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Feb 16, 2016

Mind-Controlled Prosthetics: New Study Allows Patient To Move Fingers With Mind

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, materials, neuroscience

With the success of Graphene as a material for BMI plus the new micro stints that can travel through blood cells to the brain; prosthetic technology is only going to continue to improve to maybe even a point where some athletes may wish to have physical and endurance capabilities improved through this type of technology if it is approved and allowed by the various athletic associations.


A team of researchers has demonstrated the first-ever successful prosthetic arm that can control individual fingers with thoughts.

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Feb 16, 2016

Extremely severe bug leaves dizzying number of software and devices vulnerable

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Another possible breach risk uncovered.


Since 2008, vulnerability has left apps and hardware open to remote hijacking.

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Feb 16, 2016

Experts predict dinosaurs could return to Earth

Posted by in category: bioengineering

Anyone remember growing up watching on Saturdays “Land of the Lost” — well your kids or even grandkids may get to experience it in real life in 2050.


BOFFINS have predicted the future in a new study and claim extinct species such as dinosaurs and the dodo could be revived.

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Feb 16, 2016

Check Out DARPA’s Newly Completed Robot Ship

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Actively awaiting ACTUV.

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Feb 16, 2016

New Strengthen America’s Commitment to the Next Generation of Researchers Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Posted by in category: health

Collins and Baldwin’s legislation would create the “Next Generation Researchers Initiative” within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director to coordinate all current and new…

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Feb 16, 2016

On Chatbots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Chatbots are the “Swans of Bots”.


Chatbots, historically maligned as “weak AI,” are finally transforming from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. According to recent predictions, chatbots (#ConvComm) will be big. Like, Google-killing big, heralding the end of apps and search as we know it — or so proclaimed Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

Much ink has been spilled. Startups are spawning and capital is flowing, even in these uncertain times. But what is a chatbot, and what can they actually do? Here are five myths debunked:

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Feb 16, 2016

Cyber-criminals have evolved tactics, says ThreatMetrix report

Posted by in categories: drones, evolution, finance, law, robotics/AI

Why it is important to think like a criminal when developing AI as well as Cyber Defense. Recently, I shared some insights on how AI could be used by Criminals (not just hackers) and making it extremely hard for the existing legal system to catch criminals. Robots (just like drones recently have been used) could be used in many ways by cartels, robbers & burglars, killers, and even worse. This is why we have to have solid cyber defense plus stop gaps in place for the legal system to diffuse dangers that could be implemented.


ThreatMetrix’s new report has come up with several new insights from the last quarter including the evolution of bot tactics to avoid the traditional defences of lenders and banks.

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Feb 16, 2016

Could READING and learning stop AI robots from killing humans?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

No is the answer to this question — example; lets say we have a drug cartel that has a front person by 10 robots at $10K each; then the cartel has on their payroll some hot shot robotic engineers who can reprogram their bots and teaches them to kill or push drugs, etc. Now, you see why the answer is “No”.


Called Quixote, the system teaches ‘value alignment’ to robots by training them to read stories, learn acceptable sequences of events and understand successful ways to behave in human societies.

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Feb 16, 2016

Trials moving ahead for treatment of most aggressive form of brain cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Wonderful news for Glioblastoma patients; 2nd clinical trails is underway for the two drug combination that researchers are using to disrupt the cellular process cancer cells use to hide from the immune system and allow the immune system to recognize and attack the cancer.


The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center has started phase 2 clinical trials, targeting glioblastoma patients.

Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. Only about one fifth of adults diagnosed with it survive two years or more after their diagnosis, UNM researchers said.

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Feb 16, 2016

How blockchain will save us from the perils of central bank price fixing

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, economics, finance, food

What will be interesting most about block chaining is when more countries drop their own traditional currency models & move to block chaining like one of the countries in Africa announced 2 weeks ago. I do know that many 2nd & 3rd world countries are finding electronic currency more appealing due to the Central Bank’s policies; however, what will be the impacts at the end of the day felt across the world as more and more 2nd & 3rd world markets switch their models. Immediately, we see risks with central banks; the question is where else (WBO, WTO, US, etc)


Many countries have experimented with price fixing and central planning over the last century. Right now, Venezuela’s government is fixing the prices of many products. This has resulted in widespread shortages of goods which we, as the lucky inhabitants of semi-free economies, take for granted.

Price fixing has failed in every area of the economy in which it has been tried. But while few serious economists would suggest that we have a team of bureaucrats set the price of rubber, wheat or coffee, we do have one sphere of the economy which is still centrally planned – our monetary system. This will fail just like all central planning fails. We are now moving into a dangerous new phase of price fixing by central banks. Having failed to stimulate economies with years of zero per cent interest rates, they are now discussing the prospect of negative interest rates (and some have even introduced them), the reductio ad absurdum of modern monetary economics.

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