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Jul 20, 2019

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

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The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes.

Jul 20, 2019

Aging Well – Aubrey de Grey, PhD, Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation – Taking the Fight to An… — YouTube

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

In this podcast, Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., and the Chief Science Officer/Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation discusses his fascination with aging and his ongoing efforts to change the way we think about, and treat, age-related conditions. Dr. de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and the innovative developer of the SENS platform. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious University of Cambridge. Dr. de Grey states that aging is the greatest medical problem we face as it causes the most suffering. He discusses the various excuses that are given as reason to simply disregard aging as a field in need of greater research, from the standard, ‘everything ages, just accept it,’ to the more philosophical—‘death, by its existence, gives meaning to life,’ and the social excuse—‘treating aging in a new way would only create new problems that could be much worse.’ But according to Dr. de Gray, not a single excuse holds up, all fall to the slightest scrutiny when really considered. Dr. de Grey explains that in order to design and implement therapies that will prevent the health problems of an aging population, we need to learn from what has already been proven and acknowledged in the past. SENS Research Foundation seeks to develop and promote access to innovative new therapies that can cure or possibly even prevent the diseases and difficult, troubling disabilities of aging by repairing built-up damage in our bodies. Wrapping up, Dr. de Grey explains cell therapy and damage, loss of cells, and the processes needed to bring about the repair. And the doctor goes into detail regarding the injection of stem cells to repair the damage, replace lost cells, etc.

Jul 20, 2019

Compound with anti-aging effects passes human trial

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Urolithin A, a metabolite of biomolecules found in pomegranates and other fruits, could help slow certain aging processes. EPFL spin-off Amazentis, in conjunction with EPFL and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, has published a paper Metabolism outlining the results of their clinical trial.

It is a fact of life that skeletal muscles begin to lose strength and mass once a person reaches the age of 50. A recent clinical trial involving two EPFL entities — spin-off Amazentis and the Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology (LISP) — showed that urolithin A, a compound derived from biomolecules found in fruits such as pomegranates, could slow down this process by improving the functioning of mitochondria — the cells’ powerhouses. A joint paper presenting the results of the trial also demonstrates that ingesting the compound poses no risk to human health.

Slowing mitochondrial aging.

Jul 20, 2019

‎LongeCity interviews: 2019 Interview With Aubrey De Grey on Apple Podcasts

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jul 20, 2019

A Review of Possible Minds

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Kenneth Cukier reviews “Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI,” a collection of essays edited by John Brockman.

Jul 20, 2019

China: Facing up to hyper-surveillance

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China is the world leader in facial recognition technology. But is the state using it to violate the human rights of its citizens?

Jul 20, 2019

We won’t control Libra, promises Facebook’s blockchain boss

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David Marcus has written a post intended to give “clarity” to the critics of Libra, the blockchain network Facebook is trying to seed.

First, to those who say the system is not really decentralized: “We totally get the point,” Marcus wrote in the July 3 post. “But it was important to start with trusted entities that could operate in a regulated environment and with the operational expertise required to ensure the integrity of the network in its foundational stage.”

He reiterated that “we’re committed to gradually transitioning to a permissionless state in the years to come,” and added that in the meantime, “I’d argue that one hundred geographically distributed, industry-diverse organizations is quite decentralized.” ( There are only 28 so far, however.)

Jul 20, 2019

Future elections may be swayed

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk.

Jul 20, 2019

Lost NASA footage from the moon landing

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Jul 20, 2019

A new set of images that fool AI could help make it more hacker-proof

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Squirrels mislabeled as sea lions and dragonflies confused with manhole covers are challenging algorithms to be more resilient to attacks.

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