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Jul 11, 2015

Is consciousness an engineering problem? – Michael Graziano – Aeon

Posted by in categories: engineering, robotics/AI

We could build an artificial brain that believes itself to be conscious. Does that mean we have solved the hard problem?

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Jul 11, 2015

New Horizons Update: Latest Pluto Images Reveal ‘Tantalizing’ Surface Features

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

After a journey of over nine years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is finally close enough to discern surface features on the cold, dwarf planet.

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Jul 11, 2015

From MIT’s Neri Oxman, The (Far-Flung) Future Of Wearables — Julie Taraska | Fast Company

Posted by in category: wearables

“In a series of concept wearables that augment human biological systems, Oxman implants synthetically engineered microorganisms in custom-designed vessels. Worn externally, these devices…create the resources that an interplanetary traveler would need to survive in other climates. ‘Our goal was to design wearables that could have a symbiotic relationship with the human body.’” Read more

Jul 10, 2015

3-D-printed robot is hard inside, soft outside, and capable of jumping without hurting itself

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, futurism, robotics/AI

Left: the rigid top fractures on landing, while the top made of nine layers going from rigid to flexible remains intact (credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego, Harvard University)

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Jul 10, 2015

Neuroscientists create organic-computing ‘Brainet’ network of rodent and primate brains — humans next

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, futurism, neuroscience

Experimental apparatus scheme for a Brainet computing device. A Brainet of four interconnected brains is shown. The arrows represent the flow of information through the Brainet. Inputs were delivered (red) as simultaneous intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) patterns (via implanted electrodes) to the somatosensory cortex of each rat. Neural activity (black) was then recorded and analyzed in real time. Rats were required to synchronize their neural activity with the other Brainet participants to receive water. (credit: Miguel Pais-Vieira et al./Scientific Reports)

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Jul 10, 2015

How Microsoft will radically transform the medical industry

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

VIDEO: This will change the medical industry.

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Jul 10, 2015

Secrets of Bear Hibernation Could Help Us Get to Mars

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

By studying bears’ months-long lethargy, scientists may have stumbled on a way to prevent astronauts’ bone loss.

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Jul 10, 2015

The Art of Time | The Plus

Posted by in categories: hardware, software

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Art and photography often dovetail nicely, to the point of being indistinct at times. But rarely does photography achieve the sort of free-flowing, brush-like effects that Matt Molloy imbues his incredible Time Stack photographs with. “My time stack series is a lot like a digital version of what the impressionist painters where trying to achieve in the 19th-century,” says Matt.

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Jul 10, 2015

EVA Movie Trailer (Science Fiction — 2015)

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ctMc4DFpik

A cybernetic engineer creates a very special child robot ★Join us on Facebook ► http://facebook.com/HorrorScifiMovies ★ Sci-Fi Fan? Don’t miss THIS ➨ http:/…

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Jul 10, 2015

The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin — Morgen E. Peck | IEEE Spectrum

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing, internet

“We lack ‘true agency’ on the Internet. That is to say, all of the data we create online and all of the operations we execute are handled for us by centralized servers, most of which sit in massive data centers operated by corporations and government institutions. We depend on these servers for everything.”

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