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Jan 9, 2018

Wind farms paid £1m a week to switch off

Posted by in category: futurism

Here, $$$$, turn that thing off, you’re making too much cheap power.

New figures show £53m was given to the wind industry last year to keep turbines switched off to regulate electricity supplied to National Grid.

Since wind farms first started receiving constraint payments five years ago, more than £100 million has been handed over in compensation for switching off. Photo: PA

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Jan 9, 2018

How close are we to a Black Mirror-style digital afterlife?

Posted by in category: transhumanism

New story in The Guardian:…-afterlife #transhumanism

One of the threads running through the sci-fi series’ latest season concerns digital versions of ourselves who live on after we die … it could happen sooner than we think.

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Jan 9, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Ira Pastor — Humans 2.0 Podcast

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, business, cryonics, DNA, health, life extension, singularity, transhumanism

Jan 9, 2018

Super-Black Is the New Black

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Feathers on birds of paradise contain light-trapping nanotechnology that makes some of the deepest blacks in the world.

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Jan 9, 2018

This massive exoskeleton makes mech racing a reality

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

Furrion’s Prosthesis exo-bionic racing mech is at CES.

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Jan 9, 2018

Intel wants to move beyond today’s architecture, with brain-inspired and quantum chips

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, quantum physics

Intelligent Machines

Intel’s new chips are more brain-like than ever.

The troubled chipmaker is looking to the future of computing.

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Jan 9, 2018

How bacteria turbocharged their motors

Posted by in categories: evolution, habitats, nanotechnology

Using detailed 3D images, researchers have shown how bacteria have evolved molecular motors of different powers to optimize their swimming.

The discovery, by a team from Imperial College London, provides insights into evolution at the molecular scale.

Bacteria use molecular motors just tens of nanometres wide to spin a tail (or ‘flagellum’) that pushes them through their habitat. Like human-made motors, the structure of these nanoscale machines determines their power and the bacteria’s swimming ability.

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Jan 9, 2018

Sex Robots That Can Make Babies May Soon Be Available

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, robotics/AI, sex

The scientist behind an advanced sex robot has plans for 3D printed offspring. Samantha, developed by Spanish robotics firm Synthea Amatus, went on sale in the United Kingdom last month for around $5,000 — but while the A.I. present in the initial version offers a range of functions like telling jokes, discussing philosophy and synchronizing climaxes, a future version could offer more ambitious features.

“I can make them have a baby. It’s not so difficult. I would love to have a child with a robot,” Sergei Santos, creator of Samatha, told The Sun in a Friday story.

Sex robots are a growing, but controversial, area of artificial intelligence. While some argue that such machines could spark a wider discussion about sexuality, others object to the aim to replicate human interaction. Futurologist Ian Pearson claims that by 2050, more than half of people will have sex with a robot.

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Jan 9, 2018

Return to the MOON Photo

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2017 of SpaceNews magazine.

America’s space program has long held a special place in the public’s imagination, but NASA missions are limited by budget constraints. NASA must use its funding wisely to implement balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop enabling technologies, such as technologies to power future NASA missions. Speaking as the former project manager of three successful missions — Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini — and the canceled Prometheus-Icy Moons Orbiter, I have a unique perspective to share.

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Jan 9, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Ira Pastor — X-Zone Radio Show

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, cosmology, cryonics, DNA, futurism, genetics, life extension, transhumanism