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Dec 17, 2016

Genetically Engineered Bacteria Will Be Our Martian Architects

Posted by in categories: genetics, space

And it will change how we think about construction here on Earth.

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Dec 17, 2016

Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer Takes Flight at CES 2017

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, electronics

NESS ZIONA, Israel, December 12, 2016 – Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D Printed Electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM), will showcase its 3D printer for professional printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electric circuits in Eureka Park during CES 2017. The technology sits firmly at the intersection of 3D printing and printed electronics, and sets new standards for accuracy, complexity and multi-materiality in the fields of 3D printing and electronics prototyping.

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Dec 17, 2016

Making longevity politically mainstream

Posted by in categories: economics, life extension

A talk about how to make life extension mainstream.

Presentation by Didier Coeurnelle at Transpolitica 2016.

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Dec 17, 2016

Patients left blind after brain injuries can have vision restored through surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The procedure works by removing the vitreous gel that sits between the eye’s lens and retina, and replacing it with saline solution, researchers from the University of Washington, found.

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Dec 16, 2016

Why the United Nations Must Move Forward With a Killer Robots Ban

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, terrorism

The reason I have been motivated to do this is simple. If we don’t get a ban in place, there will be an arms race. And the end point of this race will look much like the dystopian future painted by Hollywood movies like The Terminator.

Even before this end point, such weapons will likely fall into the hands of terrorists and rogue nations. These people will have no qualms about removing any safeguards. Or using them against us.

And it won’t simply be robots fighting robots. Conflicts today are asymmetric. It will mostly be robots against humans. So unlike what some robot experts might claim, many of those humans will be innocent civilians.

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Dec 16, 2016

Uber defies California regulators and keeps its self-driving cars on the road

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Uber “respectfully disagrees” with the California DMV that its self-driving cars are illegal.

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Dec 16, 2016

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘We’re coming close to the point where we can create people who are superior to others’

Posted by in category: transhumanism

Social changes unleashed by new technologies could undermine core human values unless we engage with science, warns author.

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Dec 16, 2016

This Is the Holographic AI Servant of Your Dreams…or Maybe Your Nightmares

Posted by in categories: holograms, information science, robotics/AI

According to her profile, “She is a comforting character that is great to those living alone. She will always do all she can just for the owner.” How thoughtful and sweet. Except she comes with a $2,600 price tag (and her US version will be sold for $3,000). So, caring for her “owner” is the least she can do, right?

The hologram bot is based on a Japanese anime character, but she isn’t going to be the only character for Gatebox. From the looks of the website, the company is going to make other characters available, presumably also from anime.

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Dec 16, 2016

Stem cell ‘living bandage’ for knee injuries trialed in humans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A ‘living bandage’ made from stem cells, which could revolutionise the treatment and prognosis of a common sporting knee injury, has been trialled in humans for the first time by scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol.

Meniscal tears are suffered by over one million people a year in the US and Europe alone and are particularly common in contact sports like football and rugby. 90% or more of tears occur in the white zone of meniscus which lacks a blood supply, making them difficult to repair. Many professional sports players opt to have the torn tissue removed altogether, risking osteoarthritis in later life.

The Cell Bandage has been developed by spin-out company Azellon, and is designed to enable the meniscal tear to repair itself by encouraging cell growth in the affected tissue.

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Dec 16, 2016

Strange Magnetic Stars Could Spawn Some of the Universe’s Most Massive Black Holes

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Earlier this year, after 100 years of searching for them, an international team of researchers detected the presence of gravitational waves for the first time, thanks to the collision of two massive black holes, providing proof for Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Needless to say, it was a big deal, but two important questions remained: where did the two colliding black holes that created these gravitational ripples in space-time come from, and how did they get so massive?

Black holes form when a star runs out of fuel and collapses in on itself.

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