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Jan 2, 2016

The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots

Posted by in categories: information science, life extension, neuroscience, robotics/AI, transportation

“You like your Tesla, but does your Tesla like you?” My new story for TechCrunch on robots understanding beauty and even whether they like your appearance or not:


Robots are starting to appear everywhere: driving cars, cooking dinners and even as robotic pets.

But people don’t usually give machine intelligence much credence when it comes to judging beauty. That may change with the launch of the world’s first international beauty contest judged exclusively by a robot jury.

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Jan 2, 2016

Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

Posted by in category: futurism

It’s summer in December at the Arctic Circle this week.

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Jan 2, 2016

Researchers Develop Stretchy Material for Wearable Tech

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics, health, materials, wearables

It’s a new resin.

Researchers at Panasonic PCRFY −0.78% in Japan have developed a new kind of resin that has the potential to make personal health electronics leaner and comfier.

The stretchy tech, announced by the company on Dec. 28, can be used as a base for electronic materials. Its physical properties makes electronics easier to apply to skin or clothing—like a Band-Aid or a tattoo, rather than a watch or a strap.

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Jan 2, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Finally Entered Our Everyday World

Posted by in categories: computing, food, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Andrew Ng hands me a tiny device that wraps around my ear and connects to a smartphone via a small cable. It looks like a throwback—a smartphone earpiece without a Bluetooth connection. But it’s really a glimpse of the future. In a way, this tiny device allows the blind to see.

Ng is the chief scientist at Chinese tech giant Baidu, and this is one of the company’s latest prototypes. It’s called DuLight. The device contains a tiny camera that captures whatever is in front of you—a person’s face, a street sign, a package of food—and sends the images to an app on your smartphone. The app analyzes the images, determines what they depict, and generates an audio description that’s heard through to your earpiece. If you can’t see, you can at least get an idea of what’s in front of you.

Artificial intelligence is changing not only the way we use our computers and smartphones but the way we interact with the real world.

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Jan 2, 2016

RAND Summer Institute

Posted by in categories: economics, health, life extension, policy

Are you a current or aspiring researcher working in the #aging field? Then you may be interested in the 23rd annual RAND Summer Institute in Santa Monica. This July, institute participants will attend a series of master lectures that offer insights into the science of aging, and the relationships between the aging field and health, economic status, and public policy. Register by March 15.

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Jan 1, 2016

Wormholes are just quantum entangled black holes, says new research

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

Interesting, but older…


Two separate research groups, one of which is from MIT, have presented evidence that wormholes — tunnels that may allow us to travel through time and space — are “powered” by quantum entanglement. Furthermore, one of the research groups also postulates the reverse — that quantum entangled particles are connected by miniature wormholes.

A wormhole, or Einstein-Rosen bridge to give its formal name, is a hypothetical feature of spacetime that exists in four dimensions, and somehow connects to another wormhole that’s located elsewhere in both space and time. The theory, essentially, is that a wormhole is a tunnel that isn’t restricted by the normal limitations of 3D Cartesian space and the speed of light, allowing you to travel from one point in space and time, to another point in space and time — theoretically allowing you to traverse huge portions of the universe, and travel in time.

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Jan 1, 2016

Food delivered by drones, driverless cabs and cyber PAs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, drones, food, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is moving so fast that within a decade, we will even be able to swallow computers so they can perform internal operations and release drugs.

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Jan 1, 2016

We will someday transform into immortal cyborgs, claims Zoltan Istvan

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, genetics, life extension, transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan, you re in the Daily Mail.


California-based, Zoltan Istvan, is leader of the Transhumanst party, and believes that mind uploading, cyborg body augmentation, and genetic manipulation could help us live forever.

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Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, Sydney!

Posted by in category: futurism

Sydney welcomes in 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display across the harbour.

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Jan 1, 2016

Contaminants, Explosives, and Diseases Can Now Be Detected With Just One Molecule

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

It is now possible to detect just one molecule of a substance, and we can detect said substance whether it is a solid, liquid, or gas.

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