Friday, 10 November 2017

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Researchers watch video images people are seeing, decoded from their fMRI brain scans in near-real-time
October 27, 2017

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Advanced deep-learning "mind-reading" system even interprets image meaning and recreates the video images
Purdue Engineering researchers have developed a system that can show what people are seeing in real-world videos, decoded from their fMRI brain scans — an advanced new form of  “mind-reading” technology that could lead to new insights in brain function and to advanced AI systems. The research builds on previous pioneering research at UC Berkeley’s … more…


IBM scientists say radical new ‘in-memory’ computing architecture will speed up computers by 200 times
October 25, 2017

The researchers used PCM devices made from a germanium antimony telluride alloy, which is stacked and sandwiched between two electrodes. When the scientists apply a tiny electric current to the material, they heat it, which alters its state from amorphous (with a disordered atomic arrangement) to crystalline (with an ordered atomic configuration). The IBM researchers have used the crystallization dynamics to perform computation in place. (credit: IBM Research)
New architecture to enable ultra-dense, low-power, massively-parallel computing systems optimized for AI
IBM Research announced Tuesday (Oct. 24, 2017) that its scientists have developed the first “in-memory computing” or “computational memory” computer system architecture, which is expected to yield 200x improvements in computer speed and energy efficiency — enabling ultra-dense, low-power, massively parallel computing systems. Their concept is to use one device (such as phase change memory … more…


This voice-authentication wearable could block voice-assistant or bank spoofing
October 23, 2017

"Alexa, open my bank account" (credit: Amazon)
Would disable unauthorized voice commands like "OK Google" or "Alexa"
University of Michigan (U-M) scientists have developed a voice-authentication system for reducing the risk of being spoofed when you use a biometric system to log into secure services or a voice assistant (such as Amazon Echo and Google Home). A hilarious example of spoofing a voice assistant happened during a Google commercial during the 2017 Super … more…



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Monday, 25 September 2017

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Artificial ‘skin’ gives robotic hand a sense of touch
September 22, 2017

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a development in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, and also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The work, reported in the open-access journal Science Advances, … more…


A battery-free origami robot powered and controlled by external magnetic fields
September 22, 2017

Harvard University researchers have created a battery-free, folding robot “arm” with multiple “joints,” gripper “hand,” and actuator “muscles” — all powered and controlled wirelessly by an external resonant magnetic field. The design is inspired by the traditional Japanese art of origami (used to transform a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a … more…


Scientists remove one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots
September 20, 2017

3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight
Researchers at the Columbia Engineering Creative Machines lab have developed a 3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle that can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight. The artificial muscle is three times stronger than natural muscle and can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift weight — no external devices required. Existing soft-actuator technologies are … more…


New system allows near-zero-power sensors to communicate data over long distances
September 18, 2017

Could make low-cost remote medical monitoring and the "internet of things" practical
University of Washington (UW) researchers have developed a low-cost, long-range data-communication system that could make it possible for medical sensors or billions of low-cost “internet of things” objects to connect via radio signals at long distances (up to 2.8 kilometers) and with 1000 times lower required power (9.25 microwatts in an experiment) compared to existing technologies. … more…


Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body
September 15, 2017

Future uses could include creating programmable drugs or delivering them when a specific signal is received in the bloodstream or cells
Caltech scientists have developed a “cargo sorting” DNA nanorobot programmed to autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules, and drop them off in designated locations. The research is described in a paper in the Friday, September 15, 2017 issue of Science. The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA … more…


Miniature MRI simulator chip could help diagnose and treat diseases in the body at sub-millimeter precision
September 13, 2017

Caltech researchers have developed a “Fantastic Voyage” style prototype microchip that could one day be used in “smart pills” to diagnose and treat diseases when inserted into the human body. Called ATOMS (addressable transmitters operated as magnetic spins), the microchips could one day monitor a patient’s gastrointestinal tract, blood, or brain, measuring factors that indicate … more…


‘Fog computing’ could improve communications during natural disasters
September 11, 2017

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that uses edge computing (also known as fog computing) to deal with the loss of internet access in natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods. The idea is to create an ad hoc decentralized network that uses computing power built into mobile phones, … more…


