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Sep 26, 2017

Robot farmers have successfully planted and harvested barley

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

No human stepped foot on the acre and a half barley farm. The manual labor in Hands Free Hectare was done entirely by robot farmers.

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Sep 26, 2017

Genetically-modified wheat used to make coeliac-friendly bread

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

Some glutens are harmful to coeliacs, but others have no effect. A genetically modified wheat lacks only the harmful ones, and can be used to make safer bread.

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Sep 26, 2017

Dubai Stages First Public Test of Drone Taxis

Posted by in category: drones

The self-piloting, electric Volocopter is less noisy and has a smaller physical and environmental footprint than a traditional helicopter.

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Sep 26, 2017

Dyson to make electric cars by 2020

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

James Dyson announced Tuesday he was investing £2.0 billion ($2.7 billion, 2.3 billion euro) into developing an electric car by 2020, a new venture for the British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner.

The 70-year-old British entrepreneur said work began two and a half years ago on a project which he hopes will help tackle the scourge of air pollution.

“Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020,” he said in an email to employees, referring to his eponymous company.

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Sep 26, 2017

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

The military wants to “network everything to everything,” which sounds a bit like the setup for the Terminator franchise.

Service chiefs are converging on a single strategy for military dominance: connect everything to everything.

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Sep 26, 2017

Researchers Claim They Just Invented The “Ultimate” Method for Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

A pair of Japanese researchers believe their quantum computing method will increase the number of qubits processed from the dozens to the millions.

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Sep 26, 2017

Humanity will be lost

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, geopolitics, internet, mobile phones, transhumanism

I did a new interview on #transhumanism for some journalism students at Germany’s Technical University of Dortmund. It’s in English:

Mechanical bodyparts are very common nowadays – a lot of humans have a hip replacement or a pacemaker. Technology helps saving our lives rather often. Some people want to take this a lot further – a philosophical and scientific movement called Transhumanism. Zoltan Istvan Gyurko is one of the most famous Transhumanists, he even ran for president in 2016. In this interview, he talks about his first experiences with Transhumanism, immortality and the future of humanity.

By Marie-Louise Timcke und Paul Klur

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Sep 26, 2017

Forget ‘live fast, die young’ – do the opposite instead

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

So far, the only intervention that is known to increase lifespan in multiple species is caloric restriction (CR). Caloric restriction is known to increase lifespan in the majority of mouse strains tested[1]. The effects of CR have even been shown to influence how primates age and reduce the incidence of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and brain atrophy[2].

Science has known about the effects of CR since the 1930s, when rat experiments first showed researchers this phenomenon[3]. However, despite the various health benefits of CR, how it delays aging has remained a mystery. A new study suggests that epigenetic drift may be the answer.

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Sep 26, 2017

Maker of graphics cards to supply Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent with chips that run AI five times faster

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The new Nvidia Volta GPU computing platform is designed to accelerate AI for a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications, and will be adopted by Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, and Tencent in their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures, Nvidia said on Tuesday.

The new chip is claimed to be up to five times more powerful than the current Pascal-based chips deployed by the Chinese firms.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 2:04pm.

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Sep 25, 2017

New type of supercomputer could be based on ‘magic dust’ combination of light and matter

Posted by in category: supercomputing

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