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Dec 4, 2015

Holometer rules out first theory of space-time correlations

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The extremely sensitive quantum-spacetime-measuring tool will serve as a template for continuing scientific exploration.

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Dec 4, 2015

The robotic chef — Moley Robotics

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Dec 3, 2015

The Universe is a Quantum Algorithm, and the proof has been found in the … Stock Market

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology, information science, quantum physics

Which mean for us?

Recently, quantum gates and quantum circuits have been found when portfolios of stocks were simulated in quantum computation processes, pointing out to the existence of a bizarre quantum code beneath the stock market transactions. The quantum code of the stock market might prove to have a more profound signification if is related to the recent finding of quantum codes at the deepest levels of our reality, such as quantum mechanics of black holes and the space-time of the universe. Could this mysterious stock market quantum code be a tiny fragment of a quantum code that our universe uses to create the physical reality?

John Preskill’s talk „Is spacetime a quantum error-correcting code?” held at the Center for Quantum Information and Control, University of New Mexico, and previously at Kavli Institute for Theoretical physics, may represent a turning point in physical research related to questioning the existence and evolution of our Universe. The essence of this talk may change forever our understanding of the Universe, shifting the perspective of physical research from masses and energies to codes of information theory.

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Dec 3, 2015

I visited one of the largest megachurches in the US as an atheist Transhumanist presidential candidate — here’s what happened

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

A new article on visiting Alabama’s largest megachurch on the Immortality Bus and discussing transhumanism. Make sure to check out the 2-min YouTube video embedded in the story:

The pastor considered whether robots could be saved.

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Dec 3, 2015

Event Horizon Telescope reveals magnetic fields at Milky Way’s central black hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Most people think of black holes as giant vacuum cleaners sucking in everything that gets too close. But the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies are more like cosmic engines, converting energy from infalling matter into intense radiation that can outshine the combined light from all surrounding stars. If the black hole is spinning, it can generate strong jets that blast across thousands of light-years and shape entire galaxies. These black hole engines are thought to be powered by magnetic fields. For the first time, astronomers have detected magnetic fields just outside the event horizon of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

“Understanding these magnetic fields is critical. Nobody has been able to resolve magnetic fields near the until now,” says lead author Michael Johnson of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The results appear in the Dec. 4th issue of the journal Science.

“These magnetic fields have been predicted to exist, but no one has seen them before. Our data puts decades of theoretical work on solid observational ground,” adds principal investigator Shep Doeleman (CfA/MIT), who is assistant director of MIT’s Haystack Observatory.

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Dec 3, 2015

Antidepressant may help prevent memory loss, dementia

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The prescription antidepressant escitalopram (trademarked as Lexapro) shows promise as a deterrent to dementia.

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Dec 3, 2015

Russia Is Planning To Build A Permanent Manned Base On The Moon

Posted by in category: space

Plans are being finalised.

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Dec 3, 2015

This Short Movie About An Endless Future War Looks Unspeakably Great

Posted by in categories: entertainment, futurism

Check out the trailer for The Shaman, a new short film debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival. As with a lot of short films we’ve seen lately, this has top-notch visual effects — but more than that, it looks like a thing of pure beauty. And it has an original story, with a concept I haven’t come across before.

Basically, in The Shaman, it’s 2204, and the world has been at war for 73 years. And the main character isn’t a soldier — he’s a Shaman, one of a group of people who used to be healers. But now, instead, he uses his supernatural powers to “heal” the souls of the enemy, basically helping them cross over into the afterlife. That’s what I get from the trailer, in any case. This is the work of writer/director Marco Kalantari (Ainoa).

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Dec 3, 2015

You Can Finally Watch One of This Year’s Best Shorts Online

Posted by in category: entertainment

We were really impressed with the trailer for The Shaman when it came out in March. And now, after a successful run at film festivals, you can finally see it for yourself.

At seventeen minutes, The Shaman is a bit longer than many other shorts, but that’s not to its detriment. It just contributes to the overall sense that what you’re actually seeing is a full cinematic feature film—which makes sense, since it was originally conceived as one. Marco Kalantari (Ainoa) uses every second he has to full effect. We have would-building, effective exposition, action scenes, and a confrontation that’s all about willpower.

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Dec 3, 2015

The future of intelligence: Cambridge University launches new centre to study AI and the future of humanity

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

The University of Cambridge is launching a new research centre, thanks to a £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, to explore the opportunities and challenges to humanity from the development of artificial intelligence.

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