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Jul 22, 2018

DARPA has competition plans for insect-scale robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Earlier this month, DARPA announced it is launching a new SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP) program. SHRIMP will develop and demonstrate micro-to-milli robotic platforms for scenarios brought on by natural and critical disasters.

As IEEE Spectrum put it, it’s a program to develop “insect-scale robots” for disaster recovery and high-risk environments. The topic is simple enough to understand and it also is obvious that the means of accomplishing these platforms is tough.

DARPA, said its announcement, will be facing the challenge of “creating extremely SWaP-constrained microrobotics.” SWaP refers to size, weight and power.

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Jul 22, 2018

This AI can see what you’re thinking — and draw a picture of it

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Mind reading technology is here.

Scientists have developed a program that can read your brainwaves and produce an image based on what you’re thinking about.

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Jul 22, 2018

Ask Ethan: Which Movies Get The Science Of Time Travel Right?

Posted by in categories: entertainment, science, time travel

It’s one of the most common tropes in science fiction. But which movies actually get the science right?

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Jul 22, 2018

Engine test anomaly deals setback to Boeing’s plans for Starliner space taxi

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Boeing confirms that it experienced an anomaly last month during tests of the engines that would be used on its CST-100 Starliner space taxi in the event of a launch emergency.

The anomaly resulted in an unwanted leak of propellant, and although no hardware was destroyed, the issue is likely to contribute to further delays for NASA’s plan to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station on the Starliner.

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Jul 22, 2018

Meet the Woman Who Rocked Particle Physics—Three Times

Posted by in category: particle physics

Sau Lan Wu spent decades working to establish the Standard Model of particle physics. Now she’s searching for what lies beyond it.

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Jul 22, 2018

CT scanners on trial at Heathrow could bring end to liquids ban

Posted by in category: electronics

New technology could mean passengers would no longer need to remove items from hand luggage for screening.

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Jul 22, 2018

Only Three Humans Have Died in Space: The Story of Soyuz 11

Posted by in category: space

Space is brutally inhospitable to human life, so it’s a small wonder that out of the 561 people who have ventured beyond the safety of Earth, only three have died there. Many more have perished due to crashes or explosions when rocketing away from our planet or re-entering its atmosphere.

The three brave spacefarers who lost their lives in space were cosmonauts Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev. All three died on the Soyuz 11 mission of Jun 1971.

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Jul 22, 2018

Why the Transhumanist Movement Needs Socialism

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

A few days ago, transhumanist author and politician Zoltan Istvan had an article published on The Maven titled “Transhumanism is Under Siege from Socialism.” It was there that he stated, “Transhumanists must favor the free world and free market to make its movement as powerful and successful as possible,” and must equally “be on their guard against[socialism].” I disagree — at least when it comes to the free market.

In order to survive the impending trend of proliferated automation, transhumanists must prepare for a future that is post-capitalist by nature.

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Jul 22, 2018

2018 Speakers

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

I’m excited to share I’ll be speaking/debating at the upcoming #Biohack the Planet 2018 conference in Oakland on Aug 31 & Sept 1. Many interesting biohackers will be there. Tickets are still available and very reasonably priced right now, but they will likely sell out. Hope to see you there! Here’s the speaker list: #transhumanism #biohacker & ticket page:

Bryan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree.

In 2016, Bryan invested $100M in Kernel to build advanced neural interfaces to treat disease and dysfunction, illuminate the mechanisms of intelligence, and extend cognition. Kernel is on a mission to dramatically increase our quality of life as healthy lifespans extend. He believes that the future of humanity will be defined by the combination of human and artificial intelligence (HI +AI). In 2014, Bryan invested $100M to start OS Fund which invests in entrepreneurs commercializing breakthrough discoveries in genomics, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, precision automation, and new materials development. Bryan founded Braintree in 2007, later acquiring Venmo, which he sold to Ebay in 2013 for $800M. He is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast, pilot, and author of a children’s book, Code 7.

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Jul 22, 2018

Yes, plastic is an eco nightmare. But it’s also tired, old technology

Posted by in category: materials

Surely it’s not beyond the wit of science to give us a hi-tech green alternative.

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