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Jan 12, 2019

Astronomers May Have Just Spotted the Birth of a Black Hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

Cosmic reincarnation observed in real time.

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Jan 12, 2019

DARPA Wants to Build Conscious Robots Using Insect Brains

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The Pentagon’s emerging technologies unit put out a call last week for proposals that use insect brains to control robots — because they could be used to create efficient new models for artificial intelligence, but also because they could be used to explore the meaning of consciousness.

“Nature has forced on these small insects drastic miniaturization and energy efficiency, some having only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor, while maintaining basic functionality,” reads a document in the proposal. “Furthermore, these organisms are possibly able to display increased subjectivity of experience.” It goes on to say that there’s evidence suggesting that “even small insects have subjective experiences, the first step towards a concept of ‘consciousness.’”.

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Jan 12, 2019

Giant hi-tech tomato glasshouse set to produce millions of the fruit

Posted by in category: futurism

Jump to media player The facility is set to produce 150 million tomatoes a year, helped by red LED lights and bees.

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Jan 12, 2019

Genetic Variant May Predetermine Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

Some Parkinson’s disease patients with a specific genetic variant have widespread reduction of gray matter in dementia-related brain regions.

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Jan 12, 2019

Why Physicists Are Hunting the Strangest of the Ghost Particles

Posted by in category: particle physics

These tiny subatomic particles, showering down from the depths of space, continue to surprise (and annoy) physicists chasing them.

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Jan 12, 2019

Bioquark Inc. — Creatively Speaking Radio — Ira Pastor

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

Thanks so much to Luanna Helena for having me on Creatively Speaking Radio to discuss Bioquark Inc. (http://www.bioquark.com) and nature’s clues for human regeneration, disease reversion, and age rejuvenation -

Also got to introduce our new mosquito / “ectocrinome” research program — (https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2019/01/02/bio…nefit.html) —

http://blogtalkradio.com/creativelyspeaking/2019/01/12/episode-79-ira-pastor

Jan 12, 2019

Moore’s Law, Wright’s Law, and the Countdown to Exponential Space

Posted by in categories: singularity, space

Technologies have often been observed to improve exponentially over time. In practice this often means identifying a constant known as the doubling time. Moore’s law is, classically, the empirical observation that the number of electronic components that can be put on a chip doubles every 18 to 24 months. Today it is frequently stated in terms of the number of computations available per unit of cost, a formulation promoted by Kurzweil. Different doubling times describe the rate of advancement in many technologies.

A frequently noted competitor to Moore’s law is known as Wright’s law, which has aeronautical roots. Wright’s law expresses the idea that performance of a technology—price or a quality metric—improves by a constant percentage for every doubling of the total number produced. Does exploration of outer space conform to behavior like Moore’s law or Wright’s law? Our results are broadly consistent with these laws. (More)

Jan 12, 2019

Mathematicians Discovered a Computer Problem that No One Can Ever Solve

Posted by in categories: mathematics, robotics/AI

Researchers working on machine learning have discovered a problem that no one, anywhere in the universe, will ever be able to solve.

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Jan 12, 2019

SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX is letting hundreds of employees go in an effort to ensure it has the funds for its biggest undertakings.

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Jan 12, 2019

Get Involved in the World’s Biggest Quantum Physics Experiment Happening Right Now

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Several experiments over the past few years have reportedly violated Bell’s inequality – last year, the first Bell’s inequality experiment was completed without loopholes, but there’s still dispute over whether or not local realism actually holds up.

The new worldwide experiment aims to settle the matter once and for all, by using a huge amount of random, user-generated data to test Bell’s inequality.

Basically, the researchers are holding what’s called the ‘BIG Bell Test: worldwide quantum experiments powered by human randomness’, and they aim to conduct a range of Bell’s inequality tests around the world, controlled by human decisions made by volunteers (which they call Bellsters).

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