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Nov 13, 2016

Defining our relationship with early AI

Posted by in categories: life extension, Peter Diamandis, robotics/AI, sex

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.” — Roy Batty, Blade Runner

Artificial intelligence has fascinated mankind for more than half a century, with the first public mention of computer intelligence recorded during a London lecture by Alan Turing in 1947. More recently, the public has been exposed to headlines that have increasingly contained references to the growing power of AI, whether that’s been AlphaGo’s defeat of legendary Go player Lee Se-dol, Microsoft’s racist AI bot named Tay or any other number of new developments in the machine learning field. Once a plot device for science-fiction tales, AI is becoming real — and human beings are going to have to define their relationship with it sooner rather than later.

Peter Diamandis, co-founder and vice-chairman at Human Longevity, Inc., touches on that relationship in a post he authored on LinkedIn, titled “The next sexual revolution will be digitized.” Diamandis points to recent reports showing that the Japanese are increasingly abandoning sex and relationships, while a growing subset of men report that they prefer to have virtual girlfriends over real ones.

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Nov 13, 2016

Researchers show how a targeted drug overcomes suppressive immune cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Immunotherapies and progressing rapidly and could be a way to help your own body fight cancer by allowing the immune system to see the cancer cells and attack them.

A Ludwig Cancer Research study shows that an experimental drug currently in clinical trials can reverse the effects of troublesome cells that prevent the body’s immune system from attacking tumors. The researchers also establish that it is these suppressive cells that interfere with the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors. This class of immunotherapies lifts the brakes that the body imposes on the immune system’s T cells to unleash an attack on cancer cells.

“Though checkpoint inhibitors have durable effects when they work, not all patients respond to the treatment,” says Taha Merghoub, an investigator at the Ludwig Memorial Sloan Kettering Collaborative Laboratory who led the study with Director Jedd Wolchok. “Part of the reason for this is that some tumors harbor -associated myeloid , or TAMCs, that prevent T cells from attacking .”

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Nov 13, 2016

Russia unveils killer robots with deadly range more than FOUR miles

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, surveillance

Lookout the Russian Robots are coming.

A new pair of Russian robots has been developed that can track and attack humans from more than four miles away. The devices are designed for use on the Russian border and claim to accurately detect and attack ground and aerial threats long before they reach Russian soil.

Key technology at the robots’ disposal includes radar, HD and thermal video imaging, and multiple long-range grenade launchers. The first of the two new robots will act as a pair of scrupulous eyes for Russian border guards.

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Nov 13, 2016

Israeli tech lets diamonds’ true colors, and clarity, shine through

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Excellent! Now, imagine how this technology can be used to improve synthetic diamond quality for things such as 3D printing of syn. diamonds used by QC, Quantum light networks, etc.

Machines can take over from gemologists in grading 2 of the gems’ famous 4 C’s, says Sarine Technologies.

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Nov 13, 2016

Primates Regain Control of Paralyzed Limb with Wireless Bridge Between Brain and Spine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

It won’t be long now for humans.

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Nov 13, 2016

Deep Learning Speeds Up Cancer Research

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

A research team in the US has created a software that can quickly identify the information in cancer reports that would not only save time and work-hours but also reveal overlooked avenues in cancer research.

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Much of the cancer-related data is drawn from electronic, text-based clinical reports that must be manually curated — a time-intensive process — before it can be used in research.

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Nov 13, 2016

Why the Future of Data Centers Could Be in the Oceans

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

This research has been going on for a very long time.

Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics are closing in on a solution to keep computers cool by submerging them under water. How will such research benefit the computer industry? What are the implications of such technology?

Underwater computers sound idea but, when you look at the amount of power dissipated by computers, the idea becomes less bizarre.

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Nov 13, 2016

Before you sign up for a self-driving car, pay attention to hacker Charlie Miller

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security, transportation

No autonomous cars, planes, ships, weapons (not sure I would even still want these), and other robots for me until we have our Net and other infrastructure replaced with QC.

It seems that all of Silicon Valley is designing artificial intelligence for driverless cars. But before we hand over our driving to computers, Charlie Miller, a well-known computer security researcher, would like car companies to pay attention to security.

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Nov 13, 2016

China adopts cybersecurity law in face of overseas opposition

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, internet, law

Wonder how Tim Cook, Satya & Bill, and Eric and Sergey will respond.

Overseas critics of the law argue it threatens to shut foreign technology companies out of various sectors. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING: China adopted a controversial cybersecurity law on Monday to counter what Beijing says are growing threats such as hacking and terrorism, although the law has triggered concern from foreign business and rights groups.

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Nov 13, 2016

China’s shopping craze turns into environmental nightmare

Posted by in category: sustainability

Where is Waste Management (WM) when you need them. Looks like a golden opportunity for those in the trash and recycle industry.

BEIJING — China’s Singles Day, the world’s biggest shopping extravaganza that fell on Nov 11, saw bargain hunters spend 10 billion yuan (S$2.07 billion) in just seven minutes on the country’s largest online-shopping site, Alibaba’s Tmall, last Friday after midnight.

But the spending orgy could choke landfills and take a huge toll on the environment, employees of waste-disposal and recycling firms say.

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