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Jan 12, 2016

The truth about asteroid mining

Posted by in category: space

Could the untold riches in asteroids and other planets be the key to exploring the wider Universe?

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Jan 12, 2016

Can artificial intelligence help fight addiction and improve medication adherence? AiCure nets $12M in Series A

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

I could see the value of AI in helping with a whole host of addictions, compulsive disorders, etc. AI at the core is often looking at patterns and predicting outcomes, or the next steps to make, or predicting what you or I will want to do or react to something, etc. So, leveraging AI as a tool to help in finding or innovating new solutions for things like OCD or addictions does truly make sense.


New York-based AiCure, which holds 12 patents for artificially intelligent software platforms that aim to improve patient outcomes by targeting medication adherence, announced the closing of a $12.25 million funding round Monday.

The company’s software was built with help from $7 million in competitive grants from four National Institutes of Health organizations, awarded in order to spur tech developments that would have a significant impact on drug research and therapy. The National Institute of Drug Abuse awarded AiCure $1 million in 2014 to help launch a major study into the efficacy of using the company’s platform to monitor and intervene with patients receiving medication as maintenance therapy for addiction.

Adherence to such therapies is associated with improved recovery, but often patients take improper doses or sell the drugs to others. To address this, AiCure’s platform connects patients with artificial intelligence software via their devices that determines whether a medication is being taken as prescribed. The platform has shown to be feasible for use across various patient populations, including elderly patients and study participants in schizophrenia and HIV prevention trials, according to a news release.

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Jan 12, 2016

What is quantum tech — and could it take off in the UK?

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

And, the UK has decided to join the Quantum party and race that has been under way among US, Canada, Russia, and China.


Quantum effects like superposition and entanglement could vastly improve technologies like cryptography, imaging and computing. Here’s how.

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Jan 12, 2016

Cyber Threats 2016: Killer Robots, US Presidential Race, Critical Infrastructure, Mobile Payments And More

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, energy, internet, quantum physics, robotics/AI, transportation

As I have mentioned in some of my other reports and writings; infrastructure (power grids, transportation, social services, etc.) is a key area that we need to modernize and get funding soon in place given the changes that are coming. As Russia’s own power stations were hacked; it will not be anything to when the more sophisticated releases of the Quantum Internet and Platforms are finally releasing to the main stream. Someone last week asked me what kept me up at night worrying; I told them our infrastructure and we have not been planning or modernizing it to handle the changes that are coming in the next 5 years much less the next 7 years.


With cyberattacks gaining in sophistication and volume, we can expect to see a range of new targets in the year ahead.

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Jan 12, 2016

Humanizing an inhuman future

Posted by in categories: energy, military, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Good report from Brookings Institute on the longer term IT Transformation. It highlights the need for countries and industry needs to be prepared for the magnitude of the transformation that is on the horizon. I support this perspective that there will indeed be a need for programs to be in place to retool,educate, and support workers that will be displaced. Also, there is a larger threat; and that is we must ensure that our critical infrastructure like Power Grids, banks, military, social prog, etc. are modernized into the changes that are coming from AI & Quantum.


Kemal Dervis examines the impact of artificial intelligence on our economies and labor markets.

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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

Posted by in category: futurism

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