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Apr 9, 2017

The Cybernetic Messiah: Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, Elon Musk, ethics, existential risks, robotics/AI, space travel, transhumanism

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By J. Davila Ashcroft

The recent film Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction tale about a young girl (known as Major) used as an experiment in a Transhumanist/Artificial Intelligence experiment, turning her into a weapon. At first, she complies, thinking the company behind the experiment saved her life after her family died. The truth is, however, that the company took her forcefully while she was a runaway. Major finds out that this company has done the same to others as well, and this knowledge causes her to turn on the company. Throughout the story the viewer is confronted with the existential questions behind such an experiment as Major struggles with the trauma of not feeling things like the warmth of human skin, and the sensations of touch and taste, and feels less than human, though she is told many times she is better than human. While this is obviously a science fiction story, what might comes as a surprise to some is that the subject matter of the film is not just fiction. Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence on the level of the things explored in this film are all too real, and seem to be only a few years around the corner.

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Apr 8, 2017

Lab-grown meat may save a lot more than farm animals’ lives

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Keeping up with the demand for meat worldwide could one day ruin the planet. But teams of scientists are hard at work growing animal-free burgers, chicken, turkey, and fish that are sustainable, healthy, and, some say, pretty delicious.

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Apr 8, 2017

Scientists Might Have Just Discovered a New Use For Sperm

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A group of German scientists have discovered a way to use sperm in fighting cancer.

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Apr 8, 2017

A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats, health, wearables

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they’d get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive.

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Apr 8, 2017

Disney seeks patent for a ‘humanoid robot’ that can play a character

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Could costumed robots one day roam the streets of Walt Disney World?

A new patent application from Disney (DIS) suggests it’s something the company has considered.

The document says Disney is developing robots, including “humanoid robots,” that have been “adapted for soft contact and/or interaction with a human.”

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Apr 8, 2017

California is getting so much power from solar that wholesale electricity prices are turning negative

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

The spikes also have a big effect on wholesale energy prices, which dipped to zero or even to negative territory this spring during certain hours in California, the EIA said.

The extraordinary success of solar power in some pockets of the world that combine sunshine with high investment in the technology mean that governments and energy companies are having radically to rethink the way they manage—and charge for—electricity.

California is one such a place.

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Apr 8, 2017

Scientists Have Pinpointed the Annoying Genetic Mutation That Turns Us Into Night Owls

Posted by in category: genetics

Carriers of the mutation are essentially playing catch-up for their entire lives.

Any night owls reading this will be familiar with the struggle of constantly trying to fit into a morning person’s world. And now researchers say they’ve finally identified the genetic typo that causes this social jetlag.

A new study has revealed that many people who stay up late and struggle to wake up in the morning aren’t lazy, their internal clock is simply genetically programmed to run between 2 and 2.5 hours slower than the rest of the population, thanks to a mutation in a body clock gene called CRY1.

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Apr 8, 2017

Upgrading humans into GODS will be the next ‘billion dollar industry’

Posted by in category: futurism

The next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, an expert has revealed.

It has been suggested that humans will have access to technology that will allow them to ‘upgrade themselves into gods’.

Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has also warned that because not everyone will be able to experience the upgrade, due to costs, there will be a divide that could spark ‘old racist ideologies’ — but this time, differences will be ‘engineered and manufactured’.

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Apr 8, 2017

Your own 3D figurine

Posted by in category: futurism

This store lets you create a 3D model of yourself.

You can get a 3D selfie from a store in New York.

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Apr 8, 2017

The Quest To Grow Cities From Scratch

Posted by in category: materials

Biologists have been experimenting with building materials made with living organisms for years. When will they be used to build our cities?

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