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Aug 3, 2019

What Would Our Solar System Be Like Without Jupiter?

Posted by in category: space

Is Jupiter the reason for life on Earth?

Aug 3, 2019

Beginning on September 26 Photo

Posted by in category: terrorism

1950, the crew of a U.S. Navy minesweeper ship spent six days spraying Serratia marcescens and Bacillus globigii into the air about two miles off the northern California coast. The project was called €œOperation Sea Spray, € and its aim was to determine the susceptibility of a big city like San Francisco to a bioweapon attack by terrorists.…d-45rvMGkQ

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Aug 3, 2019

How to Hack a Face: From Facial Recognition to Facial Recreation

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, information science, mobile phones, privacy, robotics/AI, surveillance

Given that going viral on the Internet is often cyclical, it should come as no surprise that an app that made its debut in 2017 has once again surged in popularity. FaceApp applies various transformations to the image of any face, but the option that ages facial features has been especially popular. However, the fun has been accompanied by controversy; since biometric systems are replacing access passwords, is it wise to freely offer up our image and our personal data? The truth is that today the face is ceasing to be as non-transferable as it used to be, and in just a few years it could be more hackable than the password of a lifetime.

Our countenance is the most recognisable key to social relationships. We might have doubts when hearing a voice on the phone, but never when looking at the face of a familiar person. In the 1960s, a handful of pioneering researchers began training computers to recognise human faces, although it was not until the 1990s that this technology really began to take off. Facial recognition algorithms have improved to such an extent that since 1993 their error rate has been halved every two years. When it comes to recognising unfamiliar faces in laboratory experiments, today’s systems outperform human capabilities.

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Aug 3, 2019

The Abortion Debate Is Stuck. Are Artificial Wombs the Answer?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transhumanism

I’m excited to share my new Op-Ed for The New York Times on the pro-life versus pro-choice debate of the artificial womb. Could this change the abortion divide forever? Conservatives may need to step up and embrace ectogenesis. Liberals should let them. The transhumanism tech will be here in a few years.

The technology would allow fetuses to develop outside the female womb so women would no longer have be pregnant.

Aug 3, 2019

Exclusive: Lux Capital Raises More Than $1 Billion Across Two New Funds to Invest in Companies Building a Sci-Fi Future

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, finance, nuclear energy

Lux Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm, has raised more than $1 billion across two new funds to back companies on “the cutting edge of science.” The firm raised $500 million for its sixth flagship early-stage fund and another $550 million for an opportunity fund focused on growth-stage investments. Limited partners include global foundations, university endowments, and tech billionaires.

Lux also announced a new hire: Deena Shakir, formerly of GV (Google Ventures), has joined as an investment partner.

To the regular person, Lux’s investments are considered moonshot. The firm has backed entrepreneurs that are working on everything from neurostimulation to nuclear energy to synthetic biology. During my last interview with co-founder and managing partner Josh Wolfe, I actually called one of his portfolio companies “freaking crazy.”

Aug 3, 2019

This isn’t Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

What have we learned from fifty years of “software crisis”?

Actually probe expensive gear in real life? Pah. It’s 2019. We’re Boeing digital.

Aug 3, 2019

US Army Fielding 50 Kilowatt Lasers in 2022 and 300 KW In 2024

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The US Army will field 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in 2022. They will support the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing aircraft, and rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM).

Aug 3, 2019

Wall Street’s equities titans are in the midst of an expensive technological arms race. Here’s why

Posted by in category: futurism

The major forces shaping equity markets — regulation and technology — are to blame. In the past decade, trillions of dollars moved from active to passive strategies such as index funds, while quants and high-speed firms have taken over more volumes in daily trading.

‘Algo wheels’ and the rise of the machines: How stock trading became Wall Street’s winner-take-all battleground.

Aug 2, 2019

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

ISN research is organized into three Strategic Research Areas (SRAs), representing the most fundamental subject areas for scientific inquiry at the Institute. SRAs are designed to address broad strategic challenges facing the Soldier, and are subdivided into specific Projects.

Aug 2, 2019

Finally, a Real-Life Memory-Erasing Technique for Humans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Get your Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind references ready, because scientists have just figured out a way to erase bad memories using—you guessed it—electroshock therapy. Get ready for on-demand forgetting. It’s a real thing now.

A team of Dutch neuroscientists recently devised an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to “target and disrupt patients’ memory of a disturbing episode.” Nature explains how patients were showed two traumatic narratives in a slideshow and then subjected to the new technique:

The team later prompted patients to recall only one of the stories by replaying part of that slide show. Immediately afterwards, when the reactivated memory is thought to be vulnerable, the patients received electroconvulsive therapy.

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