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Jul 31, 2016

Artificial Intelligence May Soon Drive Your Car — And Keep You Company at the Same Time

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Honda said in a press release that the AI will use conversations with the driver and other data it gathers ‘both to perceive the emotions of the driver and to engage in dialogue with the driver based on the vehicle’s own emotions.’ The just-announced partnership works toward application of the ‘emotion engine,’ which is ‘a set of AI technologies developed by cocoro SB Corp., which enable machines to artificially generate their own emotions.’


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Jul 31, 2016

Building Blade Runner: How UCLA’s IDEAS Lab Envisions the Future

Posted by in category: futurism

We visited the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) department to meet the architects of tomorrow.

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Jul 31, 2016

Here’s One Way We Might Be Able To Hack Interstellar Travel

Posted by in category: space travel

A new study—the result of a competition to design a century-long interstellar mission—has a possible solution to that problem.

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Jul 31, 2016

Will the Great Attractor Destroy Us?

Posted by in category: cosmology

Somewhere, in the deepest reaches of the cosmos, far from the safe confines of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, lies a monster. Slowly, inevitably, it is pulling. Over the course of billions of years, it draws us and everything near us closer to it. The only force that acts over such immense distance scales and through cosmic periods of time is gravity, so whatever it is, it’s massive and unrelenting.

We call it the Great Attractor, and until recently, its true nature has been a complete mystery. Note that it’s still a mystery, just not a complete one.

The Great Attractor was first discovered in the 1970s when astronomers made detailed maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background (the light left over from the early universe), and noticed that it was slightly (and “slightly” here means less than one one-hundredth of a degree Fahrenheit) warmer on one side of the Milky Way than the other — implying that the galaxy was moving through space at the brisk clip of about 370 miles per second (600 km/s).

Even though astronomers could measure the rapid velocity, they couldn’t explain its origin.

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Jul 31, 2016

Futurist-linked groups talking at the Mont Order

Posted by in categories: counterterrorism, futurism, governance, government, policy, terrorism

The following is a selection of points of interest to futurism and forecasts of the political future from the recent Mont Order Conference of July 2016:

STATEMENT 1: NEW SECRET WIKI CREATED

The Mont Order’s secret wiki created via PBworks holds information on the origin and literature of the Mont Order as well as our current structure, ranks and members. Members will be invited via email and will be able to contribute pages or post comments and questions on this literature. The public will not have access to it.

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Jul 31, 2016

Regenerative Dental Fillings

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New dental fillings could allow your teeth to heal themselves.

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Jul 31, 2016

What it’s like to counter-protest Christians as an atheist demonstrator at both political conventions

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

My new story for The Daily Dot. Also, cool future tech to help the nonreligious get the message out:


Of the thousands of protesters at the Republican and Democratic conventions, one of the most noticeable groups were the born-again Christians. But this year—perhaps for the first time at national conventions—they were met with resistance from organized atheist and transhumanist protesters clashing against them.

With approximately a dozen atheists and transhumanists, my group of supporters engaged the Christians and campaigned in front of them. Sometimes wearing Transhumanist Party t-shirts and holding posters, we argued with them, blocked press from getting good pictures of them, and generally promoted to the public the power of reason over faith.

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Jul 31, 2016

Elon Musk’s OpenAI Project Has Identified 4 Big Problems for AI

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

No, the first one isn’t SkyNet.

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Jul 31, 2016

Nat Geo’s ‘Mars’: “If Mankind Has Two Planets… Then Our Odds Of Extinction Will Drop To Nearly Zero” — TCA

Posted by in categories: education, existential risks, space

National Geographic’s scripted/unscripted hybrid series Mars gives viewers both a real and dramatized quest to colonize the planet. The combination present-day documentary and scripted look at the future is what director Everard Gout described as a process in which “one hand fits in the other in terms of the knowledge and in terms of the emotion.” “It’s electrical” he added, “because you have that level of truthfulness on the documentary side but you also have an equal amount of beauty and truthfulness on the scripted side. It’s a very visceral experience.”

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Jul 31, 2016

Robot Lays Bricks 4 Times Faster Than A Human

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

This robot can lay bricks 4x’s faster than a human.

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