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Rethinking the Promise of Genomics

I used to be a big believer in the enormous potential of genomics, and each of my two previous books, Fantastic Voyage and TRANSCEND: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever, had chapters devoted to this topic. The relevant chapter in the earlier book, Fantastic Voyage, published in 2004, was titled “The Promise of Genomics.”  My co-author in these books, Ray Kurzweil, is widely r...

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Armed Robots Will Make Us Behave

Armed Robots Will Make Us Behave

In the future, security guards won't be chubby failed cops getting minimum wage. Instead, they'll be metal death machines that can spray 900 bullets per minute if you're intruding without proper ID.   Robotic sentries are presently patrolling Israel's 70-kilometer Gaza border, and South Korea's   250-kilometer DMZ.  Russia  has developed a remarkably lethal beast &m...

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Happy Morning in Hedonistia, July 22, 2050

6:00: I wake up euphoric after a wonderful night of programmed dreams. After climbing out of my deprivation pod, I challenge my synthetic heart with 350 pushups — the recommended workout for a 114-year old. Next I gaze out the window of my 153rd floor home at the other Farmpartments, all energy self-sufficient and covered with dwarf fruit that the robo-monkeys pick for us in the ni...

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This Robot Speaks Farsi

This Robot Speaks Farsi

If Iran's recently announced Surena 2 robot had its speech and vision modules in place, it would surely speak Farsi — Iranian Persian.  Looking somewhat like Honda's ASIMO, Iranian state television claims the Surena 2 robot weighs 99 pounds (45 kg) and is 4.76 feet (145 cm) tall. It was developed by more than 20 robotics experts at Tehran University.

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Endorphin Lifestyle: maximizing healthy pleasure

Our pituitary glands and hypothalamus contain 20 brain hormones, collectively called "endorphins." Released into our blood stream they provide us with a euphoric feeling that annihilates stress, depression, and chronic pain, thereby delaying the aging process. Several drugs (opium, morphine, and cocaine) are endorphin-releasers; "endorphin" actually means "in...

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Graphene Advances Fast

In a previous posts on Graphene, I stated that we were making numerous advances — so many that it sometimes seemed like new ones were coming almost every day. Well, here's a brief update which covers some of the advances towards graphene electronics that have occurred since my previous article. From PHYSORG.COM

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Open Science Summit Starts “Organizational Revolution”

Open Science Summit Starts “Organizational Revolution”

Open Source Science is on the rise and transparency and collaboration are the waves of the future.  Now, following on the heels of the Humanity+ Citizen Scientist Conference, Joseph P. Jackson has organized an Open Science Summit 2010, coming up on July 29-31 in Berkeley, California.  Calling Open Science an "Organizational Revolution,"Jackson's group promises to "...

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Simplified Humanism, Positive Futurism & How to Prevent the Universe From Being Turned Into Paper Clips

Eliezer Yudkowsky is an employee with the Singularity Institute, a non-profit devoted to developing human-level or smarter-than-human Artificial Intelligence from a self-improving seed.  The Institute also puts on the annual Singularity Summit, a conference that draws various scientists, futurists, businesspeople, and laypeople to discuss emerging technologies and their implications, es...

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The Interplanetary Internet: Towards a Matrioshka Brain?

 In 2008, NASA quietly announced the first successful test of a deep space communications network modeled on the Internet.  The new software protocol was jointly developed with Google’s Vint Cerf and is being deployed on the International Space Station as a first step in what could become an Interplanetary Internet.  The software protocol is an attempt to deal with t...

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Stem Cell Explosion

A revolution in medicine is occurring as stem cell research jumps out of the embryonic stage.  Startling advances in recent months are reported from multiple nations: China: Stem cells help autistic, epileptic girl (February) United Kingdom: Stem cells enable boy to receive a windpipe transplant (March) USA: Man cured of HIV after stem cell therapy (April) Israel: Progress in mass-prod...

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