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Mar 30, 2018

OFFSET “Sprinters” to Pursue State-of-the-art Solutions for Second Swarm Sprint

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation, virtual reality

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough swarm capabilities.

To continue the rapid pace and further advance the technology development of OFFSET, DARPA is soliciting proposals for the second “swarm sprint.” Each of the five core “sprints” focuses on one of the key thrust areas: Swarm Tactics, Swarm Autonomy, Human-Swarm Team, Virtual Environment, and Physical Testbed. This second group of “Swarm Sprinters” will have the opportunity to work with one or both of the OFFSET Swarm Systems Integrator teams to develop and assess tactics as well as algorithms to enhance autonomy.

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Mar 30, 2018

This site guesses exactly who you are based on just 15 questions

Posted by in category: futurism

Inti de Ceukelaire, the ethical hacker from ‘Oilsjt’ in Belgium, is back again. De Ceukelaire has built a tool that can pretty reliably tell who you are after answering 15 questions on his new site ‘Oilsjt Analytica,’ a cheeky reference to Cambridge Analytica’s recent Facebook scandal.

I would say it was creepy, but the disclaimer on the website jokes that feeling away. Which also kind of makes me feel like a sucker for giving away data because someone makes light of it. Maybe it illuminates a deeper truth: We don’t care about our data as long as we’re entertained.

“Disclaimer: this website does not store any personal information. I mean, we could, but we say we don’t. So we don’t. We cannot be held responsible for any fake news related to this website.”

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Mar 30, 2018

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light!

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!

The photons, strangely enough, appear within the visible spectrum. They range from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.

Scientists have an exciting suspicion that our brain’s neurons might be able to communicate through light. They suspect that our brain might have optical communication channels, but they have no idea what could be communicated.

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Mar 30, 2018

Voyager Is 13 Billion Miles Away and Needs a Repair: Here’s What Happened

Posted by in category: futurism

There’s no one on board, and it takes nearly 20 hours to get a message to Voyager’s engines. But without the repair, Voyager might stop sending us messages.

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Mar 30, 2018

The Wild New Materials of the Future Will Be Discovered With AI

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

Materials science is sometimes serendipitous but more often painstaking. The latest machine learning tools are offering scientists a way to significantly accelerate the process of discovery with AI.

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Mar 30, 2018

What If We Detonated a Nuke on the Moon

Posted by in category: space

There actually was a top-secret plan to do this.

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Mar 30, 2018

Elon Musk’s Neuralink files permit to build biological research lab

Posted by in categories: biological, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Elon Musk’s neurotechnology startup Neuralink filed for permits to build an in-house machine shop and a biological testing laboratory for its facility in San Francisco last year.

The documentation on the company’s 2017 permits was retrieved by Gizmodo, which was able to access Neuralink’s public records. An excerpt of a letter submitted by Neuralink executive Jared Birchall on February 2017 to the city’s planning department gives some clues about the company’s plans for the facility’s proposed machine shop and animal testing lab.

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Mar 30, 2018

The Future of Universal Basic Income

Posted by in categories: economics, government, policy

My 17-min speech at the World Fair Nano is out. Give it a listen to learn all about my Federal Land Dividend, a #basicincome which doesn’t raise taxes and will actually shrink government while eliminating all poverty. This is a major policy of my #libertarian governor run and has possibility for bipartisan support.

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Mar 30, 2018

Understanding how society will change as we move to renewable energy sources

Posted by in categories: energy, health

Imagine waking up tomorrow in a world that doesn’t depend on oil.

That might seem far-fetched, but as engineers and scientists come up with new ways to harness renewable energy, those new sources of energy may soon shape the way our societies function and how we live our daily lives.

“We’re going to stop depending on oil long before we run out of it, so we really need to exercise our imaginations about what other futures are possible,” explains University of Alberta associate professor Sheena Wilson, who heads the Future Energy Systems energy humanities theme.

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Mar 30, 2018

Scientists build army of metal-organic nanoflowers to treat cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Doctors have been using radiation to treat cancer for more than a hundred years, but it’s always been a delicate art to direct treatment while avoiding healthy tissue.

To help them, scientists with the University of Chicago have designed an army of tiny flower-shaped metal-and-organic nanoparticles that deliver a one-two punch—first boosting the effects of radiation at the tumor site and then jumpstarting the immune system to search out any remaining tumors.

The research, published March 26 in Nature Biomedical Engineering, led to a candidate molecule currently beginning phase 1 clinical trials.

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