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Apr 2, 2016

Of mice and old men: is the elixir of youth finally coming of age?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Preliminary work suggests that T-cells, which normally target disease, can be genetically engineered to target senescent cells in a wide range of tissues. In future, an infusion of GM blood every few years might be able to keep you going indefinitely (assuming some major advances in treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease). At which point, the question might be less: “How long have I got?” and more: “How long do you fancy sticking around?”

American scientists have coined the term ‘senolytics’ to describe a new class of drugs designed to delay the ageing process by clearing out doddery cells.

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Apr 2, 2016

How Long Before I Can 3D Print A Replacement Body For Myself?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, futurism

Thomas Frey’s futurist predictions will leave you beyond enlightened. Learn more about 3D printing in the future by clicking here!

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Apr 2, 2016

Mind-boggling Fungi Mutuarium turns plastic waste into edible mushrooms | Inhabitat — Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Posted by in categories: food, innovation

Researchers have created an edible treat from plastic waste. For real.

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Apr 2, 2016

Bamboo and mesh tower collects 100 liters of drinking water per day from the air

Posted by in category: futurism

Images uploaded by Mikepants.

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Apr 2, 2016

The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon and Transhumanism

Posted by in categories: business, computing, economics, employment, geopolitics, mathematics, robotics/AI, transhumanism, virtual reality

A lot of transhumanism friends have asked me to write about Bernie Sanders, so here are my thoughts:

The transhumanism movement has been dramatically growing in size—and most of that growth is from millennials and youth joining. Transhumanists want to use science and technology to radically improve the human race, and the onslaught of new gear and gadgets to do that—like virtual reality, robots, and chip implants —are giving them plenty of ammunition to do that.

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Apr 2, 2016

Europe gives green light to first gene therapy for children

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

LONDON The world’s first life-saving gene therapy for children, developed by Italian scientists and GlaxoSmithKline, has been recommended for approval in Europe, boosting the pioneering technology to fix faulty genes.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday it had endorsed the therapy, called Strimvelis, for a tiny number of children with ADA Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (ADA-SCID) for whom no matching bone marrow donor is available.

Around 15 children a year are born in Europe with the ultra-rare genetic disorder, which leaves them unable to make a type of white blood cell. They rarely survive beyond two years unless their immune function is restored with a suitable bone marrow transplant.

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Apr 2, 2016

‘Machine learning’ is a revolution as big as the internet or personal computers

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, robotics/AI

Welcome to the future.

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Apr 1, 2016

Brainstorming New Ways To Test If Cosmos Is One Big Computer Simulation

Posted by in categories: computing, space

Blast from the past. Someone in an astrobiology group seemed to question the validity of the question in my recent story on 5 Questions For E.T. about whether the universe is artificial. Here’s my response:

In the dog days of summer, when a gush of hot air from a Fifth Avenue subway grate can feel as real as it gets, take heart that the downtown traffic nipping at your heels may just be part of a cosmic-scale computer simulation.

The idea that the cosmos and everything in it could be a super-advanced civilization’s version of Xbox first came to the fore a little over a decade ago.

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Apr 1, 2016

Artificial intelligence steals money from banking customers

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, humor, robotics/AI

However, Rob Ott, a computer scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who did work on the system—Deep Learning Interface for Accounting (DELIA)—notes that it simply held all of the missing money, some $40,120.16, in a “rainy day” account. “I don’t think you can attribute malice,” he says. “I’m sure DELIA was going to give the money back.”

Technologists shocked by program’s ability to set its own priorities—such as getting rich.

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Apr 1, 2016

Rivers of stars could point to cold dark matter in the Milky Way halo

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Dark matter’s effect on stellar streams should be measurable, says astrophysicist.

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