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AIs, Ethiopian Food and iCog Labs

On February 2, 2015 Getnet Asefa, the CEO of iCog Labs, standing under the Azure Sky over the international Airport of Addis Ababa welcomed his guests from Hong Kong, Germany, and England. His exact words were, “Welcome to the era...

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NROL-39 Nothing is Beyond Our Reach

With all the talk about the Lovecraftian logo, I haven’t seen word one on the NROL-39 mission itself. And that’s a shame because it is actually pretty cool. Formally known as ELaNa II / GEMSAT the unclassified auxiliary mission also included a variety of NASA student designed CubeSats.

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NERVE Center Opens

Robots ran obstacle courses, climbed through a honeycomb of compartments, tested their vision and soaked themselves in simulated rainstorms. Those were just a few of the demonstrations today at the opening of the most advanced robotics testing facility in the nation, the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center, located at UMass Lowell.

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Four Statements About the Future

1. Chemical brain preservation is a technology that may soon be validated to inexpensively preserve the key features of our memories and identity at our biological death.
2. If either chemical or cryogenic brain preservation can be validated to reliably store retrievable and useful individual mental information, these medical procedures should be made available in all societies as an option at biological death.
3. If computational neuroscience, microscopy, scanning, and robotics technologies continue to improve at their historical rates, preserved memories and identity may be affordably reanimated by being “uploaded” into computer simulations, beginning well before the end of this century.
4. In all societies where a significant minority (let’s say 100,000 people) have done brain preservation at biological death, significant positive social change will result in those societies today, regardless of how much information is eventually recovered from preserved brains.

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