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Aug 1, 2015

Ray Kurzweil — Are We Living in a Simulation?

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As technology visionary Ray Kurzweil put it, “maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high school student in another universe.” (Given how things are going, he jokes, she may not get a good grade.)

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Aug 1, 2015

So — what is Ethereum; and, how does it relate to Law?

Posted by in categories: automation, big data, complex systems, disruptive technology, economics, ethics, governance, human trajectories, information science, law

Quoted: “Traditional law is a form of agreement. It is an agreement among people and their leaders as to how people should behave. There are also legal contracts between individuals. These contracts are a form of private law that applies to the participants. Both types of agreement are enforced by a government’s legal system.”

“Ethereum is both a digital currency and a programming language. But it is the combination of these ingredients that make it special. Since most agreements involve the exchange of economic value, or have economic consequences, we can implement whole categories of public and private law using Ethereum. An agreement involving transfer of value can be precisely defined and automatically enforced with the same script.”

“When viewed from the future, today’s current legal system seems downright primitive. We have law libraries — buildings filled with words that nobody reads and whose meaning is unclear, even to courts who enforce them arbitrarily. Our private contracts amount to vague personal promises and a mere hope they might be honored.

For the first time, Ethereum offers an alternative. A new kind of law.”

Read the article here > http://etherscripter.com/what_is_ethereum.html

Aug 1, 2015

Elon Musk: Tesla ‘almost ready’ to go driverless — Claudia Assis, Market Watch

Posted by in categories: driverless cars, Elon Musk, transportation

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk said Friday the company is “almost ready” to make its cars go driverless on highways and parallel-park themselves

The much-awaited software update that would make Tesla TSLA, -0.24% vehicles able to steer themselves safely down the road has one more thing to sort out, Musk said in a tweet. Read more

Aug 1, 2015

This iPhone Accessory Replaces An Eye Doctor’s Office

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A $4,000 iPhone gadget replaces a 30-pound, $20,000 machine, allowing eye doctors to visit patients they couldn’t reach before.

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Aug 1, 2015

10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life

Posted by in category: alien life

Ten of the alien worlds that represent our best hope for alien life beyond the solar system, according to the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

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Aug 1, 2015

Bioviva is moving into telomerase rejuvenation therapy for Alzheimer’s!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Bioviva a Seattle, WA, based biotech is ambitiously moving forward with gene therapy in people to mitigate the consequences of aging. They have not gone for the low hanging fruit either, they are being supported by Maximum Life Foundation to raise enough to run a clinical trial to try to cure Alzheimer’s! They are targeting the supporting Microglia cells in the brain to help regenerate them and hopefully reverse the effects of the disease. A worthy cause if ever I saw one and if it works could translate to other similar conditions like Parkinson’s and ALS. Lets hope they can get this vital work underway. This will then be the first example of regenerative medicine in a person that treats the dysfunction of aging.

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Jul 31, 2015

Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

Posted by in categories: futurism, Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years http://bit.ly/1IqMgku.

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Jul 31, 2015

Virtual reality is next mass trend – Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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After Facebook’s video strategy turned out to be a success, the social network giant’s CEO is now eager to completely revolutionize the way we communicate by mastering virtual reality technologies.

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Jul 31, 2015

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | Official Announcement Trailer

Posted by in categories: entertainment, singularity

This sequel to 2012‘s “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” (itself a reboot of the iconic original trilogy that debuted June 17, 2000, on the PC) looks to be yet another beautifully detailed, superbly written, and amazingly immersive look at both the promise and peril of the coming Technological Singularity.

Not to mention being a hell of a fun game to play!

HIGHLY recommended!

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Jul 31, 2015

Obama signs executive order to build first-ever exascale supercomputer

Posted by in category: supercomputing

While the US has plenty of representation in the current TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, it lost the #1 slot to China’s Tianhe-2 several years ago. President Obama wants to fix that immediately.

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