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Nov 20, 2016

A Brief Explanation of the Kardashev Scale: How Far Can Humanity Really Advance?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

Let’s be honest, we have our fair share of problems on planet Earth: war, floods, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, Justin Bieber (the list goes on and on, really). But we also have a lot of things going for us: the Alcubierre Warp Drive, invisibility cloaks, the Mars rover missions, the discovery of the Higgs (the list goes on and on, really).

How can we weigh all the exciting and inspiring scientific discoveries against all the destruction and chaos? We have an ever expanding list of catastrophes that is coupled with (indeed, that parallels) our unrelenting march towards technological perfection. With such a coupling of unimaginable horrors and magnificent advancements, how can we possibly measure our status as a civilization?

One of the easiest ways to answer this question is to form a scale that will allow us to scientifically measure our technological *abilities* against the technological *possibilities.* Or in layman’s terms, something that will allow us to measure our awesomeness against the total possible awesomeness. Fortunately, there are several ways of conducting such measurements.

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Nov 20, 2016

Elon Musk Says a Tesla Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Crappy Normal Roof

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, solar power, sustainability

The solar revolution.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the solar roof that will be sold under a combined Tesla-SolarCity will likely cost less than a normal roof to install.

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders voted in favour of the US$2 billion deal Thursday. In late October, Musk unveiled a new solar roof product to show his vision for a combined company with SolarCity, but did not provide specifics on how much it would cost.

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Nov 20, 2016

New era of ‘cut and paste’ humans close as man injected with genetically-edited blood

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

A world where DNA can be rewritten to fix deadly diseases has moved a step closer after scientists announced they had genetically-edited the cells of a human for the first time using a groundbreaking technique.

A man in China was injected with modified immune cells which had been engineered to fight his lung cancer. Larger trials are scheduled to take place next year in the US and Beijing, which scientists say could open up a new era of genetic medicine.

The technique used is called Crispr, which works like tiny molecular scissors snipping away genetic code and replacing it with new instructions to build better cells.

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Nov 19, 2016

Designing for Disappearing Interfaces

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

“I will answer very simply, that the internet will disappear… It will be part of your presence all the time.”

That was Eric Schmidt talking on a panel about the future of the web earlier last year. He’s referencing a vision of the future which, not too long ago would have felt very much a work of science fiction.

But today, we inch closer to this idea of architecturally integrated, living, breathing, dynamic spaces. The internet becomes something that’s omnipresent, instead of just something you click on.

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Nov 19, 2016

Space starshade to better see exoplanets

Posted by in category: space

A flower-like starshade could give astronomers a direct look at planets orbiting distant stars. Cathal O’Connell explains how it would work.

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Nov 19, 2016

[GLOBAL LEADERS FORUM 2016] Session 6 Zoltan Istvan [ENG]

Posted by in category: futurism

[Ch.19] 세상에 없는 TV 이제 시작합니다.

★홈페이지 :

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Nov 19, 2016

Nicotinamide riboside

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The subject of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) has been in the new a lot lately but is all the hype justified? Find out in this scientific article on Longecity by researcher Sven Bulterijs.

Researcher Sven Bulterijs has published a scientific article about nicotinamide riboside, how it works and looking at the data behind this recently popular supplement. So does it live up to the hype? Why not check it out and decide yourself.

“The first article in my new science column takes a look at a special vitamin B3 derivative called nicotinamide riboside that was shown to slightly extend mouse lifespan.”

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Nov 19, 2016

AI Learns Things That Humans Didn’t Teach It

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

In Brief:

  • Researchers have created a heuristically trained neural network that outperformed conventional machine learning algorithms by 160 percent and its own training by 9 percent.
  • This new teaching method could enable AI to make correct classifications of data that’s previously unknown or unclassified, learning information beyond its data set.

Machine learning technology in neural networks has been pushing artificial intelligence (AI) development to new heights. Most AI systems learn to do things using a set of labelled data provided by their human programmers. Parham Aarabi and Wenzhi Guo, engineers from the University of Toronto, Canada have taken machine learning to a different level, developing an algorithm that can learn things on its own, going beyond its training.

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Nov 19, 2016

These geniuses sent a text message using only vinegar and glass cleaner and it is mesmerizing

Posted by in category: futurism

Wow! Researchers at Stanford just sent a text message using vinegar and glass cleaner, and our minds have officially blown.

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Nov 19, 2016

Italy’s Banks Are in a Slow-Motion Crisis. And Europe May Pay. — By Peter S. Goodman | The New York Times

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, policy


“Among policy makers alert for signs of the next financial disaster, Italy’s mountain of uncollectable bank debt is a subject discussed in tones ordinarily reserved for piles of plutonium.”

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