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Aug 6, 2018

AI vs. God: Who Stays and Who Leaves?

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Scientific progress, and Internet and mobile coverage proliferation in the last 8 years alone might have decreased the numbers dramatically. Still not as much as to liquidate the spiritual beliefs of the vast majority of the world’s population.


Does God exist? If She does, this is how we got our sacred soul. If She does not, we will soon be able to recreate the soul in machines!

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Aug 6, 2018

Beyond the Hard Drive: Encoding Data in DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, space

This article is part of a series about how OS Fund (OSF) companies are radically redefining our future by rewriting the operating systems of life. Or as we prefer to think about it: Step 1: Put a dent into the universe. And Step 2: Rewrite the universe. You can see the full OSF collection here and read more about Building a Biological Immune System.

In contemplating the future, I love imagining how our daily lives today will be thought of in the future. What appears sci-fi to us today but will be “normal” 50 years from now? What inefficient and boneheaded things do we do today that future generations will look back and laugh at?

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Aug 6, 2018

OS FUND

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

OS Fund invests in quantum-leap developments that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life.

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Aug 6, 2018

Gerry Mansolill: 63-year-old fitness buff

Posted by in category: futurism

You’re never too old to live young so long as you put forth effort.


This 63-year-old is showing up people half his age.

Credit: Gerry Mansolill

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Aug 5, 2018

Can #CRISPR help us slow down aging in the near future?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, life extension

Check out Synthego’s blog post to explore the possibility of CRISPR aided anti-aging solutions. #aging #genomics #GenomeEngineering https://buff.ly/2Ohmj2F

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Aug 5, 2018

Planet-hunting Kepler Telescope Wakes up, Phones Home

Posted by in category: space

Nearing the end of its life, the spectacularly successful mission is still churning out new observations.

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Aug 5, 2018

Loopholes and the ‘Anti-Realism’ of the Quantum World

Posted by in category: quantum physics

After researchers found a loophole in a famous experiment designed to prove that quantum objects don’t have intrinsic properties, three experimental groups quickly sewed the loophole shut.

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Aug 5, 2018

Sorry Elon Musk, But It’s Now Clear That Colonizing Mars Is Unlikely — And A Bad Idea

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, engineering, environmental, government, space travel, sustainability

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a vision for colonising Mars, based on a big rocket, nuclear explosions and an infrastructure to transport millions of people there. This was seen as highly ambitious but technically challenging in several ways. Planetary protection rules and the difficulties of terraforming (making the planet hospitable by, for example, warming it up) and dealing with the harsh radiation were quoted as severe obstacles.

Undeterred, Musk took a first step towards his aim in February this year with the launch of a Tesla roadster car into an orbit travelling beyond Mars on the first Falcon Heavy rocket. This dramatically illustrated the increasing launch capability for future missions made available by partnerships between commercial and government agencies.

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Aug 5, 2018

Employees at Google, Amazon and Microsoft Have Threatened to Walk Off the Job Over the Use of AI

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

There is. Our engagement with AI will transform us. Technology always does, even while we are busy using it to reinvent our world. The introduction of the machine gun by Richard Gatling during America’s Civil War, and its massive role in World War I, obliterated our ideas of military gallantry and chivalry and emblazoned in our minds Wilfred Owen’s imagery of young men who “die as Cattle.” The computer revolution beginning after World War II ushered in a way of understanding and talking about the mind in terms of hardware, wiring and rewiring that still dominates neurology. How will AI change us? How has it changed us already? For example, what does reliance on navigational aids like Waze do to our sense of adventure? What happens to our ability to make everyday practical judgments when so many of these judgments—in areas as diverse as credit worthiness, human resources, sentencing, police force allocation—are outsourced to algorithms? If our ability to make good moral judgments depends on actually making them—on developing, through practice and habit, what Aristotle called “practical wisdom”—what happens when we lose the habit? What becomes of our capacity for patience when more and more of our trivial interests and requests are predicted and immediately met by artificially intelligent assistants like Siri and Alexa? Does a child who interacts imperiously with these assistants take that habit of imperious interaction to other aspects of her life? It’s hard to know how exactly AI will alter us. Our concerns about the fairness and safety of the technology are more concrete and easier to grasp. But the abstract, philosophical question of how AI will impact what it means to be human is more fundamental and cannot be overlooked. The engineers are right to worry. But the stakes are higher than they think.

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Aug 5, 2018

20 Life-Changing Technologies Coming Within The Next 5 Years

Posted by in category: futurism

Some of us will look back on the technology we’re using right now, and it will seem like the stone age.

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