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Jul 9, 2016

Nato leaders gear up for threats from Russia

Posted by in category: military

Very concerning — hope this settles down.

Nato leaders geared up on Friday for a long-term stand-off with Russia, ordering multinational troops to Poland and the three Baltic states as Moscow moves forward with its own plans to station two new divisions along its western borders.

Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that on the first day of a landmark two-day summit, US President Barack Obama and leaders of the 27 other Nato countries also declared the initial building blocks of a ballistic missile defence system operationally capable, recognised cyberspace as a domain for alliance operations, committed to boosting their countries’ civil preparedness, and renewed a pledge to spend a minimum of 2 per cent of their national incomes on defence.

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Jul 9, 2016

Russian Robots will Soon Replace Human Soldiers

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The forefront of Russian military technology looks a lot like the Terminator movies, with future soldiers being replaced by humanoid machines. Replacing humans with robots in warfare isn’t a new idea, but this is the first time the principle has actually been employed to design warfighting robots. Russian military officials believe that the human warfighter’s days are numbered, and robotics will soon take over the field, according to Russia Today.

The above video was released detailing what the robot, named Ivan, is capable of. A modification of the current design was already presented to President Putin riding an ATV and autonomously navigating around obstacles. The USA is currently developing many robotic devices for warfare, but they are largely systems departing from the human form. Ending human casualties in warfare is ultimately the goal in developing robotic warfighters, but the question then shifts to what ware will be without human casualties.

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Jul 9, 2016

Technical Failure, Not Hackers, Took Down NATO-Linked Websites

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, geopolitics

Makes me wonder how much money was spent on this technical masterpiece.

WARSAW—Officials blamed technical failure—not a cyberattack—for the recent outages of two websites affiliated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

NATO’s cybersecurity experts were on heightened alert for cyberattacks during the alliance’s biennial summit, which has seen the organization’s top leaders gather in the Polish capital this week.

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Jul 9, 2016

Raketa Watches Trials Blockchain Technology to Fight Counterfeiting

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, space

Blockchain Engine and Petrodvorets Watch Factory have introduced blockchain technology into the manufacturing process of Raketa watches, making Raketa one of the first companies in the world to record the production of physical goods in the blockchain.

Established by Peter the Great in 1721, Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of Russia’s oldest businesses. After the Second World War, the factory produced watches under the brand name Pobeda until 1961, when production of the Raketa [Rocket] watches started, named in honor of the first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin.

In a bid to restructure the historical watch brand, the company entered a rebranding stage in 2009 under the direction of Russian, Swiss and French experts, with director Jacques von Polier heading the creative and design department.

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Jul 9, 2016

Mathematical framework that prioritizes key patterns in networks aims to accelerate scientific discovery

Posted by in categories: biological, finance, information science, mathematics, military


Networks are mathematical representations to explore and understand diverse, complex systems—everything from military logistics and global finance to air traffic, social media, and the biological processes within our bodies. In each of those systems, a hierarchy of recurring, meaningful internal patterns—such as molecules and proteins interacting inside cells, and capacitors and resistors operating within integrated circuits—determines the functions or behaviors of those systems. The larger and more intricate a system is, however, the harder it is for current network modeling techniques to uncover these patterns and represent them in organized, easy-to-understand ways.

Researchers at Stanford University, funded by DARPA’s Simplifying Complexity in Scientific Discovery (SIMPLEX) program, have made progress in overcoming these challenges through a framework they have developed for identifying and clustering what mathematicians call “motifs”: essential but often obscure patterns within systems that are the building blocks of mathematical modeling and that facilitate the computational representation of complex systems.

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Jul 9, 2016

Microsoft calls for independent body to address cyber attribution

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

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In a move to support the development of global cybersecurity norms, Microsoft calls for improved cyber attribution to identify cyberattack perpetrators.

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Jul 9, 2016

Sony And Samsung Want to Turn Your Eyes Into Computers

Posted by in category: computing

Your body’s natural camera may eventually stream video.

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Jul 8, 2016

AI revolution could spell the END of immigration, claims US Presidential candidate

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, robotics/AI

How will immigration be different in the future? Especially with a possible Universal Basic Income and AI?

THE impending AI revolution may lead to the end of immigration, a leading expert has claimed.

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Jul 8, 2016

Daddies, “Dates,” and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the New Prostitution Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, entertainment

I just last week saw the movie Neon Demon. The movie explores pathology of prettiness, and to what degree people demand to consume prettiness. This is a particularly futurist topic, as society might change a lot with regards to commidifying as well as synthesizing completely new forms of beauty. This arouses deep seated fears. We fear those who manipulate desire (love, lust, loneliness, among others) for their own benefit. But many in the field claim “it is just another job”. Is relationship now part of the “gig economy” or should our politicians interfere? Will a basic income increase these forms of prostitution or decrease them?

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Jul 8, 2016

The Role of Mitochondria in Metastatic Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

For all my Precision Medicine, Cancer researchers, and anti-aging friends researchers have id that the mitochondria pathway has been used by cancer cells to exploit for motility and metastasis.

Researchers have identified a new mitochondrial pathway that cancer cells exploit for motility and metastasis—providing a viable, “druggable” target for many different types of tumors. [NIEHS].

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