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Feb 21, 2017

Neuroscientists and Philosophers Debate Reality and Sensory Perception

Posted by in category: futurism

Philosopher Alva Noë explains why neuroscientists assume the answer to an old philosophical question that really can’t be resolved.

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Feb 21, 2017

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

It wasn’t that long ago that building and training neural networks was strictly for seasoned computer scientists and grad students. That began to change with the release of a number of open-source machine learning frameworks like Theano, Spark ML, Microsoft’s CNTK, and Google’s TensorFlow. Among them, TensorFlow stands out for its powerful, yet accessible, functionality, coupled with the stunning growth of its user base. With this week’s release of TensorFlow 1.0, Google has pushed the frontiers of machine learning further in a number of directions.

TensorFlow isn’t just for neural networks anymore

In an effort to make TensorFlow a more-general machine learning framework, Google has added both built-in Estimator functionality, and support for a number of more traditional machine learning algorithms including K-means, SVM (Support Vector Machines), and Random Forest. While there are certainly other frameworks like SparkML that support those tools, having a solution that can combine them with neural networks makes TensorFlow a great option for hybrid problems.

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Feb 21, 2017

A Device For The Deaf That Lets You “Listen” With Your Skin

Posted by in category: futurism

The VEST device lets a wearer “hear” conversations through his skin.

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Feb 21, 2017

Genetically-engineered hens produce birds of a different feather

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

Rare breeds of chickens could soon come from entirely different types of hens. The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute with help from US biotechnology company Recombinetics used gene editing techniques to create surrogate hens that grow up to produce eggs with all the genetic information of different breeds.

We’ve seen gene editing and transfer techniques used to create better yeast, bigger trees and even glowing pigs, among numerous other examples, but this is believed to be the first gene-edited bird to come out of Europe.

The team used a gene editing tool called TALEN (for transcription activator-like effector nucleases), which is similar to the more widely publicized CRISPR/Cas9, to delete part of a chicken gene called DDX4 that is related to fertility. Hens with this modification did not produce eggs but were healthy in all other ways.

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Feb 21, 2017

Jose Canseco says humans need to crush the robot uprising

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

It’s all fun and games, until Jose Canseco becomes the leader of the anti robot/AI resistance.


Jose Canseco is all juiced up about robots and their existential threat to humanity.

The steroid-tainted former slugger took a few Twitter swings at the human race’s blatant disregard of the current droid danger that is bringing the world toward an economic catastrophe.

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Feb 21, 2017

This Lightweight Origami Shield Can Withstand Gunshots from a 9mm

Posted by in category: weapons

In Brief

  • A team of engineers at Brigham Young University have designed a bulletproof shield prototype that is inspired by origami.
  • This new prototype is much lighter weight than previous models and could prove extremely useful in the field.

A new origami-inspired bulletproof shield prototype that can withstand shots fired from 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum pistols was created by a team of engineers from Brigham Young University (BYU).

Most bulletproof shields or barriers weigh almost 100 pounds, making them difficult to use and transport. A lightweight version would a useful alternative. Weighing only 55 pounds (25 kilograms), this new shield is made up of 12 layers of Kevlar with an aluminum core, and it is so light it can be folded.

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Feb 20, 2017

We print buildings

Posted by in category: 3D printing

We are the first to assemble a mobile 3D printer capable of printing buildings from the inside.

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Feb 20, 2017

Hoversurf: REVOLUTION IN HUMAN MOBILITY

Posted by in category: futurism

Ataas – AIR TRANSPORT as a SERVICE.

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Feb 20, 2017

This dwarf planet has life’s building blocks, NASA probe shows

Posted by in category: alien life

The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on Ceres for the first time, a study published today (Feb. 16) in the journal Science reports.

And these organics appear to be native, likely forming on Ceres rather than arriving via asteroid or comet strikes, study team members said.

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Feb 20, 2017

Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)

Posted by in category: energy

Magnetohydrodynamics involves magnetic fields (magneto) and fluids (hydro) that conduct electricity and interact (dynamics). MHD technology is based on a fundamental law of electromagnetism: When a magnetic field and an electric current intersect in a liquid, their repulsive intersection propels the liquid in a direction perpendicular to both the field and the current.

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