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Oct 7, 2015

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Oct 7, 2015

#18 Avatar Technology Digest / Paralyzed Patients Control Comp…

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, materials, robotics/AI

1. A heart of foam.
2. Artificial arteries.
3. Brain implants.
4. Robotic hand that can recognize objects by Feel.
5. Upside-Down Rover to explore Europa.


Welcome to #18 Avatar Technology Digest. Again, get ready for exciting news on Technology, Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence. Thank you for watching us. You are welcome to Subscribe, follow us in social media, leave your comments and join the conversation. And here are the top stories of the last week.

1) A heart of foam could replace your own. Existing artificial hearts have multiple moving parts, which increases the chance of failure, but this new device is just a single piece of material. Researchers inspired by soft robots have built a pumping artificial heart that could one day replace the real deal.
The team of Bioengineers at Cornell University build their robots out of a solid, plastic foam, which naturally has an interconnected network of tubes to let air flow – just as our muscles are permeated by blood vessels. A solid coating of plastic seals everything inside like a skin.

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Oct 7, 2015

Telocyte: Finally Dr Michael Fossel’s company Telocyte goes live!

Posted by in category: life extension

He is working with Dr Maria Blasco of the CNIO in Madrid to bring telomerase therapy to the USA. Their approach is similar to Bioviva where targeting the microglial cells with telomerase inducing gene therapy should in theory reverse the condition. Best of luck to Telocyte!


Telocyte | HomePage.

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Oct 7, 2015

Organic ‘computers’ made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

A DNA-powered PC may not be on the horizon, but DNA can still compute even if it can’t build a computer.

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Oct 7, 2015

Can quantum physics explain irrational decisions? — By Leslie D’Monte | Livemint

Posted by in category: quantum physics

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“Thinking in a quantum-like way lets people confront complex questions.”

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Oct 7, 2015

Deep Learning Robot Takes 10 Days to Teach Itself to Grasp

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Leave a human baby with some toys and it’ll quickly learn to pick them up. Now a robot with deep learning capabilities has done the same thing.

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Oct 6, 2015

Honda Using Experimental New ASIMO for Disaster Response Research

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

More details on Honda’s secretive humanoid project.

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Oct 6, 2015

Elon Musk has the perfect argument for raising NASA’s budget

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, space

“Billionaire Elon Musk has a really compelling reason to ramp up NASA’s budget: We need to become a multi-planet species to ensure the survival of the human race, and we need NASA’s help to do it.”


Someone tell Congress.

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Oct 6, 2015

AI machine achieves IQ test score of young child

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Some people might find it enough reason to worry; others, enough reason to be upbeat about what we can achieve in computer science; all await the next chapters in artificial intelligence to see what more a machine can do to mimic human intelligence. We already saw what machines can do in arithmetic, chess and pattern recognition.

MIT Technology Review poses the bigger question: to what extent do these capabilities add up to the equivalent of ? Shedding some light on AI and humans, a team went ahead to subject an AI system to a standard IQ test given to humans.

Their paper describing their findings has been posted on arXiv. The team is from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an AI research group in Hungary. The AI system which they used is ConceptNet, an open-source project run by the MIT Common Sense Computing Initiative.

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Oct 6, 2015

Project X Lets You Fight HoloLens Aliens In Your Living Room, And It’s Freaking Unreal

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, entertainment, robotics/AI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29xnzxgCx6I/PLx1XbvvfIlc529HjUBHFmOAowGqoWnrdh

Well, this is it. The day all my dreams came true. I started out playing 2D side-scrollers in mall arcades in the 1980s, but I’ll soon be able to fight holographic robots bursting through my living room walls using my handheld blaster that’s a wearable hologram. WTF.

Today at Microsoft’s October 2015 event in New York, the team kicked off their new products announcement with a live HoloLens demonstration that pitted one headset-wearing Microsoft employee against arachnid alien bots crawling through a living room situation in what the company is calling “mixed reality gaming.” The demoed gameplay, codenamed Project X, allows you to defend any room in your home (or any other building) against encroaching alien invasion.

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