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Nov 15, 2016

Mobile If Apple Builds Smart Glasses, They’d Better Be Spectacular — By Jamie Condliffe | MIT Technology Review

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, business


” … Apple is considering the idea of producing digital glasses. The specs would, we’re told, “connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality.””

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Nov 15, 2016

Genetic variants linked to education predict longevity

Posted by in categories: education, genetics, life extension

More supporting data that higher education is good for longevity.

National Academy of Sciences.

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Nov 15, 2016

At Sundar Pichai’s Google, AI Is Everything–And Everywhere

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A year into his tenure as CEO of Google, the low-key leader talks about what the company is, where it’s going, and how it gets things done.

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Nov 15, 2016

Ghost in the Shell Trailer

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI

Trailer for Ghost in the Shell.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost in the Shell follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

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Nov 14, 2016

Coming to Grips with Artificial Intelligence’s Many Manifestations

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, transportation

The categories of AI.

Click here to learn more about author James Kobielus.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage these days. However, people often overlook the fact that it’s a truly ancient vogue. I can’t think of another current high-tech mania whose hype curve got going during the days when Ike was in the White House, “I Love Lucy” was on the small screen, and programming in assembly language was state of the art.

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Nov 14, 2016

Citywide test of DARPA’s radioactive threat detection system complete

Posted by in category: electronics

Not trying to throw stones; however, why didn’t they just connect with the DoE as they already (for 2 decades) had an real-time solution doing this type of tracking.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed the first citywide assessment of its SIGMA radioactive threat detection system.

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Nov 14, 2016

CertiKOS: A Step Toward Hacker-Resistant Operating Systems

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, robotics/AI

Researchers from Yale University have unveiled CertiKOS, the world’s first operating system that runs on multi-core processors and shields against cyber-attacks. Scientists believe this could lead to a new generation of reliable and secure systems software.

Led by Zhong Shao, professor of computer science at Yale, the researchers developed an operating system that incorporates formal verification to ensure that a program performs precisely as its designers intended — a safeguard that could prevent the hacking of anything from home appliances and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to self-driving cars and digital currency. Their paper on CertiKOS was presented at the 12th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation held Nov. 2–4 in Savannah, Ga.

Computer scientists have long believed that computers’ operating systems should have at their core a small, trustworthy kernel that facilitates communication between the systems’ software and hardware. But operating systems are complicated, and all it takes is a single weak link in the code — one that is virtually impossible to detect via traditional testing — to leave a system vulnerable to hackers.

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Nov 14, 2016

Chat bot helps immigrants complete their visas

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A Facebook Messenger conversation could get you into the US.

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Nov 14, 2016

The Future of Extremism: Artificial Intelligence and Synthetic Biology Will Transform Terrorism

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, military, robotics/AI, terrorism

There weren’t many people who had heard of bioterrorism before 9/11. But shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, a wave of anthrax mailings diverted the attention of the public towards a new weapon in the arsenal of terrorists—bioterrorism. A US federal prosecutor found that an army biological researcher was responsible for mailing the anthrax-laced letters, which killed 5 and sickened 15 people in 2001. The cases generated huge media attention, and the fear of a new kind of terrorist warfare was arising.

However, as with every media hype, the one about bioterrorism disappeared quickly.

But looking toward the future, I believe that we may not be paying as much attention to it as we should. Although it may be scary, we have to prepare ourselves for the worst. It is the only way we can be prepared to mitigate the damages of any harmful abuses if (and when) they arise.

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Nov 14, 2016

Can your own immune system kill cancer?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

It definitely can.

NEW YORK (CNN) — There was another big win in the advancement of immunotherapy treatments for cancer this week.

The Food and Drug Administration approved an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, which stimulates the body’s immune system, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.

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