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Mar 17, 2017

Crispr Webinar: Using Synthetic Crispr libraries

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

For people interested or working on Crispr related stuff.

*Benefits of performing arrayed CRISPR RNA (crRNA) screening.

*How to setup a successful arrayed crRNA screen.

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Mar 17, 2017

Dubai to launch driverless flying taxi service

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Dubai will get a fleet of flying taxis this summer — electric, driverless drones.

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Mar 17, 2017

Scattered thoughts on self-awareness and AI

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

A few ideas on self-awareness and self-aware AIs.

I’ve always been a fan of androids as intended in Star Trek. More generally, I think the idea of an artificial intelligence with whom you can talk and to whom you can teach things is really cool. I admit it is just a little bit weird that I find the idea of teaching things to small children absolutely unattractive while finding thrilling the idea of doing the same to a machine, but that’s just the way it is for me. (I suppose the fact a machine is unlikely to cry during the night and need to have its diaper changed every few hours might well be a factor at play here.)

Improvements in the field of AI are pretty much commonplace these days, though we’re not yet at the point where we could be talking to a machine in natural language and be unable to tell the difference with a human. I used to take for granted that, one day, we would have androids who are self-aware and have emotions, exactly like people, with all the advantages of being a machine—such as mental multitasking, large computational power, and more efficient memory. While I still like the idea, nowadays I wonder if it is actually a feasible or sensible one.

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Mar 17, 2017

Robots on Space X and Virgin Galactic Space Tourist Flights?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, virtual reality

In the next few years Space X and Virgin Galactic will be sending tourists into orbit and during a brainstorming session for last years SpaceApps Challenge we brainstormed some possible applications for Space Robots.

Last night on the International Space Station Astronaut Thomas Pesquet showed the SPHERES robots testing software that will be used to clean up space junk. Smaller versions of these robots could be developed with multiple ports for a Go Pro Camera linked to a SmartWatch app for Space Selfies or for a Virtual Reality 360 degree recording for the Tourists of their trip. Having wireframed for the Samsung Gear Watch App to be used on the International Space Station and with the advances in technology its easy to see how Siri/ Cortana/ Alexa could be incorporated into a SPHERE type Astromechanical robot to advise of Comms, Timetable scheduling and the other apps that are required for day to day use on the International Space Station. Fun applications that we came up with for the Space Apps challenge was a version of Space- Quidditch and Jedi Training for a SPHERE robot fitted with mini propulsion tanks.

The Annual SpaceApps Challenge is a great way of streching your tech skills and learning new ones. If you would like to host a SpaceApps event the deadline is today:

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Mar 17, 2017

China’s tech giants are pouring billions into US start-ups

Posted by in category: innovation

SoFi is just the kind of deal that Chen has been pursuing: His NYSE-listed company, once known as the Facebook of China, has been investing in fast-growth tech start-ups to broaden its revenues and boost its stock price. That connection with Renren has also boosted SoFi.

“Joe is a great investor and was our investor from the early days. He saw the vision early on and pushed us to grow faster and be more aggressive,” said Dan Macklin, a co-founder of SoFi in San Francisco.

Similarly to Renren, China’s tech titans Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are leading a surge of Chinese investment in cutting-edge U.S. technology start-ups with bold ambitions to expand their footprint, attract top talent and gain an edge in innovation.

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Mar 17, 2017

How Quantum Teleportation Actually Works

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Teleportation is real, thanks to quantum entanglement.

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Mar 17, 2017

A San Francisco startup just created the world’s first lab-grown chicken

Posted by in category: food

Silicon Valley company Memphis Meats says it has cultivated the world’s first lab-grown chicken from self-reproducing cells.

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Mar 16, 2017

Scientists Make New Kind of Sonic Boom, Transform Energy Into Light

Posted by in category: computing

Scientists found out that the ‘light barrier’ may be broken. This leads us closer to creating light-based computers and achieve computer speeds a million times faster than its speed today.

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Mar 16, 2017

Chinese researchers announce designer baby breakthrough

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Science has taken another step toward delivering the perfect newborn – or at least a bouncing baby free of certain genetic defects.

Chinese researchers used a genome editing technique called CRISPR to rid normal embryos of hereditary diseases that cause blood disorders and other ailments, according to New Scientist. Experts who reviewed the project told the publication that, even though it involved just six embryos, it carries promise.

“It is encouraging,” Robin Lovell-Badge, a human genome expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London, told New Scientist.

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Mar 16, 2017

Supercomputers may boost life expectancy

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

This is nowhere near the power of the biggest systems, but still allows us to participate in research and development powered by supercomputer.

The idea that a computer could deliver an increase in life expectancy arises for a number of reasons, Prof Desplat says. Major gains are expected from the emergence of personalised medicine, care specifically tailored to match your genetic make-up. This will be driven in the not too distant future by “deep artificial intelligence learning” run on a supercomputer. These will also deliver faster more accurate early diagnosis, he says.

These computers are used in a variety of ways, from weather forecasting and climate modelling to energy usage modelling, statistical processing and seismic analysis when prospecting for oil and gas.

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