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Jul 25, 2015

Can We Control Our Technological Destiny—Or Are We Just Along For the Ride? — By Aaron Frank SingularityHub

Posted by in categories: futurism, singularity

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A standard assumption of technological progress is that new innovations are born in our mind, and we humans choose which of those visions to bring into existence. We imagine stuff, we want stuff, we build stuff, and repeat.

We assume that our brains are the center of the innovation universe.

But just as Copernicus’s sun-centered model of our solar system taught us how physically marginal our place in the cosmos really is, a new class of techno-philosophy is similarly displacing our understanding of technological innovation. Read more

Jul 24, 2015

3D-printing basic electronic components | KurzweilAI

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, electronics

UC Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, have developed a 3D printing process for creating basic electronic components, such as resistors, inductors, capacitors, and integrated wireless electrical sensing systems.

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Jul 24, 2015

Phosphorene could lead to ultrathin solar cells

Posted by in categories: energy, solar power, sustainability

Scientists at Australian National University (ANU) have used simple transparent sticky (aka “Scotch”) tape to create single-atom-thick layers of phosphorene from “black phosphorus,” a black crystalline form of phosphorus similar to graphite (which is used to create graphene).

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Jul 24, 2015

Sci-Fi: L5 episode 1 [720p]

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI, space

The crew aboard the spaceship Argo has just awoken from hypersleep to a nightmare. Having spent the last twenty years searching for a new home to salvage humanity from a dying earth they return home and find something has gone terribly wrong. They have been mysteriously impelled 200 years into the future and find not a trace of any human life. The Argo’s Commander, Dr. Richard Adams is determined to find some answers and, aided by the ship’s surgeon, Rod Lewis, and onboard Artificial Intelligence, Clarke, decides to explore the one clue to the massive floating O’Neill colony named L5. After an exploratory skiff goes missing inside the colony, Adams and Lewis venture inside themselves to find the answers they seek, nothing can prepare them for what they are about to find.

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Jul 24, 2015

China is Building an Absolutely Massive Radio Telescope

Posted by in categories: alien life, cosmology

Construction is well underway on what will become the world’s largest radio telescope. Once complete, the half-kilometer-wide dish will explore the origins of the Universe and scour the skies for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

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Jul 24, 2015

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Matching an infrared image of a face to its visible light counterpart is a difficult task, but one that deep neural networks are now coming to grips with.

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Jul 24, 2015

HUMANS

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

A reminder: HUMANS premieres in the U.S. Sunday June 28, 2015 at 9PM EDT on AMC. This eight-part drama series takes place in a parallel present, featuring the Synth — a highly developed, artificially intelligent android servant.

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Jul 24, 2015

NASA discovers first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone around a Sun-like star

Posted by in category: space

This artist’s concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter (credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

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Jul 24, 2015

The CRISPR craze: genome editing technologies poised to revolutionize medicine and industry

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Genome editing by engineered Cas9 systems (credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers) CRISPR/Cas systems for genome editing have revolutionized biological research over the past three years, and their ability to make targeted changes in DNA sequences in living cells with relative ease and affordability is now being applied to clinical medicine and will have a significant impact on advances in drug and other therapies, agriculture, and food products.

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Jul 24, 2015

Car Hacking Forces Recall Of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges and Chryslers

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Fiat-Chrysler said today it was launching a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles after a Jeep Cherokee was hacked remotely for the first time.

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