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Nov 2, 2017

Renewables Are Starting to Crush Aging U.S. Nukes, Coal Plants

Posted by in categories: energy, finance

Building solar and wind farms has started to become a cheaper proposition than running aging coal and nuclear generators in parts of the U.S., according to financial adviser Lazard Ltd.

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Nov 2, 2017

Google’s former CEO says US could fail in the AI competition with China

Posted by in categories: military, policy, robotics/AI

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt says the US is at risk of falling behind in the race to develop cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Speaking at a tech summit organized by national security think tank CNAS, Schmidt predicted that America’s lead in the field would continue “over the next five years” before China catches up “extremely quickly.”

“They are going to use this technology for both commercial and military objectives, with all sorts of implications,” said Schmidt, referencing a Chinese policy document outlining the country’s ambition to become the global leader in AI by 2030. Schmidt reiterated several familiar talking points in this debate, primarily that the US is failing to invest in basic research, and that a restrictive immigration policy hobbles the country’s ability to attract AI talent from overseas.

“Some of the very best people are in countries that we won’t let into America. Would you rather have them building AI somewhere else, or rather have them here?” said Schmidt. “Iran produces some of the top computer scientists in the world, and I want them here. To be clear, I want them working for Alphabet and Google!”

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Nov 2, 2017

Neutron star merger confirms decades of predictions

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

While black hole collisions produce almost no signature other than gravitational waves, the collision of neutron stars can be — and was — observed up and down the electromagnetic spectrum. “When neutron stars collide, all hell breaks loose,” said Frans Pretorius, a Princeton physics professor. “They start producing a tremendous amount of visible light, and also gamma rays, X-rays, radio waves…”

Princeton researchers have been studying neutron stars and their astronomical signatures for decades.

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Nov 2, 2017

Why Eradicating Age-related Diseases is Unlikely to Create Immortal Dictators

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Why eradicating age-related diseases through rejuvenation biotechnology is probably not going to result in ever-living tyrants.

Suppose there was a country ruled by an evil dictator. Further, suppose the entire world was plagued by a terrible disease affecting 100% of the population. The disease isn’t infectious, but it is congenital. It progresses extremely slowly over the course of several decades, but it eventually ends up severely impairing one’s quality of life, and it is always fatal; it’ll take its own sweet time to kill a patient, but it always will, and it isn’t going to be fun.

If it was suggested that a cure for this disease should not be developed so that we could be sure the aforementioned dictator will eventually pass away, would you agree? Would your answer change if you lived in that country?

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Nov 2, 2017

Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics.

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Nov 2, 2017

Transhumanism: A technological “worldview”

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, transhumanism

A local ABC story on #transhumanism:

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — From the minute we wake up until we go to sleep, we’re constantly surrounded by technology.

Computers, cell phones, iPads, they’ve become ingrained in our everyday lives.

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Nov 2, 2017

Hidden structure found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

Posted by in category: particle physics

The Great Pyramid of Giza has been shrouded in mystery for millennia, but now a long-held secret of its structure might be known thanks to particle physics.

A narrow void lying deep within the ancient Wonder of the World has been found by scientists using cosmic-ray based imaging.

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Nov 2, 2017

‘Monster’ planet discovery challenges formation theory

Posted by in category: space

A giant planet – the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely – has been discovered by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role.

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New research, led by Dr Daniel Bayliss and Professor Peter Wheatley from the University of Warwick’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, has identified the unusual planet NGTS-1b — the largest planet compared to the size of its companion star ever discovered in the universe.

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Nov 2, 2017


Posted by in category: futurism

Krista Kim, the self-identified founder of the Techism movement-circa 2014-undergirds her process and seeks to encompass other artists working with tech within the Techism philosophy. “The contribution of art using digital technology will create a more connected and humane culture,” Kim asserts.

Artist Krista Kim seeks to raise digital consciousness through Techism.

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Nov 1, 2017

NASA reveals its Mars 2020 rover will have 23 ‘eyes’

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

The 23 futuristic cameras are being built by experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California ahead of the Mars 2020 mission.

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