an application.

That price tag might make your eyes spin, but it does cover a good amount of equipment. Buying an Odyssey means you get 16 of GoPro’s top-of-the-line Hero 4 Black, a microphone, the rig and all the necessary cables, a Pelican case to carry it all in, as well as a warranty and support. For a production company that’s looking to get into the virtual reality game but doesn’t necessarily want to go the DIY route, this could be the best option.

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Sep 10, 2015

Evolution of the desk

Posted by in category: futurism

Watch the original at http://bestreviews.com/#reviews!

Sep 10, 2015

Russia will equip all gas stations with electric vehicle chargers

Posted by in category: transportation

According to the Moscow Times, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree in August requiring all gas stations to be electric car-friendly by November 1, 2016.

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Sep 10, 2015

Alzheimer’s BOMBSHELL: British experts find disease can be PASSED between humans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

ALZHEIMER’S could be passed between humans during routine operations including dental work, shocking new research suggests.

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Sep 9, 2015

Speed of 1 Terabits per second no longer science fiction says Huawei

Posted by in category: internet

Sending 33 HD films in a sec! Huawei and Proximus successfully transfer 1 Tbps data over optical signal.

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Sep 9, 2015

The new Apple Pencil in action on the Apple iPad Pro

Posted by in categories: electronics, media & arts

At last, Apple has made a stylus for their new giant iPad Pro. It seems to work beautifully. Here’s the ad that describes it.

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Sep 9, 2015

Introducing iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with 3D Touch

Posted by in category: mobile phones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTEB8cdQwo

With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, we’re introducing an entirely new dimension of interaction. For the first time, iPhone recognizes force. 3D Touch is the next generation of Multi-Touch. It’s a clear example of how hardware and software designed together can create a singular experience.

http://apple.co/1LkzAgQ

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Sep 9, 2015

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

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

We developed a robot that creates robots.


Scientists from the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that independently builds its own children and then tests their performance to inform the design of the next generation. By analyzing the data it collects from observing the child, the mother robot ensures that preferential traits are passed down to the next iteration, while letting weaknesses fall by the wayside.

“We developed a robot that creates robots. And basically we have a mother robot that combines active and passive modules using glue to make other children robots. And these robots, as the mother creates them and puts them to work, she evaluates how they’re behaving and she uses the data from this behavior to create the next generation of robots,” explained Andre Rosendo, who worked on the project at the University’s Department of Engineering.

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Sep 9, 2015

Implant captures cancer cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists in the United States said Tuesday they had created a tiny implant which, in mice for now, captures cancer cells spreading through the body.

Cells moving from the original cancer site to infect other organs in a stealthy process called metastasis are usually detected too late to save a patient’s life.

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