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Mar 9, 2016

Canada To Test Universal Basic Income For Citizens

Posted by in categories: economics, government

By Jacob Bojesson

The Canadian province of Ontario will join several European countries in testing Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in the near future.

UBI is a a monthly allowance given to all citizens regardless of their socioeconomic status. Ontario’s regional government will release its designs for a pilot program in 2016.

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Mar 9, 2016

Incredibly Precise LISA Orbiter Brings Us A Step Closer To Understanding Gravitational Waves

Posted by in category: physics

LISA Pathfinder is a precursor to the largest experiment ever, and it’s just getting fired up.

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Mar 9, 2016

Death Reversal — The Reanima Project — Research Whose Time Has Come

Posted by in categories: aging, biotech/medical, business, cryonics, health, life extension, neuroscience, posthumanism, science, scientific freedom

I have spent the last 30 years in various aspects of the biopharmaceutical industry, which for the most part has been a very rewarding experience.

However, during this time period, having been immersed many different components of therapeutic development and commercialization, one thing has always bothered me: a wide array of promising research never makes it off the bench to see the translational light of day, and gets lost in the historical scientific archives.


I always believed that scientific progress happened in a very linear narrative, with each new discovery supporting the next, resulting ultimately in an eventual stairway of scientific enlightenment.

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Mar 8, 2016

Match 1 — Google DeepMind Challenge Match: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Watch DeepMind’s program AlphaGo take on the legendary Lee Sedol (9-dan pro), the top Go player of the past decade, in a $1M 5-game challenge match in Seoul. This is the livestream for Match 1 to be played on: 9th March 13:00 KST (local), 04:00 GMT; note for US viewers this is the day before on: 8th March 20:00 PT, 23:00 ET.

In October 2015, AlphaGo became the first computer program ever to beat a professional Go player by winning 5–0 against the reigning 3-times European Champion Fan Hui (2-dan pro). That work was featured in a front cover article in the science journal Nature in January 2016.

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Mar 8, 2016

Jeff Bezos Lifts Veil on His Rocket Company, Blue Origin

Posted by in category: space

Mr. Bezos introduced reporters to Blue Origin for the first time on Tuesday, offering updates on his space tourism plans and a new engine that is being developed.

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Mar 8, 2016

Germany: This humanoid can do your housework and keep you company

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Still can she walk and run without stumbling or jerking?

Toshiba’s humanoid robot ‘ChihiraKanae’ was displayed for the first time in Europe at a press preview of the International Travel Trade Show in Berlin, Tuesday. The humanoid resembles a young woman, and is able to talk, move and act according to the specifications.

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Mar 8, 2016

North Korea attempts horror cyber terror attack on the South’s train network

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, transportation

N. Korea’s Strategic Strike attempt.

NORTH Korea has tried to attack South Korea’s transport system by hacking into railway workers’ emails, spy chiefs say.

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Mar 8, 2016

Windows Could Soon Power the Entire Building

Posted by in categories: habitats, materials, particle physics, quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

Q-Dots windows to power homes and other buildings.

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Lab may have found a way to take quantum dots and put them in your ordinary windows to turn them into solar collectors.

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Mar 8, 2016

Carnegie Mellon robotics selected for research projects totaling more than $11 million

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Big news for Carnegie-Mellon’s Robotics department.

Robotics researchers gearing up for busy, productive year.

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Mar 8, 2016

The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million “Apollo Project of the Brain”

Posted by in categories: computing, government, information science, military, neuroscience, robotics/AI

US Government’s cool $100 mil in brain research. As we have been highlighting over the past couple of months that the US Government’s IARPA and DARPA program’s have and intends to step up their own efforts in BMIs and robotics for the military; I am certain that this research will help their own efforts and progress.

Intelligence project aims to reverse-engineer the brain to find algorithms that allow computers to think more like humans.

By Jordana Cepelewicz on March 8, 2016.

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