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Apr 23, 2017

I Talked to Four Humanoid Robots and They’re Mostly Dumb as Doornails

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

My new Vice Motherboard article on interviewing four humanoid robots: #transhumanism

“Human relationships can be hard to define.”

Over the last 18 months, I’ve found myself in the strange habit of hanging out and interviewing English-speaking humanoid robots. I was able to chat with four machines, each which possessed some level of artificial intelligence. Even though none of them could fully carry on normal conversations, they all had something to say. And sometimes, what they say and how they say it, is a piercing glimpse into the future of humanity.

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Apr 23, 2017

Spaceworks Hibernation Chambers may finally help Astronauts cool down and rest in a deep and dreamless slumber

Posted by in category: space travel

We all know that real space travel and space colonization will not be achieved without the hard work, passion, and courage of people willingly taking risks for the greater good of humanity.

However, we can put all our hearts into deep space missions but won’t succeed unless we also provide the technological innovations needed. Let’s say, that thermal radiation isn’t our biggest enemy in space (literally roasting and melting our astronauts), speed and time are still affecting us the most. Mars, which is only a mere six months of travel time away from Earth, is certainly manageable, but getting to the outer parts of our own solar system already took some 10 years to accomplish.

So, it’s obvious why sci-fi avoids any further questioning by putting space explorers in sleep mode. In reality, shutting down humans is hard to do, whereas keeping a body alive in suspension mode is tricky, to say the least.

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Apr 23, 2017

Here are 15 Job Openings at Elon Musk’s New Startup, Neuralink

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

On Thursday, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his new startup, Neuralink, which will focus on melding the human brain and artificial intelligence.

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Apr 23, 2017

ChipSat conceptual art by Ellam Mercier

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Conceptual artist Efflam Mercier, who has previously created images of an AI interstellar probe has now created images of ChipSats, a new class of space system that has the size of a fingernail and a mass of less than 10g (atto-sat class). i4is has started developing a ChipSat in the context of Project Glowworm.

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Apr 22, 2017

Great to see so many science supporters in the US today

Posted by in category: science

Special thanks to Rachel Lyn Edler, a wonderful designer on my team, who carreid a poster of my science-minded campaign today in Santa Rosa, CA)

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Apr 22, 2017

Update: My Jacque Fresco interview and video on a Resource Based Economy via NowThis Future shared a few weeks ago now has 142,000 Facebook shares, 16,000 comments, 102,000 likes, and 12.3 million views

Posted by in categories: economics, transhumanism

Wow! For context, that’s nearly 4x times the amount of daily views that Bill O’Reilly used to get on his #1 cable show on Fox before he was fired. smile Give the video a view: #transhumanism

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Apr 22, 2017

Elon Musk’s new company wants to link human brains with computers in 4 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience, space travel, sustainability

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke and cancer lesion in about four years, Musk said in an interview with the website Wait But Why on Thursday.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview. Neuralink will be Musk’s third company along with Tesla and SpaceX.

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Apr 22, 2017

Noah’s Ark 2.0

Posted by in category: life extension

For two decades, the architect Stephen Valentine has been designing, planning and developing — though not yet building — a structure quite unlike anything built before. He calls the building Timeship and describes it as a repository for the technologies and people working to stretch the boundaries of being human, a Silicon Valley for life-extension research.

It’s the first take on an architecture of immortality, but is cryogenics hub Timeship a grand delusion or looming reality?

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Apr 21, 2017

Google says it is on track to definitively prove it has a quantum computer in a few months’ time

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The search giant plans to reach a milestone in computing history before the year is out.

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Apr 21, 2017

‘Negative mass’ created at Washington State University

Posted by in category: physics

We are one step closer to actually creating an Alcuberre FTL drive…

Experimental images of an expanding spin-orbit superfluid Bose-Einstein condensate at different expansion times (credit: M. A. Khamehchi et al./Physical Review Letters)

Washington State University (WSU) physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass,” which means that if you push it, it accelerates toward you instead of away, in apparent violation of Newton’s laws.

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