Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:18:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Exclusive: Neanderthal ‘minibrains’ grown in dish https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/exclusive-neanderthal-minibrains-grown-in-dish https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/exclusive-neanderthal-minibrains-grown-in-dish#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/exclusive-neanderthal-minibrains-grown-in-dish

Compared with brain organoids grown from ordinary human cells (top), those with a Neanderthal gene variant (bottom) differ in appearance and behavior.

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Scientists Detect Possible Missing ‘Piece’ Of Universe Created By The Big Bang https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-detect-possible-missing-piece-of-universe-created-by-the-big-bang https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-detect-possible-missing-piece-of-universe-created-by-the-big-bang#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:02:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-detect-possible-missing-piece-of-universe-created-by-the-big-bang

Aside from dark matter and the dark energy that comprised the universe, there remained to be 5 percent of what was called the “ordinary matter.” About two-thirds of this ordinary matter was left unaccounted for until now. ( Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics )

After a 20-year-long experiment, a team of international scientists detects the last of the missing intergalactic material predicted to be created by the Big Bang.

Specifically, the team was finally able to detect the missing parts of the “ordinary matter” that makes up everything in the universe, from the stars to the cores of black holes. This ordinary matter is different from the “dark matter” that comprised the bulk of the universe’s mass. The dark matter remained to be undetected until now.

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Microsoft launches ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/microsoft-launches-ambitious-blockchain-project-to-help-creators-get-paid https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/microsoft-launches-ambitious-blockchain-project-to-help-creators-get-paid#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/microsoft-launches-ambitious-blockchain-project-to-help-creators-get-paid

It seems that Microsoft isn’t done experimenting with blockchain technology.

Microsoft and Ernst & Young (EY) announced the launch of a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management on Wednesday.

The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners. Indeed, gaming giant Ubisoft is already experimenting with the technology.

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‘Stealth sheet’ hides hot objects from prying infrared eyes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/stealth-sheet-hides-hot-objects-from-prying-infrared-eyes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/stealth-sheet-hides-hot-objects-from-prying-infrared-eyes#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:22:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/stealth-sheet-hides-hot-objects-from-prying-infrared-eyes

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets, even in the dead of night or through heavy fog.

Hiding from such detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new cloaking material that renders objects—and people—practically invisible.

“What we have shown is an ultrathin stealth ‘sheet.’ Right now, what people have is much heavier metal armor or thermal blankets,” says Hongrui Jiang, the Lynn H. Matthias Professor and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Longevity, the Greatest Investment Opportunity of All Time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/longevity-the-greatest-investment-opportunity-of-all-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/longevity-the-greatest-investment-opportunity-of-all-time#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:07:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/longevity-the-greatest-investment-opportunity-of-all-time

The exponential potential of longevity technologies.


Jim Mellon became a billionaire by pouncing on a wide variety of opportunities, from the dawn of business privatization in Russia to uranium mining in Africa and real estate in Germany. But all of that might eventually look small, he says, compared to the money to be made in the next decade or so from biotechnologies that will increase human longevity well past 100.

The British investor is so enthusiastic about these technologies that he co-authored a 2017 book about them, Juvenescence: Investing in the Age of Longevity, and launched a company, Juvenescence Ltd., to capitalize on them. “Juvenescence” is a real word — it’s the state of being youthful. Says Mellon, who is 61: “I’m hoping that this stuff works on me as well as on my portfolio.”

Juvenescence Ltd., which has raised $62.5 million from Mellon and some partners, has invested in or is close to confirming investments in nine biotech companies. He won’t discuss most of them. But one of the deals was an 11 percent stake in Insilico Medicine, a company applying machine-learning techniques to drug discovery. Insilico Medicine and Mellon’s company also formed a joint venture called Juvenescence AI to investigate the therapeutic properties of specific compounds. Mellon is particularly optimistic that this venture can develop a “senolytic” drug that helps the body clear out cells that have stopped dividing and can damage other cells.

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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:42:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked

Herpes Viruses And Alzheimer’s: A Possible Link : Shots — Health News Two herpes viruses that cause skin rashes in toddlers may accelerate Alzheimer’s disease when they infect brain cells. The finding suggests antiviral drugs might help protect the brain.

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Dr. Vadim Gladyshev – Harvard University https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/dr-vadim-gladyshev-harvard-university https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/dr-vadim-gladyshev-harvard-university#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/dr-vadim-gladyshev-harvard-university

An interview with Dr. Vadim Gladyshev, Harvard University.


We have recently had occasion to have a chat with Dr. Vadim Gladyshev, Professor of Medicine and Director of Redox Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an expert in aging and redox biology and is known for his characterization of the human selenoproteome. His research laboratory focuses on comparative genomics, selenoproteins, redox biology, and, naturally, aging and lifespan control.

Dr. Gladyshev graduated from Moscow State University, in Moscow, Russia; his postdoctoral studies in the 1990s took place at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland. Even when he was young, he was very much interested in chemistry and experimental science: he twice won the regional Olympiad in chemistry and graduated from high school with a gold medal. He also graduated with the highest honors from Moscow State University. This enviable track record is even more impressive considering that Dr. Gladyshev completed music school and high school at the same time and became a chess player equivalent to national master during his college years.

