Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:23:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Turbine creates energy from oncoming traffic https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/turbine-creates-energy-from-oncoming-traffic https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/turbine-creates-energy-from-oncoming-traffic#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:23:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/turbine-creates-energy-from-oncoming-traffic

Our freeways and highways could really use this. What do you think?

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Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/renewable-resort-greek-island-to-run-on-wind-solar-power https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/renewable-resort-greek-island-to-run-on-wind-solar-power#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:22:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/renewable-resort-greek-island-to-run-on-wind-solar-power The innovative 800-kilowatt wind turbine is an effort to protect the environment and attract tourism.


TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.

The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply.

This summer, technicians are conducting the final tests on a renewable replacement system that will be fully rolled out later this year. It will allow Tilos to run exclusively on high-tech batteries recharged by a wind turbine and a solar park.

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A $1 Billion Telescope That Will Take Pictures 10 Times Sharper Than Hubble’s Is Now Officially Under Way https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-1-billion-telescope-that-will-take-pictures-10-times-sharper-than-hubbles-is-now-officially-under-way https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-1-billion-telescope-that-will-take-pictures-10-times-sharper-than-hubbles-is-now-officially-under-way#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:22:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-1-billion-telescope-that-will-take-pictures-10-times-sharper-than-hubbles-is-now-officially-under-way

In astronomy, cutting-edge technology often begins with a bunch of bulldozers, busted rocks, and dump trucks.

So it goes with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will be the world’s largest and most powerful when it sees “first light” in 2024. Astronomers hope to use the huge observatory to study the ancient universe and look for signs of alien life.

Construction crews atop a Chilean mountain range broke ground for the $US1 billion project on Tuesday.

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The Technological Future of Surgery: New Surgical Robots are About to Enter the Operating Theatre https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-technological-future-of-surgery-new-surgical-robots-are-about-to-enter-the-operating-theatre https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-technological-future-of-surgery-new-surgical-robots-are-about-to-enter-the-operating-theatre#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:43:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-technological-future-of-surgery-new-surgical-robots-are-about-to-enter-the-operating-theatre

The SPORT Surgical System is a versatile Single Incision advanced robotic surgical system that features state of the art Multi-Articulated Instruments.

Credit: titan medical SPORT surgical system

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Disruptive Technologies and Dangerous Ideas — Ray Kurzweil & Peter Diamandis https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/disruptive-technologies-and-dangerous-ideas-ray-kurzweil-peter-diamandis https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/disruptive-technologies-and-dangerous-ideas-ray-kurzweil-peter-diamandis#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:43:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/disruptive-technologies-and-dangerous-ideas-ray-kurzweil-peter-diamandis

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Combating Crime in a Virtual Future Filled with Love and Sex https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/combating-crime-in-a-virtual-future-filled-with-love-and-sex https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/combating-crime-in-a-virtual-future-filled-with-love-and-sex#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/combating-crime-in-a-virtual-future-filled-with-love-and-sex

It’s unclear whether we’ll actually reach the point of achieving legitimate mind-uploading, which addresses the dilemma of physical continuity. What is clear, however, is that virtual reality is quickly making room for the ability of users to fall in love. In so doing, this will also make room for other ventures—both positive (sex) and problematic (crime).


As we continue pushing forward towards a future of sexual abundance, whereby getting into bed with technology is the new norm, we’ll also need to remain vigilant against criminals who wish to exploit us — even sexually.

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Workhorse brings an electric pickup truck, helicopter to Manhattan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/workhorse-brings-an-electric-pickup-truck-helicopter-to-manhattan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/workhorse-brings-an-electric-pickup-truck-helicopter-to-manhattan#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/workhorse-brings-an-electric-pickup-truck-helicopter-to-manhattan

Workhorse, with its 120 employees, hopes to beat larger players to market.

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Why Alien Life Would be our Doom — The Great Filter https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/why-alien-life-would-be-our-doom-the-great-filter https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/why-alien-life-would-be-our-doom-the-great-filter#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:42:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/why-alien-life-would-be-our-doom-the-great-filter

Finding alien life on a distant planet would be amazing news — or would it? If we are not the only intelligent life in the universe, this probably means our days are numbered and doom is certain.

