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Dec 7, 2016

World Economic Forum

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, governance

Developments in computing are driving the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance. In this interview Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, and co-chair of the Global Future Council on Computing, says we must ensure that these developments benefit all society, not just the wealthy or those participating in the “new economy”.

Why should the world care about the future of computing?

Today computers are in virtually everything we touch, all day long. We still have an image of computers as being rectangular objects either on a desk, or these days in our pockets; but computers are in our cars, they’re in our thermostats, they’re in our refrigerators. In fact, increasingly computers are no longer objects at all, but they suffuse fabric and virtually every other material. Because of that, we really do need to care about what the future of computing holds because it is going to impact our lives all day long.

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Dec 7, 2016

Will Antimatter Engines Power the First Starships? (Video)

Posted by in category: space travel

A new video spotlights Positron Dynamics, a research startup investigating how to use antimatter to explore beyond the solar system.

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Dec 7, 2016

Protein that promotes ‘cell-suicide’ could revolutionise eye cancer treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

More progress with cancer and using a similar approach to senolytics, no surprise really as cancer and senescent cell share a lot of common ground and approach that work with one may well work with the other if they are aimed at inducing apoptosis.

Apoptosis, or , is a rapid and irreversible process to efficiently eliminate dysfunctional cells. A hallmark of cancer is the ability of malignant cells to evade apoptosis.

Dr Luminita Paraoan, from the University’s Department of Eye and Vision Science in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, has published new findings in the British Journal of Cancer that identify the requirement of a protein called p63 for the initiation of apoptosis in UM.

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Dec 6, 2016

Apple is going start publishing its AI research

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

I am surprised apple is normally selfish an about filling its pockets.

The notoriously secretive organisation is going to start sharing its research into AI in a move that may help advance its efforts.

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Dec 6, 2016

World Patent Marketing Success Team Announces the Gamete Manipulator, a Medical Invention That Facilitates in Manipulating Micro-Sized Materials

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Very cool.

World Patent Marketing, a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products, introduces the Gamete Manipulator, a medical invention that will allow people to easily move micro-sized materials.

“The healthcare industry is worth $3 trillion,” says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. “People still require medical attention even during economic downturns so there is a consistent demand for this industry.”

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Dec 6, 2016

Evolution’s Brutally Simple Rules Can Make Machines More Creative

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, computing, economics, information science

Creative Machines; however, are they truly without a built in bias due to their own creator/s?

Despite nature’s bewildering complexity, the driving force behind it is incredibly simple. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is an uncomplicated but brutally effective optimization strategy that has allowed life to solve complex problems, like vision and flight, and colonize the harshest of environments.

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Dec 6, 2016

The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, singularity

With BMI technology, cell circuitry, etc. this is no surprise.

Are you scared of artificial intelligence (AI)?

Do you believe the warnings from folks like Prof. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others?

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Dec 6, 2016

U.S. Military Is Turning Humans Into Wall-Climbing Geckos

Posted by in category: military

With this device, people could scale walls with ease.


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Dec 6, 2016

Tern Tailsitter Drone: Pilot Not Included

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

One of the oddest military drones aborning reinvents a stillborn technology from 1951. That’s because the unmanned aircraft revolution is resurrecting configurations that were tried more than a half century ago but proved impractical with a human pilot inside. The case in point: Northrop Grumman’s new Tern, a drone designed to do everything armed MQ-1 Predators or MQ-9 Reapers can, but to do it flying from small ships or rugged scraps of land – i.e., no runway needed.

“No one has flown a large, unmanned tailsitter before,” Brad Tousley, director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Tern’s primary funder, said in a news release. The key word there is “unmanned.”

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Dec 6, 2016

Advanced Radioactive Threat Detection System Completes First Large-Scale Citywide Test

Posted by in categories: genetics, mobile phones, terrorism

The following press release was written and and published by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and originally published on their website. Click here to see the original version of this post.

On a recent sunny fall day in the nation’s capital, several hundred volunteers—each toting a backpack containing smartphone-sized radiation detectors—walked for hours around the National Mall searching for clues in a “whodunit” scavenger hunt to locate a geneticist who’d been mysteriously abducted. The geneticist and his abduction were fictitious. But the challenge this scavenger hunt was designed to address is real: The need to detect even small quantities of radioactive material that terrorists might try to bring into an urban area with the intent of detonating a “dirty bomb,” or worse. By getting volunteers to walk all day looking for clues, the DARPA-sponsored exercise provided the largest test yet of DARPA’s SIGMA program, which is developing networked sensors that can provide dynamic, real-time radiation detection over large urban areas.

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