You’ll have a chance to meet Dr. Gladyshev at our upcoming New York City conference, Ending Age-Related Diseases, on July 12; if you can’t attend, you can at least enjoy our interview with Dr. Gladyshev below.

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Using Nanoscale Robots to Fight Aging and Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/using-nanoscale-robots-to-fight-aging-and-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/using-nanoscale-robots-to-fight-aging-and-disease#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:22:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/using-nanoscale-robots-to-fight-aging-and-disease

At least in the developed world, cancer, heart diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases are among the greatest causes of mortality. One emerging and very promising way to prevent or cure these diseases is through bio-nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is the design, synthesis and application of materials or devices that are on the nanometer scale (one billionth of a meter). Due to the small scale of these devices, they can have many beneficial applications, both in industry and medicine. The use of nanodevices in medicine is called nanomedicine. Here, we will look at some applications of nanomedicine in curing or preventing the diseases that are most likely to kill us.

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What will it take for Bitcoin to be widely adopted? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-will-it-take-for-bitcoin-to-be-widely-adopted https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-will-it-take-for-bitcoin-to-be-widely-adopted#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:11:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=79878 Early adopters, speculators and Geeks are never sufficient to bring a new paradigm to market. Mass appeal and adoption of a mechanism that requires education and a change of behavior is never ‘fait accompli’—until it reaches a tipping point. Once at the tipping point, it can go viral without a structured PR campaign and with risks tied only to technology and scalability.

What about early adopters? Can they drive mass adoption?

Somewhat, but not much beyond market awareness. Generally, early adopters drive mass adoption only for evolutionary inventions. For example:

  • The automobile was an evolutionary change to transportation. Although it changed our behavior (maintenance procedures and frequency / distance of travel), it did not require an educational seminar to ride in a car. You either had access to a horse or a car.
  • Likewise, the audio CD and DVD improved media acquisition and enjoyment. But books and seminars were not needed to understand these inventions. Their purpose and use was very similar to the preceding technology: audio tape, records and video recorders.

But some inventions are different. Their use requires that users become acquainted with a technology or process that they didn’t realize they needed!

The telephone and the Internet led to radical changes in the way we work and interact. You might think that the benefits of a telephone were obvious, even in 1876—and that adoption was driven only by cost and speed-to-market. But this is not the case. When the phone was demonstrated between two cities in Massachusetts, everyone was already aware of Alexander Graham Bell’s clever new gadget. But few people wanted one. A New York Times reporter scoffed that investors were wasting money, because the invention would be of little use to consumers and businesses. It didn’t occur to him that instant, ubiquitous communication (using a device that requires only a voice) would change the face of emergency services or allow close relatives to live far apart without wondering what happened to each other. He wrote that it was a rich man’s toy, useful only for hearing a voice from down the street.

What is required to shift Bitcoin into the mainstream?

Right now, only a small fraction of individuals believe that cryptocurrency presents an improvement over fiat (money issued by a government or bank). Most people don’t yet understand (or accept) that it is backed by something far more tangible than Dollars or Euros—or that it is more fair, or less susceptible to theft and manipulation. And because of spectacular press coverage, many people believe that it facilitates tax evasion, drug deals or worse. There are more misconceptions. For example, realizing that Bitcoin is open source, some individuals feel that other cryptocurrencies could improve on it, and displace it without recognizing the equity of past stakeholders. And finally, many individuals suspect that governments will ban it or issue their own crypto, making the whole issue moot.

Everything in the above paragraph—except the first sentence—is a false perception. But mass appeal and adoption is greatly retarded by false perception.

The adoption of cryptocurrency by mainstream businesses and consumers (not just as a payment instrument, but as the money itself) requires a series of events that are largely predicated on a recent past event. Think of this process as a row of dominos tumbling down—each one falling into the next domino.

The dominos have already started to fall. The process is slow, and it requires a few technical fixes related to cost, scalability, and ease of use. But they are falling and it is becoming clear that secure, decentralized, transparent cryptocurrency will replace nationally minted currencies all over the world. For some influential individuals, this is frightening, impossible or too radical. But this change is inevitable, because the cat is already out of the box and because the benefits to consumers, business and government are almost overwhelming

What are the ‘falling domino’ events and will they occur?

They are listed in the first article below—and, Yes—they are already occuring.


Philip Raymond co-chairs CRYPSA, hosts the New York Bitcoin Event and is keynote speaker at Cryptocurrency Conferences. He sits on the New Money Systems board of Lifeboat Foundation. Book a presentation or consulting engagement.

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How To Turn Mars Into A Green Paradise : Amazing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/how-to-turn-mars-into-a-green-paradise-amazing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/how-to-turn-mars-into-a-green-paradise-amazing#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:27:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/how-to-turn-mars-into-a-green-paradise-amazing

( via: Hashem Al-Ghaili )

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Laser bursts generate electricity faster than any other method https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/laser-bursts-generate-electricity-faster-than-any-other-method https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/laser-bursts-generate-electricity-faster-than-any-other-method#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:27:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/laser-bursts-generate-electricity-faster-than-any-other-method

Take a glass thread a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Use it as a wire between two metals. Hit it with a laser pulse that lasts a millionth of a billionth of a second.

