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Jun 17, 2018

Boston Dynamics Shows Latest Advancements in Robotics at CEBIT 2018

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Robots are getting lighter, faster, stronger and smarter. Marc Rybert, founder of Boston Dynamics shows the latest developments at CEBIT 2018.

Courtesy of CEBIT. June 2018.

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Jun 17, 2018

HPV vaccine has almost wiped out infections in young women, figures show

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

T he HPV vaccine has almost completely wiped out infections in young women, and if expanded to men could prevent thousands of cancer cases in Britain each year, new figures suggest.

New figures from Public Health England show that the rate of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in women aged between 16 to 21 who were vaccinated between 2010 and 2016 has fallen by 86 per cent.

More than 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 800 will die from the disease, with most cases caused by the HPV virus.

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Jun 17, 2018

The big picture: We’re getting closer to AI doctors

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

It’s not unrealistic to think that 80% of what doctors do will be replaced by algorithms and artificial intelligence. The idea, evangelized by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla two years ago, is that machines can more accurately diagnosis us — and that will reduce deadly medical errors and free doctors up to do other things.

The bottom line: We’re getting closer to this reality. Algorithms, for example, can already diagnose diseases from imaging scans better than human radiologists. Computers possibly could take over the entire radiology specialty.

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Jun 17, 2018

RIPPA The Farm Robot Exterminates Pests And Weeds

Posted by in categories: education, food, robotics/AI, space, sustainability

RIPPA, a fully autonomous robot, can cover five acres a day on a solar charge — finding and exterminating pests and weeds on every single plant over the equivalent of four football fields. Are robots like RIPPA the future of farming?

RIPPA stands for “Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application”.

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Jun 17, 2018

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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Jun 17, 2018

Astronaut Chris Hadfield says the rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin won’t take people to Mars

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Sorry, Elon.

Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, says the future rockets and spaceships of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin would be too risky to get people to and from Mars. He thinks we need some possibly “outlandish” solutions for space travel to make round-trip travel to the red planet practical.

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Jun 17, 2018

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’

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Tesla CEO and PayPal billionaire Elon Musk surprised many Friday when he declared on Twitter that he is a socialist. Conservative critics, however, may well have agreed, given his companies’ reliance on the state.

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Jun 17, 2018

Supermassive Black Hole Caught Spewing the Fiery Remains of a Dead Star

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Spicy food has its consequences.

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Jun 17, 2018

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes

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Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we’re a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process — and not the end of the line. “We’re not the goal of evolution,” Chakrabarty says. “Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life — connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but to our extinct relatives and our evolutionary ancestors.”

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Jun 17, 2018

‘Smile, it’s the Future!’ — Emotions, Mixed Reality, and Techno-Telepathy

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, neuroscience

Let me propose a hypothetical future scenario: Let’s say that we’ve since developed an advanced method of brain-to-brain (B2B) communication, to which, naturally, has become quite popular among the younger generation of that time.

How might we judge futuristic societies using our present day standards? Better yet, how might the past have judged us today and would there be a difference?

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