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Apr 27, 2017

China and Europe to build a base on the moon and launch other projects into space

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China and Europe are looking to build a human outpost on the moon.

Representatives of the Chinese and European space agencies have discussed collaborating on a moonbase and other possible joint endeavours, according to spokespeople and media reports.

The work was first revealed by Tian Yulong, the secretary general of China’s space agency, who told Chinese state media about the talks. Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesperson for the European Space Agency, confirmed the discussions.

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Apr 27, 2017

Research is underway on the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Yesterday DARPA announced it is funding eight teams led by seven universities to perform the fundamental science and technological development that may help us reach our goal of delivering a 30% improvement in the rate at which people can learn new cognitive skills.

The teams are led by: Arizona State University Johns Hopkins University University of Florida University of Maryland The University of Texas at Dallas University of Wisconsin-Madison Wright State University.

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Apr 27, 2017

This ‘artificial womb’ is like science fiction—but uteruses aren’t out of a job yet

Posted by in categories: futurism, transhumanism

Many people thought I was way too optimistic with my prediction (read the Popular Science article) about artificial wombs in 2004 with my Vice Motherboard story (which went viral). It turns out the tech is coming sooner than many imagined. Enjoy! #transhumanism

A bag-like device kept lamb fetuses alive longer than anything else has before. What does that mean for human pregnancy? Read on.

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Apr 27, 2017

24 Natural DHT Blockers to Stay Away From

Posted by in category: futurism

I don’t advocate natural DHT blockers and especially not natural DHT blockers. I advocate increasing DHT to the maximal. DHT is the greatest male hormone to have roamed the body. This post is to show you what to stay away from in terms of DHT.

DHT gets a lot of shit for prostate issues and hair loss. I haven’t seen a single conclusive study though. Some studies say its the DHT/testosterone ratio that causes hair loss, some say its low testosterone, and others say its high DHT. Bottom line is there is no conclusion.

Even if DHT cause hair loss, I don’t give a damn. Its just hair and nothing else. I’m going to stay far away from these 24 natural DHT blockers.

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Apr 27, 2017

Stephen Hawking’s question to China: will AI help or destroy the human race?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Stephen Hawking has warned China that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence could be “either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity” as the country’s technology companies pour resources into competing with Western rivals in a race to dominate the field.

World-renowned physicist’s stark warning comes amid fierce global competition to develop artificial intelligence technology.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 2017, 3:48pm.

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Apr 27, 2017

Designing the hanging gardens of Mars

Posted by in categories: business, food, space

NASA is all about solving challenges, and the goal of having a prolonged presence in space, or a colony on Mars or some other world, is full of challenges, including the necessity of growing food. Scientists at Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research are working on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project to try and meet that challenge.

The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project (PLMGP) is all about growing vegetables for astronauts during extended stays on the moon, on Mars, or anywhere they can’t be resupplied from Earth. Beyond growing food, the Project aims to understand how food-growing systems can also be a part of systems.

We’re working with a team of scientists, engineers and small businesses at the University of Arizona to develop a closed-loop system. The approach uses plants to scrub carbon dioxide, while providing food and oxygen,” said Dr. Ray Wheeler, lead scientist in Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research.

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Apr 27, 2017

NATO in the Disinformation Age: Understanding the Threat

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Apr 26, 2017

This robot can build a 50-foot-wide house all by itself in 14 hours, at MIT or on Mars

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a double-armed, laser-guided robot that can basically 3D print a 50-foot-wide house in less than 14 hours with almost no human intervention. The Digital Construction Platform, described today in Science Robotics, consists of a large hydraulic arm mounted on a platform with motorized treads, plus a smaller electric-powered arm for finer movements. The MIT team programmed the solar-powered machine to spray out foam construction material, layer by layer, to form a 12-foot-high, igloo-like structure big enough to house a family. The researchers hope such robots could someday be sent to the moon, Mars or Antarctica to build “print-in-place” habitats from the materials at hand … or at manipulator.

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Apr 26, 2017

How Should We Treat Our Military Robots?

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Increasingly human-like automated weapons demand an honest accounting of our emotional responses to them.

The audience of venture capitalists, engineers and other tech-sector denizens chuckled as they watched a video clip of an engineer using a hockey stick to shove a box away from the Atlas robot that was trying to pick it up. Each time the humanoid robot lumbered forward, its objective moved out of reach. From my vantage point at the back of the room, the audience’s reaction to the situation began to sound uneasy, as if the engineer’s actions and their invention’s response had crossed some imaginary line.

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Apr 26, 2017

Why Haven’t We Met Aliens Yet? Because They’ve Evolved into AI

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Happy #Alien Day. Here’s my trilogy of alien stories for Vice. I’ll start by listing #2 first for those who only have time for one, but they do go in chronological order: 2)…ed-into-ai & 1)…wake-it-up & 3) (covered recently by the History Channel):…cipherable #transhumanism

While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with his search for the tiny insect. He told me his goal was to discover a new species of ant, in hopes it might be named after him one day.

Whenever I look up at the stars at night pondering the cosmos, I think of my ant collector friend, kneeling in the jungle with a magnifying glass, scouring the earth. I think of him, because I believe in aliens—and I’ve often wondered if aliens are doing the same to us.

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