These fast, low-cost medical technologies will replace ultrasound and X-rays for specific uses
September 8, 2017

A radical software invention by three Caltech engineers promises to allow your smartphone camera* to provide detailed information about a critical measure of your heart’s health: the “left ventricular ejection fraction” (LVEF) — the amount of blood in the heart that is pumped out to the blood system with each beat. This figure is used by … more…


A cooling system that works without electricity
September 6, 2017

Electricity needed to cool a Las Vegas building reduced by 21 percent in a model
Stanford University scientists have developed a high-tech mirror-like optical surface that uses “radiative sky cooling” to dramatically lower the energy required for air conditioning and refrigeration. The system cools water (flowing through pipes connected to an air-conditioning system) without requiring electricity by radiating excess heat from water into cold space. Panels covered in specialized optical … more…


Leading AI country will be ‘ruler of the world,’ says Putin
September 3, 2017

"When one party’s drones are destroyed by drones of another, it will have no other choice but to surrender.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday (Sept. 1, 2017) that the country that becomes the leader in developing artificial intelligence will be “the ruler of the world,” reports the Associated Press. AI development “raises colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now,” Putin said in a lecture to students, warning that “it would … more…

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International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Dates: Sep 24 – 28, 2017
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Undoing Aging 2018

Dates: Mar 15 – 17, 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Dates: Apr 2 – 7, 2018
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New books

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us
author | Jean M. Twenge PhD

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an … more…


Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
author | Ilia Stambler

This book considers the multidisciplinary aspects of longevity promotion, from the advocacy, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The first part on longevity advocacy includes examples of pro-longevity campaigns, outreach materials, frequent debates and policy suggestions and frameworks that may assist in the promotion of research and development for healthy longevity. The second part on longevity … more…


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Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Drake equation (pictures, video, facts & news)... BBC - Universe!

BBC - Universe - The Drake equation (pictures, video, facts & news)


The Drake equation

Named for its creator, astrophysicist Frank Drake, the Drake equation is an attempt to estimate N, the number of advanced civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy. Many of the numbers that go into the Drake equation can only be guessed at, for example, the factor L, the average lifetime of an advanced civilisation.

According to Drake, the average of people's best estimates suggests that there are about 10,000 technically advanced civilisations spread across our galaxy... Read More>>>

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Predictions for 2020s With Ray Kurzweil...

Predictions for 2020s With Ray Kurzweil | 33rd Square

3D printing food, future methods of payment and many more signs of things to come are discussed by Ray Kurzweil in this video.


Ray Kurzweil is a prize-winning author and scientist. He was named Inventor of the Year by MIT in 1988 and was awarded the Dickson Prize, Carnegie Mellon's top science prize, in 1994. He is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and honors from two American presidents.

Kurzweil believes that we will enhance our natural biological intelligence through artificial intelligence in the future. Kurzweil explores logarithmic advances in computing power and information technologies and uses the history of their trajectories to project when and how artificial intelligence may enhance our daily lives.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Music for the Evolution of Consciousness...

 A collection of songs that we feel can assist with the evolution of consciousness. Includes songs that have higher wisdom in their lyrics, songs that are the artist's message to humanity or a specific group of people, and songs with lyrics that were written to inspire, empower, or uplift. 

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We will review them and then consider adding them to it if they resonate. Thank you.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

What Can Physics Tell Us About Consciousness?

What Can Physics Tell Us About Consciousness? -- ChrisFields - YouTube



Physics and particularly quantum physics are often invoked in discussions of consciousness.

But what can physics actually tell us?

I will first discuss what physics does not tell us: physics does not provide any criteria with which to distinguish conscious systems from non-conscious systems. As far as physics is concerned, consciousness is like free will - it characterizes
either nothing or everything. Since we are conscious, it is reasonable to regard everything else as conscious, too.

If we make this assumption, the question of interest becomes: what systems
are conscious of what?

Physics is fundamentally a theory of interaction, so it can tell us a lot about this. The first thing it tells us is that being conscious of something requires expending energy. How much energy a system can expend determines how much it can be conscious of. This energy requirement has surprising consequences, some of which I will describe.

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