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Jan 12, 2016

Why evolution may be intelligent, based on deep learning

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

Makes sense.


Moth Orchid flower (credit: Imgur.com)

A computer scientist and biologist propose to unify the theory of evolution with learning theories to explain the “amazing, apparently intelligent designs that evolution produces.”

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Jan 12, 2016

Meet Zoltan Istvan, The Presidential Candidate Who Promises to End Death (Interview)

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

This discussion covers eugenics, the future of capitalism, Transhumanist Bill of Rights, race, and transhumanism:


“The most important and urgent goal for any human being is to secure immortality.”

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Jan 12, 2016

Where Will Advanced Brain Mapping Lead Us?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, mapping, neuroscience, robotics/AI

In the early days of the space race of the 1960s, NASA used satellites to map the geography of the moon. A better understanding of its geology, however, came when men actually walked on the moon, culminating with Astronaut and Geologist Harrison Schmitt exploring the moon’s surface during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Image credit: Scientific American

Image credit: Scientific American

In the modern era, Dr. Gregory Hickock is one neuroscientist who believes the field of neuroscience is pursuing comparable advances. While scientists have historically developed a geographic map of the brain’s functional systems, Hickock says computational neuroanatomy is digging deeper into the geology of the brain to help provide an understanding of how the different regions interact computationally to give rise to complex behaviors.

“Computational neuroanatomy is kind of working towards that level of description from the brain map perspective. The typical function maps you see in textbooks are cartoon-like. We’re trying to take those mountain areas and, instead of relating them to labels for functions like language, we’re trying to map them on — and relate them to — stuff that the computational neuroscientists are doing.”

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Jan 12, 2016

Seriously speaking, Vietnam hospital seeks volunteers for head transplant

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Vietnam-Germany Hospital, considered Vietnam’s largest surgical center, is looking forward to being able to carry out the head transplant, deputy director Trinh Hong Son told a seminar on Tuesday morning.

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Jan 12, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 14

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Jan 12, 2016

Google chairman Eric Schmidt: Artificial intelligence platforms can ‘change the world’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The Google billionaire believes companies need to start working together on developing artificial intelligence.

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Jan 12, 2016

Humans 2.0: How the robot revolution is going to change how we see, feel, and talk

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Robots aren’t going to replace us, but by working hand in hand with us they will redefine what it means to be human.

The year is 2025. You’re sitting in a surgery watching your doctor carefully insert the tips of her fingertips into black thimble-like actuators.

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Jan 12, 2016

15 of the best movies about AI, ranked

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Avengers: Age of Ultron recently rocked its evil robot ways through theaters, but here are 15 other great artificial intelligence films that totally compute.

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Jan 12, 2016

New rumours that gravitational waves have finally been detected

Posted by in category: physics

Barely a week later, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss at Arizona State University tweeted a rumour that the detector had already picked up a signal.

Now Krauss claims that the original rumour has been confirmed by an independent source.


Barely a week later, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss at Arizona State University tweeted a rumour that the detector had already picked up a signal.

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Jan 12, 2016

Scientists develop a lithium-ion battery that shuts down at high temperatures to avoid explosions

Posted by in categories: particle physics, transportation

The primary reason hoverboards have become public enemy #1 in recent times is due to their unfortunate tendency to catch fire and explode due to their lithium-ion batteries overheating.

But a new lithium-ion battery developed by scientists in the US could put an end to such dramas. Researchers at Stanford University have made the world’s first lithium-ion battery that shuts off before it overheats, then restarts immediately when its temperature has cooled.

Conventional lithium-ion batteries comprise a pair of electrodes and a liquid or gel electrolyte that carries charged particles between them. However, if the battery’s temperature reaches around 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) as a result of a defect or overcharging, the electrolyte can catch fire and trigger an explosion, as we’ve seen in many sad cases.

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