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Mar 17, 2017

China’s tech giants are pouring billions into US start-ups

Posted by in category: innovation

SoFi is just the kind of deal that Chen has been pursuing: His NYSE-listed company, once known as the Facebook of China, has been investing in fast-growth tech start-ups to broaden its revenues and boost its stock price. That connection with Renren has also boosted SoFi.

“Joe is a great investor and was our investor from the early days. He saw the vision early on and pushed us to grow faster and be more aggressive,” said Dan Macklin, a co-founder of SoFi in San Francisco.

Similarly to Renren, China’s tech titans Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are leading a surge of Chinese investment in cutting-edge U.S. technology start-ups with bold ambitions to expand their footprint, attract top talent and gain an edge in innovation.

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Mar 17, 2017

How Quantum Teleportation Actually Works

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Teleportation is real, thanks to quantum entanglement.

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Mar 17, 2017

A San Francisco startup just created the world’s first lab-grown chicken

Posted by in category: food

Silicon Valley company Memphis Meats says it has cultivated the world’s first lab-grown chicken from self-reproducing cells.

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Mar 16, 2017

Scientists Make New Kind of Sonic Boom, Transform Energy Into Light

Posted by in category: computing

Scientists found out that the ‘light barrier’ may be broken. This leads us closer to creating light-based computers and achieve computer speeds a million times faster than its speed today.

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Mar 16, 2017

Chinese researchers announce designer baby breakthrough

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Science has taken another step toward delivering the perfect newborn – or at least a bouncing baby free of certain genetic defects.

Chinese researchers used a genome editing technique called CRISPR to rid normal embryos of hereditary diseases that cause blood disorders and other ailments, according to New Scientist. Experts who reviewed the project told the publication that, even though it involved just six embryos, it carries promise.

“It is encouraging,” Robin Lovell-Badge, a human genome expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London, told New Scientist.

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Mar 16, 2017

Supercomputers may boost life expectancy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, robotics/AI, supercomputing

This is nowhere near the power of the biggest systems, but still allows us to participate in research and development powered by supercomputer.

The idea that a computer could deliver an increase in life expectancy arises for a number of reasons, Prof Desplat says. Major gains are expected from the emergence of personalised medicine, care specifically tailored to match your genetic make-up. This will be driven in the not too distant future by “deep artificial intelligence learning” run on a supercomputer. These will also deliver faster more accurate early diagnosis, he says.

These computers are used in a variety of ways, from weather forecasting and climate modelling to energy usage modelling, statistical processing and seismic analysis when prospecting for oil and gas.

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Mar 16, 2017

Many transhumaists including myself will be speaking at RAADfest this year in San Diego, Aug 9–13

Posted by in category: life extension

It’s the largest gathering of longevity advocates I know of. Hope to see you there! Get $50 bucks off registration by entering: ZOLTAN www.raadfest.com

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Mar 16, 2017

Google’s DeepMind AI Now Has a Memory

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The big difference between AI and humans has always been our neural network and ability to learn — now, robots are catching up.

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Mar 16, 2017

Super humans who are sexier, stronger and smarter will arrive by 2029

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

Ray Kurzweil a futurist who works on Google’s machine learning project predicted that singularity would happen in the next twelve years at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.

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Mar 16, 2017

Startup Serves Up Chicken Produced From Cells in Lab

Posted by in category: food

A Bay Area food-technology startup says it has created the world’s first chicken strips grown from self-reproducing cells without so much as ruffling a feather.

And the product pretty much tastes like chicken, according to people who were offered samples Tuesday in San Francisco, before Memphis Meats Inc.’s formal unveiling on Wednesday.

Scientists, startups and animal-welfare activists believe the new product could help to…

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