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Feb 14, 2016

Rare brain disorder, not Alzheimer’s, may be cause of loss for words

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience


WASHINGTON – A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer’s disease although it isn’t robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them.

It’s called primary progressive aphasia, and researchers said Sunday they’re finding better ways to diagnose the little-known syndrome. That will help people whose thoughts are lucid but who are verbally locked in to get the right kind of care.

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Feb 14, 2016

Younger T Cells May Improve Immunotherapy for Cancer in Kids

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Very nice.

NEW YORK: Enriching T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack certain cancerous diseases may prove beneficial to an increasing number of children during immunotherapy, says a study.

Younger T cells, classified as either naive T cells (newly minted cells) or stem central memory T cells (self-renewing, highly proliferative cells) were the most effective in immunotherapy, the study showed.

“Our main finding is that younger T cells are critically important in T cell immunotherapy,” said David M. Barrett, paediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), University of Pennsylvania, US.

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Feb 14, 2016

India’s finance minister isn’t afraid of robots

Posted by in categories: business, economics, employment, finance, robotics/AI

I agree; still a lot of work to be done in order for AI to have a huge impact around taking most of the jobs away. Besides, with new technology comes new careers.

India’s finance minister isn’t worried about jobs being lost in the country’s manufacturing sector despite warnings that industrial robots will dramatically reduce the need for factory workers in coming decades.

“I still have faith in human ingenuity, that even when jobs are lost in certain sectors … more jobs will be created because of that increased economic activity in other sectors,” Arun Jaitley told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday at the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai.

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Feb 14, 2016

Chinese cyber strategy-building deterrence

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military, security, space

China’s public report on their own Cyber Security Strategy — don’t get too excited; it is a “public” version of their plan (mean nothing in depth).

New cyber warfare unit

While China was assessed to have cyber warfare capabilities for quite some time, the declaration by its Central Military Council of the formation of a new military branch focussed on digital battleground technically called Strategic Support Force on 1st Jan. 2016 confirmed this. This new force is mainly aimed at providing resources capable of protecting China’s cyber and space security. On this occasion Xi pointed out that this force is central to achieving the “Chinese Dream” suggesting its importance.

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Feb 14, 2016

Top Marine Looks to Science Fiction to Prepare Corps for Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

Getting ready for battle — future of military gear and acessories.

The Marine Corps is expanding its cyber warfare and information warfare communities, and embracing cutting-edge technologies.

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Feb 14, 2016

Robots may take over most human jobs by 2045: Expert

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, economics, employment, robotics/AI

I find this a bit of a stretch. Maybe some jobs; however, not all and there will be (like any new technology, etc.) new career fields created.

“Can the global economy adapt to greater than 50 per cent unemployment? Will those out of work be content to live a life of leisure?” Vardi noted.

“I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” he said.

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Feb 14, 2016

Mattel Is Making a $300 3D Printing Toy Studio For Kids

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Great gift for kids and getting them started with 3D printing to boot.

One of the world’s largest toy makers, Mattel, has long embraced the idea of helping kids build their own toys. Back in the 1960s, the company released the very first ThingMaker, which let kids create figurines by pouring liquid plastic into molds and then heating them up in an oven. Now, Mattel thinks it can bring back the toymaker movement with its own affordable 3D printer.

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Feb 14, 2016

Clueless In Cyber-Security Land

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience, robotics/AI, security

Very good read; and hints at something that I have been highlighting for a while around AI, NextGen transformation and adoption, etc. One very large brick wall that I highlighted in my latest posts around 5 areas that need to be address for AI to be adopted more broadly is Cyber Security.

If we do not get Cyber Security address soon around hackers, cloud, etc. AI (including robotics), brain interfaces, etc. will be either rejected or very limited in its adoption. It is just that simple.

What are CISO’s (Chief Information Security Officers) worrying about in 2016?

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Feb 14, 2016

UK banks vulnerable to global shock, economist warns

Posted by in category: finance

Things are rocky in the UK — ripple effects are already being felt.

Sir John Vickers says UK banks are still at risk, with Beijing prepared to spend billions propping up Shanghai market as fears grow of new crash.

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Feb 14, 2016

William White, the banker who predicted 2008 crisis, warns of another crash

Posted by in categories: finance, Ray Kurzweil

Well, Tech has Ray Kurzweil as the industry’s favorite futurist; and Economists have William White as their goto futurist.

As financial markets reeled last week and fears of a fresh recession or even banking crisis sparked panic, White was more than willing to issue yet another prophecy of doom.

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