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Jun 1, 2015

The debate on lethal robots is starting too late — Russell Brandom | The Verge

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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“Without human beings making the decision to kill, the concern is that killing will happen indiscriminately, slowly lowering the bar for the use of violent force. Once death happens by algorithm, what’s the incentive to preserve life? ‘Humans must ultimately bear moral responsibility and face the horror of war squarely, not outsource it to machines.’” Read more

Jun 1, 2015

Journey to the center of the moon: Samuel Ximenes at TEDxSanAntonio 2013

Posted by in category: space

It is human destiny to become a multi-planet species. The space frontier is opening up to private citizens and interplanetary entrepreneurs are redefining th…

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Jun 1, 2015

Is it Ethical to heal a young white Elephant from his physiological Autism?

Posted by in categories: existential risks, particle physics

Is it Ethical to heal a young white Elephant from his physiological Autism?

Otto E. Rossler1, Cony Theis², Jürgen Heiter1, Werner Fleischer1 and Anonymous Student²

1University of Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 8, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

²University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Im Wiestebruch 68, 28870 Ottersberg, Germany

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Jun 1, 2015

New design ideas to avoid wasting marble — Via Abitare

Posted by in categories: architecture, environmental, materials, sustainability
Vasi disegnati da Paolo Ulian per Bufalini Marmi con la texture Pixel


Vasi disegnati da Paolo Ulian per Bufalini Marmi con la texture Pixel

“Seen in Milan during the 2015 Fuorisalone, several new designs that allow for the recovery of every scrap of marble”

Jun 1, 2015

Do we really want to fuse our brains together? — Peter Watts | AEON

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, virtual reality

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“What are the implications of a technology that wires brains together, that in theory at least permits the existence of hive minds? In fact, you know a lot more about that than you might think. You already are a hive mind. You always have been.” Read more

May 31, 2015

Will Superintelligent AI Ignore Humans Instead of Destroying Us? — Jason Koebler | Motherboard

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“It’s a nice thought that humans could one day create a superintelligent artificial intelligence, and that intelligence takes a look at us, says “thanks, creator,” and blasts off into space, never to be heard from again. Or maybe the AI moves to the deserts or the Arctic or some other uninhabited place, and we live together peacefully. But it seems like such an outcome is unlikely.” Read more

May 31, 2015

Damage Recovery Algorithm Could Make All Robots Unstoppable — Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“But instead of having to figure out which leg is broken and how, or doing any sort of self-analysis at all, the robot simply starts trying a whole bunch of different gait behaviors through ‘intelligent trial and error,’ converging on something that works by exploring an enormous pregenerated set of potentially effective motions in about two minutes.” Read more

May 30, 2015

Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power — By Vivek Wadhwa SingularityHub

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

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“Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein described one of the key principles of quantum mechanics: entanglement. Entanglement occurs when two particles become related such that they can coordinate their properties instantly even across a galaxy. Think of wormholes in space or Star Trek transporters that beam atoms to distant locations. Quantum mechanics posits other spooky things too: particles with a mysterious property called superposition, which allows them to have a value of one and zero at the same time; and particles’ ability to tunnel through barriers as if they were walking through a wall.

All of this seems crazy, but it is how things operate at the atomic level: the laws of physics are different. Einstein was so skeptical about quantum entanglement that he wrote a paper in 1935 titled “Can quantum-mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?” He argued that it was not possible. Read more

May 30, 2015

Technology Demonstrations May 2015

Posted by in category: futurism

This video shows our key technology demonstrations and equipment developed in our lab, including: 100kW CW gyrotron assembly and operation, beaming of 100kW of…

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May 30, 2015

Bionic Eyes Give Second Sight to the Blind

Posted by in category: transhumanism

The blind can now see with the help of bionic eyes. In this edition of Wiring the World, Bloomberg’s Ramy Inocencio meets one man diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable form of eye decay, who sees his wife’s face, the ocean’s surf and fireworks for the first time. (Source: Bloomberg)

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