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Mar 24, 2018

At Amazon’s MARS Conference, Jeff Bezos Plots The Future With 200 (Very) Big Brains

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Amazon’s “summer camp for geeks” brought together some of the world’s leaders in AI, home automation, robotics, and space exploration. And, naturally, a robotic dog.

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Mar 24, 2018

AI microscopes for the ocean

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In five years, small autonomous AI microscopes, networked in the cloud and deployed around the world, will continually monitor the condition of the natural resource most critical to our survival: water.

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Mar 23, 2018

Pentagon Tries to Replicate Human Voices Using Lasers

Posted by in categories: military, mobile phones

Considering how often lasers show up in science fiction, it’s interesting that the concept of “talking lasers” might show up in reality before eventually finding their way into sci-fi.

But the United States’ military Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP) is getting close to creating one, according to a new report in Defense One. The device in question will soon be capable of reproducing human speech as a means of scaring off trespassers or enemies, making announcements, or just sending discrete messages to somebody who dropped their phone or walkie talkie.

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Mar 23, 2018

Blockchain System Aims to Identify Health Problems Using AI

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, health, robotics/AI

According to the company, their diagnostics system has recently been tested and seemed to prove more accurate than real life doctors at spotting conditions in patients.

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Mar 23, 2018

Harvard Rewinds the Biological Clock

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Harvard reminds the biological clock using NAD+ and NaHS!

Investigators at Harvard Medical School have identified the key cellular mechanisms behind vascular aging and its effects on muscle health, and they have successfully reversed the process in animals.

Could reversing the aging of blood vessels hold the key to restoring youthful vitality? If the old adage “you are as old as your arteries” reigns true then the answer is yes, at least in mice.

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Mar 23, 2018

Exclusive Photos: Lockheed Skunk Works’ X-44A Flying Wing Drone Breaks Cover

Posted by in category: drones

We finally get to see one of the key missing links that bridged the gap between Lockheed’s RQ-3 Darkstar and RQ-170 Sentinel flying-wing drones.

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Mar 23, 2018

US wants first drones that can kill people truly independently

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Small drones that can automatically spot, identify and target vehicles and people are planned by the US military, although humans would still be overseeing them.

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Mar 23, 2018

Artist Hides Secret Code to $10,000 Worth of Cryptocurrencies in Lego Artworks

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, encryption, information science, space

It has no inherent value and causes observers to rotate between feelings of fascination and anger. We’re talking about cryptocurrency, but also art. In a new series, artist Andy Bauch is bringing the two subjects together with works that use abstract patterns constructed in Lego bricks. Each piece visually represents the private key to a crypto-wallet, and anyone can steal that digital cash—if you can decode them.

Bauch first started playing around with cryptocurrencies in 2013 and told us in an interview that he considers himself an enthusiast but not a “rabid promoter” of the technology. “I wasn’t smart enough to buy enough to have fuck-you money,” he said. In 2016, he started to integrate his Bitcoin interest with his art practice.

His latest series of work, New Money, opens at LA’s Castelli Art Space on Friday. Bauch says that each piece in the series “is a secret key to various types of cryptocurrency.” He bought various amounts of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and other alt-coins in 2016 and put them in different digital wallets. Each wallet is encrypted with a private key that consists of a string of letters and numbers. That key was initially fed into an algorithm to generate a pattern. Then Bauch tweaked the algorithm here and there to get it to spit out an image that appealed to him. After finalizing the works, he’s rigorously tested them in reverse to ensure that they do, indeed, give you the right private key when processed through his formula.

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Mar 23, 2018

Expert wants to launch a space station in North Qld

Posted by in category: futurism

To NQ, infinity and beyond in $900m plan.

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Mar 23, 2018

Affectiva’s Automotive AI could keep distracted and drowsy drivers from causing accidents

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AI company Affectiva recently announced its Automotive AI platform that observes people’s emotional states to potentially help prevent distracted or drowsy driving.

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