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Nov 20, 2019

Google Earth’s ‘creation tools’ let you make personalized maps

Posted by in category: futurism

Google Earth launched creation tools that allow users to produce personalized narrative stories with custom maps and virtual tours.

Nov 20, 2019

Los Angeles, ‘Blade Runner,’ and the Theory of Relativity

Posted by in categories: entertainment, futurism

The movie, which was set in November 2019, got a lot right about Los Angeles and the future–even the things it got wrong.

Nov 20, 2019

Within 10 Years, We’ll Travel by Hyperloop, Rockets, and Avatars

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

“The Hyperloop exists,” says Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop One, “because of the rapid acceleration of power electronics, computational modeling, material sciences, and 3D printing.”

Thanks to these convergences, there are now ten major Hyperloop One projects—in various stages of development—spread across the globe. Chicago to DC in 35 minutes. Pune to Mumbai in 25 minutes. According to Giegel, “Hyperloop is targeting certification in 2023. By 2025, the company plans to have multiple projects under construction and running initial passenger testing.”

So think about this timetable: Autonomous car rollouts by 2020. Hyperloop certification and aerial ridesharing by 2023. By 2025—going on vacation might have a totally different meaning. Going to work most definitely will.

Nov 20, 2019

Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, weapons

New Scientist.


The technique, officially called emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR), is being carried out on people who arrive at the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore with an acute trauma – such as a gunshot or stab wound – and have had a cardiac arrest. Their heart will have stopped beating and they will have lost more than half their blood. There are only minutes to operate, with a less than 5 per cent chance that they would normally survive.

Nov 20, 2019

NanoRacks Outposts to Revolutionize Human Presence in Space

Posted by in category: space

For Manber the idea goes along with the intention of the Trump administration of commercializing operations in low-Earth orbit around 2025, thus helping the nation move ‘into the next chapter with commercial outposts.’

Nov 20, 2019

Human patient put in suspended animation for the first time

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Blood is replaced with ice-cold saline.

Nov 20, 2019

The ‘Strong CP Problem’ Is The Most Underrated Puzzle In All Of Physics

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

At almost every frontier in theoretical physics, scientists are struggling to explain what we observe. We don’t know what composes dark matter; we don’t know what’s responsible for dark energy; we don’t know how matter won out over antimatter in the early stages of the Universe. But the strong CP problem is different: it’s a puzzle not because of something we observe, but because of the observed absence of something that’s so thoroughly expected.

Why, in the strong interactions, do particles that decay match exactly the decays of antiparticles in a mirror-image configuration? Why does the neutron not have an electric dipole moment? Many alternative solutions to a new symmetry, such as one of the quarks being massless, are now ruled out. Does nature just exist this way, in defiance of our expectations?

Through the right developments in theoretical and experimental physics, and with a little help from nature, we just might find out.

Nov 20, 2019

The brain is the final frontier of our privacy, and AI is about to breach it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law, robotics/AI

Lawyers and doctors are typically paid more than manual laborers because of the relative shorter supply of lawyers and doctors, which is in part due to the number of years of training required to enter those professions and the corresponding value society attributes to those skills. But what will happen to their wages once the market is faced with an abundance of skilled labor? If anyone is able to upload legal or medical know-how to their brain and know just as much as the professionals in those fields, why pay a professional a higher wage?

Of course, certain skills, such as strategic judgment and contextual understanding, may be difficult, if not impossible, to digitize. But even the games of chess and Go, both complex games that require strategic decision-making and foresight, have now been conquered by AIs that taught themselves how to play—and beat—some of the best human players.

The technology’s potential for emancipation and human advancement is immense. But we—entrepreneurs, researchers, professionals, policymakers, and industry—must not lose sight of the social risks.

Nov 20, 2019

Say goodbye to casts: “magic” material can heal your bones in mere days

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Regrowing bones is no easy task, but the world’s lightest solid might make it easier to achieve. Researchers have figured out a way to use hybrid aerogels, strong but ultralight materials, to prompt new bone tissue to grow and replace lost or damaged tissue.

Although bone cancer is a relatively rare disease (it accounts for less than 1% of all cancers), people who suffer from it often end up losing a lot of bone tissue and, in extreme cases, undergo amputation. The cancerous tissue has to be cut out, taking with it a large chunk of nearby healthy tissue to make sure that the cancer does not spread. This effectively removes the cancer, but also leaves the patient with a lot less bone than they started out with.

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Nov 20, 2019

Can we eat to starve cancer? — William Li

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

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William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Talk by WIlliam Li.