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Oct 26, 2017

This may affect some plans

Posted by in category: futurism

Need a reason for a settlement?

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Oct 26, 2017

This ‘Living Touch Screen’ Is Made out of Bacteria and Gold

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials

A demonstration of the pressure sensor built by bacteria in action as a researcher taps out some Morse code.

As wonderfully bizarre as it sounds, growing touch screens from a bacterial soup isn’t the team’s ultimate goal.

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Oct 26, 2017

The history of property rights in space, while fairly limited, is also downright goofy

Posted by in categories: government, law, space travel

Have you heard of Dennis Hope? How about The Lunar Embassy of the Galactic Government—no? As space enthusiasts and investors, you really should be familiar with the infamous man who has spent nearly thirty years becoming Earth’s most successful interplanetary real estate agent. As (legitimate) terrestrial governments consider a return to the Moon and the establishment of permanent lunar settlements, however, Hope and his customers may soon face legal challenges from national space agencies and commercial ventures alike.

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Oct 26, 2017

Blade Runner and the World of Tomorrow

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Science fiction is plagued by the slow march of time. What might have looked sleek and futuristic ten or more years ago might today look fantastic-but-unrealistic at best, or silly and outdated at worst. But whatever the case may be, the bottom line is this: no speculative sci-fi, not even cyberpunk, survives contact with the time period it portrays.

Of course, the point of science fiction isn’t to make our best attempts at clairvoyance. In fact, one may argue that, since the genre’s birth, science fiction is more like a subgenre of fantasy; it draws upon concepts that are simply more plausible to modern sensibilities (and thereby more capable of suspending disbelief) than magic and sorcery. Early works within the genre depict grand feats of science unreachable by the technological constraints of the time period, (such as defeating death, traveling through time, or voyaging through space) and remain unfulfilled to this day. Even today, we make stories that stretch the truth of what humankind is capable of in our near future, enjoyable as they may be.

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Oct 26, 2017

This is the lightest robot that can fly, swim and take off from water

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Lightweight, insect-inspired robot can swim, fly and leap from the surface of water.

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Oct 26, 2017

Scientists Claims: Aliens May Already Live Inside Super-Massive Black Holes

Posted by in categories: alien life, physics

A supermassive dark opening isn’t the best place to live. Notwithstanding, there are physicists who think about existence existing in such outrageous spots and likely effectively occupied by some most progressive races – super outsiders. “Insides of super gigantic dark openings might be occupied by cutting edge human advancements living on planets with the third-kind circles,” Russian cosmologist Vyacheslav I. Dokuchaev at Moscow’s Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences writes in his paper distributed in Cornell University’s online diary arXiv. “We could live inside a super gigantic dark gap in the long run… yet super-outsiders may have effectively outsmarted us,” claims Dokuchaev. His dubious hypothesis did not depend on sci-fi yet on Einstein’s speculations.

Scientist Claims: Aliens May Already Live Inside Super-Massive Black Holes

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Oct 26, 2017

Video: Sophia becomes first robot to receive Saudi citizenship

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ most advanced robot. After receiving her citizenship, she was interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin in Riyadh. During the course of her interview, she took a dig at Elon Musk and Hollywood movies for portraying the artificial intelligence in a questionable light.

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Oct 26, 2017

Scientists working toward reversible kind of gene editing

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

Scientists are altering a powerful gene-editing technology in hopes of one day fighting diseases without making permanent changes to people’s DNA.

The trick: Edit RNA instead, the messenger that carries a gene’s instructions.

“If you edit RNA, you can have a reversible therapy,” important in case of side effects, said Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a gene-editing pioneer whose team reported the new twist Wednesday in the journal Science.

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Oct 25, 2017

Tesla Following Through On Puerto Rico Promise

Posted by in category: sustainability

Tesla is bringing life-saving solar power to Puerto Rico.

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Oct 25, 2017

Billionaire CEO of SoftBank: Robots will have an IQ of 10,000 in 30 years

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity

I guess it makes sense if they will hit about 100 level in 2029, and then goes up from there.

Masayoshi Son says singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses the human brain, will happen in “in this century, for sure.”

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