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Nov 11, 2017

Today I spoke at the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils 2017 in Dubai

Posted by in categories: government, transhumanism

In this image, I’m giving a short talk on the main stage on #transhumaniism and human enhancement as part of a special side session to UAE government members and various World Economic Forum co-speakers. I met many wonderful people!

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Nov 11, 2017

Grow fake versions of rare delicacies like sea urchin at home

Posted by in category: food

Japanese meat culturing project goes beyond hamburger to copy problematic delicacies like sea urchin, foie gras — and someday maybe dinosaur.

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Nov 11, 2017

Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as quickly as the US

Posted by in categories: military, space

Air Force lieutenant general Steve Kwast believes a “Kitty Hawk” moment will begin a new era in space. But while the U.S. still leads every other country in space, Kwast cautions that edge is whittling away.

“In my best military judgement China is on a 10-year journey to operationalize space. We’re on a 50-year journey,” Kwast told CNBC.

Kwast, who is also the commander and president of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, says the United States must “bring together the right talent to accelerate the journey” in a Manhattan Project-like meeting of minds. He says this would push the space industry to an moment like Wright Brothers had when they completed the first successful airplane flight in 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina…

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Nov 11, 2017

Alibaba lets AI, robots and drones do the heavy lifting on Singles’ Day

Posted by in categories: drones, information science, robotics/AI

And it is on Singles’ Day, automation, robots, AI and machine learning will be widely applied to all aspects of the annual shopping ritual, right from product selection to delivery.


This year’s November 11 shopping ritual will engage a recommendation algorithm, robots, and chatbots capable of understanding human emotion.

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Nov 10, 2017

A flexible material that generates electricity when stressed

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

Researchers from Empa have developed a flexible material that generates electricity when stressed. In future, it might be used as a sensor, integrated into clothing or even implanted in the human body, for instance, to power a pacemaker.

Flexible, organic, thin – properties that aren’t usually associated with power plants or sensors. But a new material developed by Empa researchers is exactly that: a thin, organic, flexible film that generates if stretched and compressed. This film could be incorporated into control buttons, clothing, robots or even people, and monitor activities, record touches or generate electricity when stressed to power implanted devices such as pacemakers, for example.

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Nov 10, 2017

IBM says it’s reached milestone in quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

IBM has announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer.

Dario Gil, who leads IBM’s and artificial intelligence research division, said Friday that the company’s scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 , known as qubits.

Gil says it’s the first time any company has built a quantum computer at this scale.

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Nov 10, 2017

Full Tilt: When 100% of Cars Are Autonomous

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

What happens to roadkill or traffic tickets when our vehicles are in control? Related Article.

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Nov 10, 2017

Ray Kurzweil — Human-Level AI is Just 12 Years Away

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

Recorded: November 3, 2017

In December 2012, Kurzweil was hired by Google in a full-time position to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing”. He was personally hired by Google co-founder Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: “to bring natural language understanding to Google”.

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Nov 10, 2017

Natural Killer Cells Swarm to Attack Cancer Thanks to New Immunotherapy

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Natural killer (NK) cells are lymphocytes, immune cells which have a powerful arsenal of cytotoxic weaponry that they can use against tumors.

Unfortunately, tumors protect themselves using a protective microenvironment that shields them from attack from NK cells. This microenvironment promotes tumor growth and survival and has an immunosuppressive effect that blunts the attempts of NK cells to infiltrate the tumor and destroy it. That was until now and this new discovery.

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Nov 10, 2017

I’m honored to be speaking on #transhumanism and human enhancement in a side session at the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils 2017 meeting in Dubai tomorrow

Posted by in category: transhumanism

I’m involved in other events on Sunday too. https://www.weforum.org/events/annual-meeting-of-the-global-future-councils-2017 #gfc17

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