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May 11, 2017

Why Zoltan Istvan Isn’t a True Libertarian

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A critical article on my work by The Rouser with some mangled facts in it for effect. But still worth reading: #libertarian #transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan is a journalist and blogger who strongly supports transhumanism, a concept that promotes the idea that humans can utilize the advancement of technology in order to live forever. His rise to stardom began after writing a controversial sci-fi novel called The Transhumanist Wager, but he is also well known due to some of his rather outlandish statements. In 2016, Istvan ran as an independent candidate for president with very little support. He is now running for California governor as a libertarian, and though he is promising a libertarian platform, some of his ideals and scientific views seem to promote another worldview. This could be because he lacks experience of either a scientific or political background.

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May 11, 2017

‘Protein missile’ raises possibility of disease breakthroughs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A new tool to address loss of proteostasis and destroy target proteins. It could potentially be used to destroy amyloids in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, heart disease and amyloidosis which are driven by misfolded protein aggregation.

A new therapy could be the basis for addressing one of the primary reasons we age, loss of proteostasis and the resulting accumulation of Amyloidosis. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amloidosis, Lipofuscin and so on could all potentially be targets for this technique.

“University of Dundee researchers have shown that it is possible to rapidly target and destroy specific proteins in cells, raising the possibility of developing new ways of targeting ‘undruggable’ proteins in diseases.”

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May 11, 2017

Estonian eResidency and eID programs described

Posted by in categories: futurism, government

The small EU nation has made big steps into the digital future with the Estonian eResidency and eID programs. Government and private sector services are now delivered securely online and worldwide entrepreneurs are starting companies virtually in Estonia. But the country’s president sees challenges ahead for countries around the globe as the nature of work transforms and it becomes difficult to tax income using traditional geographic models.

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May 11, 2017

AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, robotics/AI

In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. But this is very likely to lead to an AI arms race, the consequences of which may be very troubling in the long term, especially as big government actors join the cyber wars.

It will become the problem and the solution.

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May 11, 2017

Robots Can Teach Each Other

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Robots are learning to transfer skills to each other.

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May 10, 2017

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Regular Roofs & Have “Infinity Warranty”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, habitats, sustainability, transportation

If he can deliver on the cheaper than a regular roof, and forever warranty, and have the warranty transfer to a new home owner in a sale, then these would really catch on.

Last night, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s solar roofs would be on sale starting today. At the time, he also stated that more information on the panels was forthcoming. Now, he has unveiled key details about Tesla’s “infinity warranty.”

Last night, Elon Musk announced via Twitter that orders would begin today (May 10th, 2017) for his revolutionary solar roof hardware. In another tweet, he promised that ordering would be available in most countries throughout the world. He also clarified that people could expect to see delivery begin in the United States in late 2017, and that deliveries would roll out sometime next year for overseas locations.

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May 10, 2017

High-tech medical venture aims to slow aging, cheat death

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

An article out yesterday by CBS News with a bit of my work and book in it. Lots of life extension stuff:

Entrepreneurs say a $25,000 high-tech health assessment will help people live longer, healthier lives, but not everyone’s convinced it’s a good idea.

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May 10, 2017

Tesla just opened up orders for its Solar Roof — here’s how much it will cost you

Posted by in category: sustainability

• Tesla opened up orders for its Solar Roof product on Wednesday.

• The company says the roof will cost about $21.85 per square foot.

• Installations in the US will begin this year on a first-ordered, first-installed basis.

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May 10, 2017

3D Printing Could Replace Plaster Casts

Posted by in category: 3D printing

3D printing could put an end to annoying plaster casts.

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May 10, 2017

There Are 2 Dimensions of Time, Theoretical Physicist States

Posted by in category: quantum physics

If it proves true, it could heal the rift between quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity.

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