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Sep 3, 2014

Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Sep 2, 2014

3D Printed Prosthetics

Posted by in category: 3D printing

TJ McCue — Forbes

Image Courtesy of Melissa Ng website.

Depending on where you get your statistics, there are between 10 and 15 million amputees in the world. People who lose a limb go through a lot of pain obviously and the challenge to get a prosthetic limb that allows them to fully function again often doesn’t lessen the emotional pain aspect. It is a difficult process. Plus, it is not inexpensive. In this week’s news, there is a post about a young man in Ottawa who needs help to purchase a new prosthetic leg and he’s taken his need to crowdfunding on YouCaring.com.

Selvan Mohan is a PhD candidate at Carleton University. The university will help cover $10,000 of the $22,000 needed. His campaign is almost 50 percent funded. A group of people, friends included, got together to help him create the video which you can watch here. I found Mr. Mohan’s story compelling and worthy (check out the video), but what do you do if you cannot take your case to the powerful crowd-funding platforms?

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Sep 2, 2014

Virtually Human, by Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D.

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

In Virtually Human, you’ll have the privilege of meeting Bina48, the world’s most sentient robot, commissioned by Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics. Bina48 is a nascent Mindclone of Martine’s wife that can engage in conversation, answer questions, and even have spontaneous thoughts that are derived from multimedia data in a Mindfile created by the real Bina (be sure to check her out on Twitter too – @iBina48!).

If you’re personally active on Twitter or Facebook, share photos through Instagram, or blog regularly, you’re also already on your way to creating a Mindfile – a digital database of your thoughts, memories, feelings, and opinions. And soon, this Mindfile can be made conscious with special software—Mindware—that mimics the way human brains organize information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness. Virtually Human is the only book to examine the ethical issues relating to cyberconsciousness and Rothblatt, with a Ph.D. in medical ethics, is uniquely qualified to lead the dialogue. On sale Sept 9th, I wanted to be sure everyone at Lifeboat knew about it, and you can pre-order your copy today: http://smarturl.it/vhaz and http://smarturl.it/bnVh.

Sep 1, 2014

Two numerical Sinai-type Theorems

Posted by in category: particle physics

T1: A numerical instability applies to time-inverted trajectories in deterministic statistical thermodynamics.

T2: A numerical instability applies to non-time inverted trajectories in deterministic statistical cryodynamics.

Cryodynamics in contrast to thermodynamics is based on inter-particle attraction rather than inter-particle repulsion. T2 implies that in numerical simulations of attraction-based gases, markedly deviating trajectories are necessarily generated. Since this fact went unrecognized, a whole new time’s arrow got overlooked numerically.

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Sep 1, 2014

5 US States Poised to Promote Bitcoin-Friendly Regulation

Posted by in category: bitcoin

(@danielcawrey) — Wired

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Given the recent critiques of New York and its proposed framework for bitcoin businesses, many of the law’s opponents are no doubt hoping the state and its regulators will alter the bill during its now extended comment period.

After all, New York’s BitLicense proposal, once approved, could prove influential at shaping wider US bitcoin regulation, a fact recently underscored by New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Ben Lawsky in an interview with CoinDesk.

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Aug 31, 2014

What Sci-Fi Movies Get Right and Wrong About Time Travel

Posted by in category: time travel

By Roxanne Palmer and Julie Rossman — Slate
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In movies, time travel methods are mostly explained along the lines of “something something plutonium something wormhole.” But physicists do have some idea of methods that might allow for actual time travel—though they might not necessarily prevent you from killing your own grandfather.

One trope in time travel science fiction is slightly plausible, if physically impossible—traveling faster than the speed of light. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise did this in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, by using the sun’s gravitational pull to accelerate their spaceship to super-light speed. If it were possible to travel faster than light (Einstein calculated it would take an infinite amount of power), it is theoretically possible for signals to be sent back in time; it’s questionable if the same method could work with people.

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Aug 30, 2014

Affordable 3D printing: New materials, new horizons

Posted by in category: 3D printing

By Adrian Mars — ZDNet
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Cheap 3D printers have had a bad rap. Seen as toys for enthusiasts, most work by squeezing melted plastic filament through a thin nozzle (Fused Filament Fabrication, or FFF), producing what is often dismissed as tat.

The reality is far more exciting: these devices are revolutionising the world of product development, are set to educate a generation and are home to some of the most innovative developments in the 3D printing world.

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Aug 29, 2014

The Globalized Smartification and Changing for the Better Via Simultaneous: Activated and Deactivated Kaisen!

Posted by in categories: business, complex systems, computing, economics, education, engineering, futurism, physics, science, scientific freedom, security

The Globalized Smartification and Changing for the Better Via Simultaneous: Activated and Deactivated Kaisen!

We Activate Kaisen and We Deactivate Kaisen

Chiefly, this brief post is about the pictorial I composed here.

Pay great attention to this proprietary image. I greatly value Japanese execs and sages but they focus only on throughputting( the Known Inputs Into Desirable Outputs inside their premises, without considering the Non-Existential and Existential Risk of the External Environment (outside their industrial facade) at large as we do in the White Swan’s Tranformative and Integrative Risk Management Services.

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Aug 29, 2014

Lifeboat Foundation Worldwide Ambassador White Swan Update and Published Amazon Author by Andres Agostini at www.linkedin.com/in/andresagostini

Posted by in category: futurism

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MASHABLE: EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars http://mashable.com/2014/08/02/emdrive-mars-momentum/

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: The Real Reason Companies Are Spending Less on Tech http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/08/the-real-reason-companies-are-s…Socialflow

THE VERGE: Biohacking meets ‘The O.C.’ in this trailer for BitTorrent’s sci-fi ‘Children of the Machine’ http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/19/6046359/biohacking-meets-t…he-machine

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Aug 29, 2014

Open Source SynBio?

Posted by in categories: biological, biotech/medical, genetics, open source, posthumanism, transhumanism
If the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tells us something indisputable, it is this: GMO food products from corporations like Monsanto are suspected to endanger health. On the other hand, an individual’s right to genetically modify and even synthesize entire organisms as part of his dietary or medical regimen could someday be a human right.

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