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Jul 2, 2015

Elon Musk-backed Future of Life Institute Provides $7M in Safe AI Project Grants

Posted by in categories: existential risks, policy, singularity

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Jul 2, 2015

Growing Pains for Deep Learning — Chris Edwards | Communications of the ACM

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“It has taken time for neural networks, initially conceived 50 years ago, to become accepted parts of information technology applications. After a flurry of interest in the 1990s, supported in part by the development of highly specialized integrated circuits designed to overcome their poor performance on conventional computers, neural networks were outperformed by other algorithms, such as support vector machines in image processing and Gaussian models in speech recognition.” Read more

Jul 2, 2015

Bioengineers develop highly elastic biomaterial for better wound healing

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue, such as skin and blood vessels. …

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Jul 2, 2015

How to soar on Venus

Posted by in category: space

Forget colonizing Mars…Venus may be a better choice believe it or not.

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Jul 2, 2015

World’s first ‘feeling’ prosthetic leg revealed

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Austrian researchers develop artificial limb which can solve problem of phantom pain.

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Jul 2, 2015

The case for transhumanism

Posted by in categories: futurism, transhumanism

I’m excited to see transhumanism getting this broadly out there in major media. This 4-minute interview is the Financial Times “Video of the Day”, and has also been picked up by AOL, MSN, Nasdaq news, and Toshiba news, among others:http://video.ft.com/4332303826001/The-case-for-transhumanism/world and http://www.ft.com/fastft/353931/firstft-mario-brothers-beats

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Jul 1, 2015

Pax Google — By Paul Ford | The New Republic

Posted by in category: mapping

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Google, as a search engine, had built a fine business by “indexing” all of these documents and making them searchable. The company was built on a principle of centralization: If you take the chaotic Web and bestow order upon it, merge it into a single consolidated index, make it make sense, you can make users very, very happy. And upon that index, and that shared happiness, and the willingness of some users to click on targeted advertising, Google could construct a tremendous enterprise. An empire, if you will. Except empires are not traditionally constructed from indexing documents. But maps are.

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Jul 1, 2015

Why Send Humans to Space When We Can Send Robots? — Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, space travel

“The first marketable, personal computers in the late 70s came about after almost 40 years of research and development, which created the technology at public expense. One of the peculiarities, if you’d like, of our system of innovation and development is that it’s radically anti-capitalist in many ways…People who paid taxes in the 50s and 60s may not have known it, but they were creating what was ultimately marketed by Apple. But they don’t get any of the profit. I think that’s a social pathology and the same carries over into space.” Read more

Jul 1, 2015

Two chatbots talk to each other: “I love crayons. But you are not dressed.”

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Of course I’m cute, HAL.

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Jun 30, 2015

‘Microswimmer’ robots to drill through blocked arteries within four years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism, robotics/AI

Drexel’s microswimmer robots (bottom) are modeled, in form and motion, after spiral-shaped Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (top), which cause Lyme Disease (credit: Drexel University)

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