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Jun 12, 2017

“How to Promote Longevity?” Live Panel

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

We teamed up the MMTP last week and did a special longevity live panel on Facebook with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Dr. Alexandra Stolzing, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests. Check it out.

We teamed up with the MMTP for their “How to Promote Longevity?” Live Panel. Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Dr. Alexandra Stolzing and Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests discuss the latest research and progess in rejuvenation biotechnology.

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Jun 12, 2017

Faux particles commit physics faux pas

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

“For example, Hasan says, “we can test theoretical ideas in the early universe,” simulating how particles may have behaved just after the Big Bang, when Lorentz symmetry may not have been obeyed.”

It’s interesting how often I hear condensed matter physicists justify their work by saying “might be important for something with quantum gravity” while condensed matter physics by itself is much more likely than quantum gravity to be good for something.

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Jun 11, 2017

Outsiders Changing the World

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

The Evening Standard reviews the new book Radicals whose opening chapter is about transhumanism and my 2016 presidential campaign:

With the apparent collapse of Ukip and the defeat of Marine Le Pen, perhaps those of us fretting about the decline of liberal democracy may breathe easier. Still, many established Western parties remain in decline. And we have yet to deal with the consequences of the “populist” spasms that gave us Brexit and the absurd President Trump. This is the climate that impels Jamie Bartlett, of think tank Demos, to examine some of the new “radicals”.

Radicalism is important, he believes, because it is a source of new ideas: even if liberal democracy is forced to argue with racists or anti-democratic radicals, that should help make it stronger.

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Jun 11, 2017

High-tech farms give a new meaning to ‘locally grown’

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Startups are leading the way to a future in which more food is grown closer to where people live.

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Jun 11, 2017

Driverless Autonomous Cars Will Be on U.S. Roads in the Next 2 Months

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Developers of driverless systems can apply now for permits to test cars.

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Jun 11, 2017

In the Ruth Porat era at Alphabet, even robot video stars have to find some paying customers

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Nice jibe at Boston Dynamics, they are only uhh the best legged robot lab in the world. Google didnt have a clue what they were doing when they bought Boston Dynamics, and thankfully getting sold now before they did anymore damage to it.

I Have a brilliant idea, lets force them to work on wheeled robots LOL 😛.

Alphabet’s sale of a robotics business to Japan’s Softbank shows that CFO Ruth Porat is taking aim even at the company’s most advanced technologies.

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Jun 11, 2017

Scientists Claim to ‘Upload Knowledge Into the Brain’ Using Matrix-Style Device

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Scientists at HRL labs claim to have built a device that could upload knowledge directly into the brain just like the matrix films.

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Jun 11, 2017

Nike-backed Grabit has quietly raised $25 million for robots that handle what others can’t grasp

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Robot arms have come a long way since the 1960’s when George C. Devol and Joseph Engelberger created the earliest industrial models. Those had two-finger grippers that, in retrospect, look fit to pluck a rubber ducky out of a bin in a carnival game, but nothing too sophisticated.

By now, robots in factories and warehouses can adjust their grip like human hands, or use suction and pliable materials to move objects wherever they need to go. Problems arise, however, when objects are porous, tiny, or need to be placed with great precision, as with materials handling in textiles, food, automotive and electronics manufacturing.

A startup called Grabit Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., gets around problems with robot dexterity and grip by employing “electroadhesion” to move different materials. Yes, that’s the force that lifts strands of your hair away from your scalp when you rub a balloon on your head.

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Jun 10, 2017

Startup aims to send probe to another star

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Project Dragonfly is a feasibility study for a space mission to another star. It is conducted by the Initiative for Interstellar Studies I4IS. The goal is to send a robotic spacecraft to another star, in order to explore exoplanets, other star systems, the interstellar medium and discover potential life.

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Jun 10, 2017

Patient uses fat stem cells to repair his wrist

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Bill Marlette’s wrist wore away its cartilage until his bones were grinding against each other, but a new treatment using stem cells from his own fat has rebuilt his joint.

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