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Jan 27, 2020

The battle for ethical AI at the world’s biggest machine-learning conference

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Bias and the prospect of societal harm increasingly plague artificial-intelligence research — but it’s not clear who should be on the lookout for these problems.

Jan 27, 2020

How to measure a single quantum spin in a rapidly rotating diamond

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Lasers and microwaves used to study crystal spinning at 200,000 rpm.

Jan 27, 2020

Bloodhound to blast its way into record books with zero-emissions rocket

Posted by in category: transportation

Zero to 658 in 50 seconds without emissions.

The Bloodhound LSR team has announced plans to challenge for the land speed record using a zero-emissions rocket as part of the next phase of its programme, following successful high-speed tests in South Africa last November.

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Jan 27, 2020

After Shock, Podcast #24 redux: The State of The Future with Jerome Glenn

Posted by in category: futurism

“We’re doing a lot better than people think.”–Jerome Glenn “Change is the process by which the future invades our life, and it is important to look at it closely.̶…

Jan 27, 2020

Hydrogen-fueled Drones Will Inspect U.S. Gas Pipeline

Posted by in categories: drones, energy

Public-safety drone consultancy Skyfire Consulting has announced a partnership with UAV company Doosan Mobility Innovation and hydrogen-fuel service provider ReadyH2 to tackle a pipeline-inspection project for an unnamed American company.

Doosan will deploy a hydrogen-powered octocopter. The drone sports a hydrogen-powered generator fueling two hours of flight time per mission over nearly 50 miles.

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Jan 27, 2020

How artificial intelligence provided early warnings of the Wuhan virus

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

I hope AI can help reducing the risk.

It would have worked whether Chinese officials were transparent about the outbreak or not.

Jan 27, 2020

The unexpected renaissance of the hard science-fiction movie

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space travel

What defines the last decade’s hard science-fiction is a tendency to use process-oriented survival dramas to gain a personal understanding of the role of scientific inquiry and the big picture questions it poses.

From The Martian to Interstellar to Gravity, the 2010s was a comeback era.

Jan 27, 2020

Maine woman stalked

Posted by in categories: drones, habitats

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who was harassed by a drone for two days says police told her they could do nothing about it.

Mary Dunham says a drone tracked her in her car on Tuesday as she drove to a gas station, where she called police, and then to her home in Gorham. It followed her eight miles to her brother’s house in Standish the following day.

It was an “unnerving” experience, she said. “The officer arrived and said, ‘Yeah, I see it. I don’t know what to tell you though. We can’t do too much,’” she said.

Jan 27, 2020

Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, genetics, life extension

If you are interested in superlongevity, I have a spectacular book for you: Lifespan — Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To, by David Sinclair PhD.

Sinclair has written a book about all the various ways in which humans can extend their lifespan and their healthspan.

One of the best aspects of this book is that Sinclair has a way of writing that is clear and insightful. It is so rare for me to read a book about scientific experiments in which it is easy to follow the methodology, but it is unique to also have an explanation of the application of the results that is crystal clear. Sinclair does both simply and easily.

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Jan 27, 2020

Inovio’s stock soars after receiving grant to develop coronavirus vaccine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

The Pennsylvania-based biotechnology company said early Thursday that it was awarded a grant of up to $9 million by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to develop a vaccine for the new strain of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed no less than 17 people.

Kim said after the DNA sequence of the new coronavirus strain was made publicly available on Jan. 11, Inovio was able to design and construct a potential vaccine in “a matter of hours,” and the animal-testing process has already begun.

As the coronavirus out of China spreads and gets deadlierof health care companies that announce plans to take part in finding a vaccine, or identifying patients with the new strain, have rallied sharply in very active trading.

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