Remarkable things happen.

The glass-like material is transformed ever so briefly into something akin to a metal. And the generates a burst of electrical current across this tiny electrical circuit. It does so far faster than any traditional way of producing electricity and in the absence of an applied voltage. Further, the direction and magnitude of the current can be controlled simply by varying the shape of the laser—by changing its phase.

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What If All Cars Went Electric https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-all-cars-went-electric https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-all-cars-went-electric#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:26:59 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-all-cars-went-electric

Could the electric car save our climate?

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What If We All Lived on Mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-all-lived-on-mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-all-lived-on-mars#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:26:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-all-lived-on-mars

Would you want to be a Martian?

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What If We Could Communicate Directly From Brain to Brain? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-could-communicate-directly-from-brain-to-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-could-communicate-directly-from-brain-to-brain#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:25:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-could-communicate-directly-from-brain-to-brain

Would you share your thoughts if we could communicate directly from brain to brain?

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What If We Terraformed the Moon? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-terraformed-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-terraformed-the-moon#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:25:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-if-we-terraformed-the-moon

Would you move to the Moon?

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This Solar Plane Will Fly To The Edge Of Space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/this-solar-plane-will-fly-to-the-edge-of-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/this-solar-plane-will-fly-to-the-edge-of-space#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:24:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/this-solar-plane-will-fly-to-the-edge-of-space

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A Strange Type of Matter Might Lie Inside Neutron Stars, And It Breaks The Periodic Table https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/a-strange-type-of-matter-might-lie-inside-neutron-stars-and-it-breaks-the-periodic-table https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/a-strange-type-of-matter-might-lie-inside-neutron-stars-and-it-breaks-the-periodic-table#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:23:59 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/a-strange-type-of-matter-might-lie-inside-neutron-stars-and-it-breaks-the-periodic-table

A group of physicists are questioning our understanding of how quarks — a type of elementary particle — arrange themselves under extreme conditions. And their quest is revealing that elements beyond the edge of the periodic table might be fair weirder than we thought.

Deep in the depths of the periodic table there are monsters made of a unique arrangement of subatomic particles. As far as elements go, they come no bigger than oganesson – a behemoth that contains 118 protons and has an atomic mass of just under 300.

That’s not to say protons and neutrons can’t be arranged into even bigger clumps and still remain somewhat stable for longer than an eye blink. But for all practical purposes, nobody has discovered it yet.

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Here’s What NASA Plans to Do to Keep Us Safe From Asteroids https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/heres-what-nasa-plans-to-do-to-keep-us-safe-from-asteroids https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/heres-what-nasa-plans-to-do-to-keep-us-safe-from-asteroids#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:23:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/heres-what-nasa-plans-to-do-to-keep-us-safe-from-asteroids

We don’t actually have a lot to be afraid of when it comes to asteroids. Sure, they might come pretty close from time to time, but they tend to buzz harmlessly by — after all, Earth is a pretty tiny target in the vastness of space.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared, though — and NASA, along with several other US federal agencies, has been putting together a contingency plan.

They’ve called the collective the Interagency Working Group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-bound Near-Earth Objects, or DAMIEN, which isn’t ominous at all, and released a 20-page document that outlines the asteroid — or near-Earth object (NEO) — plans for the next decade.

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Is aging not scary? The children’s tales that are killing us https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-aging-not-scary-the-childrens-tales-that-are-killing-us https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-aging-not-scary-the-childrens-tales-that-are-killing-us#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:42:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-aging-not-scary-the-childrens-tales-that-are-killing-us

Today we will be taking a look at some of the stories people tell themselves to help them pretend aging is not a problem.


If you ask most people what they think about aging, they will shrug their shoulders and say that it is a natural process. With complete tranquility on their faces, they will agree that, yes, in old age, we are haunted by many diseases, but nothing can be done about it, so it makes no sense to worry about it while you are young and healthy. Just live your life.

Then, the conversation will turn towards an even stranger direction: they will start looking for something good about aging – for example, that it ensures a change of generations, prevents society from becoming stuck in obsolete ideas, and, in general, is the engine of evolution. They’ll explain that the notion of death gives meaning to life and makes us accomplish as much as possible in the little time we have.

Here’s the intriguing part. If you ask the same people what they felt when they first encountered the concept of aging and death from old age, they remember that they were frightened. They were not happy with the answers to “Mom, are you gonna get old and die?” and “Will I die too?” Many people remember that they cried bitterly after this conversation and were filled with sorrow for several days.

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What Is Optical Computing (Computing At The Speed of Light) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-is-optical-computing-computing-at-the-speed-of-light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-is-optical-computing-computing-at-the-speed-of-light#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:42:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/what-is-optical-computing-computing-at-the-speed-of-light

Recommended Books ➤

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This video is the eighth in a multi-part series discussing computing and the first discussing non-classical computing. In this video, we’ll be discussing what optical computing is and the impact it will have on the field of computing.

[0:27–6:03] Starting off we’ll discuss, what optical computing/photonic computing is. More specifically, how this paradigm shift is different from typical classical (electron-based computers) and the benefits it will bring to computational performance and efficiency!

