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Jul 22, 2018

Propelling deep space flight with a new fuel source, Momentus prepares for liftoff

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Mikhail Kokorich, the founder of Momentus, a new Y Combinator-backed propulsion technology developer for space flight, hadn’t always dreamed of going to the moon.

A physicist who graduated from Russia’s top-ranked Novosibirsk University, Kokorich was a serial entrepreneur in who grew up in Siberia and made his name and his first fortunes in the years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The heart of Momentus’ technology is a new propulsion system that uses water as a propellant instead of chemicals.

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Jul 22, 2018

Transhumanist Party Virtual is open to all sapients, corporeal, digital, and virtual

Posted by in categories: economics, education, existential risks, geopolitics, transhumanism

Transhumanist Declaration VirtualTranshumanism Virtual is the viewpoint that sapient society, corporeal, digital, and virtual should embrace, wisely, thoughtfully, and compassionately, the radical transformational potential of technology. The Transhumanist Party Virtual calls for: — Projects to take full advantage of accelerating technology. — Economic and personal liberation of all sapient beings — An inclusive new social contract for all sapient and sentient beings in the light of technological disruption — A evolutionary regulatory system to fast-track innovative breakthroughs — Reform of democratic processes with new tools — Education transformed in readiness for a radically different future — A transhumanist rights agenda for all sapient and sentient beings in the coming transhumanist age — An affirmative new perspective on existential risks.

Transhumanist Party Virtual

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Jul 21, 2018

This theater fully immerses viewers as they stand and watch

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Click on photo to start video.

This 360-degree theater lets you experience VR without a headset.

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Jul 21, 2018

The Spectrum Retreat brings color to Portal-like puzzles

Posted by in category: entertainment

Intriguing game has its moments, but flubs story section.

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Jul 21, 2018

SpaceX to exclusively fly reusable rocket

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX launches may increase moving forward.

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Jul 21, 2018

Interesting Facts About The Speed of Light

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Jul 21, 2018

NASA ScienceCasts: Exploring Beneath the Waves

Posted by in category: space

Researchers are using a technology solution called Fluid Lensing to study coral reefs and help better understand reef ecosystems.

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Jul 21, 2018

Boston Dynamics is Gearing Up to Build and Army of Robot Dogs

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Robot dogs are coming.


Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog will be getting to work in a variety of roles by the middle of 2019.

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Jul 21, 2018

Here’s How the Russian Military Is Organizing to Develop AI

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Harking back to Soviet big science, a 10-point plan calls for new organizations and focus areas, from job training to a giant new R&D campus.

The Russian Ministry of Defense is pursuing artificial intelligence with an urgency that has only grown since Vladimir Putin’s “rule the world” speech in September. But after several years of watching American and Chinese researchers accumulate breakthroughs and funding, while Russia continues to lack a relevant high-tech culture, Ministry leaders have decided that if they can’t outspend their global competitors, perhaps they can out-organize them.

So in March, the MOD — along with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, or MES ; and the Russian Academy of Sciences — gathered domestic and international developers and users at a conference intended to take stock of the world’s AI prowess, and develop plans to focus Russia’s academic, scientific, and commercial communities to compete.

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Jul 21, 2018

How Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape the Global Order

Posted by in categories: economics, military, robotics/AI, singularity

Just as competition between liberal democratic, fascist, and communist social systems defined much of the twentieth century, so the struggle between liberal democracy and digital authoritarianism is set to define the twenty-first.


The debate over the effects of artificial intelligence has been dominated by two themes. One is the fear of a singularity, an event in which an AI exceeds human intelligence and escapes human control, with possibly disastrous consequences. The other is the worry that a new industrial revolution will allow machines to disrupt and replace humans in every—or almost every—area of society, from transport to the military to healthcare.

There is also a third way in which AI promises to reshape the world. By allowing governments to monitor, understand, and control their citizens far more closely than ever before, AI will offer authoritarian countries a plausible alternative to liberal democracy, the first since the end of the Cold War. That will spark renewed international competition between social systems.

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