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Feb 6, 2016

Create VR experiences within VR itself using Unreal Engine

Posted by in categories: computing, habitats, neuroscience, virtual reality

Meet “Unreal Engine”; VR’s friend in VR game creations.


Epic Games has been teasing “the future of VR development” recently, and the team is finally ready to tell everyone what that is: Creating virtual reality content within virtual reality itself, using the full version of its Unreal Engine 4. Epic cofounder Tim Sweeney says that while the company’s been supporting the likes of the Oculus Rift from the outset, the irony is that, up to this point, the experiences we’ve seen so far have been developed using the same tools as traditional video games. “Now you can go into VR, have the entire Unreal editor functioning and do it live,” he says. “It almost gives you god-like powers to manipulate the world.”

So rather than using the same 2D tools (a keyboard, mouse and computer monitor) employed in traditional game development, people making experiences for VR in Unreal can now use a head-mounted display and motion controllers to manipulate objects in a 3D space. “Your brain already knows how to do this stuff because we all have an infinite amount of experience picking up and moving 3D objects,” Sweeney says. “The motions you’d do in the real world, you’d do in the editor and in the way you’d expect to; intuitively.”

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Feb 6, 2016

New Microchip Could Increase Military Intelligence Powers

Posted by in categories: military, neuroscience, robotics/AI

More news on DARPA’s new deep learning microchip for the military.


A military-funded breakthrough in microchips opens the door to portable deep learning.

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Feb 6, 2016

This futuristic fighter jet will probably be unveiled to America during the Super Bowl

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

A thing of beauty!


They zip and dart across the sky in a three-jet formation, a six-second apparition in a 30-second commercial touting the achievements of defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Unlike modern jets, such as the F-22 Raptor or F-16 Fighting Falcon, they have no tail and are likely to be armed with lasers that are straight out of a science-fiction movie.

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Feb 6, 2016

Investment platforms must get back in the game

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, health, law, robotics/AI, security

Good article and perspective. And, I believe areas like Finance and Legal will be addressed over the next 5 to 7 years with AI. However, much of our critical needs are in healthcare particularly medical technology and Infrastructure (including security); and these need to get upgraded and improved now.


I recently read a thought provoking article by Klaus Schwab, called ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond’. At the beginning of the article Schwab describes the first three industrial revolutions, which I think we’re all fairly familiar with:

1784 – steam, water and mechanical production equipment.

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Feb 6, 2016

Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week

Posted by in category: information science

Twitters 1st step to recapture consumers.


A Tweetstorm is brewing in San Francisco.

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Feb 6, 2016

Your only choice is to build better artificial intelligence tech than others: Brad Templeton

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, internet, mobile phones, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, security, singularity, transportation

Brand’s view and concerns about hacking driverless cars are valid. And, I do believe in time that government will eventually catch up in passing some laws that will make companies ensure that their technology is safe for consumer usage and are safe for the public. I just hope that the pendulum does swing too far to the other side of over regulation.


It is not easy to slot Brad Templeton. What do you make of a person who is not only the networks and computing chair at Singularity University in Silicon Valley but also a software architect, a director of the Foresight Nanotech Institute, board member of the cyberspace watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation, the first person to have set up an Internet-based business, a futurist lecturer, hobby photographer, artist, as well as a consultant on Google’s driverless car design team?

In a phone interview from the US, Templeton, who will be in India this month as a key speaker during the SingularityU India Summit (to be held in association with INK, which hosts events like INKtalks—a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories), shared his views on driverless cars, the perceived threat from intelligent machines and censorship of the Internet. Edited excerpts:

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Feb 6, 2016

Intel: The future of computing is…slow

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Glad to see that Intel has finally announced that have embraced Quantum Tunnelling. However, slower performance chips isn’t the right way either.


Intel reveals at a conference that whether it chooses spintronics or quantum tunnelling, computers of the future are going to be slower.

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Feb 6, 2016

Tinkering with Life : Genetics in the 21st Century

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

I have nothing against the idea of designer babies. Why not better ourselves through science? There will always be a baseline version of humanity kicking around, even if it’s in cold storage,thus ensuring that any mistakes made early on don’t destroy the species. Besides, the same technology that allows us to make ourselves better could just as easily be used to repair us if we do make a mistake of some kind. TOO much red-tape, as always.


Room: B-3245.

Recent discoveries and advances in medicine are setting the bioethical world on fire. Some technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9 and fast DNA sequencing techniques, have tremendously increased our control over our own genome. GMOs, Gene Therapy and life extension are examples of applications of our new gained knowledge in genetics. For more than a few, the thought of scientists playing with the fundamental building blocks of life brings an uneasy feeling. Yet, what are the scientists really doing?

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Feb 6, 2016

Interesting Nanotechnology Animation

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Using laser to build nanostructures on metal; and watch water bounce off the nanostructure coating

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=880054655441835&id=778276028953032

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Feb 6, 2016

13 Facts About Time That Will Hurt Your Brain

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, particle physics

Time triva facts that make you go hmmm.


Passage of time is faster for your face than for your feet (supposing you’re standing up). Einstein’s theory of relativity states that the nearer you are to the center of the Earth, the slower time passes – and this has been already measured. For an instance, at the top of Mount Everest, a year would be about 15 microseconds shorter than at sea level.

A second isn’t what just you consider it is. Technically, it’s not defined as 1/60th of a minute, but as “the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation consistent to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom”.

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