[6:03–10:25] Following that we’ll look at, current optical computing initiatives including: optical co-processors, optical RAM, optoelectronic devices, silicon photonics and more!

Thank you to the patron(s) who supported this video ➤

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Prosthetic Memory Enhancement Is Here https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/prosthetic-memory-enhancement-is-here https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/prosthetic-memory-enhancement-is-here#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/prosthetic-memory-enhancement-is-here

This brain implant gives users prosthetic memory that can boost the brain’s short-term recall.

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China eyes role as world’s power supplier https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/china-eyes-role-as-worlds-power-supplier https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/china-eyes-role-as-worlds-power-supplier#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/china-eyes-role-as-worlds-power-supplier

Now Mr. Liu is promoting UHV internationally through his Global Energy Interconnection initiative. Designated a “national strategy” and championed by Xi Jinping, China’s president, the initiative feeds into one of China’s most ambitious international plans — to create the world’s first global electricity grid.


China’s dream of building a global electricity grid may be coming true, the Financial Times reports.

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10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective On Artificial Intelligence’s Growth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/10-charts-that-will-change-your-perspective-on-artificial-intelligences-growth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/10-charts-that-will-change-your-perspective-on-artificial-intelligences-growth#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:04:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/10-charts-that-will-change-your-perspective-on-artificial-intelligences-growth

  • There has been a 14X increase in the number of active AI startups since 2000. Crunchbase, VentureSource, and Sand Hill Econometrics were also used for completing this analysis with AI startups in Crunchbase cross-referenced to venture-backed companies in the VentureSource database. Any venture-backed companies from the Crunchbase list that were identified in the VentureSource database were included.

  • The share of jobs requiring AI skills has grown 4.5X since 2013., The growth of the share of US jobs requiring AI skills on the Indeed.com platform was calculated by first identifying AI-related jobs using titles and keywords in descriptions. Job growth is a calculated as a multiple of the share of jobs on the Indeed platform that required AI skills in the U.S. starting in January 2013. The study also calculated the growth of the share of jobs requiring AI skills on the Indeed.com platform, by country. Despite the rapid growth of the Canada and UK. AI job markets, Indeed.com reports they are respectively still 5% and 27% of the absolute size of the US AI job market.

  • Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are the three most in-demand skills on Monster.com. Just two years ago NLP had been predicted to be the most in-demand skill for application developers creating new AI apps. In addition to skills creating AI apps, machine learning techniques, Python, Java, C++, experience with open source development environments, Spark, MATLAB, and Hadoop are the most in-demand skills. Based on an analysis of Monster.com entries as of today, the median salary is $127,000 in the U.S. for Data Scientists, Senior Data Scientists, Artificial Intelligence Consultants and Machine Learning Managers.

  • Error rates for image labeling have fallen from 28.5% to below 2.5% since 2010. AI’s inflection point for Object Detection task of the Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (LSVRC) Competition occurred in 2014. On this specific test, AI is now more accurate than human These findings are from the competition data from the leaderboards for each LSVRC competition hosted on the ImageNet website.

  • Global revenues from AI for enterprise applications is projected to grow from $1.62B in 2018 to $31.2B in 2025 attaining a 52.59% CAGR in the forecast period. Image recognition and tagging, patient data processing, localization and mapping, predictive maintenance, use of algorithms and machine learning to predict and thwart security threats, intelligent recruitment, and HR systems are a few of the many enterprise application use cases predicted to fuel the projected rapid growth of AI in the enterprise. Source: Statista.

  • 84% of enterprises believe investing in AI will lead to greater competitive advantages. 75% believe that AI will open up new businesses while also providing competitors new ways to gain access to their markets. 63% believe the pressure to reduce costs will require the use of AI. Source: Statista.

  • 87% of current AI adopters said they were using or considering using AI for sales forecasting and for improving e-mail marketing. 61% of all respondents said that they currently used or were planning to use AI for sales forecasting. The following graphic compares adoption rates of current AI adopters versus all respondents. Source: Statista.

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Astronauts eject space junk demo mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/astronauts-eject-space-junk-demo-mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/astronauts-eject-space-junk-demo-mission#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:44:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/astronauts-eject-space-junk-demo-mission

The £13m RemoveDebris spacecraft was taken to the ISS in April and stored onboard ahead of Wednesday’s release.

The spacecraft was pushed out of an airlock where a robotic arm then picked it up gave it a gentle nudge down and away from the 400km-high lab.

In the process, RemoveDebris became the largest satellite to ever be deployed from the International Space Station. The time was about 12:35 BST.

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The Limits of Neuroplasticity in the Brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-limits-of-neuroplasticity-in-the-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-limits-of-neuroplasticity-in-the-brain#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:05:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=79842

New research shows that the brain‘s neuroplasticity isn’t as flexible as previously thought.

One of the brain’s mysteries is how exactly it reorganizes new #information as you learn new tasks. The standard to date was to test how neurons learned new behavior one #neuron at a time.

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh decided to try a different approach. They looked at the population of neurons to see how they worked together while #learning a new behavior. Studying the intracortical population activity in the primary motor cortex of rhesus macaques during short-term learning in a brain–computer interface (BCI) task, they were able to study the reorganization of population during learning.

