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May 27, 2017

Microsoft reveals prototype augmented reality glasses that don’t look wacky

Posted by in category: augmented reality

Microsoft on Friday unceremoniously revealed new prototype augmented-reality (AR) glasses that look like a normal pair of thick-framed glasses. The emergence of the technology indicates Microsoft has been thinking ways to go beyond the bulky and costly HoloLens headset it unveiled two years ago.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Microsoft researchers Andrew Maimone, Andreas Georgiou, and Joel Kollin wrote in a paper describing the glasses containing holographic display prototypes, which employ a technique called digital holography. The researchers will talk about their work at the Siggraph conference in Los Angeles in August.

The paper comes a few weeks after Facebook talked about building AR glasses. Snap, which sells camera sunglasses for its Snapchat messaging app, has introduced AR software features, although it has not yet indicated it’s working on proper AR glasses. Apple is also thought to be developing AR technology.

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May 27, 2017

Check what’s behind your wall before drilling

Posted by in category: electronics

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May 27, 2017

We’re So Close To Immortality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

We’re shockingly close to reversing many causes of aging.

David Agus explains how this could help us cure cancer — it’s about quality of life, not quantity.

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May 27, 2017

Human blood stem cells grown in the lab for the first time

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Two labs have found a way to create cells that can form new blood – paving the way for donor-free blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants.

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May 27, 2017

You can order food straight from Facebook now

Posted by in category: food

What a world we live in.

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May 27, 2017

Our Quest to Find a One-Sided Magnet Just Took an Unexpected Turn

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Of the many ‘white whales’ that theoretical physicists are pursuing, the elusive magnetic monopole — a magnetic with only one pole — is one of the most confounding.

Compared to the Higgs boson in terms of its potential impact on modern physics, the magnetic monopole has been on scientists’ minds for even longer. And now our best shot at finding it just got weird — two phenomena that resemble the magnetic monopole have become one.

If you’re unfamiliar with the magnetic monopole, it’s a hypothetical particle that’s long been predicted by quantum physics, but no one has ever been able to prove that it exists.

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May 27, 2017

Pilot Takes Amazing Photos From His Cockpit, And They Will Take Your Breath Away

Posted by in category: climatology

Being a pilot, you get to see a bunch of beautiful sights from above. Being a pilot for a South American airline, you also get to witness the stunning phenomena of storms as your job requires flying over regions that experience them.

Meet Santiago Borja Lopez — a Quito, Ecuador-based pilot who works for Ecuador Airlines. Whenever the pilot is off-duty, he pulls out his camera to capture the magnificent sights he witnesses in air. From incredible storms to even lightning bolts — the photos he captures are truly magnificent. Keep on scrolling to take a look and follow Santiago’s journey on Instagram. You can read more about one of Santiago’s shots in our previous article.

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May 27, 2017

Now Artificial Intelligence Is Inventing Sounds That Have Never Been Heard Before

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, robotics/AI

As well as beating us at board games, driving cars, and spotting cancer, artificial intelligence is now generating brand new sounds that have never been heard before, thanks to some advanced maths combined with samples from real instruments.

Before long, you might hear some of these fresh sounds pumping out of your radio, as the researchers responsible say they’re hoping to give musicians an almost limitless new range of computer-generated instruments to work with.

The new system is called NSynth, and it’s been developed by an engineering team called Google Magenta, a small part of Google’s larger push into artificial intelligence.

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May 27, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Just Voiced His Support for Universal Basic Income

Posted by in categories: economics, innovation

  • Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard’s commencement, saying that basic income is an “idea worth exploring.”
  • With his endorsement of UBI, Zuckerberg joins a growing list of experts and innovators who believe supporting basic human needs must precede innovation.

This week Mark Zuckerberg spoke to the latest class of Harvard graduates, offering advice about the future and inspiration to grow on. Among his ideas was the notion that universal basic income (UBI), a standard base “salary” for each member of society that can help meet our basic needs regardless of the work we do, is worth exploring.

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May 27, 2017

Reverse Aging And Live A Longer, Healthier Life With This New High-Tech Tool

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI

Tech world innovator and serial entrepreneur, Naveen Jain, has just launched VIOME, a product that has the potential to forever change the way we look after our health. Riding on the growing awareness in the West that gut health is the foundation for all health, VIOME is a tech product with an artificial intelligence component used towards the in-depth analysis of the gut and metabolic flexibility.

What does that mean? It means that you will know exactly what’s going on in the gut, monitor it quarterly via a simple in-home test, and then employ the recommendations VIOME provides to reach your optimal healthiest living to—ultimately—live a better, longer life free of chronic illness.

But, wait. There’s more.

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