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Dec 8, 2014

Movie Review: ‘Automata’

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by — SF Movie Review

At the brink of human destruction, with almost all of the Earth’s population killed by a massive increase in solar storms, one city remains. It’s humanity’s last gasp, complete with artificial cloud cover created and managed by the primitive Automata Pilgrim 7000 robots. Millions of them. All working to keep the last vestige of humanity alive.

In a nod to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, the millions of robots in this dismal future world are ruled by two unalterable, built-in security protocols: Robots are prohibited from harming any form of life and Robots cannot alter themselves or any other robots. But what if they started modifying themselves anyway?

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Dec 7, 2014

Moss can power a radio, and could eventually charge your phone

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A team of scientists over in Europe have decided to take the idea of “green” power very, very literally: They have developed a system to harness the energy generated by moss.

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Dec 6, 2014

Now You Can 3D Print with Memory Foam

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By — 3D Printing Industry

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Kai Parthy, inventor of the original Laywoo-D3 and Laybrick filaments, is back with an exciting new material for desktop filament fabricators. An extension of his foam PORO-LAY line, Kai has developed a sponge filament he calls Layfomm. Though objects printed with Layfomm are pretty ordinary and stiff, upon initial printing, when they’re dipped in water for two to three days, they become soft and flexible.

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Dec 5, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (December 06, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn

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FUTURISM UPDATE (December 06, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn


MOSCOW TIMES: King of Thailand Buys Russian Planes for Royal Fleet

“…Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded…”

MIT Technology Review (blog)- Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?…e-century/

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Dec 5, 2014

Milky Way galaxy is part of a 520 million light-year wide super-galactic cluster called Laniakea

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Daily Kos group — Daily Kos

Wow, this is the kind of article that causes me to space out — way out, like totally out of this world and quite a few others as well. James Cave writes a galactic mind-stretcher of an article in, New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea, which tells us how astronomers have greatly expanded our three-dimensional star maps analyzing the motion of 8,000 neighboring galaxies to discover we are part of a different super-galactic structure than we previously thought.

It turns out we are part of the Laniakean super-cluster not the super-cluster of Virgo.

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Dec 5, 2014

Proof that The End of Moore’s Law is Not The End of The Singularity

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Samsung 850 Pro: The solution to Moore’s Law ending.

During the last few years, the semiconductor industry has been having a harder and harder time miniaturizing transistors with the latest problem being Intel’s delayed roll-out of its new 14 nm process. The best way to confirm this slowdown in progress of computing power is to try to run your current programs on a 6-year-old computer. You will likely have few problems since computers have not sped up greatly during the past 6 years. If you had tried this experiment a decade ago you would have found a 6-year-old computer to be close to useless as Intel and others were able to get much greater gains per year in performance than they are getting today.

Many are unaware of this problem as improvements in software and the current trend to have software rely on specialized GPUs instead of CPUs has made this slowdown in performance gains less evident to the end user. (The more specialized a chip is, the faster it runs.) But despite such workarounds, people are already changing their habits such as upgrading their personal computers less often. Recently people upgraded their ancient Windows XP machines only because Microsoft forced them to by discontinuing support for the still popular Windows XP operating system. (Windows XP was the second most popular desktop operating system in the world the day after Microsoft ended all support for it. At that point it was a 12-year-old operating system.)

It would be unlikely that AIs would become as smart as us by 2029 as Ray Kurzweil has predicted if we depended on Moore’s Law to create the hardware for AIs to run on. But all is not lost. Previously, electromechanical technology gave way to relays, then to vacuum tubes, then to solid-state transistors, and finally to today’s integrated circuits. One possibility for the sixth paradigm to provide exponential growth of computing has been to go from 2D integrated circuits to 3D integrated circuits. There have been small incremental steps in this direction, for example Intel introduced 3D tri-gate transistors with its first 22 nm chips in 2012. While these chips were slightly taller than the previous generation, performance gains were not great from this technology. (Intel is simply making its transistors taller and thinner. They are not stacking such transistors on top of each other.)

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Dec 4, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (December 05, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn

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FUTURISM UPDATE (December 05, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn


FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Rewritable paper

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Buckyballs enhance capture of carbon-dioxide emissions

MOSCOW TIMES: Putin Promises Controlled Freedom in Face of Western Containment

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Dec 4, 2014

FIRST Robotics- Who are the celebrities of the future?

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“You get what you celebrate.” In 1989 Dean Kamen created FIRST Robotics to change the culture from one that idolizes entertainment celebrities and sports stars to one that celebrates scientists, engineers and visionaries. Over 20 years later, how much has changed?

Dec 4, 2014

Pocket-Sized 3D Printer to Fit Your Pocket and Budget

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By — 3D Printing Industry

pocket 3D printer render 3D printing

Now on Indiegogo, the foldable Pocket3DPrinter is only in the conceptual stages. It hypothesizes the use of an FDM style extrusion technique, like you might see on a MakerBot or an Ultimaker, but, instead of heating up plastic filament, the project’s creator, Steven Middleton, proposes using a UV projecting LED light to harden curable resin onto the build platform. By doing so, Middleton believes that the 3D printer is made more portable, as there will be no need to wait for the extruder to heat up and cool down before printing. For even more portability, the machine would be battery powered and managed via Bluetooth through a smartphone app. Below are some of the Pocket3DPrinter’s possible specs:

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Dec 3, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (December 04, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn

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FUTURISM UPDATE (December 04, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon, LinkedIn



New York Times: Computing Goes to the Cloud. So Does Crime.

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Replacing wires with light, future computers may operate faster with less energy. Stanford optical device splits a beam of light into different colors and bends the light at opposite right angles, based on wavelength

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