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Apr 10, 2017

Stem Cell Therapy Could Reverse Hearing Loss

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists develop a new method to regrow microscopic hair cells that pick up sound.

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Apr 10, 2017

Life On Earth To Hit Brick Wall In Another 500 Million Years

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

From the archives.

Our Earth and Sun continue to have a delicate relationship. Credit: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center.

Complex life here on earth will hit a habitability wall in only 500 million years; not in an almost languorous 1.75 billion years, as reported in a recent global media flap.

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Apr 10, 2017

Can you fall in love with a robot?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

People are already falling in love with robots. What’s really going on?

To learn more about robot love, look out for episode 3 of #MostlyHuman, coming next week!

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Apr 10, 2017

Predicting the optimal brain computer interface of the future

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, neuroscience

Interesting link within concerning an injectable interface.

To be able to design a device that measures brain activity an understanding of the brains function is required. This section gives a high-level overview of some of the key elements of brain function. Human brains contain approximately 80 billion neurons, these neurons are interconnected with 7,000 synaptic connections each (on average). The combination of neurons firing and their communication is, in very simple terms the basis of all thoughts conscious and subconscious. Logically if the activity of these neurons and their connections were read in real-time, a sufficiently intelligent algorithm could understand all thoughts present. Similarly, if an input could be given at this level of granularity new thoughts could be implanted.

All human brains abide by the general structure shown in the picture below, certain areas, by and large do certain things. If higher levels of thoughts like creativity, idea generation and concentration want to be read, the frontal lobe is the place to look. If emotions and short-term memory are the target, the temporal lobe is the place to read from.

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Apr 10, 2017

Siri vs. Google Assistant: Pixar Artists Designing A Stronger Personality For The Latter: Report — By Rishabh Jain | International Business Times

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

“Google is set to give its artificial intelligence-based voice assistant, Google Assistant, a more robust personality.”

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Apr 10, 2017

Glass-bottom pool in Houston

Posted by in category: futurism

Check out this 500-foot-high glass-bottom swimming pool in Houston that hangs over the street.

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Apr 10, 2017

Diamonds coupled using quantum physics

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, transportation

Atomic defects in diamonds can be used as quantum memories. Researchers at TU Wien for the first time have succeeded in coupling the defects in various diamonds using quantum physics.

Diamonds with minute flaws could play a crucial role in the future of quantum technology. For some time now, researchers at TU Wien have been studying the quantum properties of such diamonds, but only now have they succeeded in coupling the specific defects in two such diamonds with one another. This is an important prerequisite for the development of new applications, such as highly sensitive sensors and switches for quantum computers. The results of the research will now be published in the journal Physical Review Letters (“Coherent Coupling of Remote Spin Ensembles via a Cavity Bus”).

Two black diamonds on a superconducting chip

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Apr 10, 2017

Billionaire investor to accelerate research in artificial intelligence in healthcare

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

Interest in rejuvenation biotechnology is growing rapidly and attracting investors.

- Jim Mellon has made an investment in Insilico Medicine to enable the company to validate the many molecules discovered using deep learning and launch multi-modal biomarkers of human aging

Monday, April 10, 2017, Baltimore, MD — Insilico Medicine, Inc, a big data analytics company applying deep learning techniques to drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research today announced that it has closed an investment from the billionaire biotechnology investor Jim Mellon. Proceeds will be used to perform pre-clinical validation of multiple lead molecules developed using Insilico Medicine’s drug discovery pipelines and to advance research in deep learned biomarkers of aging and disease.

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Apr 10, 2017

Old generations should step down in favour of the new ones

Posted by in categories: existential risks, life extension

Dismantling the idea that older generations should ‘step down’ for younger ones.

Humans are really pros at sugarcoating. If you say old people should step down for the sake of new generations, it sounds so noble and rightful, doesn’t it? What it actually means, though, is ‘We value old people less than new ones,’ and this doesn’t sound very noble or rightful. This is plain and brutal survival of the species.

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Apr 10, 2017

LIVE in Amsterdam, feeling FREE

Posted by in category: futurism

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