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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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Sep 22, 2016

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion investment to cure disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just announced a new program informally called Chan Zuckerberg Science to invest $3 billion over the next decade to help cure, prevent, or manage all disease. The money comes from the $45 billion organization Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan started last year to advance human potential and equality. The project will bring together teams of scientists and engineers “to build new tools for the scientific community” Priscilla Chan said on stage at an event in San Francisco.

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Part of the $3 billion will go to a $600 million investment in Biohub, a new physical location that will unite researchers from Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSF with elite engineers to find new ways to treat disease.

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Sep 22, 2016

Scientist Claims to be On the Verge of Making An AI That ‘Feels’ True Emotions

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Professor Alexi Samsonovich, a Russian AI expert has revealed that Russia is “on the verge” of creating thinking and feeling robots.

AI has been making great strides in the past few years, beating humans at our own game, as well as augmenting and even replacing human controlled systems. However, some are still not impressed with these developments and feel more should be done.

Such is the view of Professor Alexi Samsonovich, who announced that Russia “is on the verge” of a major AI milestone —robots that can feel human emotion!

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