Their new research indicates that when the brain learns a new activity that it is less flexible than previously thought. The researchers were able to draw strong hypothesis about neural reorganization during learning by using BCI. Through the use of BCI the mapping between #neural activity and learning is completely known

In this experimental paradigm, we’re able to track all of the neurons that can lead to behavioral improvements and look at how they all change simultaneously,” says Steve Chase, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

When we do that, what we see is a really constrained set of changes that happen, and it leads to this suboptimal improvement of performance. And so, that implies that there are limits that constrain how flexible your brain is, at least on these short time scales.”

It is often challenging to learn new tasks quickly that require a high level of proficiency. Neural plasticity is even more constrained than previously thought as results of this research indicate.

None of us predicted this outcome,” says Matthew Golub, a postdoctoral researcher in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon. “Learning is far more limited on the scale of a few hours than any of us were expecting when we started this. We were all surprised that the brain wasn’t able to choose the best strategy possible.

The research was done in collaboration with the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, a cross university research and educational program between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that leverages each institution’s strengths to investigate the #cognitive and neural mechanisms that give rise to biological intelligence and behavior.

Nature Neuroscience (2018) Full Abstract Study

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Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-find-evidence-of-27-new-viruses-in-bees https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-find-evidence-of-27-new-viruses-in-bees#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:02:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/scientists-find-evidence-of-27-new-viruses-in-bees

An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.

“Populations of bees around the world are declining, and viruses are known to contribute to these declines,” said David Galbraith, research scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb and a recent Penn State graduate. “Despite the importance of bees as pollinators of flowering plants in agricultural and natural landscapes and the importance of viruses to bee health, our understanding of bee viruses is surprisingly limited.”

To investigate viruses in bees, the team collected samples of DNA and RNA, which is responsible for the synthesis of proteins, from 12 bee species in nine countries across the world. Next, they developed a novel high-throughput sequencing technique that efficiently detected both previously identified and 27 never-seen-before viruses belonging to at least six new families in a single experiment. The results appear in the June 11, 2018, issue of Scientific Reports.

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Did Scientists Just Find a Missing Piece of the Universe? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/did-scientists-just-find-a-missing-piece-of-the-universe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/did-scientists-just-find-a-missing-piece-of-the-universe#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/did-scientists-just-find-a-missing-piece-of-the-universe

It would be silly to think we completely understand our universe, given how small the Earth is compared to the vastness of the cosmos. But from here on our tiny planet, it appears that much of the universe is missing. And I’m not just talking about dark matter. Regular stuff seems to be missing, too.

Astronomy fans probably know that as far as humans can tell, the universe is composed mostly of some mysterious, unexplained energy called dark energy that pushes it apart. The remaining piece, about a quarter, is dark matter, another unexplained thing that seems to build the universe’s skeleton. Just 4 percent is the regular matter that we can see: stars, planets, and interstellar and intergalactic gas. But the observed amount of this regular matter still falls perhaps a third short of the amount of stuff that physicists think should exist based on their models of the universe.

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Students make first ever live interview with astronaut from the ISS https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/students-make-first-ever-live-interview-with-astronaut-from-the-iss https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/students-make-first-ever-live-interview-with-astronaut-from-the-iss#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/students-make-first-ever-live-interview-with-astronaut-from-the-iss

Filipinos have achieved yet another milestone after contacting with the International Space Station, even interviewing an astronaut on board the habitable artificial satellite.


By Dhel Nazario

Filipinos have achieved yet another milestone after contacting with the International Space Station (ISS), even interviewing an astronaut on board the habitable artificial satellite.

A mix of Grade 11 and college students from the from the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) and electronics engineering students from the Holy Angel University (HAU) made the historical feat at the Department of Science and Technology –Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) last May.

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President Donald J. Trump https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/president-donald-j-trump https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/president-donald-j-trump#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:02:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/president-donald-j-trump

FURTHER SPACE DEVELOPMENT: President Donald J. Trump signed Space Policy Directive – 3 directing the United States to lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space.

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Aggregate form of α-synuclein leads to cell death in Parkinson’s Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/aggregate-form-of-%ce%b1-synuclein-leads-to-cell-death-in-parkinsons-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/aggregate-form-of-%ce%b1-synuclein-leads-to-cell-death-in-parkinsons-disease#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/aggregate-form-of-%ce%b1-synuclein-leads-to-cell-death-in-parkinsons-disease

An interaction between aggregate alpha synuclein and ATP synthase implicated in Parkinson’s Disease.


An open-access paper published in Nature Communications sheds light on how an accumulation of α-synuclein protein in brain cells contributes to causing Parkinson’s disease. In particular, the researchers discovered how clumps of the protein damage important proteins on mitochondrial surfaces, leading to impaired energy production, swelling and bursting of the mitochondria themselves, and, ultimately, cell death [1].

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Sodium- and potassium-based batteries could be key for smart grid of the future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/sodium-and-potassium-based-batteries-could-be-key-for-smart-grid-of-the-future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/sodium-and-potassium-based-batteries-could-be-key-for-smart-grid-of-the-future#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/sodium-and-potassium-based-batteries-could-be-key-for-smart-grid-of-the-future

From electric cars that travel hundreds of miles on a single charge to chainsaws as mighty as gas-powered versions, new products hit the market each year that take advantage of recent advances in battery technology.

