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Aug 5, 2019

Humans will be immortal in just 20 years when ‘only religious people will die’

Posted by in category: life extension

When actual immortality is available, will anybody continue to pay religion for unprovable, highly doubtful supernatural immortality?

HUMANS will have the option to stay young forever in just a few decades, according to a leading…

Aug 5, 2019

France Is Making Space-Based Anti-Satellite Laser Weapons

Posted by in categories: economics, military, satellites

France will develop satellites armed with laser weapons, and will use the weapons against enemy satellites that threaten the country’s space forces. The announcement is just part of a gradual shift in acceptance of space-based weaponry as countries reliant on space for military operations in the air, on land, and at sea—as well as for economic purposes, bow to reality and accept space as a future battleground.

Aug 4, 2019

PH robotics team wins gold in Denmark tourney

Posted by in categories: governance, robotics/AI

AARHUS, Denmark — The Philippine Robotics National Team bagged the gold medal award in the World Robot Olympiad Friendship Invitational (WROFIT) 2019 held here from August 1 to 4.

The delegation represented by Team NOUVUS from Dr. Yanga’s College Inc., (DYCI Bocaue, Bulacan) won gold in the competition’s Smart Cities project presentation in the Open Category–Smart Governance Theme.

The team’s work called Project ’ALAB’ (Anti-Adversity Link for Aid and Benefits) bested 149 teams from 32 countries (ages 16 to 19 years old).

Aug 4, 2019

GermanWiper Ransomware Erases Data, Still Asks for Ransom

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Multiple German companies were off to a rough start last week when a phishing campaign pushing a data-wiping malware targeted them and asked for a ransom. This wiper is being named GermanWiper due to its targeting of German victims and it being a destructive wiper rather than a ransomware.

The malware was first reported on the BleepingComputer forum on Tuesday, July 30 and users soon learned after examining their files that it is a data wiper, despite it demanding a ransom payment.

Aug 4, 2019

Ulawun volcano (Papua New Guinea): ash cloud from yesterday’s major explosion dissipated, but SO2 plume over area

Posted by in category: futurism

Volcano news from the Ulawun volcano at Papua Newguinea.

Aug 4, 2019

Second Virtual Debate Among U.S. Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidates — Part 1

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

This is Part 1 of the debate stream. See Part 2 here:

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time, the U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party (USTP) will hold its Second Virtual Debate of the 2019 USTP Presidential Primary season. Candidates Charles Holsopple, Rachel Haywire, and Johannon Ben Zion will provide updates regarding their campaigns thus far, answer challenging candidate-specific questions, address questions from the audience, and have the opportunity for rebuttals and interactions. In this debate, we strive for maximal transparency to provide USTP members the amplest possible relevant information for them to make their decision regarding the USTP’s nominee for President of the United States during the August 11–17, 2019, Electronic Primary.

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Aug 4, 2019

Discovery of liver cell with stem cell-like properties could eliminate need for organ transplants

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An exciting new study, led by scientists from King’s College London, has discovered a new type of cell in the liver. The research describes the cell as having “stem cell-like properties,” with the potential to regenerate damaged liver cells and treat disease in the organ without the need for a transplant.

Aug 4, 2019

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brain Cells Work

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, physics

The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of connections called synapses.

The numbers are mind-boggling, but the way each individual nerve cell contributes to the brain’s functions is still an area of contention.

In fact, a study published in 2017 has overturned a 100-year-old assumption on what exactly makes a neuron ‘fire’, posing new mechanisms behind certain neurological disorders.

Aug 4, 2019

Peter Thiel said that AI is a military technology that will primarily be used ‘by generals,’ but experts say that view is too pessimistic

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, internet, military, robotics/AI

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel painted a gloomy picture of artificial intelligence in his NYT’s op-ed on Thursday, detailing the technology’s real value and purpose as primarily a military one.

“The first users of the machine learning tools being created today will be generals,” Thiel declared in his 1,200-word piece. “A.I. is a military technology.”

Thiel’s portrayal is a far cry from the optimistic view that many in Silicon Valley have embraced. Artificial intelligence has promised to give us the next, best Netflix recommendations, let us search the internet using our voices, and do away with humans behind the wheel. It’s also expected to have a huge impact in medicine and agriculture. But instead, Thiel says that AI’s real home is on the battlefield — whether that be in the physical or cyber worlds.

Aug 4, 2019

AI and Bionic Eyes Are Helping to Contain Raging Wildfires

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Only these eyes aren’t human. They don’t blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference between a dust cloud, an insect swarm and a plume of smoke that demands quick attention. In Brazil, the devices help keep mining giant Vale SA working, and protect trees for pulp and paper producer Suzano SA.