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Sep 16, 2016

Boston Dynamics brings Spot robot to Disrupt SF

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Spot comes on stage at Disrupt SF.

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Sep 16, 2016

Artificial intelligence is helping blind people see

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Microsoft’s new AI glasses are helping blind people see. A great example of AI+human collaboration tech for the betterment of humanity.

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Sep 16, 2016

Researchers are figuring out how to make virtual assistants understand your feelings

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One research lab is working on the next iteration of virtual assistants, those that can recognize and react to emotional cues.

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Sep 16, 2016

Unbreakable Encryption: Work Has Begun on the World’s First Quantum Enigma Machine

Posted by in categories: encryption, quantum physics

The University of Rochester’s new quantum enigma machine is taking data encryption to a whole new level. This means shorter encryption keys and more difficult message interception.

Need a way to prevent the enemy from intercepting and deciphering your message?

American mathematician Claude Shannon, AKA the “father of information theory” had a way to do it. He came up with a binary system that could transmit messages under three conditions: the key is random, used only once, and is at least as long as the message itself. A long key, though, sounds like a pain.

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Sep 16, 2016

This is the worlds first airbag for cyclists!

Posted by in category: futurism

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Sep 16, 2016

MRI scanner sees emotions flickering across an idle mind

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats, neuroscience

As you relax and let your mind drift aimlessly, you might remember a pleasant vacation, an angry confrontation in traffic or maybe the loss of a loved one.

And now a team of researchers at Duke University say they can see those various emotional states flickering across the human brain.

“It’s getting to be a bit like mind-reading,” said Kevin LaBar, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. “Earlier studies have shown that functional MRI can identify whether a person is thinking about a face or a house. Our study is the first to show that specific emotions like fear and anger can be decoded from these scans as well.”

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Sep 16, 2016

Tiangong-2 is a Chinese Space Laboratory representing the second stepping stone by the China National Space Agency on a path to establishing a modular space station toward the beginning of the next decade

Posted by in category: space travel

Tiangong translates literally to ‘Heavenly Palace’ and is China’s first space station program which, in its early stages, is not unlike the early Salyut space stations and the American Skylab – launched with equipment and supplies for a finite mission duration already on board and not serviced by cargo resupply vehicles.

China’s first Heavenly Palace arrived in orbit in late September 2011 after a flawless launch atop a Long March 2F rocket. Orbiting Earth over 300 Kilometers in altitude, Tiangong was first visited two months after launch when the uncrewed Shenzhou-8 spacecraft completed China’s first automatic docking in space.

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Sep 16, 2016

A Visual Introduction to SENS Rejuvenation Research

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

Detailed commentary on the new SENS Research videos about aging and rejuvenation biotechnology.


The SENS Research Foundation has assembled a set of narrated cellular biochemistry animations that serve as an introduction to the various distinct projects that make up the field of rejuvenation biotechnology. The videos outline the forms of cell and tissue damage that are the root cause of aging and age-related disease, as well as the classes of therapy that could, once constructed, either repair that damage or bypass it entirely. Since aging is exactly an accumulation of damage and the consequences of that damage, repair of the damage is the basis for rejuvenation, the reversal and prevention of degenerative aging and all age-related disease. The goal for the near future is to align ever more of the research community and its funding institutions with this goal, and make real progress towards bringing an end to the pain, suffering, and disease of aging.

Introducing SENS — Metabolism, Damage, Pathology

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Sep 16, 2016

This robot has learned how to balance itself on one leg like a real human being

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Sep 16, 2016

Asteroids Will Be Rest Stops on the Journey to Mars, Says NASA Chief

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission will enable us to mine asteroids, exist in cislunar space, and facilitate the journey to Mars.

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