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Aug 10, 2016

AI for President

Posted by in categories: engineering, geopolitics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

This is a comprehensive and critical write-up on some of my policies by some leading researchers and thinkers. It’s from the magazine website of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and the applied sciences. Naturally, people in the field of science and engineering are some of the most difficult to please, since they are such critical thinkers (which is precisely why I like them so much):

When a transhumanist runs for president, what does that mean for society?

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Aug 10, 2016

Hydrogen molecule falls to quantum computer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Extra bits —

Hydrogen molecule falls to quantum computer.

Quantum computer calculates ground state of hydrogen with just two qubits.

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Aug 10, 2016

Life Extension: How to Reach a Societal Turning Point — Talk b…

Posted by in categories: innovation, life extension

Keith Comito from LEAF/ talking about the need for a unified call to action and how we have reached a turning point in the life extension movement.

In this talk LEAF President Keith Comito explains how initatives like ( fit into the broader goal of building a grassroots movement in support of life extension, with the eventual aim of effecting massive societial change on the issue. If you are looking for a deep dive into the full scope of life extension advocacy, from the dawn of history to current breakthroughs and opportunities, this is it.

This presentation is part of the Designing New Advances conference held by the Institute of Exponential Sciences in the Netherlands, orchestrated by Demian Hoed and Lotte van Noort.

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Aug 10, 2016

Meet The Trifan 600

Posted by in category: transportation

A six-seat, vertical takeoff and landing airplane.

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Aug 10, 2016

Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship (Springer Praxis Books)

Posted by in category: space travel

Buy by Rachel Armstrong (ISBN: 9783319310404) from Amazon’s Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.

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Aug 10, 2016

Elon Musk Says SolarCity Will Sell a Roof Integrated With Solar Panels

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, solar power, sustainability

“It’s not a thing on the roof, it’s the roof,” says Musk.

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Aug 10, 2016

Cooling stars hint at dark matter particles

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Well, what about all the other stars that do *not* show this behavior?

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Aug 10, 2016

First commercial asteroid mining mission set to begin before 2020

Posted by in categories: economics, space travel

It’s a scouting mission. I wonder how much this will cost since this is not a sample return.

Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries (DSI) has announced the first commercial mission to a near-Earth asteroid, with launch planned by the end of the decade.

deep space industries

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Aug 9, 2016

Seagate’s new 60TB SSD dwarfs the others on the market

Posted by in categories: business, computing

Seagate has just announced a whopping 60 TB solid-state-drive, the largest SSD yet with that sort of capacity. Unfortunately, the SSD is only meant for businesses, released as an addition to Seagate’s data center portfolio. With four times the capacity of the next leading SSD, this massive hard drive could hold up to 12,000 DVD movies or even a whopping 400 million photos. Just sit back and think about how ridiculous an amount of data that really is.

The drive was created with quick accessibility in mind, and its flexibile artchitecture means it’ll be simple for data centers to grow from 60TB to accommodate 100TB or more of data in the future, all using the same form factor.

The 60TB SAS SSD is only available right now for demonstration, though it will officially make its debut some time in 2017. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know exactly what the drive itself will look like, though given the fact that it’s just a SSD, I can’t imagine it’ll look especially wild.

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Aug 9, 2016

SpaceX has shipped its Mars engine to Texas for tests

Posted by in category: space travel

Flying raptor! —

SpaceX has shipped its Mars engine to Texas for tests.

If a full-scale Raptor engine is undergoing tests, the company is progressing to Mars.

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