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Jul 31, 2015

Scientists Think They Know the Exact Year Computers Will Render the Human Brain Obsolete

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Fun article with lots of AI thoughts in it:


The future is here — and a little scary.

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Jul 31, 2015

The Seasteading Institute announces 2015 Floating City Project – Architectural Design Contest winners

Posted by in categories: architecture, governance, innovation

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The Floating City Project – Architectural Design Contest held in the Spring of 2015 was organized in partnership with DeltaSync (Netherlands) and judged by an international panel of experts.

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Jul 31, 2015

WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is ‘highly effective’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus being trialled in Guinea is “highly effective,” the World Health Organization said Friday.

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Jul 31, 2015

Can a baby have three biological parents?

Posted by in categories: genetics, transhumanism

The genetic material from two parents combines to form a child. Can we throw a third set of genes into the mix?

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Jul 30, 2015

Cryonics Institute

Posted by in categories: life extension, singularity

RIP = “Return If Possible” is an excellent meme for Singularity, Cryonics & Longevity enthusiasts. [NB: phrase/acronym attributed to India’s former President, late Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam;- (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015)].

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Jul 30, 2015

Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

Posted by in category: space

Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star — one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, “just” 21 light years from Earth, a team reported in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Super-Earths have a mass higher than Earth’s but are lighter than gas giants like Neptune, Saturn or Jupiter. They can be made of gas, rock, or both.

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Jul 30, 2015

#DrAPJAbdulKalam

Posted by in category: futurism

#DrAPJAbdulKalam.

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Jul 30, 2015

The unintended consequences of rationality — By Leah Burrows | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

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“The idea of rationality is a shared construct between AI and economics. When we frame questions in AI, we say: what are the objectives, what should be optimized and what do we know about the world we’re in? The AI/economics interface has become quite fertile because there is a shared language of utility, probability, and reasoning about others.”

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Jul 30, 2015

Leading Experts Sign an Open Letter Calling For a Ban On AI Weapons

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

More than a thousand prominent thinkers and leading AI and robotics researchers have signed an open letter calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.”

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Jul 30, 2015

Graphene kirigami could lead to flexible, nanoscale machines

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, physics

Cornell physicists found yet another use for graphene.

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