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Sep 23, 2016

Someone is learning how to take down the Internet

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, military

This is definitely something that we should all be aware of, and watching for.


Submarine cables map (credit: Teleography)

“Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet,” according to a blog post by security expert Bruce Schneier.

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Sep 23, 2016

D-Wave Founder’s New Startup Combines AI, Robots, and Monkeys in Exo-Suits

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Quantum computing pioneers want to patent AI telerobotics controlled by humans, and monkeys.

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Sep 22, 2016

Get Ready For Freeways That Ban Human Drivers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

New rules of the road for robot cars coming out of Washington this week could lead to the eventual extinction of one of the defining archetypes of the past century: the human driver.

While banning people from driving may seem like something from a Kurt Vonnegut short story, it’s the logical endgame of a technology that could dramatically reduce — or even eliminate — the 1.25 million road deaths a year globally. Human error is the cause of 94 percent of roadway fatalities, U.S. safety regulators say, and robot drivers never get drunk, sleepy or distracted.

Autonomous cars already have “superhuman intelligence” that allows them to see around corners and avoid crashes, said Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia Corp., a maker of high-speed processors for self-driving cars.

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Sep 22, 2016

Alien Life Found

Posted by in category: alien life

NASA plans on detailing new observations from photos taken of Jupiter’s moon.

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Sep 22, 2016

How Science Can Inform Good Leadership — By Richard J. Davidson | Huffington Post

Posted by in categories: business, health

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“As a neuroscientist who studies people of all ages and walks of life, I’ve gathered insights over the decades that can alleviate distraction, dissatisfaction and suffering, especially for people at work, including executives and leaders.”

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Sep 22, 2016

Interview: Education Minister Hekia Parata on Preparing New Zealand’s Future Generations to Take on the World — By Michelle FlorCruz | Asia Society Asia Blog

Posted by in categories: education, futurism

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“Asia Blog spoke to Parata ahead of the launch of the Center for Global Education at Asia Society to discuss the importance of globally-minded future generations.”

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Sep 22, 2016

Controversial ‘Head Transplant’ Doctor Claims Success in Animal Experiments

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An Italian neuroscientist who wants to perform the world’s first human head transplant next year is claiming to have conducted radical spinal cord experiments on mice, rats, and a dog. Experts say the results are vague and incomplete, and that talk of human head transplants are grossly premature.

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Sep 22, 2016

Electrostatic Glider Could Maneuver Around Asteroids Without Expending Fuel

Posted by in category: space travel

The charged dust around airless bodies provides a surfable environment for tiny electric spacecraft.

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Sep 22, 2016

Femtotechnology: A technology that is Beyond Nanotechnology

Posted by in categories: evolution, nanotechnology, particle physics, robotics/AI

Nanotechnology has reshaped the technological discoveries in the recent times. Nanotechnology has enabled the creation and invention of numerous things with wide potentialities. Every field is subject to constant evolution, nanotechnology is no exception. Researchers and scientists who are engaged with nanotechnology have now come up with femtotechnology.

Femtotechnology is widely defined as, “Hypothetical term used in reference to structuring of matter on the scale of a femtometer, which is 10^−15m. This is a smaller scale in comparison to nanotechnology and picotechnology which refer to 10^−9m and 10^−12m respectively.”

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Sep 22, 2016

Ray Kurzweil: We Can Control AI Before It Controls Us

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

Over time, technology offers solutions to old problems while creating new issues in the process. The more powerful the technology, the greater its potential to do good and harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception, and as AI has advanced, worry about its risks has grown too.

Technology’s dual identity isn’t new, Ray Kurzweil said in a Q&A at Singularity University.

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