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Dec 30, 2017

Could a Lunar Fuel Depot Jump-Start Human Exploration of Deep Space? — By Corey S. Powell | Discover

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

“What is the right way to do a lunar gateway, then?”

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Dec 30, 2017

Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality — By Robert S. KaplanGeorge SerafeimEduardo Tugendhat | Harvard Business Review

Posted by in categories: business, economics, finance

“Our first principle, therefore, is that corporations should search for projects that generate economic benefits for themselves while creating socioeconomic gains for all other actors in the new ecosystem.”

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Dec 30, 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and brother Mark give a rare interview … | Summit

Posted by in categories: business, futurism, space, sustainability

“To adventure and fellowship.”

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Dec 29, 2017

Scientists have found a way to translate brain activity into movement

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

The transhumanist vision of a transformed and technologically enhanced humanity is no longer a science fiction pipe dream. The technological and scientific breakthroughs our society has experienced over the past couple of decades perhaps stand testament to that.

Applied science has certainly come a long way too, but we are yet to crack the brain’s enigma code. How would humanity benefit if we were to crack it? Neuroprosthetics seem to be a window into the future.

Can brain activity be translated into movement?

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Dec 29, 2017

Bioquark Inc. — Cosmos Connection

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, complex systems, cryonics, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, life extension…et-theresa

Dec 29, 2017

The Carpetbaggers of Tech

Posted by in category: transhumanism

A The Baffler story, which doesn’t seem very nice to the tech industry. I support tech industry spreading across the heartland, which in my opinion would be very good for America. Nothing is perfect people, but a positive direction is a good thing: #transhumanism

The faces are different, but the schemes are the same. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Steve Chase, and J.D. Vance launch tech’s takeover of the heartland.

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Dec 29, 2017

Should we ‘out’ Bitcoin creator, Satoshi?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics

Everyone likes a good mystery. After all, who isn’t fascinated with Sherlock Holmes or the Hardy Boys? The thirst to explore a mystery led us to the New World, to the ocean depths and into space.

One of the great mysteries of the past decade is the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin and the blockchain. Some have even stepped forward in an effort to usurp his identity for fame, infamy or fortune. But in this case, we have a mystery in which the subject does not wish to be fingered. He prefers anonymity.

This raises an interesting question. What could be achieved by discovering or revealing the identity of the illusive Satoshi Nakamoto?…

The blockchain and Bitcoin present radically transformative methodologies with far ranging, beneficial impact on business, transparency and social order.

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Dec 29, 2017

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

But such talk has little currency in Sweden or its Scandinavian neighbors, where unions are powerful, government support is abundant, and trust between employers and employees runs deep. Here, robots are just another way to make companies more efficient. As employers prosper, workers have consistently gained a proportionate slice of the spoils — a stark contrast to the United States and Britain, where wages have stagnated even while corporate profits have soared.

In a world full of anxiety about the potential job-destroying rise of automation, Sweden is well placed to embrace technology while limiting human costs.

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Dec 28, 2017

Record-breaking hybrid drone stays aloft for over four hours

Posted by in categories: drones, energy

Drone technology is getting better all the time, and one area folks are putting a lot of energy into is boosting the amount of time the things can stay in the air. Drone manufacturer Quaternium is claiming a new milestone in this field, after flying its HYBRiX.20 fuel-electric quadcopter for four hours and forty minutes in what it describes as a world record flight for a self-powered multicopter.

Most multicopter drones you can buy off the shelf boast flight times of 25 to 30 minutes, though we have seen custom-built multicopters fly for far longer. Last year, for example, a commercial drone operator used a bespoke quadcopter to cross the English channel in a 72-minute jaunt, while others such as dronemaker Skyfront have previously claimed endurance records well in excess of four hours.

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Dec 28, 2017

Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of Social Upheaval

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

Experts in artificial intelligence say the world is unprepared for the enormous changes automation is bringing to the global economy. Some say artificial intelligence could help us create an almost perfect world. But they also warn it could lead to the collapse of democracy and civilisation within a generation. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from London.

Source: Al Jazeera English

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