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May 16, 2017

Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, sex, transhumanism

I get beat up in The Guardian today a bit with a ham-fisted review. But make no mistake, the book Radicals by journalist and Immortality Bus rider Jamie Bartlett, which is coming out in a few days, is important and brilliant:…ett-review #transhumanism

This thoughtful study of radical movements explores politics, sex and drugs.

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May 16, 2017

Robots that Learn

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Last month, we showed an earlier version of this robot where we’d trained its vision system using domain randomization, that is, by showing it simulated objects with a variety of color, backgrounds, and textures, without the use of any real images.

Now, we’ve developed and deployed a new algorithm, one-shot imitation learning, allowing a human to communicate how to do a new task by performing it in VR. Given a single demonstration, the robot is able to solve the same task from an arbitrary starting configuration.

Caption: Our system can learn a behavior from a single demonstration delivered within a simulator, then reproduce that behavior in different setups in reality.

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May 16, 2017

Automation will have a bigger impact on jobs in smaller cities

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

More migration to megacities is expected in the next few decades, because they have more jobs that are resilient to automation than smaller urban areas.

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May 16, 2017

Your art degree might save you from automation, an AI expert says

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

When machines control all the world’s finances and run factory floors, what will humans be left to do?

We’ll make art, says Kai-Fu Lee, a former Google and Microsoft executive who has since launched VC firm Sinovation Ventures.

“Art and beauty is very hard to replicate with AI. Given AI is more objective, analytical, data driven, maybe it’s time for some of us to switch to the humanities, liberal arts, and beauty,” Lee told Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney during a live Q&A session. “Maybe professions where it’s hard to find a job might be good to study.”

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May 16, 2017

This Robot Of Leonardo Da Vinci Is Disturbingly Realistic

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The android was the star of the International Robot Exhibition 2015 in Tokyo.

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May 16, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils a monster computer that’s made for Mars

Posted by in categories: computing, space travel

What does a prototype computer with 160 terabytes of memory have to do with missions to Mars? The way Kirk Bresniker sees it, a giant leap in computing is required for the giant leap to the Red Planet.

“That’s actually what we need to wrap around that crew,” Bresniker, chief architect at Hewlett Packard Labs, told GeekWire.

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May 16, 2017

WIRED Weekender: 10 stories you may have missed this week

Posted by in category: transhumanism

My recent Op-Ed in Wired UK featured in their weekend round-up, plus some other transhumanism stuff newly out: & &…longevity/

The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we’ve published during the previous seven days.

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May 16, 2017

AI Mines Hundreds of Thousands of News Articles Per Hour for Stock Tips

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

A machine learning algorithm is using sentiment analysis to make stock price predictions with 76 percent accuracy.

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May 16, 2017

The G-Hab hotel

Posted by in categories: government, space

Nearly a half-century has passed since the earliest rotational artificial gravity testing was performed, such as at the Rockwell Rotational Test Facility and the NASA Langley Rotating Space Station Simulator. Periodically over the decades since then a few experiments have taken place, and proposals have been made for government-sponsored rotating artificial gravity test facilities, both on the ground and in orbit.1,2 And yet no such project has been started since those early government programs.

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May 16, 2017

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics

While not a complete figment of our imagination, the universe may only become real because we’re looking at it.

By Douglas Heaven

Samuel Johnson thought the idea was so preposterous that kicking a rock was enough to silence discussion. “I refute it thus,” he cried as his foot rebounded from reality. Had he known about quantum mechanics, he might have spared himself the stubbed toe.

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