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Apr 16, 2019

Cheap, portable scanners could transform brain imaging. But how will scientists deliver the data?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Q&A with neuroethicist Francis Shen and MRI developer Michael Garwood.

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Apr 16, 2019

An AI Invented a Weird Sport Called “Speedgate”

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s like Ultimate Frisbee meets Quidditch.

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Apr 16, 2019

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, health

CRISPR Research Moves Out Of Labs And Into Clinics Around The World : Shots — Health News This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness and sickle cell disease.

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Apr 16, 2019

Inflatable Robots Are Destined for Space, If We Can Control Them

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

With funding from NASA, researchers are exploring how to control inflatable robots for future space missions.

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Apr 16, 2019

Fortunately, There Are Incredible 3D Scans of Notre Dame

Posted by in category: futurism

The good news: we have a highly-detailed digital template for how to rebuild.


The Notre Dame fire was devastating, but these 3D scans offer hope for its restoration.

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Apr 16, 2019

Is Superintelligence Impossible?

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

David Chalmers is University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. He is best known for his work on consciousness, including his formulation of the “hard problem” of consciousness; Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of a dozen books, including Consciousness Explained, and, most recently, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds; John Brockman, moderator, is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. He is the author of By The Late John Brockman and The Third Culture; editor of the Edge Annual Question book series, and Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI.


[ED. NOTE: On Saturday, March 9th, more than 1200 people jammed into Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for a conversation between two of our greatest philosophers, David Chalmers and Daniel C. Dennett: “Is Superintelligence Impossible?” the next event in Edge’s ongoing “Possible Minds Project.” Watch the video, listen to the EdgeCast, read the transcript. Thanks to physicist, artist, author, and Edgie Janna Levin, Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works, who presented the event with the support of Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative. —JB]

Somebody said that the philosopher is the one who says, “We know it’s possible in practice, we’re trying to figure out if it’s possible in principle.” Unfortunately, philosophers sometimes spend too much time worrying about logical possibilities that are importantly negligible in every other regard. So, let me go on the record as saying, yes, I think that conscious AI is possible because, after all, what are we? We’re conscious. We’re robots made of robots made of robots. We’re actual. In principle, you could make us out of other materials. Some of your best friends in the future could be robots. Possible in principle, absolutely no secret ingredients, but we’re not going to see it. We’re not going to see it for various reasons. One is, if you want a conscious agent, we’ve got plenty of them around and they’re quite wonderful, whereas the ones that we would make would be not so wonderful. —Daniel C. Dennett

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Apr 16, 2019

Extending Human Longevity With Regenerative Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Understandably, the FDA raised concerns about the practice of parabiosis because to date, there is a marked lack of clinical data to support the treatment’s effectiveness.

Elevian

On the other end of the reputability spectrum is a startup called Elevian, spun out of Harvard University. Elevian is approaching longevity with a careful, scientifically validated strategy. (Full Disclosure: I am both an advisor to and investor in Elevian.)

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Apr 16, 2019

The Smart Gun Doesn’t Exist for the Dumbest Reasons

Posted by in category: innovation

Firearms makers have resisted Silicon Valley-sponsored digital innovation that could transform public safety.

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Apr 16, 2019

An Interview with Dr. Joan Mannick of resTORbio

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A number of companies are studying and commercializing rapamycin and rapalogs, including resTORbio, a Boston-based company. Tam Hunt got in touch with Dr. Joan Mannick from the company to find out more about this promising anti-aging therapeutic.


Blagoskonny ([3], [4]) has suggested that rapamycin and rapalogs are effective anti-aging therapies today for humans as well as other animals because they arrest “quasi-programmed hypertrophy.” What are your thoughts on Blagoskonny’s theory?

I think Blagoskonny’s theory is very interesting. mTOR stimulates cell growth, and there is data that mTOR becomes hyperactive in some aging tissues. This may explain why TORC1 inhibitors have benefit in aging-related diseases.

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Apr 16, 2019

A Jeff Bezos-backed startup just inked a deal with $84 billion biotech Gilead to make drugs for a troubling and increasingly common disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Insitro and Gilead are teaming up to create drugs to treat a liver disease affecting millions. The startup is backed by Jeff Bezos, Andreessen Horowitz, and GV.

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