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Jul 13, 2015

Transhumanist Party presidential candidate to drive ‘Immortality Bus’ across the U.S.

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

A nice article from Kurzweil AI on a transhumanist & life extension bus tour. If you haven’t contributed, please do so! Anyone from any country can donate, and even $5 helps! http://www.kurzweilai.net/transhumanist-party-presidential–… and the Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/…/immortality-bus-with…/x/6837406…

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Jul 13, 2015

You’re Using Neural Networks Every Day Online — Here’s How They Work

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If you use Google’s new Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s new translation function, you’re using a form of AI on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.

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Jul 13, 2015

Lifting the Veil on Pluto’s Atmosphere

Posted by in category: space

Sophia Nasr is a science writer for Simulation Curriculum’s free Pluto Safari app. You might guess that a small and distant world almost 40 times farther from the sun than the Earth is from the sun would not have an atmosphere, but in the case of Pluto, you’d be wrong. In fact, Pluto is a complex world, particularly when it comes to weather patterns.

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Jul 13, 2015

Bitcoin Price: Is The Advance About To Reverse?

Posted by in category: bitcoin

bitcoin analysis price reverse

The Bitcoin price advance is curving upward above $300 and 1900 CNY. The advance is so persistent that the technical indicators in the intra-day charts have become somewhat meaningless due to compounding divergence. Technical analysis considers the likelihood of a surprise reversal, as opposed to non-stop advance. Read more

Jul 13, 2015

Interconnected Rat Brains Create Organic Computer

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, bionic, biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

Linked rat brains

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, has created a “Brainet” or a network of interconnected brains with four rats. With electrodes implanted directly in the cortex rodents exchange information to create an organic computing device. Collectively, they were able to solve computational problems including image processing, storing and recalling information and even predicting precipitation.

Read the full story by Mona Lalwani at Engadget

Jul 12, 2015

Interplanetary Travel Is Only for the Rich in the Short Film The Leap

Posted by in category: space travel

The Leap is a short film from Karel van Bellingen that takes place decades from now, where interstellar travel has opened up access to a new world, but only for a select few who can afford the journey. This is a film that packs a lot in to just half an hour.

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Jul 12, 2015

What’s Involved In World’s First Head Transplant?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A patient’s set to undergo the world’s first head transplant. Here’s what’s involved. Read more: http://bit.ly/1FYP4Ep.

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Jul 12, 2015

Transhumanismus: Bring mir den Kopf von Raymond Kurzweil!

Posted by in categories: computing, transhumanism

A full Sunday feature on transhumanism (with mentions of Transhumanist Parties) in one of Germany’s largest papers (circulation 400,000): http://www.faz.net/…/transhumanismus-bring-mir-den-kopf-von… and the English: http://translate.google.com/translate

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Jul 12, 2015

Some new ideas for fixing science — Cathleen O’Grady | Ars Technica

Posted by in category: science

“It’s much easier to replicate experiments and catch fraud if you have access to the original data. Some journals currently reward researchers for sharing the data that they used in an experiment. In the highest level of this new framework, data sharing would not only become compulsory, but independent analysts would conduct the same tests on it as those reported by the researchers, to see whether they get the same results.” Read more

Jul 12, 2015

Pluto’s Mysterious Dark Splotches Come Into Focus

Posted by in category: space

At this point, it’s safe to say that we’re going to be receiving a new ‘highest resolution image ever’ of Pluto on a close to 24 hour basis. Yesterday, we got our first peek at geologic features on the dwarf planet’s surface. And today, New Horizons beamed back the best image to date of four mysterious dark splotches near Pluto’s south pole.

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