But that growth has led to concerns that the world’s supply of , the metal at the heart of many of the new rechargeable batteries, may eventually be depleted.

Now researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found new evidence suggesting that batteries based on and hold promise as a potential alternative to lithium-based batteries.

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Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ‘ideal’ life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/around-the-world-people-have-surprisingly-modest-notions-of-the-ideal-life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/around-the-world-people-have-surprisingly-modest-notions-of-the-ideal-life#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/around-the-world-people-have-surprisingly-modest-notions-of-the-ideal-life

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether it’s the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Our research shows that people’s sense of perfection is surprisingly modest,” says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. “People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiences—they wanted about 75% of a good thing.”

Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current . Even when imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing , their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130—a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.

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Undoing Aging 2019 is Confirmed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/undoing-aging-2019-is-confirmed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/undoing-aging-2019-is-confirmed#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:43:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/undoing-aging-2019-is-confirmed

Glorious news! Undoing Aging 2019 has been announced today hosted by Forever Healthy and the SENS Research Foundation. We loved being there last year and bringing the community all the news and interviews from the event and we are delighted to see it is making a return in 2019.


We are very pleased to see that there will be a return of the successful Undoing Aging Conference in 2019. We attended the conference earlier this year, and as we reported at the time, it was a really positive experience.

This was, from the outset, a serious conference focused on the rapid science and research going on in the field and was just the kind of conference that the community needed. The conference was a superb mixture of respected researchers, investors, and thought leaders from the community, and it had no hint of the snake oil that has plagued our community in past years.

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The 2019 Undoing Aging Conference will take place March 28 — 30 in Berlin, Germany https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-2019-undoing-aging-conference-will-take-place-march-28-30-in-berlin-germany https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-2019-undoing-aging-conference-will-take-place-march-28-30-in-berlin-germany#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:42:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-2019-undoing-aging-conference-will-take-place-march-28-30-in-berlin-germany

Exciting news smile


Mountain view, california / berlin, germany.

After the incredible success of the 2018 Undoing Aging Conference with 350 participants from 36 countries and over 40 brilliant speakers, SENS Research Foundation (SRF) and Forever Healthy Foundation (FHF) are pleased to announce that Undoing Aging 2019 will take place in Berlin at the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz from March, 28 to 30.

The conference series Undoing Aging is focused on the cellular and molecular repair of age-related damage as the basis of therapies to bring aging under full medical control. Undoing Aging 2019 will once again bring together scientists from around the globe, all pioneers in their respective fields, who are leading the charge in maintaining and restoring full health in old age.

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5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/5-biggest-risks-of-sharing-your-dna-with-consumer-genetic-testing-companies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/5-biggest-risks-of-sharing-your-dna-with-consumer-genetic-testing-companies#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:02:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/5-biggest-risks-of-sharing-your-dna-with-consumer-genetic-testing-companies

Some individuals worry they will discover things about their DNA that will be frightening — namely, the risks they run of contracting various diseases — and not know how to move forward with the information. Professional scientific skeptics contend the information may not even be as accurate as claimed, and lead people to make questionable health decisions. But there’s another type of risk that consumers aren’t focusing on as much, and it’s a big one: privacy. There is nothing more private than your personal genetic information, and sending away for a personal genome kit means sharing your DNA with the testing companies. What do they do with it, beyond providing consumers with genetic and health assessments?


Consumer DNA genetic testing kits are a booming business, and the biggest risk isn’t necessarily uncovering a health scare; it’s what these companies may do, or be forced to do, with your genetic data.

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Will future war be about ultra-massive drones swarms and super-weapons somewhat like Ender’s Game? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/will-future-war-be-about-ultra-massive-drones-swarms-and-super-weapons-somewhat-like-enders-game https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/will-future-war-be-about-ultra-massive-drones-swarms-and-super-weapons-somewhat-like-enders-game#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:22:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/will-future-war-be-about-ultra-massive-drones-swarms-and-super-weapons-somewhat-like-enders-game

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Is Reliable Energy Storage On The Horizon? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-reliable-energy-storage-on-the-horizon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-reliable-energy-storage-on-the-horizon#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:42:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/is-reliable-energy-storage-on-the-horizon

He formerly headed the U.S. federal safety agency responsible for overseeing all energy & hazmat transportation by air, land, sea, rail and pipelines as the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). He also served as the federal government&s;s top trucking, bus, and moving industry attorney as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), also at the USDOT.

A retired a commissioned officer and naval aviator, his military service included tours of duty in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. During his time he participated in military combat and humanitarian relief operations around the globe.

An avid traveler and student of history, he spends his time covering public policy impact issues for Forbes and other publications and provides legal and advisory services to public and private sector clients interested in matters pertaining to defense, energy, transportation, homeland security, and the environment.

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AI Learns the Art of Debate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ai-learns-the-art-of-debate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ai-learns-the-art-of-debate#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:22:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ai-learns-the-art-of-debate

Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics. The goal is to help people build persuasive arguments and make well-informed decisions.

