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Mar 5, 2017

Two Americans Aim to Plug Into the ‘Matrix’ through Black Market Brain Implants

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

Various transhumanism stories newly out or reshared:…-implants/ &…-atlantic/ &

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Mar 5, 2017

This machine will write notes in your own handwriting

Posted by in category: futurism

This machine copies your handwriting perfectly.

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Mar 5, 2017

The LA Times story last week on my California gubernatorial run, with its rather racy headline, generated some interesting comments on Reddits Politcs

Posted by in category: futurism

I hope to in the next few weeks put out some of my first articles about my libertarian policies—including the all important need for far lower taxes. I believe technology can help us get to a day with zero taxes.…ate_wants/

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Mar 5, 2017

DESTAR phased array laser systems for defending against asteroids and for space exploration

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, space travel

A laser phased array directed energy system has been designed and simulated. Lubin and Hughes calculated the requirements and possibilities for DE-STAR systems of several sizes, ranging from a desktop device to one measuring 10 kilometers, or six miles, in diameter. Larger systems were also considered. The larger the system, the greater its capabilities.

For instance, DE-STAR 2 – at 100 meters in diameter, about the size of the International Space Station – “could start nudging comets or asteroids out of their orbits,” Hughes said. But DE-STAR 4 – at 10 kilometers in diameter, about 100 times the size of the ISS – could deliver 1.4 megatons of energy per day to its target, said Lubin, obliterating an asteroid 500 meters across in one year.

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Mar 5, 2017

New path suggested for nuclear fusion

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics, quantum physics

Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.

Their report on quantum-controlled fusion puts forth the notion that rather than heating atoms to temperatures found inside the sun or smashing them in a collider, it might be possible to nudge them close enough to fuse by using shaped laser pulses: ultrashort, tuned bursts of coherent light.

Authors Peter Wolynes of Rice, Martin Gruebele of Illinois and Illinois alumnus Eduardo Berrios of Chile simulated reactions in two dimensions that, if extrapolated to three, might just produce energy efficiently from deuterium and tritium or other elements.

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Mar 5, 2017

This New Opioid Treats Pain in Rats Without the Side Effects

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have developed a new painkiller that works like oxycontin but won’t get you addicted and won’t get you high. It’ll just treat pain.

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Mar 5, 2017

Bitcoin ETF Buzz Offers Short Term Opportunity

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, Mark Zuckerberg, policy

If you follow Bitcoin at all, then you know that its value is spiking. It has already surpassed a massive spike on Thanksgiving night 2013, and it has just surpassed the cost of an ounce of gold. [continue below image]

Like any commodity, the exchange value of Bitcoin is driven by supply and demand. But, unlike most commodities, including the US Dollar, the Euro or even gold, the eventual supply is capped. It is a mathematical certainty. Yet, demand is affected by many factors: Adoption as a payment instrument, early signs that it is being considered as a reserve currency, fascination by Geeks and early adopters and its use as a preferred tool by some criminals.

But chief among reasons for acquiring Bitcoin is speculation. Whether it is buy-and-hold or day trading, speculators still outnumber those who use Bitcoin to settle debts or to buy and sell other products and services. (Earlier this week, I argued that speculation is responsible for 85% of demand and of transactions—but that’s another story).

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Mar 5, 2017

Google is using its deep learning tech to diagnose disease

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

This computer does just as well, if not better, than an ophthalmologist.

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Mar 5, 2017

Dear President Trump: Here’s How to Make Space Great Again

Posted by in categories: military, space

(Credit: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts)

By Brent Ziarnick, Peter Garretson, Everett Dolman, and Coyote Smith

President-elect Donald Trump often says that Americans no longer dream and must do so again. Nowhere can dreams be more inspiring and profitable than in space. But today, expanding space enterprise is not foremost on the minds of Americans or military strategists. As a recent CNN special showed, defense thinkers feel embattled in space, focused on protecting our existing investments rather than developing new ones that seize strategic advantage.

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Mar 5, 2017

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

Posted by in category: space

The U.S. is studying a possible manned mission around the moon as early as next year, marking the first such trip since the Apollo era ended in the early 1970s.

Following requests from the White House, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has formed a team to examine accelerating earlier plans to launch a crew by 2021, William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said Friday. Preliminary results of the review should be ready in about a month.

“We have a good, crisp list of all the things we would physically have to change” on the launch vehicle under development, Gerstenmaier said on a conference call with reporters. “We asked the team to take a look at potentially what additional tests would be needed to add crew, what the additional risk would be.”

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