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Oct 23, 2016

This artificially intelligent camera drone can follow its subjects around

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

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Oct 23, 2016

How the Universe Could Annihilate Itself at the Speed of Light

Posted by in category: space

Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.

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Oct 23, 2016

Artificial intelligence will change the ‘course of our species’: Top Goldman tech banker

Posted by in categories: computing, finance, information science, internet, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is a “momentous development,” said George Lee, co-chairman of the global technology, media and telecom group at Goldman Sachs.

“As awesome as the internet has been, it will be best remembered as really the predicate for machine learning,” said Lee, who’s also chief information officer of Goldman’s investment banking division. He appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Wednesday from Goldman’s Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California.

The internet enabled computing scale in a network and serves as a way to “collect data that’s used to train all these algorithms,” Lee said, predicting machine learning will “change our world … and even the course of our species in ways that are hard to predict today.”

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Oct 22, 2016

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Posted by in categories: education, solar power, sustainability

Maanasa Mendu thinks she’s cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.

On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective “solar leaves” design to create energy. In addition to winning the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” she gets $25,000 for her achievement.

The leaves, designed to help developing areas in need of cheaper power sources, cost roughly $5 to make.

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Oct 22, 2016

Hawking: Creating AI Could Be the Biggest Event in the History of Our Civilization

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

In Brief:

  • At the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), the famed scientist warned of a potentially grave future given the rise of AI.
  • The work done at CFI could have far-reaching implications for the future of AI, helping shape how the technology is used and regulated.

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Oct 22, 2016

A Bird’s Eye View Courtesy of Virtual Reality

Posted by in categories: drones, virtual reality

Check out the world from a drone’s perspective.

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Oct 22, 2016

Man Makes DIY Prosthetic Arm For His Dad

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Sergei lost his arm when his son was four years old.

His son is now an engineer, and he built this for his dad.

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Oct 22, 2016

Inside Microsoft’s quest for a topological quantum computer

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Alex Bocharov explains why the company is hoping to build qubits out of particles that some scientists think might not even exist.

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Oct 22, 2016

Associations between Periodontal Microbiota and Death Rates

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Brushing your teeth has never been so important.


It is conceived that specific combinations of periodontal bacteria are associated with risk for the various forms of periodontitis. We hypothesized that such specificity is also related to human cause-specific death rates. We tested this hypothesis in a representative sample of the US population followed for a mean duration of 11 years and found that two specific patterns of 21 serum antibodies against periodontal bacteria were significantly associated with increased all-cause and/or diabetes-related mortalities. These data suggested that specific combinations of periodontal bacteria, even without inducing clinically significant periodontitis, may have a significant impact on human cause-specific death rates. Our findings implied that increased disease and mortality risk could be transmittable via the transfer of oral microbiota, and that developing personalized strategies and maintaining healthy oral microbiota beyond protection against periodontitis would be important to manage the risk.

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Oct 22, 2016

Can DNA Hard Drives Solve Our Looming Data Storage Crisis?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, health, internet, mobile phones

The idea of storing digital data in DNA seems like science fiction. At first glance, it might not seem obvious that a molecule can store data. The term “data storage” conjures up images of physical artifacts like CDs and data centers, not a microscopic molecule like DNA. But there are a number of reasons why DNA is an exciting option for information storage.

The status quo

We’re in the midst of a data explosion. We create vast amounts of information via our estimated 17 billion internet-connected devices: smartphones, cars, health trackers, and all other devices. As we continue to add sensors and network connectivity to physical devices we will produce more and more data. Similarly, as we bring online the 4.2 billion people who are currently offline, we will produce more and more data.

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