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Mar 30, 2017

Draper’s Human Organ System

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Fighting Cancer, Boosting Fertility: The Promise of the First Female Reproductive System on a Chip | Draper, Northwestern University and University of Illinois create miniature, personalized reproductive system that reinvents drug testing and discovery for women.

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Mar 29, 2017

The life-saving treatment that’s being thrown in the trash

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Transplanted umbilical cord blood can be used to treat or cure more than 80 conditions, from leukaemia to sickle-cell disease. Chris, diagnosed with leukaemia, used blood from three babies he’ll never meet, to keep him alive.

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Mar 29, 2017

HTC has worked out a way for brands to be able to tell whether you’ve looked at a VR ad — By Julien Rath | Business Insider

Posted by in categories: business, virtual reality

“With the VR Ad Service, advertisers only pay for an ad after a user has seen it.”

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Mar 29, 2017

IEEE Global Initiative Aims to Advance Ethical Design of AI and Autonomous Systems

Posted by in categories: ethics, information science, robotics/AI

Algorithms with learning abilities collect personal data that are then used without users’ consent and even without their knowledge; autonomous weapons are under discussion in the United Nations; robots stimulating emotions are deployed with vulnerable people; research projects are funded to develop humanoid robots; and artificial intelligence-based systems are used to evaluate people. One can consider these examples of AI and autonomous systems (AS) as great achievements or claim that they are endangering human freedom and dignity.

We need to make sure that these technologies are aligned to humans in terms of our moral values and ethical principles to fully benefit from the potential of them. AI and AS have to behave in a way that is beneficial to people beyond reaching functional goals and addressing technical problems. This will allow for an elevated level of trust for technology that is needed for a fruitful pervasive use of AI/AS in our daily lives.

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Mar 29, 2017

[In-Depth Look] A New Way to Interact with Your Phone: Bixby, the Galaxy S8 Intelligent Interface

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, space

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Mar 29, 2017

Tallinn Manual 2.0 – the invaluable guide for state action in cyber space

Posted by in categories: governance, law, security, space

Following the principle set in the first version, Tallinn Manual 2.0 – a document that provides guidance on how the existing international law could be adapted to cyber operations in the most appropriate way – reiterates that cyber activity should not be perceived as happening in a legal vacuum.

Estonia has become one of the forerunners and success stories of introducing digital identity, e-governance and an online voting system. The e-residency programme, which allows foreign citizens living outside of the physical national borders of Estonia to obtain a secure digital identity and benefit from some of the services available, has further increased the interest in Estonia’s digital developments, contributing to Estonia’s image as one of the world’s most digitally advanced countries.

This impressive degree of integration means e-dimension is no longer solely the playfield of the IT sector. As this new dimension is rapidly gaining ground, various topics need to be addressed, including (and perhaps most importantly) security.

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Mar 29, 2017

SMDC announces 60kW laser test successful

Posted by in categories: energy, military

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command announced the successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Test for the 60kW Spectrally Combined High Power Solid State Fiber Laser program March 16.

During the testing conducted last week, the laser demonstrated a sustained power of 57.5kW for a duration of 200 seconds with good beam quality. This level exceeds the contract threshold for success, and with the addition of three more channels planned before delivery, power will exceed the 60kW program objective.

This important technical milestone represents the first successful demonstration of a high power fiber laser at this power level for defense applications. After delivery, the laser will be integrated with the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck where it will be used in test environments to support analyses and studies related to warfighting applications.

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Mar 29, 2017

Not all discriminations are born equal

Posted by in category: life extension

Some fear that expensive rejuvenation treatments would give rise to discrimination, but what about the discrimination against old people resulting from not developing rejuvenation?

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything new. I’ve been quite busy lately with a lot of things, including rebooting looking4troubles, my other blog. As a result, my topic list for Rejuvenaction has been growing dangerously long, so I decided it’s about time I tackled some of the lengthiest items on my list.

People like talking about justice, equality, and discrimination a lot. I mean a lot. In my experience, though, most tend to focus mainly or entirely on the type(s) of discrimination they’re more interested in for whatever reason, sometimes minimising others or not even noticing they exist in the first place. Some other times, they even end up endorsing one type of discrimination for the sake of warding off another.

As if poor people cared

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Mar 29, 2017

Robot Nannies Are Here, But Won’t Replace Your Babysitter — Yet

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

Robot nannies in Forbes today. Interesting story!…e6632c56b7 #transhumanism

Would you let a robot care for your child?

As our population ages, these caregiver robots will also be useful for the old as well as the young.
As our population ages, these caregiver robots will also be useful for the old as well as the young.

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Mar 29, 2017

Vision Accomplished: The Bionic Eye

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

Valerie C. Coffey

Optoelectronic technology, novel prosthetic devices and surgical implant techniques are offering the miracle of vision to sufferers of retinitis pigmentosa and other sight-stealing conditions.

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