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Mar 26, 2017

Google to bring artificial intelligence into daily life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, robotics/AI

Tech to aid video search, detection of disease and of fraud.

Artificial intelligence has been the secret sauce for some of the biggest technology companies. But technology giant Alphabet Inc.’s Google is betting big on ‘democratising’ artificial intelligence and machine learning and making them available to everyone — users, developers and enterprises.

From detecting and managing deadly diseases, reducing accident risks to discovering financial fraud, Google said that it aimed to improve the quality of life by lowering entry barriers to using these technologies. These technologies would also add a lot of value to self-driving cars, Google Photos’ search capabilities and even Snapchat filters that convert the images of users into animated pictures.

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Mar 26, 2017

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning overlords.

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Mar 26, 2017

Japan Tests Self Driving Bus

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Well this! Great advertising as well :-).


It’s not electric and it doesn’t look futuristic. Japan aims at practicality with this self-driving minibus.

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Mar 26, 2017

Scientists Have Turned Spinach Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with veins that can transport blood.

To tackle a chronic shortage of donor organs, scientists have been working on growing various tissues and even whole organs in the lab. But culturing a bunch of cells is only part of the solution — they simply won’t thrive without a constant blood supply.

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Mar 26, 2017

Google’s Plan to Engineer the Next Silicon Valleys — By Sandra Upson | Backchannel

Posted by in category: business

Transporting the magic of Silicon Valley to other cities is a trope so old, and so beloved by government bureaucrats, that these days it hardly quickens the pulse.”

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Mar 26, 2017

Scientists find a low-cost way to build genomes from scratch

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

To put it mildly, sequencing and building a genome from scratch isn’t cheap. It’s sometimes affordable for human genomes, but it’s often prohibitively expensive (hundreds of thousands of dollars) whenever you’re charting new territory — say, a specific person or an unfamiliar species. A chromosome can have hundreds of millions of genetic base pairs, after all. Scientists may have a way to make it affordable across the board, however. They’ve developed a new method, 3D genome assembly, that can sequence and build genomes from the ground up for less than $10,000.

Where earlier approaches saw researchers using computers to stick small pieces of genetic code together, the new technique takes advantages of folding maps (which show how a 6.5ft long genome can cram into a cell’s nucleus) to quickly build out a sequence. As you only need short reads of DNA to make this happen, the cost is much lower. You also don’t need to know much about your sample organism going in.

As an example of what’s possible, the team completely assembled the three chromosomes for the Aedes aegypti mosquito for the first time. More complex organisms would require more work, of course, but the dramatically lower cost makes that more practical than ever. Provided the approach finds widespread use, it could be incredibly valuable for both biology and medicine.

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Mar 26, 2017

Firefighter Helmets Now Have Built In Thermal Imaging

Posted by in category: security

A fire protection and security company recently launched a new product called the “Scott Sight,” a face mask that incorporates thermal imaging with a display screen.

Tyco’s Scott Safety is bringing a big upgrade to the field of firefighting with their newly released product, the Scott Sight. This hands-free device is the first in the industry that incorporates an in-mask thermal intelligence system, according to an April 18th press release from the fire protection and security company.

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Mar 26, 2017

The Singularity Will Come In 2029

Posted by in categories: life extension, singularity

Google’s chief futurist says that humans could start living forever by 2029.

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Mar 26, 2017

Facebook’s secret mind-reading device ‘to be unveiled next month’ that could let people share information ‘telepathically’

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Facebook is developing at least four new consumer products that could be revealed at an April event, according to a new report.

The social network last year launched a futuristic hardware division called Building 8, which is said to be similar to Google X, the experimental lab behind the search company’s self-driving cars.

One of the prototypes created by Building 8 is a “brain computer interface” that sounds a lot like a platform once hinted at by Mark Zuckerberg, which would allow users to share information telepathically.

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Mar 26, 2017

China Begins Development Of Reusable Rockets For Space Exploration

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

China has signaled that its future lies with reusable rockets to reduce cost and pollution; although they won’t be copying SpaceX’s landing techniques.

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SpaceX were the early pioneers of reusable rocket technology, successfully landing first stage boosters after delivering cargo into orbit, but it looks as though China are keen to follow suit with their own rockets after recognizing benefits of reusability.

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