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Sep 19, 2016

Elon Musk next big rocket will be called the Interplanetary Transport System as he eyes solar system colonization

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space, transportation

On Sept. 27, during a session at the International Astronautical Congress, Elon Musk will provide details about his Mars mission and colonization plans for the first time in a public forum.

However, he tweeted the name of his new megaspaceship will not be the Mars Colonial Transport it will be the interplanetary transport system. Elon plans to go beyond Mars to the entire solar system.

Mars isn’t the solar system’s only marginally habitable world for would-be new world colonists. The Moon, Venus, the asteroid Ceres, Titan and Callisto all have some advantages that could allow for colonies to subsist. Musk now seems to be suggesting that some of these more distant destinations, especially moons around Jupiter and Saturn, might be reachable with the Interplanetary Transport System.

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Sep 19, 2016

10 Tips For Exponential Conversations

Posted by in category: singularity

When I was young, my dad once told me;

“You know there are three types of people.

The simple- they talk about other people.

The average- they talk about experiences.

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Sep 18, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

As G.E., Oracle, Salesforce.com and others push their A.I. products, it remains unclear whether potential customers understand how they will profit.

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Sep 18, 2016

Mind-Controlled Nanobots Used to Release Chemicals in Living Cockroaches

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, neuroscience, robotics/AI

This is wild: a team of Israeli scientists developed a contraption that uses a person’s brain waves to remotely control DNA-based nanorobots — while the nanobots were inside a living cockroach. When prompted by a human thought, the clam shell-like robots opened up, revealing a drug-like molecule that tweaked the physiology of the cockroach’s cells.

Though “merely a demonstration and proof of concept,” the technology represents a new era of brain-nanomachine interfaces that links a person’s mental state to bioactive payloads such as drugs. Future techniques that build upon this prototype could be helpful for schizophrenia, depression or other mental disorders, in that the drugs only activate when a patient’s brain waves show signs of abnormality.

Talk about the power of positive thinking!

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Sep 18, 2016

Salesforce Einstein delivers artificial intelligence across the Salesforce platform

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Among the AI pieces it is including in the platform are advanced machine learning, deep learning, predictive analytics, natural language processing and smart data discovery.

Ultimately, it’s not very different from exposing any other parts of the platform to customers, but it’s focused on making a smarter CRM tool, one that surfaces the information that matters. Sometimes this information may seem apparent, signals any reasonably good sales person would be looking for. Salesforce’s goal here is to put this key data front and center, and it believes even the most skilled sales pros will benefit from this approach.

For inside sales teams making cold phone calls all day long, the system can surface the most likely candidate as the next call automatically. For sales people working territories, it can keep them apprised of key information such as when a competitor’s interest shows up in the news. While you could argue that an astute sales person would be tracking this information, the Salesforce Einstein approach is designed to leave nothing to chance.

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Sep 18, 2016

Scientists Find a Way to Destroy Blood Clots With Laser Beam

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, physics

A team of physicists from the US, Germany and Russia have devised a method of detecting blood clotting with the help of a laser beam, RIA Novosti reported, citing an article carried by the latest issue of PLOS ONE scientific journal.

“We have demonstrated how you can detect blood clots using photoacoustic flow-cytometry. We will potentially be able to destroy them right away, but this requires additional research,” Alexander Melerzanov, a senior fellow at Moscow’s Institute of Physics and Technology, told RIA.

Formation of clots in the blood stream is the main cause of strokes and heart attacks. Breaking loose in the bloodstream they can clog arteries often resulting in a patient’s death.

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Sep 18, 2016

How to Prevent Drones Colliding in Crowded Skies

Posted by in categories: drones, government

The federal government should work with private firms to develop drone traffic management systems and test drone designs. This could help stimulate the development of drone aviation. It could also help modernize the air traffic control system.

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Sep 18, 2016

It Took 1700 Hours to Map a Fly’s Brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Mapping a fruit fly’s neuronal network for the first time was an incredibly labor intensive task, but the result was a major step forward for neuroscience.

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Sep 18, 2016

Elon Musk: These Are the 5 Most Important Problems We Need to Solve

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, genetics, physics, robotics/AI, space travel

In a new interview, Elon Musk identifies genetics, AI, and brain bandwidth as three areas in which today’s youth can have the biggest impact on the future. However, he doesn’t think an idea needs to be revolutionary to be worthwhile.

While many 2o-something-year-olds are just finding their way in the world, young Elon Musk was already looking for ways to change it way back in 1995 (when he was that age).

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Sep 18, 2016

Space travel in stasis is coming sooner than you think

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceWorks and NASA have teamed up to develop a way to induce a state of stasis for astronauts on long space travel missions.

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