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Jan 27, 2016

Official Alcor Statement Concerning Marvin Minsky

Posted by in categories: cryonics, law, life extension, nanotechnology

The legal death of Marvin Minsky was publicly reported on Monday, January 25, 2016. There has been speculation on the part of numerous individuals and publications that he may have been cryopreserved by Alcor. This notice is Alcor’s formal response to inquiries on this issue.

In a public ceremony at the Extro-3 conference in 1997, nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler presented Prof. Minsky with a bracelet given to all new Alcor members. This bracelet provides emergency contact information and basic instructions. Minsky has spoken publicy many times about his advocacy of overcoming aging and the inevitability of death and about cryonics (human cryopreservation) as a last resort. He was also among the 67 signatories of the Scientists Open Letter on Cryonics and a member of Alcor’s Scientific Advisory Board. This much is public knowledge. None of this necessarily means that Prof. Minsky had cryopreservation arrangements at the time of legal death. Alcor neither confirms nor denies whether Prof. Minsky had such arrangements.

Alcor’s official response may puzzle some readers, so we would like to point out the privacy options that have been and currently are available to our members. When a member signs up for cryopreservation by Alcor, they have four options:

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Jan 27, 2016

Nanoinjector Device

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This is a nanoinjector, a microscopic machine used to inject cells with DNA.

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Jan 27, 2016

Israel Hit with Massive Cyberattack Targeting Electrical Grid

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

Cyber attacks on our power grids — As I have highlighted in my Jan 10th Pulse positing “Quantum Computing – things that need to be considered for our future Quantum Computing” we mush get our funding and special projects under way to prevent a possible Quantum hack by overseas hackers. Russia and China are both ramping up their infrastructures to be Quantum to protect their citizens and we must do the same.

Israel’s Electric Authority has revealed its systems have been the target of a “severe cyberattack” which, while under control, is yet to be fully repelled.

“We had to paralyze numerous computers of the Israeli electricity authorities”, he said.

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Jan 27, 2016

A Google DeepMind Algorithm Uses Deep Learning and More to Master the Game of Go

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, information science, robotics/AI

Google has achieved one of the long-standing “grand challenges” of AI, building a computer capable of beating expert players of the board game Go.

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Jan 27, 2016

3D Printed Stent May Soon Give Hope to Esophageal Cancer Patients

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

A lot of folks who know me well; knows that I donate my time and expertise to help with the various cancer foundations such as the National Esophageal Cancer Foundation. Esophageal Cancer is one form of cancer not often caught in time due to its symptoms. However, researchers have developed a 3D Stent that is simply amazing and is bringing a lot of hope for so many. Technology and medicine together is an amazing team.

I cannot wait to share this with the foundation’s president; she lost her husband only 2 years ago to this deadly cancer, I lost a cousin, and 2 years ago doctor’s removed a lesion from my esophagus. I cannot express enough to folks (especially younger folks; this is truly a silent killer and it hits all ages (20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s). And, once you ever have a lesion or cancer; you must be diligent in your follow ups no matter what.

fauPretty much everyone I know, myself included, has lost someone to cancer, many of them far too young. Finding a cure for cancer is the lofty, ultimate goal for medical researchers, and people like to fantasize about the day when the headline suddenly appears in the paper: “Cure for Cancer Found!” No more deaths from the disease, no more painful, drawn-out treatments – just a shot or a pill that can eliminate cancer as easily as clearing up an ear infection.

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Jan 27, 2016

What new wearable sensors can reveal from perspiration

Posted by in categories: electronics, health, mobile phones, wearables

When engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, say they are going to make you sweat, it is all in the name of science. Specifically, it is for a flexible sensor system that can measure metabolites and electrolytes in sweat, calibrate the data based upon skin temperature and sync the results in real time to a smartphone.

While health monitors have exploded onto the consumer electronics scene over the past decade, researchers say this device, reported in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Nature (“Fully integrated wearable sensor arrays for multiplexed in situ perspiration analysis”), is the first fully integrated electronic system that can provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring of multiple biochemicals in sweat.

wristband sweat sensor

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Jan 27, 2016

The Death of General Relativity Lurks in a Black Hole’s Shadow

Posted by in category: cosmology

Scientists are compiling a picture of the shadow of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and it could reveal general relatively breaking down.

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Jan 27, 2016

Google DeepMind

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

The list of uniquely human achievements has just become shorter: Google’s AI has defeated the reigning 3-time European Go champion.

DeepMind’s program AlphaGo, masters the ancient game of Go. First ever program to defeat a human professional player!

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Jan 27, 2016

Enormous Structures Might Be Hiding in the Middle of Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: space

All the matter we cannot see.

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Jan 27, 2016

Google DeepMind: Ground-breaking AlphaGo masters the game of Go

Posted by in categories: business, computing, entertainment, information science, robotics/AI

In a paper published in Nature on 28th January 2016, we describe a new approach to computer Go. This is the first time ever that a computer program “AlphaGo” has defeated a human professional player.

The game of Go is widely viewed as an unsolved “grand challenge” for artificial intelligence. Games are a great testing ground for inventing smarter, more flexible algorithms that have the ability to tackle problems in ways similar to humans. The first classic game mastered by a computer was noughts and crosses (also known as tic-tac-toe) in 1952. But until now, one game has thwarted A.I. researchers: the ancient game of Go.

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