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Jun 29, 2015

How Google Finally Got Design — By Cliff Kuang | Fast Company

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

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“It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, then set down your Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. Take a cleansing breath, open your mind, and compare Android and iOS.”

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Jun 29, 2015

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page? — Peter Wayner | The Atlantic

Posted by in categories: business, entertainment

“The maker of the Kindle is going to flip the formula used for reimbursing some of the authors who depend on it for sales. Instead of paying these authors by the book, Amazon will soon start paying authors based on how many pages are read—not how many pages are downloaded, but how many pages are displayed on the screen long enough to be parsed.” Read More

Jun 28, 2015

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man

Posted by in category: entertainment

Jun 28, 2015

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket explodes

Posted by in category: space

[The Washington Post] The explosion was the third failed attempt to resupply the space station with cargo in recent months.

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Jun 28, 2015

California Assembly passes mandatory vaccine bill

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

California’s Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Jun 28, 2015

What It Will Take for Humans to Live on the Moon — Bryan Lufkin | Gizmodo

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

“We (“we” meaning robots, at least at first) need to do lots of lunar experiments. What’s the nature of the Moon’s poles? Where is the water stored? We can answer those questions using robots—a couple of surface rovers, like Curiosity on Mars. These rovers can measure temperatures, slopes, surface properties, and the measurements of existing ice. Once we figure out a way to locate this vital resource on the Moon, the real progress can begin.” Read more

Jun 27, 2015

17 Legal Brain Enhancing Drugs That Will Expand Your Consciousness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

Interest in Nootropics has grown exponentially over recent years within the health conscious communities and is still a trend moving upwards as I write this. Nootropics are essentially smart drugs that can be bought over the counter or online at retail prices below $50. The majority of Nootropics are cognitive enhancers, that is they are…

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Jun 27, 2015

Who Will Own the Robots? — David Rotman | Technology Review

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

“These are long-term trends that began decades ago, says David Autor, an MIT economist who has studied ‘job polarization’—the disappearance of middle-skill jobs even as demand increases for low-paying manual work on the one hand and highly skilled work on the other. This ‘hollowing out’ of ­the middle of the workforce, he says, ‘has been going on for a while.’ Nevertheless, the recession of 2007–2009 may have sped up the destruction of many relatively well-paid jobs requiring repetitive tasks that can be automated.”

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Jun 27, 2015

Transhumanist and Life Extension Rally in San Francisco

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

I’m helping to announce a public transhumanist and life extension rally and gathering this Saturday, June 27th at Sue Bierman Park in San Francisco (we’ll be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza in the Sue Bierman park). It’ll start at 2PM sharp and go for a few hours. Maria Konovalenko, myself, and others will be giving short speeches and talking to the public about transhumanism and the importance of longevity research. There is a notable TV channel with a large film crew that is… scheduled to film the event (I just met with them all this evening). Please wear orange or black (Transhumanist Party colors), and there will be a limited amount of free t-shirts and bumper stickers available. Check out the event page and please join us! This is an excellent opportunity to put transhumanism on TV. Thanks!

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Jun 26, 2015

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

Thanks to inexpensive printed solar cells, 1.3 billion people currently without electricity may be able to plug in for the first time.

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