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May 16, 2017

WIRED Weekender: 10 stories you may have missed this week

Posted by in category: transhumanism

My recent Op-Ed in Wired UK featured in their weekend round-up, plus some other transhumanism stuff newly out: & &…longevity/

The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we’ve published during the previous seven days.

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May 16, 2017

AI Mines Hundreds of Thousands of News Articles Per Hour for Stock Tips

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

A machine learning algorithm is using sentiment analysis to make stock price predictions with 76 percent accuracy.

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May 16, 2017

The G-Hab hotel

Posted by in categories: government, space

Nearly a half-century has passed since the earliest rotational artificial gravity testing was performed, such as at the Rockwell Rotational Test Facility and the NASA Langley Rotating Space Station Simulator. Periodically over the decades since then a few experiments have taken place, and proposals have been made for government-sponsored rotating artificial gravity test facilities, both on the ground and in orbit.1,2 And yet no such project has been started since those early government programs.

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May 16, 2017

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics

While not a complete figment of our imagination, the universe may only become real because we’re looking at it.

By Douglas Heaven

Samuel Johnson thought the idea was so preposterous that kicking a rock was enough to silence discussion. “I refute it thus,” he cried as his foot rebounded from reality. Had he known about quantum mechanics, he might have spared himself the stubbed toe.

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May 16, 2017

This Scientist Wrote the Ultimate Guide To Alien Weapons, Music, and Sex

Posted by in categories: alien life, biological, media & arts, sex

Robert Freitas wrote the ultimate guide to alien biology, culture, and more. The renowned researchers shares the story behind ‘Xenology.’

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May 16, 2017

Judge blocks top Uber engineer from working on key self-driving technology amid battle with Alphabet

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Hopefully this doesnt negatively effect the self driving truck.

One of Uber’s top engineers will no longer be able to work on a key self-driving car technology, a federal judge ordered, adding a new hurdle in the ride-hailing company’s race to get to market.

Uber will be able to continue working on its self-driving car technology, the judge said, but embattled engineer Anthony Levandowski must be removed from any work relating to a key technology called LIDAR, which helps cars “see.”

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May 15, 2017

Electric zaps bring brain-dead people to life for a week, study says

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists have successfully re-awoken coma patients so they can communicate with their family by ‘zapping’ their brain with a low-intensity current.

Two people in a vegetative state, and another 13 in a minimally-conscious coma, were able to show new signs of awareness after receiving brain stimulation, New Scientist reported.

The effect lasted for up to a week, according to researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium.

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May 15, 2017

Uber must return stolen Waymo files, can continue self-driving work: U.S. judge

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

SAN FRANCISCO Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] must promptly return stolen confidential files to Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo self-driving car unit, a federal judge ruled, while stopping short of shutting down the ride-services company’s autonomous car program.

The judge wrote that Uber knew, or should have known, that an ex-Waymo engineer it later hired had taken Waymo files potentially containing trade secrets, and that some of the intellectual property had “seeped into” Uber’s own development efforts.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, unsealed on Monday, marked a blow to Uber, which is engaged in a battle with Waymo to dominate the fast-growing field of self-driving cars expected to revolutionize the automotive industry.

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May 15, 2017

Scientists develop revolutionary eye drops to treat age-related blindness

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

The results of the collaborative research, published today in Investigative Opthamology and Visual Science, could spell the end of painful injections directly into the eye to treat the increasingly common eye disorder known as (AMD).

AMD affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and predictions suggest this figure could rise sharply in future because of an ageing population.

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May 15, 2017

Model 3

Posted by in category: futurism

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