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Get an Inside Look at SpaceX’s Astronaut Training Sims https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/get-an-inside-look-at-spacexs-astronaut-training-sims https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/get-an-inside-look-at-spacexs-astronaut-training-sims#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/get-an-inside-look-at-spacexs-astronaut-training-sims

SpaceX’s first crew is starting training on cockpit simulators and replicas of the spacecraft that will take them to the ISS.

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Super-resolution microscope reveals secrets of deadly Nipah virus https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/super-resolution-microscope-reveals-secrets-of-deadly-nipah-virus https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/super-resolution-microscope-reveals-secrets-of-deadly-nipah-virus#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:22:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/super-resolution-microscope-reveals-secrets-of-deadly-nipah-virus

The deadly Nipah virus and others like it assemble themselves in a much more haphazard manner than previously thought, new UBC research has found. The discovery could allow scientists to develop more effective vaccines and rule out many approaches to fighting these viruses.

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Security Experts Warn of New Cyber-Threats to Data Stored in Cloud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/security-experts-warn-of-new-cyber-threats-to-data-stored-in-cloud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/security-experts-warn-of-new-cyber-threats-to-data-stored-in-cloud#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:22:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/security-experts-warn-of-new-cyber-threats-to-data-stored-in-cloud

Security experts from the SAN Institute speaking at the 2018 RSA Conference warn that enterprises should not assume that their data assets stored off site in cloud computing platforms are safe from cyber-attackers.

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No Card Required: ‘Black Box’ ATM Attacks Move Into Europe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/no-card-required-black-box-atm-attacks-move-into-europe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/no-card-required-black-box-atm-attacks-move-into-europe#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/no-card-required-black-box-atm-attacks-move-into-europe

Fraudsters are now gingerly testing the waters in central and Western Europe with attacks that drain cash machines of their funds, according to a trade group that studies criminal activity around ATMs.

See Also: How to Combat Targeted Business Email Compromise Attacks

The European Association for Secure Transactions, or EAST, says the attacks, sometimes referred to as “jackpotting,” rose 231 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Last year, 193 incidents were reported compared to 58 in 2016.

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Visa app will track your location to prevent credit card fraud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/visa-app-will-track-your-location-to-prevent-credit-card-fraud https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/visa-app-will-track-your-location-to-prevent-credit-card-fraud#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:22:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/visa-app-will-track-your-location-to-prevent-credit-card-fraud

New app could protect you from credit card fraud, but you’ll have to sacrifice some privacy to use it.

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Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/spiders-can-fly-hundreds-of-miles-using-electricity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/spiders-can-fly-hundreds-of-miles-using-electricity#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:22:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/spiders-can-fly-hundreds-of-miles-using-electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”

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Mars 2020 Spacecraft ‘Coming Together’; Probe To Seek Signs Of Ancient Alien Life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/mars-2020-spacecraft-coming-together-probe-to-seek-signs-of-ancient-alien-life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/mars-2020-spacecraft-coming-together-probe-to-seek-signs-of-ancient-alien-life#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:10:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/mars-2020-spacecraft-coming-together-probe-to-seek-signs-of-ancient-alien-life

See the face of the new rover.

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Transfer Learning for Brain-Computer Interfaces: An Euclidean Space Data Alignment Approach https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/transfer-learning-for-brain-computer-interfaces-an-euclidean-space-data-alignment-approach https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/transfer-learning-for-brain-computer-interfaces-an-euclidean-space-data-alignment-approach#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:02:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/transfer-learning-for-brain-computer-interfaces-an-euclidean-space-data-alignment-approach

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1808.05464.pdf

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Are We Alone? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/are-we-alone https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/are-we-alone#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:41:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/are-we-alone

The problem with the Fermi Paradox is our narrow assumption of life as being biological in form and time as being linear in direction. Chances are we are the sentient descendants of the civilizations we are looking for.

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Keynote: “Future of Healthy Longevity” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keynote-future-of-healthy-longevity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keynote-future-of-healthy-longevity#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keynote-future-of-healthy-longevity

Lincoln Cannon asked me to do a talk a few months ago for the MTA. It was a good time. I learned a lot from the other speakers. Bryan Johnson opened the event and it was interesting to learn about his path and vision for the future. I would like to see many more people in his position. My goal is to make many millionaires out of biotech visionaries through the BioViva platform so that they can reinvest into great tech. Thanks, Lincoln and Bryan!


