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Apr 5, 2017

Moogfest 2017: How the Immortality Bus Changed Transhum…

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

Here’s my speech topic at Moogfest on the Immortality Bus and #transhumanism on May 20 at 4:30PM:

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Apr 5, 2017

Inside the plan to replace Trump’s border wall with a high-tech ecotopia

Posted by in categories: economics, policy, privacy, solar power, sustainability, transportation

The year is 2030. Former president Donald Trump’s border wall, once considered a political inevitability, was never built. Instead, its billions of dollars of funding were poured into something the world had never seen: a strip of shared territory spanning the border between the United States and Mexico. Otra Nation, as the state is called, is a high-tech ecotopia, powered by vast solar farms and connected with a hyperloop transportation system. Biometric checks identify citizens and visitors, and relaxed trade rules have turned Otra Nation into a booming economic hub. Environmental conservation policies have maximized potable water and ameliorated a new Dust Bowl to the north. This is the future envisioned by the Made Collective, a group of architects, urban planners, and others who are proposing what they call a “shared co-nation” as a new kind of state.

Many people have imagined their own alternatives to Trump’s planned border wall, from the plausible — like a bi-national irrigation initiative — to the absurd — like an “inflatoborder” made of plastic bubbles. Made’s members insist that they’re serious about Otra Nation, though, and that they’ve got the skills to make it work. That’s almost certainly not true — but it’s also beside the point. At a time when policy proposals should be taken “seriously but not literally,” and facts are up for grabs, Otra Nation turns the slippery Trump playbook around to offer a counter-fantasy. In the words of collective member Marina Muñoz, “We can really make the complete American continent great again.”

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Apr 5, 2017

Enlitic To Partner With Paiyipai To Deploy Deep Learning In Health Check Centers Across China

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

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Enlitic, a medical deep learning company, is pleased to announce that it has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Beijing Hao Yun Dao Information & Technology Co., Ltd (“Paiyipai”) to provide Enlitic’s deep learning solution to Paiyipai for diagnostic imaging in Health Check centers across China.

Paiyipai is a medical big data company. The company is a market leader in China in the analysis of individual laboratory medical test results, and the storage and distribution of user medical records.

The MOU forms the basis of collaboration for the first large-scale commercial deployment of Enlitic’s deep learning technology in China. It was executed following a successful 10,000 chest x-ray trial of Enlitic’s patient triage platform.

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Apr 5, 2017

Positively shaping development of artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: food, information science, robotics/AI

This wasn’t the first such event – the agricultural revolution had upended human lives 12,000 years earlier.

A growing number of experts believe that a third revolution will occur during the 21st century, through the invention of machines with intelligence which far surpasses our own. These range from Stephen Hawking to Stuart Russell, the author of the best-selling AI textbook, AI: A Modern Approach.

Rapid progress in machine learning has raised the prospect that algorithms will one day be able to do most or all of the mental tasks currently performed by humans. This could ultimately lead to machines that are much better at these tasks than humans.

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Apr 5, 2017

Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães – A life dedicated to conquering aging

Posted by in category: life extension

Another exclusive interview with a hero of gerontology.

Dr. Joao Pedro de Magalhaes talks about aging research in this exclusive interview with LEAF.

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Apr 5, 2017

New 3D printed prosthetic arms turn heads at Moscow fashion week

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

Earlier this month, Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showcased some spectacular 3D printed prosthetic arms made by designer Nikita Replyanski and Russian prosthesis manufacturer Motorica. The 3D printed prostheses, inspired by robots and butterflies, were made using Autodesk Fusion 360.

Fashion weeks, whether they’re being held in the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world or elsewhere, tend to favor style over substance. It’s called a fashion week, after all, not a function week. But that doesn’t mean that the industry events don’t occasionally showcase items that are as sensible as they are stylish. Just have a look at what was on show at Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier this month.

While not usually an event of major global interest like Paris Fashion Week, the Russian fashion show brought together a host of top designers looking to show off their fall/winter 2017–2018 collections. Amongst those designers was Nikita Replyanski, a Russian designer and concept artist who left the computer games industry three years ago to focus on designing physical, non-virtual items. But rather than show off dresses, shoes, hats, Replyanski was presenting something totally different: 3D printed prosthetic arms.

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Apr 5, 2017

Before humans can settle on Mars, planetary scientist Philip Metzger says we need to figure out these three key technologies

Posted by in category: space

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Apr 4, 2017

The factories of the future could float in space

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, solar power, space, sustainability

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts.

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Apr 4, 2017

How Smart Robots On The Moon Could Soon Supply Earth With Electricity

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

For some of us: ‘Come Together’ is merely the opening track on the famous Beatles album Abbey Road. However, didn’t you ever wonder why humanity doesn’t come together to solve at least some of its problems on Earth? How about ‘solving’ something like the electricity supply once and for all?

The global headcount is always increasing and we might crack the 8 billion mark as we speak. So the need for electricity is growing with it.

Small nations like Costa Rica show us what can be done to get rid of fossil fuels and go for Renewables instead. Scaling up the combination of wind, solar or geothermal energy to satisfy the massive demand is hard, though.

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Apr 4, 2017

Controlling forces between atoms, molecules, promising for ‘2-D hyperbolic’ materials

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

A new approach to control forces and interactions between atoms and molecules, such as those employed by geckos to climb vertical surfaces, could bring advances in new materials for developing quantum light sources.

“Closely spaced and in our environment are constantly interacting, attracting and repelling each other,” said Zubin Jacob, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. “Such interactions ultimately enable a myriad of phenomena, such as the sticky pads on gecko feet, as well as photosynthesis.”

Typically, these interactions occur when atoms and molecules are between 1 to 10 nanometers apart, or roughly 1/10,000th the width of a human hair.

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