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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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Aug 21, 2017

Skills needed to fill U.S. plant job openings — By Dan Sewell and Christopher S. Rugaber | The Associated Press

Posted by in category: employment

“It’s true that many jobs have gone overseas, to lower-wage workers.

But at the same time, American manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years. Labor statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs open.”

Aug 21, 2017

UK scientists create world’s smallest surgical robot to start a hospital revolution — By Rachel Ellis | The Guardian

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

“British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.”

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Aug 21, 2017

Stress and Brain: Jaime Tartar

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

Jaime Tartar tells us about how the brain interprets what is stressful, how it determines our behavioral and physiological response to stressors, and how it can be damaged by stress. She will discuss how the body’s reaction to acute stress has protective and adaptive effects in the short run while chronic stress can lead to poor health consequences such as decreased memory performance and depression.

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Aug 21, 2017

A new era of music

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

Listen to the first pop song composed entirely by an AI!

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Aug 21, 2017

False Positives in Senescent Cell Detection

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

As your body ages, increasing amounts of your cells enter a state of cellular senescence. These cells no longer divide or support the tissues of which they are a part, and they emit a cocktail of harmful chemical signals that encourage other nearby cells to also enter the same senescent state.

The presence of senescent cells contributes to decreasing tissue function, increases chronic inflammation, and can even raise the risk of cancer and other age-related diseases.

Senescent cells normally destroy themselves via a programmed process called apoptosis and are removed by the immune system; however, the immune system declines with age, and increasing numbers of these senescent cells escape this disposal process and accumulate.

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