At the 2018 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, held 7 Apr 2018 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Provo, UT, speakers addressed the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Members, friends and critics of the association have many views. This is one of them. It is not necessarily shared by others.

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We are days away from turning on the Optical Mining test bed! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-are-days-away-from-turning-on-the-optical-mining-test-bed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-are-days-away-from-turning-on-the-optical-mining-test-bed#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-are-days-away-from-turning-on-the-optical-mining-test-bed

This cable is what it takes to drive the 700 Amp power supply for the world’s biggest light bulb at the heart of the system…See the concept drawing from years ago on the left and the CAD model in the right.

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Flip a switch and shut down seizures? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/flip-a-switch-and-shut-down-seizures https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/flip-a-switch-and-shut-down-seizures#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:25:02 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/flip-a-switch-and-shut-down-seizures

New research suggests how to turn off out-of-control signaling in the brain.

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Scientists testing new solution to fight Florida’s toxic red tide https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/scientists-testing-new-solution-to-fight-floridas-toxic-red-tide https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/scientists-testing-new-solution-to-fight-floridas-toxic-red-tide#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:24:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/scientists-testing-new-solution-to-fight-floridas-toxic-red-tide

At least seven counties in Florida are under a state of emergency for a toxic algae bloom that has killed thousands of marine animals. But researchers at a lab in Sarasota say they have a machine that can fight the red tide.

The state of Florida is at war with a toxic red tide. A tide that is killing marine life along the Sunshine State’s southwest coast and creating a stench.

“The smell is just a little unbearable,” said one vacationer.

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How A Humble Microbe Shook The Evolutionary Tree https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-a-humble-microbe-shook-the-evolutionary-tree https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-a-humble-microbe-shook-the-evolutionary-tree#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:24:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-a-humble-microbe-shook-the-evolutionary-tree

The discovery that a methane-burping microbe was not a bacterium, added a new, third branch to the tree of life: The Archaea.

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Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stacking-concrete-blocks-is-a-surprisingly-efficient-way-to-store-energy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stacking-concrete-blocks-is-a-surprisingly-efficient-way-to-store-energy#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:22:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stacking-concrete-blocks-is-a-surprisingly-efficient-way-to-store-energy

To deal with variable solar and wind power, the startup Energy Vault is coming out of stealth mode to offer alternatives to lithium-ion batteries.

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Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/making-aquafeed-more-sustainable-scientists-develop-feeds-using-a-marine-microalga-co-product https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/making-aquafeed-more-sustainable-scientists-develop-feeds-using-a-marine-microalga-co-product#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/making-aquafeed-more-sustainable-scientists-develop-feeds-using-a-marine-microalga-co-product

Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia. The results are published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE.

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing food sector, surpassing the global capture fisheries production in 2014. It provides more than 50 percent of the food supply to humans; however, it poses several environmental concerns. Aquaculture feed (aquafeeds) draws on 70 percent of the world’s and , which is obtained from small, ocean-caught fish such as anchovies, sardines, herring, menhaden, and mackerel¬, that are essential to the lower end of the . Analysts project that by 2040, the demand for fishmeal and fish oil will exceed supply. Aquafeeds also draw on large amounts of soy and corn from industrial farms, which pose other environmental concerns due to the use of fertilizers and potential runoff into rivers, lakes and coastal waters. In addition, aquafeeds may trigger nutrient pollution in aquaculture effluent, as fish are unable to fully digest soy and corn, which are major feed ingredients.

To address the environmental sustainability concerns regarding aquafeed, a Dartmouth team has been developing sustainable feeds for Nile tilapia, which examine the effectiveness of replacing fishmeal and fish oil with different types of marine microalgae. Marine microalgae are excellent sources of , minerals, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, and can therefore, meet the nutrient requirements of fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining fish health; they also have neurological, cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits to humans.

