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Jul 27, 2015

Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet

Posted by in category: space

The investigation into the dwarf planet Ceres‘ mysterious bright spots has taken an intriguing new twist. The famous bright spots at the bottom of Ceres’ Occator crater appear to be sublimating material into space, creating a localized atmosphere within the walls of the 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) hole in the ground, new observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft suggest.

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Jul 27, 2015

Here’s the only way to destroy a black hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

You can’t defy the laws of physics.

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Jul 27, 2015

Watch The First Soviet Science Fiction Film, Aelita: Queen Of Mars

Posted by in category: space

Here’s something cool to watch: the first ever Soviet science fiction movie, Aelita: Queen of Mars, directed by Yakov Protozoan from 1924.

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Jul 27, 2015

Musk, Hawking, Wozniak call for ban on autonomous weapons and military AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Dozens of researchers and tech experts want to prevent a “military AI arms race.”

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Jul 27, 2015

Telepathy technology is coming – are you scared? — Rhodri Marsden, The Guardian

Posted by in categories: Mark Zuckerberg, neuroscience, telepathy

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Advances in the field of artificial intelligence are invariably greeted with concern about an imminent robot uprising. Similarly, when we hear about developments in the field of brain-to-brain communication, we imagine any number of outlandish scenarios: perhaps a government marching us unquestioningly into battle via a process of insidious mind control, or an erotic thought we had about a work colleague being unwittingly transmitted to our partner.

When Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced this week during one of his regular Q&A sessions that Facebook is working in the field of thought transmission, we found ourselves momentarily transported to a horrific telepathic future. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too,” he said, as people thought to themselves “under no circumstances do I want anyone to know the dark, unsettling images that flash through my mind on an hourly basis”. We are troubled by that vision. But it’s only a vision. Read more

Jul 27, 2015

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Speaks, and She’s a Woman

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Stephen Hawking would say the development of artificial intelligence (AI) will end humanity, but there are those who would disagree — Google is one of them.

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Jul 27, 2015

Why Generation Z will definitely embrace Bitcoin

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, education, innovation

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Can you picture a world without physical money? A world where we don’t have to carry bills and coins in our pockets and wallets? Generation Z can.
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Jul 26, 2015

Flow, the secret to happiness

Posted by in category: philosophy

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”

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Jul 26, 2015

Children With Prosthetics Could Soon Be Creating Their Own Lego Attachments

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Imagine being able to snap a mechanical digger or a Star Wars spaceship onto the end of your arm. With the next level of prosthetic designs from Lego, this could soon be a playtime reality for kids with prosthetic limbs.

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Jul 26, 2015

Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK! — Neil McAllister, The Register

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, satellites

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Elon Musk wants to use his commercial SpaceX rockets to put satellites into orbit that will bring broadband to the next billion, but one of SpaceX’s own customers has thrown a wrench into the works.

Musk’s plan involves encircling the globe with a few thousand high-capacity, low-latency satellites that the Tesla Motors boss says should be able to deliver broadband internet at speeds comparable to optical fibre. Read more