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Apr 11, 2018

Podcast: transhumanism — using technology to live forever

Posted by in categories: evolution, life extension, transhumanism

We talk to Mark O’Connell about transhumanism, the evolution of the human species and his Wellcome Book Prize-shortlisted book To Be A Machine.

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Apr 11, 2018

5G: What a superfast connection will mean

Posted by in category: internet

Jump to media player The connection will have speeds of between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G.

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Apr 11, 2018

Mars Express spacecraft gets in-orbit upgrade

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI, space

ESA’s Mars Express orbiter is getting a major software upgrade that will extend its service life for years to come. On Sunday, the space agency uploaded the update into the veteran deep space probe’s computers where it will remain stored in memory until a scheduled restart on April 16. If successful, it will take some of the burden off the aging gyroscopes used to keep the unmanned spacecraft’s vital high-gain radio antenna pointed at Earth.

As anyone who regularly uses digital devices can tell you, software updates are a way of life. It turns out that Mars orbiting spacecraft are no exception, with aging electronics that need new instructions to deal with worn out components after years of heavy use.

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Apr 11, 2018

FDA approves AI-powered diagnostic that doesn’t need a doctor’s help

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

Marking a new era of “diagnosis by software,” the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave permission to a company called IDx to market an AI-powered diagnostic device for ophthalmology.

What it does: The software is designed to detect greater than a mild level of diabetic retinopathy, which causes vision loss and affects 30 million people in the US. It occurs when high blood sugar damages blood vessels in the retina.

How it works: The program uses an AI algorithm to analyze images of the adult eye taken with a special retinal camera. A doctor uploads the images to a cloud server, and the software then delivers a positive or negative result.

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Apr 11, 2018

How gravitational waves might help fundamental cosmology

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

New observations could help us understand discrepancies in measurements of the expansion of the Universe.

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Apr 11, 2018

SpaceX’s president says Mars is a ‘fixer-upper planet’ and just a first step toward exploring other galaxies

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell says the company will put humans on Mars within a decade because we need a backup planet.

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Apr 11, 2018

20 Real-World Uses for Blockchain Technology

Posted by in category: bitcoin

I bet you didn’t realize blockchain could do all of this.

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Apr 11, 2018

The Case for Putting Aside Dark Energy to Reevaluate General Relativity

Posted by in category: cosmology

If dark energy is just a grand illusion – as some suggest – then rethinking our interpretation of the basic principles of general relativity in a complex universe is crucial.

The Case for Putting Aside Dark Energy to Reevaluate General Relativity

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Apr 11, 2018

The world’s most valuable AI startup is a Chinese company specializing in real-time surveillance

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, finance, government, mobile phones, robotics/AI, surveillance

Artificial intelligence is being used for a dizzying array of tasks, but one of the most successful is also one of the scariest: automated surveillance. Case in point is Chinese startup SenseTime, which makes AI-powered surveillance software for the country’s police, and which this week received a new round of funding worth $600 million. This funding, led by retailing giant Alibaba, reportedly gives SenseTime a total valuation of more than $4.5 billion, making it the most valuable AI startup in the world, according to analyst firm CB Insights.

This news is significant for a number of reasons. First, it shows how China continues to pour money into artificial intelligence, both through government funding and private investment. Many are watching the competition between China and America to develop cutting-edge AI with great interest, and see investment as an important measure of progress. China has overtaken the US in this regard, although experts are quick to caution that it’s only one metric of success.

Secondly, the investment shows that image analysis is one of the most lucrative commercial applications for AI. SenseTime became profitable in 2017 and claims it has more than 400 clients and partners. It sells its AI-powered services to improve the camera apps of smartphone-makers like OPPO and Vivo; to offer “beautification” effects and AR filters on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo; and to provide identity verification for domestic finance and retail apps like Huanbei and Rong360.

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Apr 11, 2018

Ring of Fire

Posted by in category: futurism

I have been watching this closely.


Earthquakes in California and Alaska have hit worryingly close to the most active fault line in the world

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