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Jul 22, 2017

Protein produced from electricity to alleviate world hunger

Posted by in categories: food, solar power, sustainability

A batch of single-cell protein has been produced by using electricity and carbon dioxide in a joint study by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Protein produced in this way can be further developed for use as food and animal feed. The method releases food production from restrictions related to the environment. The protein can be produced anywhere renewable energy, such as solar energy, is available.

“In practice, all the raw materials are available from the air. In the future, the technology can be transported to, for instance, deserts and other areas facing famine. One possible alternative is a home reactor, a type of domestic appliance that the consumer can use to produce the needed protein,” explains Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, Principal Scientist at VTT.

Along with food, the researchers are developing the protein to be used as animal feed. The protein created with electricity can be used as a fodder replacement, thus releasing land areas for other purposes, such as forestry. It allows food to be produced where it is needed.

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Jul 22, 2017

SpaceX has a ‘Roomba’ robot but no one knows what it really is

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, space travel

SpaceX fans are extremely curious about a new robot that keeps appearing on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You.” Some are calling it the “Roomba” robot while others insist it should be called “Optimus Prime.” There are theories as to what this robot is for, but there’s no confirmation from SpaceX itself, yet.

We reached out to SpaceX for more details about this mysterious robot, but it was unable to give us any information. However, we can tell you that SpaceX only refers to the machine as a robot and does not assign it any other name (like Roomba or Optimus Prime).

For this video, we connected with some of SpaceX’s fans. Photos shown in the video were taken by Julia Bergeron (@julia_bergeron) and David Akin, University of Maryland.

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Jul 21, 2017

Bringing neural networks to cellphones

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

MIT researchers have developed a tool for modeling neural networks, which leads to methods for reducing their energy consumption by 73 percent — making it feasible for them to run on cellphones rather than in the cloud.

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Jul 21, 2017

How Aliens Might Use ‘Network Theory’ For Galactic Communications

Posted by in categories: alien life, engineering

Advanced technological civilizations looking for efficient communication from one end of a galaxy to another would best be served by tapping into a network of transiting extrasolar earths. That is, extrasolar earths capable of being observed transiting across the face of their parent stars. Or so says an exoplanet researcher in the U.K.

Kepler-type space observatories out looking for transits of extrasolar earths, could also look for the telltale signatures of optical lasers or even alien macro-engineering projects that might be manipulated to signal another civilization.

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Jul 21, 2017

China says it’ll be world AI leader by 2025

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

China today announced plans to become the global leader in AI research and development. It will increase government spending on core AI programs to $22 billion in the next few years, with plans to spend nearly $60 billion per year by 2025.

The announcement sends a clear message: this is the age of artificial intelligence. Reuters reports the Chinese government will soon put forth AI regulations in areas concerning safety, implementation, and control. The US issued a similar statement last year in a White House review of the future of AI.

The US and China lead the field in both private-sector and government spending on machine-learning, though experts have said China’s deep-learning programs have over-taken US-led research in scope and volume.

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Jul 21, 2017

For $80 you can give your PC an Intel neural network brain

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick is tuned for tinkerers and engineers who want to give neural network technology a whirl.

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Jul 21, 2017

As Cyberattacks Destabilize the World, the State Department Turns a Blind Eye

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

I found an interesting article via Newsfusion Tech News — I thought you might like it:

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Jul 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos’ Vision: ‘A Trillion Humans in the Solar System’

Posted by in category: space travel

At a recent gala celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, founder and Blue Origin head Jeff Bezos laid out an ambitious vision of humanity spreading far and wide into the solar system.

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Jul 21, 2017

FreedomFest 2017: Eric Shuss, Ed Hudgins, Peter Voss, Zoltan Istvan, Gennady Stolyarov; Michael Shermer (mod) Artificial Intelligence & Robots: Economy of the Future or End of Free Markets?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

If you’re at FreedomFest today, please come to the 2:30PM panel on AI I’m on (Vendome C). I’ll be partially discussing my Federal Land Dividend (#Libertarian #basicincome plan).Great line-up of panelists: Michael Shermer, Peter Voss, Edward Hudgins, Gennady Stolyarov, & Eric Shuss.

Of speaker…ee-markets #transhumanism

View more about this event at FreedomFest 2017.

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Jul 21, 2017

Re-engineering Macrophages to Eat Cancer Cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Re-engineered macrophages to treat cancer.

Today we have a new study where researchers have created immune cells that ignore the way cancer tries to hide from detection.

Hiding in plain sight

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