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May 27, 2017

Pensions time-bomb for world’s biggest economies could explode to $400 trillion, says WEF

Posted by in categories: economics, life extension

Future generations are on course to become enveloped in the biggest pension crisis in history, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), unless policymakers from the world’s leading economies take urgent action.

The Geneva-based organization predicted the challenges of an ageing population could result in the world’s largest economies being forced to tackle a pension time-bomb.

Analysis from WEF showed six countries with the biggest pensions, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Netherlands, Japan and Australia, as well as the two most densely populated countries in the world – China and India – would face a retirement savings gap in excess of $400 trillion in 2050, up from around $70 trillion in 2015.

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May 27, 2017

Apple Developing ‘Apple Neural Engine’ Chip to Power AI in iOS Devices

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, robotics/AI, transportation

Apple is developing a dedicated processor that will be used to handle AI-related tasks like facial and speech recognition in its products, reports Bloomberg. Citing a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says the chip is known internally as the “Apple Neural Engine.”

Apple plans to use the chip, which would work alongside the standard processor and the graphics chip, to add more advanced artificial intelligence capabilities into its devices and to offload demanding AI processing tasks that can impact battery life.

An AI-enabled processor would help Cupertino, California-based Apple integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run augmented reality, the technology that superimposes graphics and other information onto a person’s view of the world.

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May 27, 2017

5 Emerging Biomedical Engineering Trends to Watch

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Biomedical engineering has long been a driver of advances in healthcare. From new technologies to diagnose and treat some of the most complex disease to advances that improve quality of life for everyone, the work taking place in labs around the world right now is likely to change the face of healthcare in both the short- and long-term future.

Although there are literally thousands of different projects taking place at this very moment, there are some definite trends taking place in biomedical engineering.

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May 26, 2017

Russian group delivers the first unhackable quantum-safe blockchain

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode, government, particle physics, quantum physics

Quantum computing and the blockchain both get plenty of attention in 2017, and now researchers in Russia have combined the two to create what they claim is an unhackable distributed-ledger platform.

The new technology, described as the “first quantum-safe blockchain,” promises to make it secure for organizations to transfer data without the fear of hacking from even the most powerful computers, in this case, the emerging field of quantum computing. Quantum computers make use of the quantum states of subatomic particles to store information, with the potential to do some calculations far faster than current computers. There’s some dispute whether we have actually reached that point yet, but companies such as Google Inc. are promising that true quantum computing is just around the corner.

“Quantum computers pose a major threat to data security today and could even be used to hack blockchains, destroying everything from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to secure government communications,” a spokesperson for the Russian Quantum Center told SiliconANGLE. “Because quantum computers can test a large number of combinations at once, they will be able to destroy these digital signatures, leaving the blockchain vulnerable.”

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May 26, 2017

Here’s a new text book out with life extension stuff and essays; I wrote the closing essay of the book

Posted by in categories: education, evolution, life extension

The book is titled “Finding the Fountain of Youth,” and my chapter is titled: “Religious Faith Supresses the Natural Evolution that Human Technology Promises.” It’s great to see this stuff being taught in schools, etc.…atfound-20

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May 26, 2017

Variable Gravity Station Concept

Posted by in category: space

This variable gravity station would have space for research, processing and living quarters that range from a full 1G to zero G.

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May 26, 2017

I, Robot: Japan’s Cyborg Society — By Simon Cox | 1843

Posted by in categories: fun, futurism, robotics/AI

“The Japanese government believes robots and humans can live happily side by side. Our correspondent steps into the shoes of an “immigrant from the future””

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May 26, 2017

Small flying “cars” come a bit closer to reality | The Economist

Posted by in categories: energy, robotics/AI, transportation

“A German firm completes a test, and Uber promises a prototype by 2020″

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May 26, 2017

Treating Diseases with a Protein Missile System

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A novel way to target proteins in cells could lead to undruggable diseases being treatable.

Researchers at the university of Dundee have shown that it is possible to target and destroy specific proteins within cells using a new directed protein missile system. This is very interesting as it raises the possibility of targeting aberrant proteins present in diseases that currently have no drug that affects them.

This opens the door to treating a range of diseases as well as potentially being useful in directly targeting proteins involved in the aging process. Before we take a look at the research let’s recap on why proteins are important, what they do and how they relate to aging and diseases.

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May 26, 2017

Update bundle #4

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

News from the world of rejuvenation biotechs.

Gone are—for now—the golden days when I would publish a new post each week. So, for as long as my schedule is going to be this busy, I’ll have to be content with update bundles. I thought I’d let you know about a few news items and interesting things going on in anti-ageing community.

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