Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2025 Electric Ferrari Leaked in European Patent Filing Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:03:10 +0000

It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that even the idea of an electric Ferrari was controversial. Indeed, it was 2016 when then-Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne said that, “with Ferrari, (an electric car) is almost an obscene concept,” before he finished up with, “you’d have to shoot me first.” Well, Sergio– times sure do change, don’t they? At least, that’s what a series of plans for an electric Ferrari from a leaked patent filing would seem to say about the matter!

In fairness to Marchionne, he would pass on before Ferrari built a pure electric car, succumbing as he did to cancer at the age of 66. Tragic as that was, what isn’t tragic is Ferrari joining the rest of the automotive universe in the 21st century with plans to build a for-real battery-powered Ferrari by 2025.

The push for Ferrari to finally go electric was, no doubt, accelerated by the success of the electric Porsche Taycan and, obviously, the rapid growth of Tesla (and, likely, the staggering growth of TSLA stock). With the launch of its first PHEV last year and recently announced plans to go “60% hybrid by 2022”, then, the step towards all-electric seems ready to happen.

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An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:42:58 +0000

Artificial intelligence helped detect an outbreak of the coronavirus one week before the CDC issued a warning.

The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China.

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Japan Is Launching Its Own Space Defense Unit Sun, 26 Jan 2020 02:23:05 +0000

The U.S. isn’t the only nation preparing for space warfare.

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Australia’s Been Asked to Make a Coronavirus Vaccine at ‘Unprecedented Speed’ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:43:56 +0000

The University of Queensland (UQ) announced on Friday it has been asked to develop a vaccine for the recent Chinese coronavirus outbreak, using the university’s recently developed rapid response technology.

In a statement, the university announced it had received a request to develop a vaccine from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which describes itself as “an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil organisations” which seeks to develop vaccines to protect the world against outbreaks.

Head of the university’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Professor Paul Young, said in a statement that UQ has novel technology for the rapid development of vaccines, which could provide a vaccine within six months.

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The biohacker who wants to become cyborg to be more perfect Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:43:06 +0000

New transhumanism and biohacking story out by one of Asia’s most influential newspapers: South China Morning Post:

From brain supplements to chip implants to nootropics, humans are using technology, medicine and extreme diets to improve their brainpower, health and longevity.

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Spacewalk to Repair Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Outside International Space Station on Jan. 25, 2020 Sat, 25 Jan 2020 23:42:43 +0000

Live Spacewalk: Watch as astronauts complete the intricate process of repairing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a dark matter and antimatter detector outside the International Space Station.

On Sat., Jan. 25 at 6:50 a.m. EST, tune in for a live spacewalk as Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Andrew Morgan of NASA perform the fourth and final spacewalk to repair AMS, which has far outlived its planned three-year lifespan. In addition to revitalizing an important piece of scientific equipment, the process of creating the tools and procedures for these spacewalks is preparing teams for the types of spacewalks that may be required on Moon and Mars missions.

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Immortal Digital Existence Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:24:03 +0000

In our current information society and digital media culture, the stories, images, voices and traces we leave behind, construct the narrative of who we are. Our identity has become synonymous with our online data. Digital media empowers us. However, its inescapable presence within our lives reveals potential for consequences beyond mortality. Our digital death is effusively about data. What if all your data was used to create a digital afterlife presence capable of generating communication in your style of speaking and thinking? For those of us actively participating within the digital realm this could soon be a reality flowing into mainstream society. The digital footprint we now obtain comes with concerns of privacy, power, remembering & forgetting. Constructing these affordances within a curation towards death, causes for more daunting concerns about our western societies and our roles within it. One must ask themselves, how do we construct our ways of remembering in this digital age, knowing our immortality could be reconstructed to live on forever?

Season 2, episode 1 of Black Mirror, ‘Be Right Back’ hauntingly confronts us with our worries about how to deal with the death of loved ones. The episode demonstrates a frontal onslaught on humanities fragility when it comes to dealing with death & the concepts of how we decide to remember. The episode showcases technology, able of creating artificial intelligence that sounds, talks and thinks like you would. Black Mirror, the dystopian Netflix series, offers up a future that is eerily close to ours. Its success comes mainly from showing us a sci-fi angle that borders reality. But much like the title suggests, the black mirrors we face each day, the screens and technology that rule our lives, cast back a reflection of us and our society that is not just ‘close’ but already here.

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To Help IBD Symptoms, Target Your Microbiome with These Foods Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:22:44 +0000

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often confused about which foods may ease symptoms and which ones may make them worse. Based on medical research, there’s no single plan that definitively offers relief. But a recent study on a new diet called the IBD-AID diet has shown that it may help.

The diet focuses on correcting gut bacteria balance with probiotic and prebiotic foods.

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WW3 fears as Pakistan launches nuclear-capable missile amid ‘threat of imminent conflict’ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:46:19 +0000

PAKISTAN has once again tested a nuclear warhead-capable missile as tensions continue to escalate between the nation and India after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan warned of the “threat of imminent conflict” between the nuclear-armed nations.

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SpaceX’s license to launch hundreds of internet satellites may have violated the law, experts say. Astronomers could sue the FCC Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:45:32 +0000

SpaceX is planning a mega-constellation of thousands of internet satellites called Starlink. But the FCC didn’t perform an environmental review.

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