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Feb 20, 2017

There are people who want to make gene editing a human right

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, ethics, genetics

Cool story!

Biohackers push back as the scientific establishment charts a course through the ethics of genetic interference.

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Feb 20, 2017

Scientists Found Organic Molecules on Ceres

Posted by in category: space

Organic matter was discovered on a distant dwarf planet.

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Feb 20, 2017

“I Don’t Think We Can Stop It:” The Future of Automation and Job Loss

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, transportation

Technology can be a catalyst for the creation or destruction of jobs, but historically, it has always ultimately created more opportunities for employment, not less. That’s not stopping many from speaking out against Amazon Go for its potential to increase unemployment, though.

According to Ford, however, the implementation of automation technology is inevitable because it has obvious advantages for both consumers and retailers. “I don’t think we can stop it,” he says. “It’s a part of capitalism, that there’s going to be this continuous drive for more efficiency.”

While many have been focusing on manufacturing and transportation as the industries that will be hardest hit by automation, Amazon Go is an example of how tech that exists right now could replace retail salespersons and cashiers, jobs that had the highest employment numbers in the U.S. in May 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor statistics.

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Feb 20, 2017

Tiny 3D-printed lenses will help robots see like eagles

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biological, robotics/AI

In many ways, the human eye is nothing like a digital camera. Our eyes don’t have a fixed frame rate or resolution; there’s no consistent color reproduction, and we have literal, sizable blind spots. But, these optic inconsistencies — found in every biological eye — are the product of natural selection, and offer a number of benefits which scientists working in digital vision can take advantage of.

Case in point is a new type of 3D-printed lens created by researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Each lens is made from plastic and is no bigger than a grain of salt. But, their size is only one aspect of their cleverness. The real innovation here is that the lenses mimic the action of the “fovea,” a key physiological feature of the eyes of humans and eagles, that allows for for speedier image processing.

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Feb 19, 2017

Factions of the Libertarian Party

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

An interesting introduction to the various forms of libertarianism, including ideas on libertarian transhumanism:

So, former 2016 presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan is running for California State governor in 2018! Let’s talk about him & the factions of the LP!

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Feb 19, 2017

Senescent cells are the ultimate bad neighbors, help CellAge to find ways to remove them

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Check out their campaign on only 5 days left!…c-biology/

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Feb 19, 2017

How Would Immortality Change the Way We Live?

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

The Atlantic created this 5-minute video featuring #transhumanism and life extension work.

Some people are taking steps now to prepare for a life without death.

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Feb 19, 2017

How Bill and Melinda Gates helped save 122m lives – and what they want to solve next

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

But between the jokes is the data. Bill and Melinda Gates sum up what has been achieved with their combined billions over the past decade in a series of big numbers, and end with the hope of reaching the magic zero – no more disease.

In letter to philanthropic partner Warren Buffett, the Gates define achievements from vaccines to lives saved – while still pushing for gains in infant mortality.

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Feb 19, 2017

Open Bionics Photo

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Team OB just won the Robotics for Good Award in Dubai. Over 1,600 technologies for good applied and after competing against the top 10 best assistive technologies the judges chose our bionic hands! Now we have the funding to push our hands through the final stages of medical testing and finally get them to everyone who needs one.

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Feb 19, 2017

Smartphones are revolutionizing medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say.

“If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone… they all are getting better and better,” said Shwetak Patel, engineering professor at the University of Washington.

“In fact the capabilities on those phones are as great as some of the specialized devices,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting this week.

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