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Jul 29, 2016

Demonetized Cost of Living

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, government, robotics/AI

People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs and destroying livelihoods… reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy.

In anticipation, countries like Canada, India and Finland are running experiments to pilot the idea of “universal basic income” — the unconditional provision of a regular sum of money from the government to support livelihood independent of employment.

But what people aren’t talking about, and what’s getting my attention, is a forthcoming rapid demonetization of the cost of living.

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Jul 29, 2016

The U.S. Presidential Candidate Who Loves Science, Technology, And…Immortality?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, geopolitics, health, life extension, science, transhumanism

A new story with lots of transhumanism in it:

Zoltan Istvan is in the running for President of the United States. You may not have heard of him, but if elected, he hopes to put an end to death. All of it. (Yes, seriously).

There are people right now walking around with artificial hearts – something that many people believed would not happen for another decade (or even longer). There are quadriplegics no longer bound to a wheelchair, but walk with exoskeleton technology. There are hundreds of thousands of people with brain implants that help them with various ailments. In short, recent technological breakthroughs like these open up the possibility for humans to enhance themselves and their health—and perhaps to even become immortal (someday).

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Jul 29, 2016

HP Virtual Reality Display

Posted by in category: virtual reality

HP’s boldly goes where no monitor has gone before — virtual reality.

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Jul 29, 2016

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future — By Jack Stewart | Wired

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, solar power, transportation


““The factory is the machine that builds the machine,” Musk says, sitting in the lobby of his new building.”

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Jul 29, 2016

There’s A Gene That Reverses Cellular Aging, And Now We Know How

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

NANOG. I just like the sound of it.

In the biology lab-based equivalent of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, researchers from the University at Buffalo have uncovered the human body’s internal fountain of eternal youth, in the form of a gene called NANOG. When expressing this gene in aged stem cells, the team found that it reactivated certain processes that had become exhausted, restoring their ability to develop into fully functioning muscle cells.

As we go about our lives, wear and tear causes the body’s cells to die via a process called senescence. When this occurs, new cells are created from stem cells in order to replace those that have become senescent, although when we hit old age our stem cells become depleted or unable to develop.

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Jul 29, 2016

Physicists say time travel could be a reality

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, time travel


However, new research carried out at the University of Waterloo and University of Lethbridge, in Canada, argues there is a much longer measureable minimum unit of time.

If true, the existence of such a minimum time changes the basic equations of quantum mechanics.

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Jul 29, 2016

Traveling to Mars with Immortal Plasma Rockets

Posted by in categories: engineering, space travel

Mars mission with plasma rockets concept. NASA


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Jul 29, 2016

Physicists Just Observed a Brand-New State of Matter Where We Thought It Was Impossible

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Physicists assert that they have observed quantum spin liquid state again; however, this time, they have done so in a material where it was thought to be impossible. If verified, it could transform how we understand quantum computing.

Back in April, the physics world freaked out when scientists confirmed that they’d made the first direct observation of a brand-new state of matter – known as quantum spin liquid – for the first time.

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Jul 29, 2016

National Geographic Releases Amibitious New Mars Trailer

Posted by in category: space

National Geographic releases a new Mars trailer for an ambitious new video series about life making a new home on Mars to be released in the fall.

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Jul 29, 2016

Why NASA Astronauts Just Spent A Week Living In A Cave

Posted by in category: space

Spelunking as a space simulation.

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