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Waymo, Uber, Ford, and others are joining forces to explore the ‘human impact’ of self-driving cars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/waymo-uber-ford-and-others-are-joining-forces-to-explore-the-human-impact-of-self-driving-cars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/waymo-uber-ford-and-others-are-joining-forces-to-explore-the-human-impact-of-self-driving-cars#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/waymo-uber-ford-and-others-are-joining-forces-to-explore-the-human-impact-of-self-driving-cars

Driverless vehicles could eliminate millions of jobs in the future, from cabbies to truckers to food delivery workers. But the companies that are hoping to hasten the adoption of this disruptive technology don’t want to seem callous to this brewing labor crisis, so they are joining forces to study the “human impact” of robot cars.

The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) is a newly formed group comprised of most of the major companies that are building and testing on self-driving cars. This includes legacy automakers like Ford, Toyota, and Daimler; tech giants like Waymo (née Google), Uber, and Lyft; and logistics providers like FedEx and the American Trucking Association. The new organization is being formed as a 501©(6), which allows it to accept donations like a nonprofit and lobby government like a chamber of commerce.

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The U.S. Military Has Been in Space From the Beginning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-u-s-military-has-been-in-space-from-the-beginning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-u-s-military-has-been-in-space-from-the-beginning#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/the-u-s-military-has-been-in-space-from-the-beginning

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Can Thousands of Smartphones Help Detect Cosmic Rays? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/can-thousands-of-smartphones-help-detect-cosmic-rays https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/can-thousands-of-smartphones-help-detect-cosmic-rays#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/can-thousands-of-smartphones-help-detect-cosmic-rays

Your smartphone has a particle detector on it, and scientists want you to help them uncover how the universe really works and maybe even discover the true nature of dark matter. There are just a few bugs to work out.

High-energy particles from space, called cosmic rays, constantly bombard the Earth. There are all sorts of things we might be able to learn about the universe by studying those particles. We’ve previously discussed high-tech, expensive equipment used to monitor them. But the physicists behind a new project want your smartphone to help gather data on these cosmic rays, hopefully revealing new insights into dark matter and other strange phenomena.

“This project can only be successful with a large number of people,” Piotr Homola, associate professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences, told Gizmodo. “We need public engagement on an unprecedented scale.”

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Will governments ever approve of cryptocurrency? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/will-governments-ever-approve-of-cryptocurrency https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/will-governments-ever-approve-of-cryptocurrency#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:16:02 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=79730 The question was asked of me as columnist at Quora.com: Will governments eventually ‘approve’ of cryptocurrency? First let’s agree on terminology…

  1. By “approve”, I assume that you are asking if governments will adopt or at least tolerate the use of crypto as legal tender in commerce. That is, not just as a payment instrument, but as the money itself—perhaps even accepting tax payments in cryptocurrency.
  2. The word “cryptocurrency” is sometimes applied to altcoins and even to ICOs. These are not the same. Many altcoins meet the criteria of the next paragraph, but none of the ICOs measure up (ICOs are scams). I assume that your question applies to Bitcoin or to a fair and transparent altcoin forked from the original code, such as Bitcoin Cash or Litecoin.

A blockchain-based cryptocurrency that is open source, permissionless, capped, fast, frictionless, with a transparent history—and without proprietary or licensing restrictions is good for everyone. It is good for consumers; good for business; and it is even good for government.

Of course, politicians around the world are not quick to realize this. It will take years of experience, education, and policy experimentation.

Many pundits and analysts have the impression that shifting to cryptocurrency—not just as a payment instrument, but as the money itself—will never be supported by national governments. A popular misconception suggests that a cryptocurrency based economy has these undesirable traits:

  • it is deflationary (i.e. that inflation is necessary to promote spending or to accommodate a growing economy)
  • it facilitates crime
  • it interferes with tax collection
  • It interferes with national sovereignty, which leads to “world government”
  • It is not backed by anything, or at least not by anything substantial, like the Dollar, Euro, Pound, Yuan or Yen
  • it interferes with a government’s ability to control its own monetary policy

Over time, perceptions will change, because only the last entry is true. Adoption of cryptocurrency puts trust into math rather than the whims of transient politicians. It helps governments avoid the trap of hoisting debt on future generations or making promises to creditors that they cannot keep—Yet, it does not lead to the maladies on this list.

But, what about that last item? Does an open source currency cause a nation to lose control over its own monetary policy? Yes! But it is not bad! Crypto cannot be printed, gamed or manipulated. Despite perception, it is remarkably resistant to loss or theft. Early hacks and fiascos were enabled by a lack of standards, tools and education. As with any new technology—especially one that changes practices or institutions—adoption of radical processes goes hand-in-hand with gradual understanding and acceptance of benefits.

How Does Crypto Help Governments?

Adopting/accepting a national (or international) cryptocurrency is a terrific way for governments to earn the respect and trust of citizens, businesses, consumers and especially creditors. There is no more reason for governments to control their money supply than there is for them to control communication networks, space travel or package delivery services.

You may not agree that cryptocurrency is good for government, and so I expand on the topic here. But your question doesn’t ask if it is good, it asks if governments are likely to approve.

