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Sep 17, 2018

Bizarre Physics Phenomenon Suggests Objects Can Be Two Temperatures at Once

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The first new uncertainty principle to be formulated in decades helps explain why a quantum object can be two temperatures at once.

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Sep 17, 2018

Father of hobby robotics, Gordon McComb, has died

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

I woke up this morning to the sad news that maker-pal and pioneering hobby roboticist, Gordon McComb, had passed away. I wrote a brief eulogy on Make:

It is with a heavy heart that we here at Make: announce the passing of hobby robotics pioneer, Gordon McComb. He died on Monday, Sept 10th, apparently of a heart attack. Gordon was a great friend to Make: and to makers and robotics hobbyists from around the world.

Gordon’s Robot Builder’s Bonanza book, first published in 1987, arguably marks the beginning of hobby robotics as a significant maker category. It was the book that I bought in the late 80s that got me into robot building, and by extension, all forms of hardware hacking…

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Sep 17, 2018

In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Russian company GET (Global Energy Transmission) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to land. Build enough of these stations, and you can have an army of drones in the air that never need to land.

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Sep 17, 2018

A.I. and robotics will create almost 60 million more jobs than they destroy by 2022, report says

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Machines and technology in the workplace could create 133 million new jobs in place of 75 million that will be displaced between now and 2022, new research from the World Economic Forum found.

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Sep 17, 2018

Elon Musk’s SpaceX to name first passenger for round-the-moon flight Monday

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

The SpaceX CEO is also showing photos of its BFR rocket, which could eventually go to Mars.

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Sep 17, 2018

Here’s what Google Maps looks like running on Apple CarPlay

Posted by in category: transportation

With iOS 12, Apple is giving third-party apps more flexibility and new capabilities within CarPlay. As an example, for the first time, you can use other apps besides Apple Maps as your preferred navigation software for Apple’s in-car platform. With that change now possible, Google Maps and Waze are both planning to support CarPlay and have begun beta testing.

Unfortunately it’s not a beta test most of us can join, so you’ll have to wait for the proper release before you can use either of these in your own vehicle through CarPlay. But some early screenshots posted by 9to5Mac provide a good preview of how Google Maps and Waze will look once that happens.

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Sep 17, 2018

5 new ways your Apple Watch will help you track fitness

Posted by in category: futurism

Apple is bolstering the Apple Watch’s fitness capabilities with several much-needed, intuitive features.

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  • Taylor Martin

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Sep 17, 2018

MitoSENS Update September 2018

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Today, we have an update from the MitoSENS team over at the SENS Research Foundation. As some of you may recall, MitoSENS was the first project we hosted on our research fundraising platform Lifespan.io back in August 2015. The project was successfully funded and raised $46,128, which was 153% of the funds needed. The extra funds were used to increase the scope of the project, which resulted in a paper being published in the prestigious Oxford Journal.

Since then, the team has been busy working on transferring the other mitochondrial genes to the nucleus, and they have given us an update to let everyone know how things are progressing at the lab. Dr. Matthew “Oki” O’Connor had the following to say about progress and the future.

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Sep 17, 2018

These Stunning Designs Show What Our Future on Mars Might Look Like

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

A recent contest challenged participants to create utopian designs of future human Mars settlements, and their creations are stunning.

In the HP Mars Home Planet Rendering Challenge, over 87,000 people from all over the world flexed their creative muscles to design the perfect colony on the Red Planet. Last summer, when HP launched the challenge, the participants started working on their designs, and the winners were announced on Aug. 14.

This challenge wasn’t just about creating a pretty, futuristic-looking, idealistic Martian colony. Indeed, the designs also had to show how the settlements would support 1 million colonists. The surface of the Red Planet is harsh, with an extremely thin atmosphere, intense radiation and dust storms that occasionally envelop the planet. [Mars Ice Home: A Red Planet Colony Concept in Pictures].

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Sep 17, 2018

Chinese vice-premier calls on global AI elites to tackle ethics questions

Posted by in categories: ethics, health, law, robotics/AI

Chinese vice-premier Liu He called on the world to work together to address complex ethical, legal and other questions raised by artificial intelligence as he kicked off a gathering in Shanghai bringing together the globe’s AI elites.

“As members of a global village, I hope countries can show inclusive understanding and respect to each other, deal with the double-sword technologies can bring, and together embrace AI,” said Liu, a highly influential official who has been China’s top trade negotiator in the US-China trade war and is also on the country’s technology development committee.

The star-studded World Artificial Intelligence Conference, which opened Monday morning, comes as China has emerged as one of the world’s top players in AI, which promises to revolutionise everything from health care to driving to policing.

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