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Sep 22, 2022

Ray Kurzweil: The Future of Intelligence — Nobel Week Dialogue 2015

Posted by in categories: biological, policy, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

In this talk, Kurzweil explores the history and trajectory of advances in computing and Information Technology to project how he believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) may enhance our natural biological intelligence in the future.

Kurzweil spoke at the Nobel Week Dialogue on December 9, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D. — Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) — The White House

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, health, policy, science, security, terrorism

Maximizing Benefits Of The Life Sciences & Health Tech For All Americans — Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D., Principal Assistant Director for Health and Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House.

Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D., is Principal Assistant Director for Health and Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House (, and has extensive foreign affairs, national security, global health, and science and technology (S&T) policy experience.

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Sep 15, 2022

Possible Paths to Artificial General Intelligence

Posted by in categories: economics, ethics, law, policy, robotics/AI

Yoshua Bengio (MILA), Irina Higgins (DeepMind), Nick Bostrom (FHI), Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and moderator Joshua Tenenbaum (MIT) discuss possible paths to artificial general intelligence.

The Beneficial AGI 2019 Conference:

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Sep 7, 2022

Free Virtual Event!

Posted by in categories: business, economics, policy, space travel, sustainability

Space is no longer a remote and special place – it is becoming a part of our life and economy.

In parallel with technological advances such as space travel, lunar exploration and next-generation spacecraft, the number of businesses that utilize space has grown. Space has become an indispensable part of our lives.

The Nikkei Virtual Global Forum “The Future of Space 2022” will explore the possibilities of space, from Earth’s orbit to the Moon, Mars and beyond, and the global benefits and impacts on the economy, business and society. We will also discuss such issues as international collaboration, sustainable space utilization and policy responses.

Sep 3, 2022

Self-driving cars roll around Austin

Posted by in categories: government, policy, robotics/AI, transportation

AUSTIN (KXAN) Walking around Austin, you may see something surprising — self-driving cars rolling around the roads.

Earlier this year, autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI launched its driverless operation in Austin. Argo AI public policy and government relations manager Sly Majid said these cars are key to the future of transport.

“Autonomous vehicle technology is incredible,” he said. “The vehicle is doing the dynamic driving tasks; the vehicle is the driver of the car.”

Aug 30, 2022

Dr Asha M George, DrPH — Building Defenses Against Bio-Terrorism And (Re)Emerging Infectious Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health, military, policy, terrorism

Dr. Asha M. George, DrPH ( is Executive Director, Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, which was established in 2014 to assess gaps in and provide recommendations to improve U.S. biodefense. The Panel determines where the United States is falling short of addressing biological attacks and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.

Dr. George is a public health security professional whose research and programmatic emphasis has been practical, academic, and political. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a senior professional staffer and subcommittee staff director at the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 110th and 111th Congress. She has worked for a variety of organizations, including government contractors, foundations, and non-profits. As a contractor, she supported and worked with all Federal Departments, especially the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Aug 26, 2022

SpaceX Chopsticks Lift Booster 7 with 33 Raptor Engines

Posted by in categories: policy, space travel

SpaceX is lifting Booster 7 onto the orbital launch mount via the Chopsticks. All 33 Raptor engines are installed on the Super Heavy prototype. Booster 7 will be conducting static fire tests at the orbital launch pad in Starbase, Texas.

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Aug 24, 2022

California Announces A 2035 Ban on the Sales of New Gasoline Powered Cars

Posted by in categories: policy, transportation

When California announces anything to do with automobiles we tend to sit up and take notice.

New policy along with the federal Inflation Reduction Act should accelerate the production and adoption of EVs in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Aug 21, 2022

How Scientists Revived Organs in Pigs an Hour After They Died

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, ethics, neuroscience, policy

Yes, it does. Although OrganEx helps revitalize pigs’ organs, it’s far from a deceased animal being brought back to life. Rather, their organs were better protected from low oxygen levels, which occur during heart attacks or strokes.

“One could imagine that the OrganEx system (or components thereof) might be used to treat such people in an emergency,” said Porte.

The technology could also help preserve donor organs, but there’s a long way to go. To Dr. Brendan Parent, director of transplant ethics and policy research at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, OrganEx may force a rethink for the field. For example, is it possible that someone could have working peripheral organs but never regain consciousness? As medical technology develops, death becomes a process, not a moment.

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Aug 21, 2022

Watchdog groups call review at US nuclear lab ‘sham’ process

Posted by in categories: government, military, policy

The U.S. government is planning to review the environmental effects of operations at one of the nation’s prominent nuclear weapons laboratories, but its notice issued Friday leaves out federal goals to ramp up production of plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

The National Nuclear Security Administration said the review—being done to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act—will look at the potential environmental effects of alternatives for operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next 15 years.

That work includes preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons worldwide and other projects related to national security and global stability, the notice said.

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