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Aug 25, 2017

Following the lead of companies like Amazon and Google, commercial interest in artificial intelligence is skyrocketing

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

So we investigated 3 questions about artificial intelligence:

1. How are militaries around the world using AI?
2. What about AI worries the Pentagon?
3. Is AI dangerous?

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Aug 25, 2017

How BioViva Uses Genetic Therapies to Fight Father Time

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension

Good quick interview. Technical, and a mention that it’s not just about telomeres.


BioViva is looking for a way to slow aging. Globalive Chairman Anthony Lacavera talks to CEO Elizabeth Parrish, who is using herself as a test subject and claims to have seen some fascinating results. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Aug 25, 2017

Major leap towards storing data at the molecular level

Posted by in categories: chemistry, mobile phones, supercomputing

From smartphones to supercomputers, the growing need for smaller and more energy efficient devices has made higher density data storage one of the most important technological quests.

Now scientists at the University of Manchester have proved that storing data with a class of molecules known as single-molecule magnets is more feasible than previously thought.

The research, led by Dr David Mills and Dr Nicholas Chilton, from the School of Chemistry, is being published in Nature. It shows that magnetic hysteresis, a memory effect that is a prerequisite of any data storage, is possible in individual molecules at −213 °C. This is tantalisingly close to the temperature of liquid nitrogen (−196 °C).

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Aug 25, 2017

Digital Natives

Posted by in category: innovation

With accelerating change and innovation — what will be the most exciting aerospace careers and professions of the next 20 or 50 years? Commentary from TIM ROBINSON.

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Aug 25, 2017

How to Survive the Great Tech Panic of 2017

Posted by in category: futurism

Of course, every generation regards its reckoning with new technology as a turning point for the species. But what’s important to realize, whether our blip in history is truly pivotal or just another moment of five-alarm normalcy, is this: The choices people make in the face of anxiety always determine whether the world they leave behind looks more utopian than dystopian.


Every generation regards its reckoning with new technology as a turning point for the species. You just have to learn to stop worrying and love the future.

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Aug 25, 2017

Robot Mechanic Could Prevent Satellites From Becoming Space Junk

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, satellites

Let’s say you are the program manager of a very large, complex system. Perhaps it’s an aircraft, or a building, or a communications network. Your system is valued at over US $500 million. Could you imagine being told that you won’t ever be able to maintain it? That once it’s operational, it will never be inspected, repaired, or upgraded with new hardware?

Welcome to the world of satellite building. After a satellite is launched, it is on a one-way journey to disrepair and obsolescence, and there is little anyone can do to alter that path. Faults (which are called anomalies in the space business) can only be diagnosed remotely, using data and inferential reasoning. Software fixes and upgrades may be possible, but the nuts and bolts remain untouched. The upshot: Even if a satellite is operating well, it could lose its state-of-the-art status just a few years into a typical 15-year lifetime.

If governments and private companies could actively repair and revitalize their satellites in geosynchronous orbit—and move them to new orbits as needed—they could extend the lifespans of their investments and substantially defer the cost of building and launching replacements.

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Aug 25, 2017

Inside the Ring: Report: AI threatens humanity

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, drones, government, military, robotics/AI

Rooting for the AI’s.


Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing warfare and espionage in ways similar to the invention of nuclear arms and ultimately could destroy humanity, according to a new government-sponsored study.

Advances in artificial intelligence, or AI, and a subset called machine learning are occurring much faster than expected and will provide U.S. military and intelligence services with powerful new high-technology warfare and spying capabilities, says a report by two AI experts produced for Harvard’s Belfer Center.

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Aug 25, 2017

This Small Quantum-Computing Firm Wants to Supercharge AI Startups

Posted by in categories: business, chemistry, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Berkeley-based quantum computing firm Rigetti will allow 40 machine learning startups from 11 countries to make use of its devices to help crunch their AI problems.

Rigetti is small compared to its main rivals—the likes of Google, IBM, and Intel. But as we’ve reported in the past, the firm is working on a complex chip architecture that promises to scale up well, and should be particularly suited to applications like machine learning and chemistry simulations. That’s why we made it one of our 50 Smartest Companies of 2017.

But, like IBM and Google, part of Rigetti’s business model has always been to develop a kind of quantum-powered cloud service that would allow people to make use of its technology remotely. The newly announced partnership—which will be with companies from Creative Destruction Lab, a Canadian incubator that focuses on science-based startups—is a chance to test that theory out using Rigetti’s Forest programming environment.

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Aug 25, 2017

Elon Musk Is About to Test His Tunneling Tech Under LA

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Though questions abound.

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Aug 25, 2017

Can Science Reverse Aging?

Posted by in categories: engineering, life extension, policy, robotics/AI, science, singularity

Futurist José Cordeiro talks longevity, AI, and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

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