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Jun 4, 2016

The Chinese Government is Setting Up Its Own Major Science Fiction Award

Posted by in categories: government, space

China’s SciFi Awards — I can see the red carpet and the outfits too. Wonder if China could do their own SciFi Walk of Fame?.


This is pretty interesting: during the latest national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology, chairman Han Qide announced that the country would be setting up a program to promote science fiction and fantasy, including the creation of a new major award.

Throughout much of its genre’s history, China’s science fiction has had a legacy of usefulness, often promoted to educate readers in concepts relating to science and technology. This new award will be accompanied by an “international sci-fi festival” and other initiatives to promote the creation of new stories.

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Jun 4, 2016

Microfluidic cooling may prevent the demise of Moore’s Law

Posted by in category: computing

A new twist to address an old problem.


Micro-drops of water channeled through the chip silicon looks like a promising way to keep chips cool and increase their performance.

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Jun 4, 2016

Scientists to launch 10-year project for creating human genomes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Hmmmm;


Today a group of 25 scientists officially announced their plan to build a human genome from scratch within the next 10 years. The proposal — called the Human Genome Project-Write — would be, as BuzzFeed News put it, to lay “DNA letters like bricks”.

The group also includes experts from Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA government’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Yale University, the University of Edinburgh, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, Autodesk Bio/Nano Research Group, Bioeconomy Capital and other institutions, and is led by geneticist Jef Boeke of the New York University Langone Medical Center.

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Jun 4, 2016

Google DeepMind Researchers Develop AI Kill Switch

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If a robot can be designed with a great big red kill switch built into it, then a robot can be designed that will not ever resist human attempts at pushing that kill switch.


Breathe easy.

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Jun 4, 2016

Sex robots to become a reality

Posted by in categories: ethics, law, robotics/AI, sex

The debate over them highlights one of the more controversial aspects of the increasingly social nature of our interactions with robots as they move from factories into our homes and someday, our bedrooms.”

“‘How we treat robots — it’s a mirror of our own psychology in a way,’ said Kate Darling, an expert in robot ethics at MIT’s Media Lab.


Advancements in machines that can mimic human beings are raising a host of new ethical, legal and moral questions.

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Jun 4, 2016

Scientists experimentally confirm electron model in complex molecules

Posted by in category: physics

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and the University of Milan have experimentally confirmed a model to detect electron delocalization in molecules and crystals.

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Jun 4, 2016

First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Quantum physicists have long thought it possible to send a perfectly secure message using a key that is shorter than the message itself. Now they’ve done it.

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Jun 4, 2016

A Disk of Dark Matter Might Run Through Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: cosmology

In the new, free-for-all era of dark matter research, the controversial idea that dark matter is concentrated in thin disks is being rescued from scientific oblivion.

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Jun 4, 2016

The Next Genetics Moonshot: Building a Human Genome from Scratch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Yes, it’s true that a group of leading geneticists is calling for the construction of a synthetic human genome. That means they want to take 3 billion chemical building blocks and assemble them into one complete package of DNA, encoding all the body parts and life processes that make up a functional human being.”

“But the organizers want to make one thing very clear: ‘We’re not planning to make synthetic people,’ says a somewhat exasperated Jef Boeke, one of the champions of this proposal. ‘We never were.’


The Human Genome Project-Write could bring down the cost of DNA manufacturing.

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Jun 4, 2016

Switzerland basic income: Landmark vote looms

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, robotics/AI

“Supporters point to the fact that 21st-Century work is increasingly automated, with more and more traditional jobs, in factories, retail and even in finance and accounting, being done by machines. And they do not need salaries.”

(I highly recommend this article, with all kinds of pros and cons, spare a couple of minutes and read it)


Switzerland is holding a landmark vote on whether to give each citizen a guaranteed basic income, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports.

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