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Aug 22, 2016

Changing the Nature of Nature

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, genetics

Alterar a natureza da natureza.

Inovadores estão trabalhando em direção a um mundo no qual a matéria viva é totalmente programável por meio da biologia sintética onde as pessoas já não são apenas consumidores de tecnologia, mas os cidadãos de um mundo tecnológico.

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Aug 20, 2016

Scientists Design Genome For Upgraded E. Coli

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

A team of Harvard Medical School scientists, which includes genetics professor George Church, have designed a bacterial genome that has been rewritten on a massive scale, with changes in more than 62,000 spots.

They haven’t used it to make living E. coli yet, but the findings, reported today in Science, mark progress towards genetically engineered bacteria that could make new materials without risk of exchanging genes with organisms in the wild.

“It‘s an important step forward for demonstrating the malleability of the genetic code and how entirely new types of biological functions and properties can be extracted from organisms through genomes that have been recoded,” Farren Isaacs of Yale University, who has worked with the team in the past, told Nature.

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Aug 20, 2016

Augmented Future Open Bionics Trailer — Deus EX: Mankind Divided

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, entertainment, transhumanism

Open Bionics, Eidos-Montréal and Razer are working together to bring Deus Ex inspired augmentations to life.

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Aug 20, 2016

Now you can explore for yourself, if life really is better under the sea

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 20, 2016

This Little Silver Cube Could Be the Future of Personal DNA Testing

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Medical diagnostics is about to have an ‘iPhone moment’.

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Aug 20, 2016

We Might Live in a Virtual Universe — But It Doesn’t Really Matter

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk

You might have heard the news: Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world. Elon Musk brought up this topic a few weeks ago. Truth be told — he is probably right. However, there is a very important point missing in this whole “real vs. fake” discussion: It actually makes no difference. But first…why might our world be a simulation?

Musk is nowhere near the first one to suggest our world might be fake. The idea reaches back to the ancient Greeks, though what we call a computer simulation, the ancient Greeks called a dream.

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Aug 20, 2016

How to use photo app Prisma

Posted by in category: futurism

Click on photo to start video.

Millions of people are obsessed with this app that turns you into a work of art.

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Aug 19, 2016

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Will Pick Up Passengers This Month

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Let software take the wheel.

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Aug 19, 2016

Synthetic biology has real-world applications

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food

Synthetic biology allows synthesis of tailored DNA. Applications: life sciences, industrial biology, fine & specialty chemicals, energy, agriculture, & waste/bio-remediation.

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Aug 19, 2016

Is Technology Killing Capitalism?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, habitats, information science, particle physics, robotics/AI

Is Market Capitalism simply an accident of certain factors that came together in the 19th and 20th centuries? Does the innovation of economics require a new economics of innovation? Is the study of economics deeply affected by the incentive structures faced by economists themselves, necessitating a study of the “economics of economics”? In this broad ranging interview INET Senior Economist Pia Malaney sits down with Eric Weinstein — mathematician, economist, Managing Director of Thiel Capital (as well as her co-author and husband) to discuss these and other issues.

Underlying the seismic shifts in the economy in the last ten years, Dr. Weinstein sees not just a temporary recession brought on by a housing crisis, but rather deep and fundamental shifts in the very factors that made market capitalism the driving force of economic growth for the past two centuries. The most profound of these shifts as Dr. Weinstein sees it, is an end to 20th century style capitalism brought about not by a competing ideology, as many had once feared, but instead by changing technology. As production is driven increasingly by bits rather than atoms, he sees the importance of private goods give way to public goods, undermining a basic requirement of market models. In a different line of thinking, as software becomes increasingly sophisticated it takes on the ability to replace humans not only in low level repetitive tasks but also, with the use of deep learning algorithms, in arbitrarily complex repetitive tasks such as medical diagnosis.

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