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Mar 20, 2016

Self-driving Cars and an Underappreciated Impact They Will Bring

Posted by in categories: business, law, robotics/AI, transportation

The momentum of self-driving cars on the road is accelerating with the question clearly becoming “when” not “if” the widespread use of self-driving cars will be allowed. A 2015 Business Intelligence Report forecasts a compounded annual growth rate of 134% from 2015 to 2020 with at least 10 million cars on the road by 2020.


This should not come as a surprise, the descriptors for a car are heavily technology based with the importance of the car’s brains (software) rivaling its brawn (styling). Cars are already equipped with the ability to conduct specific tasks with varying degrees of driver interaction such as fully autonomous emergency breaking and semi-autonomous driver assisted parallel parking that are performed more adroitly — and safely — then the vehicle is operated by the driver. But the narrative of the self-driving car isn’t evolutionary but thought of as leapfrogging breakthroughs. Perhaps what has painted the imagery with futuristic color is the vocabulary of artificial intelligence. Fully autonomous driverless cars such as Google’s use an artificial intelligence system to pilot the car. In February the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted on its website that it informed Google that the artificial intelligence system pilot in a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law.

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Mar 20, 2016

The Self Driving WePod

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Fleets of self-driving busses will soon be deployed in the Netherlands.

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Mar 20, 2016

Apellix drone can paint homes and de-ice airplanes

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, habitats, materials, transportation

They’re taking over everything.

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Mar 20, 2016

Futurenews: A fun list to read

Posted by in categories: life extension, Ray Kurzweil

The quest for immortality isn’t something new. Longevity and eternal youth have frequently been sought after down through the ages, and efforts to keep from dying and fight off age have a long and interesting history. Legends about such things as ‘the Elixir of Life’, universal panaceas, and ‘the Fountain of Youth’ can be found in many different cultures from around the world, and the pursuit for immortality actually seems to be as old as mankind itself. Although divided by many generations of great men, the feelings of sheer helplessness and hopelessness that Ray Kurzweil must have felt when he experienced the loss of his father, strongly resembles those of Gilgamesh, the ancient Sumerian king, when he mourned over his friend Enkidu almost 5000 years earlier. As a matter of fact, mortality has probably haunted our conciuousness since the first human in horror witnessed death; and thus realized his or her own eventual demise

Humanity has been in a bitter war with ‘the Grim Reaper’ ever since.

“Six days and seven nights I mourned over him, and I would not allow him to be buried until a maggot fell out of his nose. I was terrified [by his appearance]. I began to fear death, and so roam the wilderness.” –Gilgamesh

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Mar 20, 2016

Jason Silva will inspire you with these thoughts on human advancement in the 21st century

Posted by in category: transhumanism


Truly wonderful stuff.

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Mar 20, 2016

The Next Picasso Is a Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Your next favorite artist, writer, or musician might be a robot.

As the gap between man and machine narrows, it becomes harder to identify what makes humans unique. Robots can perform myriad physical tasks, they can express emotions (even if they don’t actually feel them), and they can learn. So what makes humans special?

Some people think it’s the presence of a soul, though that argument invades sticky philosophical territory and can’t be empirically proven. Cynics might say humans are the only species to make and use weapons specifically to hurt others, but that’s not exactly a reason to boast. Others suggest humans are singular for their ability to make art. From the Mona Lisa to the Taj Mahal, Homo sapiens’ facility for imbuing canvas, stone, sound, and words with beauty and imagination is unparalleled.

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Mar 20, 2016

Incredible eco-village design

Posted by in category: futurism

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This futuristic ‘vertical village’ looks like something out of Dr. Seuss.

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Mar 20, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 26

Posted by in category: futurism

Intelligent garbage can.

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Mar 20, 2016

Automakers agree to make auto braking a standard

Posted by in categories: government, transportation

20 automakers that sell vehicles in the US made a pact to make automatic emergency braking system a standard feature in new cars in less than a decade.

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Mar 19, 2016

The Latest Findings on Memory

Posted by in categories: entertainment, neuroscience

The fact that some people remember the past as a series of episodes full of details (episodic memory), while others store in their brains the meaning of events (semantic memory), has a lot to do with the configuration of the connections in the brain, according to a recent study published in the journal Cortex. Neuroscience is deciphering the sophisticated mechanisms of human memory to explain how we file and remember information.

– Memory’s unreliable.

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