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Mar 15, 2017

This robot bricklayer could build your future home

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Robotic bricklayer builds houses 3x faster than humans.

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Mar 15, 2017

How DNA Could One Day Rebuild Cell Phones

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

Inside a Boston lab just a few miles away from MIT, a team of PhDs is building tools for a future where factories are powered by biology, not traditional manufacturing. The startup, Ginkgo Bioworks, currently helps clients design flavors and fragrances by modifying the DNA of microbes like yeast. Once the yeast have been tweaked to produce a particular scent as a byproduct, they can be brewed like beer and the smell can be extracted and bottled — which reduces the client’s need to depend on natural resources for ingredients. (video by: Alan Jeffries, Victoria Blackburne-Daniell, Drew Beebe) (Source: Bloomberg)

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Mar 15, 2017

Scientists Grow Human Skin on Robots

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

Part man, part machine: Researchers at the University of Oxford are making The Terminator a reality.

Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr, of the Oxford Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, test medical technology by dressing robots in human flesh.

The cyborgs “wear” tissue grafts to help develop artificial muscles and tendons before transplantation.

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Mar 15, 2017

A major neuroprotective component in coffee

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

Coffee turns up some interesting properties and it isnt the caffeine in that is the star of the show.


Could coffee be a geroprotector?

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Mar 15, 2017

New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, law, nanotechnology, neuroscience

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.

They detail their work in a recent issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering. The technology could help tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from neurodegenerative diseases that affect eyesight, including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and loss of vision due to diabetes.

Despite tremendous advances in the development of over the past two decades, the performance of devices currently on the market to help the blind regain functional vision is still severely limited—well under the acuity threshold of 20/200 that defines legal blindness.

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Mar 14, 2017

Basic Income Won’t Fix Everything, We Need More Innovative Social Ideas

Posted by in categories: economics, policy

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) will not fix everything— it’s not supposed to —it’s a start for some people and a boon for everyone. But don’t let the prospect of a little free money stop us from pursuing more progressive regulations and reforms.

UBI is meant to provide a floor —a standard—which no one can fall beneath. But giving people unconditional free money shouldn’t be the end of the conversation, says Ben Spies-Butcher, a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University.

In his essay “Not Just a Basic Income” for the Green Institute, Spies-Butcher writes:

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Mar 14, 2017

Neurohacking: What is NEUROHACKING?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” –William Blake Cc Neurohacker Collective.

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Mar 14, 2017

Existential Bummer

Posted by in category: futurism

When you love someone so much it hurts

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Mar 14, 2017

Albert Einstein’s Surprising Thoughts on the Meaning of Life

Posted by in category: futurism

Albert Einstein shared his thoughts on the meaning of life and his own spiritual views.

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Mar 14, 2017

May 18–21, 2017

Posted by in categories: life extension, media & arts, transhumanism

I’ll be speaking on #transhumanism and the Immortality Bus at Moogfest this year in N. Carolina, May 18–21. My talk is currently schedued for Saturday, the 20th. Come hear about my journey across America in a 90 minute presentation, full of anecdotes and descriptions of the wild adventure:

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