Yes. Eventually…

First, a few forward thinking countries like Iceland, Japan or UAE will spearhead adoption of a true, permissionless cryptocurrency (or at least recognize it as legal tender) . Later, ‘stress-economies’ will join the party: These are countries that need to control either rampant inflation, a reluctance to tax citizens, treasury mismanagement or massive international debt. A solution to these problems requires restoration of public trust. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Greece, Zimbabwe, Venezuela or Argentina in the mix.*

Eventually, G7 countries will tread into a growing ocean. Not now; but in 5 or 8 years. The conditions are not yet right. It requires further vetting by early adopters, continued development, education and then popular consumer adoption. But all of these things are inevitable. Eventually, governments will recognize that a capped, trusted, transparent, math-based money is far better for all stakeholders than money based on intrinsic value, promise-of-redemption or force.


* We are not discussing countries that plan to create their own cryptocurrency. None of these plans involve a coin that is open source, permissionless, decentralized and capped. They are simply replacing paper with a national debit card. But it is not crypto.

Philip Raymond co-chairs CRYPSA, hosts the New York Bitcoin Event and is keynote speaker at Cryptocurrency Conferences. He sits on the New Money Systems board of Lifeboat Foundation. Book a presentation or consulting engagement.

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Baby monkeys cloned successfully, humans may be next https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/baby-monkeys-cloned-successfully-humans-may-be-next https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/baby-monkeys-cloned-successfully-humans-may-be-next#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:02:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/baby-monkeys-cloned-successfully-humans-may-be-next

Meet Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the first monkeys to ever be cloned 😱 🐵 🐵.

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Urgent need to prepare for manmade virus attacks, says US government report https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/urgent-need-to-prepare-for-manmade-virus-attacks-says-us-government-report https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/urgent-need-to-prepare-for-manmade-virus-attacks-says-us-government-report#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:42:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/urgent-need-to-prepare-for-manmade-virus-attacks-says-us-government-report

Report warns that swift progress in our ability to manufacture viruses is making us vulnerable to biological attacks.

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Could coffee replace insulin injections for diabetics? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/could-coffee-replace-insulin-injections-for-diabetics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/could-coffee-replace-insulin-injections-for-diabetics#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:42:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/could-coffee-replace-insulin-injections-for-diabetics

Scientists have developed an implant which releases diabetes medication when it senses caffeine in the blood.

Science editor.

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Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/interaction-of-paired-and-lined-up-electrons-can-be-manipulated-in-semiconductors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/interaction-of-paired-and-lined-up-electrons-can-be-manipulated-in-semiconductors#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:42:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/interaction-of-paired-and-lined-up-electrons-can-be-manipulated-in-semiconductors

The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics, according to recent findings in Nature Communications.

What this means for , such as those that send information throughout , is not yet clear, but hydrostatic can be used to tune the interaction so that electrons paired as composite particles switch between paired, or “superconductor-like,” and lined-up, or “nematic,” phases. Forcing these phases to interact also suggests that they can influence each other’s properties, like stability – opening up possibilities for manipulation in electronic devices and quantum computing.

“You can literally have hundreds of different phases of electrons organizing themselves in different ways in a semiconductor,” said Gábor Csáthy, Purdue professor of physics and astronomy. “We found that two in particular can actually talk to each other in the presence of hydrostatic pressure.”

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Cataract Removal Surgery https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/cataract-removal-surgery https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/cataract-removal-surgery#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:42:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/cataract-removal-surgery

How surgeons remove cataract from the eye.

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IBM Debater supercomputer argues against a human in landmark AI debate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ibm-debater-supercomputer-argues-against-a-human-in-landmark-ai-debate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ibm-debater-supercomputer-argues-against-a-human-in-landmark-ai-debate#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:03:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/ibm-debater-supercomputer-argues-against-a-human-in-landmark-ai-debate

Neither the machine or nor the professional human debaters were given prior knowledge of the subject of the on-stage debate, which took place in San Francisco on Monday.

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Washington firm could create nuclear fusion power within decades https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/washington-firm-could-create-nuclear-fusion-power-within-decades https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/washington-firm-could-create-nuclear-fusion-power-within-decades#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:03:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/washington-firm-could-create-nuclear-fusion-power-within-decades

Olympia, Washington, firm Agni Energy has designed a nuclear fusion reactor that borrows elements from existing designs and could lead it to be the first to crack the Holy Grail of energy production.

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Google says its AI is better at predicting death than hospitals https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/google-says-its-ai-is-better-at-predicting-death-than-hospitals https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/google-says-its-ai-is-better-at-predicting-death-than-hospitals#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:03:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/06/google-says-its-ai-is-better-at-predicting-death-than-hospitals

Nature article presents an AI developed by Google’s Medical Brain team which outperforms hospitals’ own warning system in predicting the death risk among hospit…al patients.


Google’s Medical Brain team is now training its AI to predict the death risk among hospital patients — and its early results show it has slightly higher accuracy than a hospital’s own warning system.

Bloomberg describes the healthcare potential of the Medical Brain’s findings, including its ability to use previously unusable information in order to reach its predictions. The AI, once fed this data, made predictions about the likelihood of death, discharge, and readmission.

In a paper published in Nature in May, from Google’s team, it says of its predictive algorithm:

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