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Aug 22, 2017

Elephants Never Forget!

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

It’s a common saying that elephants never forget. But the more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative, and benevolent creatures on Earth. Alex Gendler takes us into the incredible, unforgettable mind of an elephant.

It’s a common saying that elephants never forget, but these magnificent animals are more than giant walking hard drives. The more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative and benevolent creatures on Earth.

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Aug 22, 2017

B Cells: The Antibody Factories of the Immune System

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The immune system as a whole can be broadly separated into two main branches: the innate immune response and the adaptive immune response. The innate immune response is performed by a system that is always present across the body, while the adaptive immune response appears only in response to an infection and is always specific to a particular infectious agent. B cells are a part of the adaptive immune system.

B cells are one of the two types of lymphocytes, the other kind being T cells. Like most immune cells, B cells have a very specific function: the production of antibodies, which play a major role in immunity. However, in order for a B cell to produce antibodies it must first become activated.

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Aug 22, 2017

FLOW OF WISDOM Interview w/ Zoltan Istvan founder of the Transhumanist Party HR1

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cryonics, geopolitics, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

The original date of this broadcast was on August 20, 2017. Zoltan Istvan is the creator of the Transhumanist political party.
Subjects discussed: Cryonics, The merging of machines and humans, advance technology, transhumanism, CRISPR and Artificial Intelligence.

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Aug 22, 2017

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, robotics/AI

If the idea of processing data at the edge sounds familiar, it should. Levine points out computing has gone in massive cycles, shifting from centralized to distributed and back again, and the coming move to the edge is just another manifestation of that.

In his view, it only makes sense that the next trend will swing back to a distributed system driven by the sheer volume of Internet of Things devices. When the number of devices on the planet is no longer limited by the number of humans, it has the potential to raise the number of computers in the world by an order of magnitude, and that will force a change in the way we think about computing in the future.

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Aug 22, 2017

This US Weapon Can Defeat an Entire Army Without Killing Anyone – Advanced Denial System

Posted by in categories: energy, military

Scroll down for the [VIDEO] Some information and frequently asked questions about Advanced Denial System are :

Q1. Why do we need this technology? A1.The Active Denial System is needed because it’s the first non-lethal, directed-energy, counter-personnel system with an extended range greater than currently fielded non-lethal weapons. Most counter-personnel non-lethal weapons use kinetic energy (rubber rounds, bean bags, etc.). A kinetic-based system has a higher risk of human injury, and its effectiveness varies in relation to the size, age and gender of the target. The Active Denial System, however, is consistently effective regardless of size, age and gender and has a range greater than small-arms range. The Active Denial System will provide military personnel with a non-lethal weapon that has the same effect on all human targets.

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Aug 21, 2017

With Immortality On The Horizon, Will Humanity Be Able To Survive The Technological Transition?

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

Mimetic Evolution or the collective will of humanity to imitate the most successful achievements of nature with technology, has finally set in. At this dawn of artificial intelligence humanity is trying to not only find its place again, but to do the inevitable, the inescapable – merging with the technology we created. We have to be the artificial intelligence by incorporating the transcendent aspects of an artificiality that otherwise could easily become a mastermind, both in control of us and out of control.

Yes, it will begin slowly with AI helping us to achieve dreams of humanity, ways for us to live longer and healthier. Just ask what the many biotech companies focus on and the answer unanimously will be putting an end to aging.

The idea of eternal youth and immortality is a blessing, albeit a mixed one. We learned that progress never stops and it isn’t plausible to think that we now revert back and suddenly stop working on machine learning and connected devices as well as connected thinking.

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Aug 21, 2017

This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist

Posted by in categories: internet, media & arts, robotics/AI

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen. The singer and internet personality is prepping what she calls the world’s first AI-composed album, I AM AI. Of course, others have dabbled in AI-generated music, and the finished product is not entirely computer-composed (the lyrics and vocal melodies were written by Southern), but the human intervention is minimal. The output isn’t exactly Grammy material, but it’s not far off from something you might hear on a pop playlist on Spotify.

Using AI music creation software by Amper, Southern plugged in various parameters like mood, style, and tempo to auto-compose the underlying chords and instrumentation. The album will even be distributed online through Stem, a platform that allows royalties to be divvied up between various creators. So not only will machines write music in the future, they might even get paid.

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Aug 21, 2017

Flying-car company Lilium has hired ex-Gett and Airbus execs to help make its on-demand air taxis a reality by 2025

Posted by in category: transportation

Lilium already has a full-scale prototype that has completed its first flight.

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Aug 21, 2017

Cyberwar on Iran Won’t Work. Here’s Why

Posted by in category: military

A renewed campaign of covert network attacks is more likely to spur Tehran’s nuclear efforts than hinder them.

The Iran nuclear deal is increasingly at risk, with President Trump threatening to overrule his top national security advisers and defy the assessment of international monitors to declare Iran non-compliant with the agreement’s stipulations. The problem for the administration, however, is that no viable alternative is better than the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. If Trump rips up the JCPOA, the U.S. would forfeit the stringent limitations placed on Iran’s enrichment activities and the international community would lose the unprecedented transparency it now has on Iran’s nuclear program. Even more daunting, the United States would become isolated in its approach to Iran, opposed by Europe, Russia, China, and much of the rest of the world.

Perhaps a more realistic concern is the prospect that the administration will nominally uphold the deal, while engaging in aggressive covert action against Iran. Increasingly, when traditional military and diplomatic options appear too costly, states turn to cyber warfare. But a stepped-up cyber offensive against Iran is very unlikely to yield desirable results. Not only is it unlikely to be effective in its immediate objectives, but it risks antagonizing Iran into precisely the kinds of behavior the hawks want to forestall.

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Aug 21, 2017

Paul Tudor Jones Wants to Crowdsource “Good” Companies — By Imogen Rose-Smith | Institutional Investor

Posted by in categories: business, economics, ethics, finance

” … Paul Tudor Jones co-founded JUST Capital to fix the ills of corporate capitalism by identifying the most just or “good” companies. Will it work?”

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