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May 21, 2017

The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die

Posted by in categories: existential risks, government, life extension, sustainability

Still, the seed vault is supposed to function without humans having to get involved with maintenance. The Norwegian government is studying the situation and plans to fix the leak.

It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The apocalypse is still ticking along nicely.

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May 21, 2017

Bill Gates: Try a career in artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience to make an impact

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

The billionaire said we all must strive to fight inequity to make the world a better place, and technology can help that.

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May 21, 2017

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google’s AutoML makes it easier to design better AI.

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May 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos sets Blue Origin’s sights on building a city on the moon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk may have his heart set on building a city on Mars, but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space vision looks closer to home. He’s gazing at the moon.

“I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” Bezos said today during a Q&A with kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.”

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May 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos lays out a plan for settling the moon

Posted by in category: space travel

During a chat with students at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin discusses how to build a permanent human settlement on the moon. Get the full story on GeekWire:

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May 21, 2017

An image from my talk at Moogfest yesterday

Posted by in category: life extension

It went well! Vice and others were there to film it. To learn more about the Immortality Bus journey, go here:

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May 21, 2017

New series “Year Million” aims to predict the future of humanity

Posted by in categories: business, futurism

National Geographic is bringing together the brightest minds in science, technology and science fiction for a glimpse into what awaits humanity in the years to come. The predictions are showcased in a new six-part series “Year Million.” Executive producer David O’Connor and CBS News science contributor Dr. Michio Kaku join “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss some of the series’ jaw-dropping projections.

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May 21, 2017

Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

There’s just not enough tech talent out there.

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May 21, 2017

‘A robot doesn’t have to shoot back,’ Rodney Brooks says of machines in the military

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Rethink Robotics co-founder and CTO, former CSAIL director and all-around robot luminary Rodney Brooks joined the Disrupt New York stage this afternoon to tackle some complex questions, ranging from robots place in the living room to the battlefield.

Brooks has a fair bit of experience in both categories, as a cofounder of iRobot, whose product offerings have ranging from vacuuming to bomb diffusion. And while his current company deals more in the realm of factory automation, a number of these ethical issues still clearly weigh heavily on the Australian roboticist.

It was a question about whether robots should be considered unfit for any human tasks that really caused Brooks to ponder their place in the world.

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May 20, 2017

A trip in Airbus’s flying car will cost the same as ground taxi

Posted by in category: transportation

Airbus has revealed a trip in its flying taxi will cost ‘the equivalent of a normal taxi’ — from $1.50 to $2.50. The firm is set to release a working craft in 2020 to alleviate the ever-growing issue of traffic jams.

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