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Aug 8, 2017

AI Will Make Fake News Video — and Fight It As Well

Posted by in categories: engineering, finance, information science, robotics/AI

Just weeks after one research team appeared to put words in a leader’s mouth, here comes a new tool that can check questionable video for a pulse.

A recent demonstration showing how easy it is to spoof video of a world leader recently made headlines, foretelling a future where robot-created videos cause political and financial havoc. But now comes word of an antidote. On Monday, a group of computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute published new research showing how algorithms can tell whether the person on-screen has a human heartbeat. The technique will help future intelligence analysts, journalists, or just scared television viewers detect the difference between spoofed video and the real thing.

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Aug 8, 2017

LEAF President Keith Comito asks whether the CRISPR gene editing system will help cure aging in the near term

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, life extension

Dr. Oliver Medvedik, Dr. Aubrey de Grey, and Dr. Alexandra Stolzing discuss.

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Aug 8, 2017

SoftBank is plowing billions into tech companies: Here’s a list of investments so far

Posted by in category: futurism

Japanese tech giant SoftBank has been plowing billions of dollars into tech companies, both public and privately held, in the last year — so much so that one investor has questioned whether SoftBank is fueling a new valuation bubble in tech.

Some of these investments are coming from the gigantic SoftBank Vision Fund, which includes funds from SoftBank as well as Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and tech companies like Apple, Foxconn, Qualcomm and Sharp. The fund announced in May that it had closed $93 billion in capital, and hopes to raise $100 billion by the end of the year.

But SoftBank has also announced many investments that don’t involve the Vision Fund. According to reports and sources familiar, some of these investments will be offered to the Vision Fund, while others will not.

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Aug 7, 2017

Scientists have successfully carried out the first-known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the U.S.

Posted by in categories: futurism, genetics

Are we near a future of “designer babies”?


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Aug 7, 2017

On 2 August, the first antiproton beam coming from CERN’s Antiproton Decelerator (AD) circulated in the Extra Low ENergy Antiproton (ELENA) ring

Posted by in category: particle physics

Image © CERN

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Aug 7, 2017

This fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper — and kill hundreds of jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

A Chinese garment company is partnering with American robotics to use Sewbots in manufacturing. How many people will this new innovation put out of work?

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Aug 7, 2017

10 predictions about the AI revolution

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

One of the world’s foremost authorities on artificial intelligence lays out how he thinks society will change over the next 30 years as the technology becomes commonplace.

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Aug 7, 2017

Is the universe conscious?

Posted by in category: space

Some of the world’s most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.

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Aug 7, 2017

Tally the robot could be the stock boy of the future

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Aug. 7 (UPI) — A St. Louis-area grocery store on Monday introduced customers to a new employee who doesn’t take bathroom breaks or need to call in sick — Tally the robot.

The Schnucks Markets grocery store in Richmond Height, Mo., was the first of three locations expected to test the new technology in the coming weeks. If all goes well, Tally the robot could be showing up in supermarkets across the country.

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Aug 7, 2017

Veritas Genetics Scoops Up an AI Company to Sort Out Its DNA

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

News from Veritas and remember Veritas are offering a whole genome sequence as one of the rewards in our AgeMeter campaign at

“On August 3, sequencing company Veritas Genetics bought one of the most influential: seven-year old Curoverse. Veritas thinks AI will help interpret the genetic risk of certain diseases and scour the ever-growing databases of genomic, medical, and scientific research.”

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