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Feb 22, 2017

Ford To Skip Level 3 Autonomy To Keep Sleepy Drivers Happy

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Going straight to Level 5 may hurt Ford in the short-term, as competitors will be able to offer some self-driving functionality to customers that want it. However, the decision let’s Ford power on ahead with its driverless dream, which it aims to have on the road by 2021.

Ford plans to skip ‘Level 3’ autonomy and shoot right for Level 5, the highest level of car automation. The automaker decided to skip the midway point after it noticed a few of its engineers dozing while testing semi-autonomous vehicles.

Even with “bells, buzzers, warning lights, vibrating seats and steering wheels, and another engineer in the passenger seat” the engineers struggled to maintain situational awareness, according to Raj Nair, Ford’s chief product development officer.

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Feb 22, 2017

Bioquark Inc. and SC21 Biotech to Collaborate on Novel Cellular Therapies for Long Term HIV Control

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, disruptive technology, DNA, genetics, health, science, sex

Orginal press:

Bioquark, Inc., ( a life sciences company focused on the development of novel biologics for complex regeneration and disease reversion, and SC21 Biotech, (, a biotechnology company focused on translational therapeutic applications of autologous stem cell therapy, have announced a collaboration to focus on novel cellular reprogramming and production approaches for CCR5 Delta32 homozygous cord blood stem cells, for long-term control of HIV via transplantation.

“We are very excited about this collaboration with SC21 Biotech,” said Ira S. Pastor, CEO, Bioquark Inc. “The natural synergy of our cellular reprogramming tools and SC21 Biotech’s translational cell therapy experience, will make for a transformational opportunity in this area of HIV disease control.”

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Feb 22, 2017

Zoltan Istvan on transhumanism, politics and why the human body has to go

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, genetics, geopolitics, law, neuroscience, transhumanism

A new and extensive interview I did at New Atlas, including ideas about my #libertarian California Governor run. Libertarianism has many good ideas, but two core concepts are the non-aggression principle (NAP) and protection of private property rights—both of which I believe can be philosophically applied to the human body (and the body’s inevitable transhuman destiny of overcoming disease and decay with science and technology):

Zoltan Istvan is a transhumanist, journalist, politician, writer and libertarian. He is also running for Governor of California for the Libertarian Party on a platform pushing science and technology to the forefront of political discourse. In recent years, the movement of transhumanism has moved from a niche collection of philosophical ideals and anarcho-punk gestures into a mainstream political movement. Istvan has become the popular face of this movement after running for president in 2016 on a dedicated transhumanist platform.

We caught up with Istvan to chat about how transhumanist ideals can translate into politics, how technology is going to change us as humans and the dangers in not keeping up with new innovations, such as genetic editing.

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Feb 22, 2017

A NASA-funded engineer’s plan to colonize Mars

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Forget the moon. The next giant leap for mankind could be building a habitat on Mars.

The fourth planet from the sun may be cold — Martian winters can reach -190 degrees Fahrenheit (−87 degrees Celsius) — full of deserts and lacking in oxygen, but for Behrokh Khoshnevis it’s humans’ next destination.

The pioneering professor in engineering at the University of Southern California has been working with NASA on the possibility of building a colony on Mars since 2011.

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Feb 21, 2017

Stolen Health Record Databases Sell For $500,000 In The Deep Web

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, health, law

Don’t be the CIO that sees their own this market as most Healthcare CIO’s will not allowed to stay given they are now a brand liability not to mention all those lawsuits that are coming from lawyers of the patients.

Electronic health record databases proving to be some of the most lucrative stolen data sets in cybercrime underground.

Medical insurance identification, medical profiles, and even complete electronic health record (EHR) databases have attracted the eyes of enterprising black hats, who increasingly see EHR-related documents as some of the hottest commodities peddled in the criminal underground. A new report today shows that complete EHR databases can fetch as much as $500,000 on the Deep Web, and attackers are also making their money off of smaller caches of farmed medical identities, medical insurance ID card information, and personal medical profiles.

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Feb 21, 2017

Dark Net Crime In Increase: Interview With Austrian Chief Inspector

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government

There have been numerous dark net-related prosecutions in Europe in the past few months. The first country to wage a war against dark web criminals was Germany, where the government decided to provide more manpower to eliminate all kinds of illegal dark net activity. The Germans started focusing on the dark web shortly after the Münich shooting, which happened on July 22, 2016. Investigators discovered that the gunman acquired his weapon through a vendor on a dark net marketplace, who had been busted after the tragic incident.

By seeing the number of prosecutions, Austria is following the German example. A national news outlet,, conducted an interview with Chief Inspector Erwin Eilmannsberger, a police officer from Schärding, about the increasing dark net crime in his district.

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Feb 21, 2017

Want to chat with Shakespeare? AI bots will soon allow us to talk to the dead

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

I believe that this is a stretch for me. However, wouldn’t be nice if we could. Imagine Steve Jobs could still run Apple, we could hear Einstein and Bhor debate, etc. Again cool concept but at this stage hard to believe it will be real until we learn more about Quantum Biosystem in the mix; and even then unlikely. Nonetheless, good luck with it MIT.

Imagine debating the interpretation of a Shakespearean sonnet and being able to clarify its meaning with the bard himself. Or sitting in history class and being able to ask George Washington questions about the Constitution, no soul-conjuring witchcraft required.

In the next decade, advancing AI technology will allow us to learn from the dead first-hand. New chatbot programs are being developed to keep our knowledge active after our physical being passes away.

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Feb 21, 2017

The APSARA Glider Is The World’s First Biodegradable Airplane

Posted by in categories: engineering, transportation

Otherlab, an engineering R&D lab based in San Francisco, have created the world’s most advanced industrial paper airplane. Meet the APSARA Gilder.

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Feb 21, 2017

The science of why we experience false memories

Posted by in category: science

Sometimes we remember things that just didn’t happen — but we’re sure they did.

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Feb 21, 2017

Rhythmic brain circuits built from stem cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, neuroscience

Why not as we will see we will indeed require cell circuited technology for QBS to be full effective/ enhanced.

The TV commercial is nearly 20 years old but I remember it vividly: a couple is driving down a street when they suddenly realize the music on their tape deck is in sync with the repetitive activity on the street. From the guy casually dribbling a basketball to people walking along the sidewalk to the delivery people passing packages out of their truck, everything and everyone is moving rhythmically to the beat.

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