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Dec 28, 2017

China’s latest plans to dominate robot, smart car and railway industries by 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, food, information science, internet, robotics/AI

China has unveiled three-year plans to increase the country’s economic competitiveness by developing “key technologies” in nine industrial sectors, from robotics to railways.

Other areas include smart cars, robotics, advanced shipbuilding and maritime equipment, modern agricultural machinery, advanced medical devices and drugs, new materials, smart manufacturing and machine tools.

The aim is “to make China a powerful manufacturing country” and upgrade the nation’s industrial power through “the internet, big data and artificial intelligence”, the commission said.

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Dec 27, 2017

What’s Love got to do with Education?

Posted by in categories: complex systems, education, ethics, evolution, futurism, health, homo sapiens, human trajectories, innovation, philosophy, sustainability

[This article is drawn from Ch. 8: “Pedagogical Love: An Evolutionary Force” in Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures.]

“There is nothing more important in this world than radical love” as Paolo Freire told Joe Kincheloe over dinner.

- Joe Kincheloe. Reading, Writing and Cognition. 2006.

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Dec 27, 2017

Organic Material Set to Make Solar Energy Truly ‘Green’

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Research on solar cells has been going on at a breakneck pace. However, with the advent of organics based cells, solar energy will be ‘greener’ than ever.

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Dec 27, 2017

We are almost to our final goal!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

With only a few days left of 2017 we are $1,206,000 towards our $1,250,000 Winter Fundraiser goal.

Please help us reach our $1,250,000 goal by donating generously today! Remember, your support is crucial to our continued fight against age-related diseases.


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Dec 27, 2017

Japan’s Otsuka to roll out first ‘digital pill’ in US next spring

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

TOKYO — Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical plans to roll out the world’s first commercial “digital pill” in the U.S. as early as next spring. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November green-lighted the drugmaker to produce and sell the product, Abilify MyCite.

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Dec 27, 2017

Launch & landing of SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket

Posted by in category: space travel

Fan-made video animation — launch & landing of SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR); created by Reddit user Hazegrayart.

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Dec 27, 2017

Demis Hassabis On Artificial Intelligence and the future of DeepMind

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

We live in an age of incredible technological innovation. Innovation that has the potential to do great good or great harm to society. Prince Harry, sat down with one of the most celebrated figures in Artificial Intelligence, Demis Hassabis, British artificial intelligence researcher, neuroscientist, computer game designer, entrepreneur, the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, to discuss the responsibility that big tech firms have to ensure that change to society is positive. The Artificial Intelligence Channel.

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Dec 27, 2017

Looking Back at 2017: A Year in Rejuvenation Biotechnology

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

The end of the year is approaching, and as we prepare for the celebrations for the new year, what could be better than sitting down with a warm drink and recapping 2017 in the world of rejuvenation biotechnology?

Winter kick-off

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Dec 27, 2017

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, transportation

Usually, when we’ve referred to Crispr, we’ve really meant Crispr/Cas9—a riboprotein complex composed of a short strand of RNA and an efficient DNA-cutting enzyme. It did for biology and medicine what the Model T did for manufacturing and transportation; democratizing access to a revolutionary technology and disrupting the status quo in the process. Crispr has already been used to treat cancer in humans, and it could be in clinical trials to cure genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia as soon as next year.

But like the Model T, Crispr Classic is somewhat clunky, unreliable, and a bit dangerous. It can’t bind to just any place in the genome. It sometimes cuts in the wrong places. And it has no off-switch. If the Model T was prone to overheating, Crispr Classic is prone to overeating.

Even with these limitations, Crispr Classic will continue to be a workhorse for science in 2018 and beyond. But this year, newer, flashier gene editing tools began rolling off the production line, promising to outshine their first-generation cousin. So if you were just getting your head around Crispr, buckle up. Because gene-editing 2.0 is here.

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Dec 26, 2017

Virgin Hyperloop One just broke its speed record

Posted by in categories: business, transportation

Virgin Hyperloop One set a test speed record of nearly 240 miles per hour during its third phase of testing at its site in Nevada.

The company also tested a new airlock which helped transition test pods between atmospheric and vacuum conditions during a test campaign which was completed on December 15, 2017.

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