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May 11, 2019

ConsenSys CEO Predicts Trump Re-Election, Facebook Breakup and Crypto Revival

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

To close out the 2019 Ethereal Summit in Brooklyn, he foresaw a future where assets had all been tokenized, the web was completely decentralized and networks organized around topical interests had become roughly as important to human life as nation states.

Notably, Lubin predicted President Donald Trump would win a second term in 2020.

He foresaw those following four years as marking a downturn in American civilization, marked by an increase in radical divisions and even hate crimes. The turnaround would only arrive, he predicted, when Facebook, “finally admitting its role in global radicalism,” broke itself into “Facebook Media” (the news feed) and “Open Book,” a decentralized social web that any startup could tap into.

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May 11, 2019

New Treatment May Have the Potential to Slow, Stop, or Reverse Parkinson Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Results from a recent study suggest that a revolutionary treatment may have the potential to slow, stop, or even reverse the progression of Parkinson disease.

Results from a February study of a revolutionary treatment suggest that it may be possible to slow, stop, or even reverse the progression of Parkinson disease, according to findings in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

The 3-part, experimental study investigated whether using a novel delivery system to increase levels of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) can regenerate dying dopamine brain cells in patients with Parkinson disease and even reverse their condition. GDNF is a naturally occurring protein that promotes the survival of many types of neurons.

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May 11, 2019

It’s small, it’s green, and it will take control of your car

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

This box could make your car autonomous for just $1,000. (from 2016)


Comma.ai’s system will add Autopilot-like abilities to many standard vehicles.

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May 11, 2019

20 New Advances in the Science of Aging

Posted by in categories: life extension, science

Here’s a look at 20 of the most exciting areas of research on aging to watch in 2019 and beyond.

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May 11, 2019

AI develops human-like number sense – taking us a step closer to building machines with general intelligence

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Numbers figure pretty high up on the list of what a computer can do well. While humans often struggle to split a restaurant bill, a modern computer can make millions of calculations in a mere second. Humans, however, have an innate and intuitive number sense that helped us, among other things, to build computers in the first place.

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May 11, 2019

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Opinions on #ArtificialIntelligence are a dime a dozen, unless you’re hearing from one of the field’s pioneers. Join us at D60, DARPA’s 60th anniversary symposium, to learn from Ron Brachman about how #AI rose to prominence. https://d60.darpa.mil/index.html

Panel: “DARPA and AI: Visionary Pioneer and Advocate”

Artificial Intelligence has experienced waves of excitement before, but we have never seen the kind of worldwide enthusiasm that we see now, especially in the commercial sector, where AI has become the central mission of some of the world’s most powerful tech companies. DARPA is known for being the first supporter of AI research and panelists will highlight the impetus DARPA provided to the field’s most central technological areas, and give insights about where the field is going next.

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May 11, 2019

This robotic hand mimics humans

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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This robot can successfully mimic human hands.

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May 11, 2019

Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Evidence that humans can genetically adapt to diving has been identified for the first time in a new study. The evidence suggests that the Bajau, a people group indigenous to parts of Indonesia, have genetically enlarged spleens which enable them to free dive to depths of up to 70m.

It has previously been hypothesised that the plays an important role in enabling humans to free dive for prolonged periods but the relationship between spleen size and dive capacity has never before been examined in humans at the genetic level.

The findings, which are being published in the research journal Cell, could also have medical implications in relation to the condition known as Acute Hypoxia, which can cause complications in emergency medical care.

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May 11, 2019

Scientists create crystal which would allow us to breathe underwater

Posted by in category: materials

A spoonful of the material can absorb the oxygen of an entire room.

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May 11, 2019

You’ll Soon Be Able to See a Twice-Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Up-Close in Houston

Posted by in category: space travel

An upcoming exhibit at Space Center Houston will feature the core section of the Falcon 9 rocket used in two NASA missions.

Space Center Houston, the museum of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, announced the new exhibit on Thursday, CollectSpace reports. The twice-flown SpaceX rocket core will go on display later this summer.

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