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Sep 4, 2017

As Artificial Intelligence Advances, What Are its Religious Implications?

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

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T he concept of artificial intelligence has been fuel for science fiction since at least 1920, when the Czech writer Karel Čapek published R.U.R., his play about a mutiny led by a throng of robots. Speculation about the future of intelligent machines has run rampant in the intervening decades but recently has taken a more critical turn. Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer imaginary, and the implications of its future development are far-reaching. As computer scientists confirm their intent to push the limits of AI capabilities, religious communities and thinkers are also debating how far AI should go—and what should happen as it becomes part of the fabric of everyday life.

“Scientists want to be at the cutting edge of research, and they want the contribution to knowledge,” says Brendan Sweetman, chair of philosophy at Rockhurst University. “But at the same time, a lot of what they do raises moral questions.”

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Sep 4, 2017

World’s biggest X-ray laser launched near Hamburg

Posted by in category: futurism

A series of laser beams crisscrossed the skies over Hamburg to mark the launch of the world’s biggest x-ray laser, co-financed by Russia. The device is able to photograph objects at an atomic level and is set to “transcend” current scientific boundaries.

Since Monday night, 10 green laser beams have lit up the sky from Hamburg to the nearby town of Schenefeld, while the words “Welcome European XFEL” projected onto a warehouse next to Hamburg’s new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

The elaborate light display, which could be seen from 24 kilometers away, marked the underground path of the world’s biggest X-ray laser, the European XFEL, which became operational on Friday.

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Sep 4, 2017

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

Posted by in category: finance

It used to be banks, but now it is tech giants that dominate the US lobbying industry. Can money buy them what they want: less competition, less tax … and more data?

By in San Francisco and in Washington

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Sep 4, 2017

Leasing out federal land could provide free money for all Americans

Posted by in categories: business, economics, government

Here’s a people-friendly/business-friendly plan to replace Labor Day with Basic Income Day in America. Your half million dollars is waiting and yours!…2017-7 #FederalLandDividend

Futurist and 2018 libertarian candidate for California governor Zoltan Istvan outlines his plan to give everyone a government kickback from untapped land.

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Sep 4, 2017

News from campaigns

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI

In case you’ve missed the news, has another crowdfunding campaign running right now!

Before I’m too late for the party, I’d like to let you know that’s crowdfunding campaign AgeMeter for the development of a diagnostic system to measure functional human age has been extended by two weeks. Presently, 70% of the necessary funds have been collected, i.e. a little over 20.000 dollars out of 30.000. It would be great if yet this other campaign made it to its goal, so if you haven’t made your donation yet, please do—remember, there’s no such thing as a donation which is too small: Broadly speaking, as long as the amount you donate is a positive real number, it is much appreciated! The AgeMeter campaign will end on September 16, 2017.

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Sep 4, 2017

Elon Musk says AI could lead to third world war

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

North Korea ‘low on our list of concerns’ says Tesla boss following Vladimir Putin’s statement that whoever leads in AI will rule world.

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Sep 4, 2017

Future of AI — Ray Kurzweil

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

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Sep 3, 2017

Changes in the Nucleolus are a Possible Aging Biomarker

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

A new study published by scientists at the Salk Institute recently shows how that changes in the nucleolus of progeria cells and normally aged cells share some characteristics that may allow them to be used as a biomarker for biological age[1].

What is Progeria?

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is a rare genetic disease that causes people to suffer from aging-like symptoms on an accelerated timescale compared to regular aging. Whilst it shares similarities with regular aging it is not accelerated aging per se, but the outcome is much the same.

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Sep 3, 2017

North Korea nuclear test: South Korea to approve US missile defence system – live

Posted by in category: nuclear weapons

Seoul is poised to give green light to install four more batteries of controversial Thaad system amid tensions with Pyongyang.

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Sep 3, 2017

First paralyzed human regains his upper body movement after being treated with stem cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

When Kristopher Boesen of Bakersfield regained consciousness after losing control of his car while driving in wet conditions, he was paralyzed from the neck down. The prognosis was grim: he was told that he might never regain control of his limbs again.

But he has. At least some of them. He has movement in his upper body and can use his arms and hands. He can feed himself, text friends and family and even hug them. To him, this means that he has his life back. How did this miracle come about?

Kris was offered the opportunity to participate in a human clinical trial at the University of Southern California and Asterias Biotherapeutics. He is one of five previously paralyzed patients who experienced increased mobility after the trial.

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