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May 19, 2017

AI sentencing criminals is a bad idea. This is why

Posted by in categories: information science, law enforcement, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is already helping determine your future – whether it’s your Netflix viewing preferences, your suitability for a mortgage or your compatibility with a prospective employer. But can we agree, at least for now, that having an AI determine your guilt or innocence in a court of law is a step too far?

Worryingly, it seems this may already be happening. When American Chief Justice John Roberts recently attended an event, he was asked whether he could forsee a day “when smart machines, driven with artificial intelligences, will assist with courtroom fact finding or, more controversially even, judicial decision making”. He responded: “It’s a day that’s here and it’s putting a significant strain on how the judiciary goes about doing things”.

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May 19, 2017

Scientists Found a Low-Cost Way to Produce the World’s Cleanest Energy Source

Posted by in categories: energy, physics

Scientists have discovered a low-cost, efficient catalyst for splitting water to create hydrogen. This means that the world’s cleanest form of energy, hydrogen, may be more easily and cheaply produced.

Physicists at the University of Houston have discovered a low-cost, efficient, and easily available catalyst that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The catalyst is far more efficient than other options that have previously been employed, and because it is grown from ferrous metaphosphate on a conductive nickel foam platform, it is both more durable and cheaper to produce.

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May 19, 2017

Space hotels aren’t sci-fi anymore

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Bigelow Aerospace is building space habitats for the public. Get an exclusive tour inside one of their prototypes, and see where we would live in space.

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May 19, 2017

Sound over silicon: Computing’s wave of the future

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

As computer parts grow tinier — billions of transistors are now packed onto silicon chips the size of a fingernail — silicon’s performance shrinks too, and the material can overheat.

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May 18, 2017

India cancelling huge coal power station because it wants to focus on renewable energy

Posted by in categories: energy, government, sustainability

A planned coal fired mega power plant in India has been scrapped because the government wants to focus on green energy.

Gujarati state officials had planned a 4,000-Megawatt ultra-mega power project (UMPP).

It would have been the state of Gujarat’s second UMPP.

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May 18, 2017

Cybercrime: A Black Market Price List From The Dark Web

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

What does it cost for malware, stolen identities and other tools of the cybercriminal trade? Probably less than you think.

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May 18, 2017

Uber’s new app for truckers could disrupt one of America’s core industries

Posted by in categories: employment, food, transportation

Uber launched a new app on Thursday called Uber Freight, which matches trucking companies with loads to haul.

The formal launch of the app marks Uber’s long-anticipated move into the trucking industry — potentially disrupting one of the most popular professions in the U.S.

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May 18, 2017

Soldiers Could Soon Get Robotic Legs

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s basically the lower half of Iron Man’s suit, minus rocket boosters and armor.

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May 18, 2017

Mini Reactors Could Make Affordable Fusion Power a Reality by 2030

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

  • The small, spherical Tokamak ST40 reactor is on track to reach its next goal of hitting the 15,000,000 °C (27,000,000 °F) mark this autumn.
  • When it does, we will be one step closer to achieving fusion power on a commercial scale.

Earlier this month the newest fusion reactor in the U.K., Tokamak Energy’s ST40, achieved first plasma. This milestone event on the road to fusion energy signals the viability of the company’s overall timetable. The more immediate aim for the ST40 is to achieve a temperature of 15,000,000 °C (27,000,000 °F), as hot as the center of the sun — this should happen in autumn of 2017 based on the progress thus far.

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May 18, 2017

Journalist Jamie Bartlett’s new book “Radicals” is out today

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My Immortality Bus trip and transhumanist presidential campaign is the subject of the first chapter (40 pages long). Grab a copy of this excellent book and read about radical personalities attempting to change the world: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radicals-Jamie-Bartlett-ebook/dp/B0…sr=8-1

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