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Mar 28, 2019

Physicists Discover a Mysterious New Class of Particles Containing Five Quarks

Posted by in category: particle physics

Everything you see around you is made up of elementary particles called quarks and leptons, which can combine to form bigger particles such as protons or atoms.

But that doesn’t make them boring – these subatomic particles can also combine in exotic ways we’ve never spotted.

Now CERN’s LHCb collaboration has announced the discovery of a clutch of new particles dubbed “pentaquarks”. The results can help unveil many mysteries of the theory of quarks, a key part of the standard model of particle physics.

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Mar 28, 2019

SXSW: These two futurists want to freeze your body after death and replace your brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cryonics, cyborgs, life extension, neuroscience, transhumanism

You might think we’re not in Texas anymore but in some strange episode of Black Mirror, the Netflix series, says Nikos Acuna who is moderating this SXSW panel on transhumanism.

In fact you’d be forgiven if you did as there is talk about cryo-preserving the body after being declared dead, in the hopes you can be resurrected when the science is here to safely defrost your body and cure you of your ailments. There is also talk on mind uploading, and replacing parts of our brains with neural prosthetics. This all sounds like science-fiction but these days the stuff of science fiction has become fact.

Transhumanist technologies are about overcoming the limitations of human biology and Dr Max More and Dr Randal Koene are at the forefront of these technologies.

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Mar 28, 2019

Yuval Noah Harari & Russell Brand in conversation on the future of work | Penguin Talks

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, singularity

The Singularity is Near.


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Mar 28, 2019

3 Reasons Why “Ending Suffering” Should Be the #1 Transhumanist Priority – Article

Posted by in categories: existential risks, geopolitics, life extension, neuroscience, transhumanism

BY HANK PELLISSIER


Hank Pellissier

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party features this proposal by our member Hank Pellissier for a new website called Paradise2040, which will focus on the abolition of involuntary suffering and incremental ways of getting there within the next 21 years. This is an endeavor supported by Article IV of the Transhumanist Bill of Rights, Version 3.0. It is also a current within transhumanist thinking that, as Mr. Pellissier points out, could bring additional support to the movement. Different transhumanists will have different views as to what the most important aims of transhumanism should be. As an organization that embraces pluralism and diversity of thought, the U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party would encourage any of our members who agree with the direction Mr. Pellissier proposes to collaborate with him on the creation of the Paradise2040 website.

~ Gennady Stolyarov II, Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party, March 25, 2019

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Mar 28, 2019

‘Godfathers of AI’ honored with Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of computing

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

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun — sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’ — have been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning. The techniques the trio developed in the 1990s and 2000s enabled huge breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition. Their work underpins the current proliferation of AI technologies, from self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses.

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Mar 27, 2019

Beyond Deep Learning: Investing in the Future of AI – Presented by Samsung NEXT #emtechdigital

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Breakthroughs in deep learning are inspiring the evolution of AI. But will this “deep learning + X” model drive AI to its fullest potential? While problem solving with more data and deeper models has a place in AI’s evolution, not every problem can be solved by this model.

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Mar 27, 2019

For your anti-pseudo-science meme stashes

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Mar 27, 2019

Graphene-based brain implant reveals secrets inside the brain

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology, neuroscience

A new graphene-based brain implant could help provide information about the onset and progression of epileptic seizures and pave the way for next generation brain-computer interfaces.

The new implant, which records electrical activity in the brain over large areas and at frequencies below 0.1Hz, is said to overcome the limitations of electrode arrays that have only been able to detect activity over a certain frequency threshold.

The technology was developed by Graphene Flagship partners at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM, CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and ICFO.

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Mar 27, 2019

Now Google’s robotics lab focuses on machine learning

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google’s post-Boston Dynamics robotics lab is working on a handful of…

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Mar 27, 2019

Strange Earth Organisms Have Somehow Survived Living Outside The ISS

Posted by in category: alien life

Terrestrial organisms stuck on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) have survived 533 days in the vacuum, intense ultraviolet radiation, and extreme temperature variations of space.

You know what that means? It’s not impossible for life to survive on Mars.

Of all the planets in the Solar System, Mars seems like the most likely candidate to host life. But it’s extremely inhospitable — dusty, arid, lower in gravity and oxygen, subject to harsh radiation due to its thinner atmosphere, cold and wracked by dust storms that can plunge the planet into darkness.

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