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Nov 22, 2016

Virtual Reality Headsets Concern Doctors

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, virtual reality

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s expected to be the hot holiday gift of the season: virtual reality headsets. We know it’s a cool new experience but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the technology, especially when it comes to kids.

The headset completely immerses users in a new 3D virtual world. “I felt like I was actually there.” said one first-time user. “There’s no age limit to this,” said another virtual reality fan.

But there actually is an age limit. Many of the top selling brands warn against kids using the device. Oculus Rift and Samsung VR Gear say it’s not for kids under 13. Sony PlayStation is recommended for kids 12 and up. And the HTC Vive is less specific, just saying it’s not for young children.

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Nov 22, 2016

Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into France’s revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

This would forever change our world.

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Nov 22, 2016

The Race to Wrap the Earth in Internet Is Heating Up

Posted by in category: internet

How important is the internet to your day-to-day life?

For starters, you’re definitely reading this on a screen and using the internet to access it. That means you probably use the internet to access most of your news, as well as to check your email, check the weather, get directions, look up anything you might want to know over the course of an average day, and communicate with your friends and colleagues.

In the vast majority of the developed world, the internet has become a resource we rely on for pretty much everything; it makes multiple aspects of our lives easier, faster, and cheaper.

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Nov 22, 2016

Estonia to host the Startup Nations Summit in 2017

Posted by in categories: economics, governance

The Estonian ministry of economic affairs and Startup Estonia have been selected to host the Startup Nations Summit in 2017; the event, organised annually by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, will continue to explore the rapidly-growing European startup hubs.

The key aim of the summit in 2017 is to explore how digital disruption is changing the world. It is an entrepreneurial highlight during the Estonian presidency of the EU Council, bringing together policymakers and entrepreneurs into a single eventful conference.

“Estonia is among the most forward-thinking governments in the world and we are happy to share our experiences in digital governance,” Liisa Oviir, the minister for entrepreneurship, said. “We are ready to immerse all policymakers in how digital technologies have made a huge difference for entrepreneurs in Estonia. We call startups to expect more from their governments, so they can start and scale faster.”

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Nov 21, 2016

How scientists will use artificial intelligence to find aliens

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

To find habitable worlds in a sea of space data, we need computers that can think fast.

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Nov 21, 2016

How to Avoid Stephen Hawking’s Dark Prediction for Humanity

Posted by in category: futurism

Humanity is churning through the planet’s resources, but it’s not easy to put a time limit on survival, as Stephen Hawking has, experts say.

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Nov 21, 2016

Artificial intelligence can lip-read better than a trained professional

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A pair of new studies show that a machine can understand what you’re saying without hearing a sound.

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Nov 21, 2016

Aubrey De Grey provides a summary of his goal of combating ageing

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

A quick dash of Aubrey to remind us of the goal and the importance of research.

Aubrey believes ageing is a serious issue, not only because people die of old age, but because it causes suffering. He discusses the fact that many diseases including chronic cancer, are the result of ageing and that by tackling ageing of cells, we can address many of the issues associated with poor health. To find out more about Aubrey and the SENS Research Foundation visit:

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Nov 21, 2016

Genetics Startup Helix Wants To Create A World Of Personalized Products From Your DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

As the price of DNA sequencing drops, a new wave of consumer genomics companies is taking the science mainstream. Are you ready?

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Nov 21, 2016

Google’s DeepMind AI can lip-read TV shows better than a pro

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

An artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at DeepMind and the University of Oxford got so good by watching 5000 hours of BBC programmes.

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