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Dec 22, 2017

DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military

Underground settings are becoming increasingly relevant to global security and safety. Rising populations and urbanization are requiring military and civilian first responders to perform their duties below ground in human-made tunnels, underground urban spaces, and natural cave networks. Recognizing that innovative, enhanced technologies could accelerate development of critical lifesaving capabilities, DARPA today announced its newest Grand Challenge: the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, or SubT for short.

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Dec 22, 2017

New lensless camera creates detailed 3D images without scanning

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Researchers have developed an easy-to-build camera that produces 3D images from a single 2D image without any lenses. In an initial application of the technology, the researchers plan to use the new camera, which they call DiffuserCam, to watch microscopic neuron activity in living mice without a microscope. Ultimately, it could prove useful for a wide range of applications involving 3D capture.

The camera is compact and inexpensive to construct because it consists of only a diffuser — essentially a bumpy piece of plastic — placed on top of an image sensor. Although the hardware is simple, the software it uses to reconstruct high resolution 3D is very complex.

“The DiffuserCam can, in a single shot, capture 3D information in a large volume with high resolution,” said the research team leader Laura Waller, University of California, Berkeley. “We think the camera could be useful for self-driving cars, where the 3D information can offer a sense of scale, or it could be used with machine learning algorithms to perform face detection, track people or automatically classify objects.”

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Dec 22, 2017

The Las Vegas Resort Using Microwaves to Keep Guns Out of its Casino

Posted by in category: futurism

The technology uses a discreet microwave radar system to scan people for guns, knives, and bombs—without forcing them to walk through metal detectors.

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Dec 22, 2017

SPEX Instrument Maiden Flight Aboard NASA ER-2

Posted by in categories: climatology, particle physics, sustainability

Climate Change Research: our team came up with this concept — This team tested an instrument that gathers key data about aerosols—small, solid or liquid particles suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere—to better to assess their effects on weather, climate and air quality.

We recently put an instrument to the test that gathers key data about aerosols—small, solid or liquid particles suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere—to better to assess their effects on weather, climate and air quality. See what happened:

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Dec 22, 2017

First Image of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster getting ready to go to Mars on a SpaceX rocket

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

There have been a lot of doubts and confusion around Elon Musk’s claim that the first payload of SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy will be his own original Tesla Roadster.

But now it looks more real than ever as we get to see the first image of the electric vehicle being turned into a payload.

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Dec 21, 2017

Bioquark Inc. — Beyond Confidence — Biotechnology and Human Health

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, life extension, neuroscience

Dec 21, 2017

For the last time: rejuvenation is not immortality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Whether or not immortality is possible, whether or not one would like it for oneself, it’s important to keep in mind that it is not what biomedical research against ageing is about.

When doing science, it is crucially important to have clear, unambiguous definitions. These definitions must be firmly established to avoid confusion and misunderstandings and possibly to prevent people from going around telling everyone that you’re working on something that you’re actually not.

The I-word

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Dec 21, 2017

Artificial intelligence goes bilingual—without a dictionary

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“Unsupervised” machine learning could help translate between uncommon languages.

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Dec 21, 2017

I Don’t Identify as Human

Posted by in category: transhumanism

My close friends and loved ones know that I prefer they/them pronouns but they also understand that I don’t identify as anything. Ultimately in this temporality and dimension…I was assigned male at birth, human at birth, child at birth BUT 2017 in a post-gender society on the brink era of transhumanism…where freedom of gender identity and expression exists…I don’t think it’s that radical to not identify with a gender or even human.

The reality is that not everyone identifies as human or wants anything to do with humanism…and that’s okay. For me this is what the non-binary movement is all about. Respecting pronouns, language, and the individual.

Human is all a concept invented by who?

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Dec 21, 2017

A robot can print this house in as little as 8 hours — By Leanna Garfield | World Economic Forum | Business Insider

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, architecture, sustainability

“Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Some homebuilders have chosen to automate part of the construction instead.”

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