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Apr 14, 2018

Becoming Transhuman: The Complicated Future of Robot and Advanced Sapient Rights

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

My article for the Cato Institute via Cato Unbound is out. Cato is one of the leading think tanks in the world, so I’m excited they are covering transhumanism:


Zoltan Istvan describes a complicated future when humans aren’t the only sapients around anymore. Citizenship for “Sophia” was a publicity stunt, but it won’t always be so. Istvan insists that if technology continues on the path it has traveled, then there is only one viable option ahead for humanity: We must merge with our creations and “go full cyborg.” If we do not, then machines may easily replace us.

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Apr 14, 2018

The FEBS Journal

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The inflammation – cancer connection.


The FEBS J ournal

Volume 285, Issue 4

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Apr 14, 2018

Scientists Just Achieved The World’s Most Precise Chemical Reaction

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

Scientists have just performed the world’s most precisely controlled chemical reaction, sticking together just two atoms from elements that wouldn’t normally form a molecule.

The two elements — sodium and caesium — produced an interesting alloy-like molecule. On top of that, this method of creation could set the way of making just the kind of materials we might need in future technology.

A team of Harvard University scientists used laser ‘tweezers’ to manipulate individual atoms of the two alkali metals into close proximity, and provided a photon to help them bond into a single molecule.

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Apr 14, 2018

In the hope of a cure: can stem cells treat autism?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A key trial, based in the U.S., looks to test if stem cells can help treat autism.

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Apr 14, 2018

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question

Posted by in categories: futurism, Ray Kurzweil

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?

Google now has a way to convene that kind of forum—in half a second. Speaking to TED curator Chris Anderson yesterday (April 13), legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil introduced “Talk to Books” a new way to find answers on the internet that should bring pleasure to researchers, bookworms and anyone seeking to expand their thinking on a range of topics.

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Apr 14, 2018

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, particle physics, quantum physics, robotics/AI

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” That’s sort of true, but what makes quantum computers exciting is something spookier: entanglement.

A new quantum device entangles 20 quantum bits together at the same time, making it perhaps one of the most entangled, controllable devices yet. This is an important milestone in the quantum computing world, but it also shows just how much more work there is left to do before we can realize the general-purpose quantum computers of the future, which will be able to solve big problems relating to AI and cybersecurity that classical computers can’t.

“We’re now getting access to single-particle-control devices” with tens of qubits, study author Ben Lanyon from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Austria told Gizmodo. Soon, “we can get to the level where we can create super-exotic quantum states and see how they behave in the lab. I think that’s very exciting.”

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Apr 14, 2018

‘There is no such thing as past or future’: physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Posted by in categories: futurism, physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip.

Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of time.

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Apr 14, 2018

Venus Visits Night Sky This Month: How to See It

Posted by in category: space

Venus will appear with many vivid stellar landmarks in April’s night sky.

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Apr 14, 2018

Supercontinent formation may be linked to a cycle of supertides

Posted by in category: futurism

Tides are the largest they have been for 250m years.

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Apr 14, 2018

How quantum computing could wreak havoc on cryptocurrency

Posted by in categories: computing, cryptocurrencies, quantum physics

Quantum computing is promising to be one of the biggest technological revolutions of the modern era.

By harnessing the power of quantum mechanics, machines will be able to achieve data processing of speed and complexity unattainable with current computers. Traditional computers are based on a binary model on a system of switches that can be either on or off, represented with a 1 or a 0.

Quantum computers are different in that their switches can be in both the on and off positions at the same time, called ‘superpositions.’ This ability to be in two simultaneous states is what makes quantum computers faster. Much faster.

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