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Apr 25, 2017

Hybrid Intelligence: Coupling AI and the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Even our most imaginative expectations of AI are only primitive — but as neuroscience understands the brain more deeply, it will unlock the full potential of hybrid intelligence.

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Apr 25, 2017

Baidu AI Learns Complex Language

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A robot just taught another robot how to read…

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Apr 25, 2017

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been tested on sheep.

It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies, eliminating the health risk of pregnancy. But it’s important not to get ahead of the data, says Alan Flake, fetal surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of today’s study. “It’s complete science fiction to think that you can take an embryo and get it through the early developmental process and put it on our machine without the mother being the critical element there,” he says.

Instead, the point of developing an external womb — which his team calls the Biobag — is to give infants born months too early a more natural, uterus-like environment to continue developing in, Flake says.

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Apr 25, 2017

Possible approach for treating Alzheimer’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Quercetin may be able to influence apoE and could be a potential therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease.


The Apolipoprotein E connection

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease and as the average life expectancy has risen in recent decades so has the occurrence of this and other neurodegenerative diseases. Aging is the primary risk factor for Alzheimer’s and researchers are searching for new ways to combat this devastating disease.

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Apr 25, 2017

Elon Musk Outlines His Mission to Link Human Brains With Computers in 4 Years

Posted by in categories: business, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

What you do on the Internet is nobody’s business but yours. At ProxySite.com, we stand between your web use and anyone who tries to sneak a peek at it. Instead of connecting directly to a website, let us connect to the website and send it back to you, and no one will know where you’ve been. Big Brother (or other, less ominous snoops) won’t be able to look over your shoulder and spy on you to see what you’re reading, watching or saying.

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Apr 25, 2017

How to Turn an Asteroid Into a Spacecraft

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Project RAMA is an idea to turn asteroids into automated spacecraft. It sounds crazy, but it’s amazingly possible.

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Apr 25, 2017

A spacecraft that could mean lift-off for mining in space

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

The Oxyde would carry robots to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, opening up access to rare space metals.

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Apr 25, 2017

WIMPs in the dark matter wind

Posted by in category: cosmology

We know which way the dark matter wind should blow. Now we just have to find it.

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Apr 25, 2017

Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth’s Crude Oil Giants: Analyst

Posted by in categories: energy, space

The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space.

Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing in nascent private space commodity initiatives, said Tom James, a partner at energy consultant Navitas Resources. Doing so could give them a foothold in building extraterrestrial reserves of water — a substance likely to fuel travel within space — and other resources that could be used for in-space manufacturing.

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Apr 24, 2017

The SkinGun can quickly heal serious burns

Posted by in category: futurism

The SkinGun has been waiting on that FDA approval for years.

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