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Mar 12, 2017

Australian desert farm grows 17,000 metric tons of vegetables with just seawater and sun

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Plenty of desert for this sort of thing.


Sundrop Farms grows tomatoes in the Australia desert using solely sunlight and seawater, which is desalinized with solar power.

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Mar 11, 2017

Marine Receives Double Arm Transplant

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Mar 11, 2017

Hacking the Human Brain—New Tech Could Make It a Reality

Posted by in categories: food, government, health, military, mobile phones, neuroscience

In Brief

  • Your thoughts are your own, right? Perhaps not. New technology is bringing that day closer when the unscrupulous may actually be able to hack human thoughts.
  • It raises a number of new ethical concerns for this brave new world we’re entering with each rotation of the Earth.

Everyone is familiar with the concept of hacking. It is why we all strive to protect our computers and smartphones from nefarious outside sources trying to break in to steal information, implant malware, etc. Hackers pose a threat to everyone from teenage smartphone users to the computer databases of government organizations. Hacking is a threat that we are all familiar with, and something that many know how to protect against. But, as the line between science and science fiction blurs, even hacking is getting a futuristic upgrade. Recently, at the Enigma Security Conference, University of Washington researcher and lecturer Tamara Bonaci revealed technology that could be used to essentially “hack” into people’s brains.

She created this technology around a game called Flappy Whale. While people played the game, the technology was able to covertly extract neural responses to subliminal imagery in the game like logos, restaurants, cars, etc. Now, hacking into people’s underlying feelings and thoughts about seeing a fast food restaurant doesn’t seem like it could cause much harm, but this technology has the potential to gather much more intimate information about a person like their religion, fears, prejudices, health, etc. This technology could evolve from an interesting way to understand human response to a military device. The possibilities range from an incredibly useful research tool to a potentially frightening interrogation device.

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Mar 11, 2017

Eternal Youth Is the Next Big Bet for Singapore Venture Capitalist

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Tan’s Baidu pick yielded massive returns and now he is backing biotech startup Samumed.

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Mar 11, 2017

Supermassive Black Holes might Be Hiding Entire Universes Inside

Posted by in category: cosmology

Bubbles of space-time cropped up during the early stages of our cosmos, ultimately forming black holes that were connected to us by wormholes according to a new theory. Research displays that these bubbles ultimately lost energy, and collapsed into a black hole that was so big, it produced its own universe inside – linked to us by the secret door.

These wormholes would have been very short-lived – no more than fractions of a second. During that time, our universe would have been linked to a vast multiverse – loads of other universes. Andrei Linde told New Scientist: “This subject is actually, really deep. We are just starting to touch the surface and find new things about the multiverse.”

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Mar 11, 2017

An AI Completed 360,000 Hours of Finance Work in Just Seconds

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

Amazing…


A bank used AI to dramatically cut its workload.

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Mar 11, 2017

Artificial intelligence given priority development status

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

“We will implement a comprehensive plan to boost strategic emerging industries,” said Premier Li Keqiang in his delivery at the annual parliamentary session in Beijing over the weekend.

“We will accelerate research & development (R&D) on, and the commercialisation of new materials, artificial intelligence (AI), integrated circuits, bio-pharmacy, 5G mobile communications, and other technologies.”


One analyst now projecting industry in China to grow by more than 50 per cent in value to US$5.5 billion by 2018.

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Mar 11, 2017

China Developing Advanced Spaceship That Can Land on the Moon

Posted by in categories: government, space travel

The real, and only, reason the US government suddenly has a fire lit under its ass to get back to the Moon.


Beijing (AP) — China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media, in another bold step for a space program that equaled the U.S. in number of rocket launches last year.

The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts. While no other details were given in the Tuesday report, Zhang raised as a comparison the Orion spacecraft being developed by NASA and the European Space Agency. The agency hopes Orion will carry astronauts into space by 2023.

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Mar 11, 2017

Burger-flipping robot replaces humans on first day at work

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill.

Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.

The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics.

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Mar 10, 2017

Driver-optional cars: Once-reluctant California opens a road

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed state rules that would give a powerful boost to the fast-developing technology.

For the past several years, tech companies and automakers have been testing self-driving car prototypes in neighborhoods and on freeways. But regulators insisted those vehicles have steering wheels, pedals and human backup drivers who could take over in an emergency.

On Friday, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles proposed regulations that would open the way for truly driverless cars.

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