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A group of physicists are questioning our understanding of how quarks — a type of elementary particle — arrange themselves under extreme conditions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-group-of-physicists-are-questioning-our-understanding-of-how-quarks-a-type-of-elementary-particle-arrange-themselves-under-extreme-conditions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-group-of-physicists-are-questioning-our-understanding-of-how-quarks-a-type-of-elementary-particle-arrange-themselves-under-extreme-conditions#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:46:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-group-of-physicists-are-questioning-our-understanding-of-how-quarks-a-type-of-elementary-particle-arrange-themselves-under-extreme-conditions 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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Stephen Hawking’s Voice Is Being Broadcast Into Space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stephen-hawkings-voice-is-being-broadcast-into-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stephen-hawkings-voice-is-being-broadcast-into-space#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:21:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/stephen-hawkings-voice-is-being-broadcast-into-space

Hawking is being interred at Westminster Abbey on Friday, with a thousand members of the public (selected through a lottery system) present for the ceremony. The physicist’s remains will be placed between those of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

His voice will be broadcast into space after the service honoring his life.

Hawking’s words “have been set to an original score by composer Vangelis, most famous for his Chariots of Fire film theme,” the BBC reports.

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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer’s Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked-by-alzheimers-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked-by-alzheimers-disease#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:19:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/researchers-find-herpes-viruses-in-brains-marked-by-alzheimers-disease

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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Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keystone-virus-makes-first-known-jump-from-mosquitoes-to-humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keystone-virus-makes-first-known-jump-from-mosquitoes-to-humans#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:19:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/keystone-virus-makes-first-known-jump-from-mosquitoes-to-humans

A 16-year-old Florida boy is the first person known to have become infected, researchers say. Symptoms in humans include a rash and mild fever.

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Niantic will offer AR platform to third parties, including AI object recognition https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/niantic-will-offer-ar-platform-to-third-parties-including-ai-object-recognition-2 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/niantic-will-offer-ar-platform-to-third-parties-including-ai-object-recognition-2#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:14:14 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/niantic-will-offer-ar-platform-to-third-parties-including-ai-object-recognition-2

Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore may have multi-million-user installed bases, but so does Niantic’s Pokémon Go, the first hit augmented reality game. Now Niantic plans to offer its custom AR software to other developers as the Real World Platform, and is teasing advanced features that go beyond the capabilities of Apple’s and Google’s development kits.

Already used in Pokémon GO, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the Real World Platform is an evolving software engine that adds digital characters and shared social experiences to real-world map data. Niantic has recently bolstered the AR platform’s development team by acquiring computer vision specialist companies Escher Reality and Matrix Mill (which also has machine learning expertise).

Matrix Mill’s machine learning will power one of the Real World Platform’s upcoming tricks — a realtime AR occlusion engine. As demonstrated, the feature enables 3D versions of Pikachu and Eevee to disappear behind real world objects and people, even as both the camera and people move. Niantic is using a machine-trained neural network to determine which objects should be considered “foreground” or “background” versus the AR characters.

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At Asteroid Ryugu, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Preps for Exploration https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/at-asteroid-ryugu-japans-hayabusa-2-spacecraft-preps-for-exploration https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/at-asteroid-ryugu-japans-hayabusa-2-spacecraft-preps-for-exploration#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:13:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/at-asteroid-ryugu-japans-hayabusa-2-spacecraft-preps-for-exploration

The probe will map the surface, deploy rovers and collect pristine samples that could contain clues about the origins of life on Earth.

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A supermassive black hole used its powerful gravity to rip apart a star that wandered too close to the massive monster https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-supermassive-black-hole-used-its-powerful-gravity-to-rip-apart-a-star-that-wandered-too-close-to-the-massive-monster https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-supermassive-black-hole-used-its-powerful-gravity-to-rip-apart-a-star-that-wandered-too-close-to-the-massive-monster#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:03:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-supermassive-black-hole-used-its-powerful-gravity-to-rip-apart-a-star-that-wandered-too-close-to-the-massive-monster

Astronomers used radio & infrared telescopes to image the distant eruption of this cosmic duel. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2JMkZWF

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Water processing—new method eliminates hormones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/water-processing-new-method-eliminates-hormones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/water-processing-new-method-eliminates-hormones#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:50:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/water-processing-new-method-eliminates-hormones

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How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Kevin Kelly https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-ai-can-bring-on-a-second-industrial-revolution-kevin-kelly https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-ai-can-bring-on-a-second-industrial-revolution-kevin-kelly#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:46:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/how-ai-can-bring-on-a-second-industrial-revolution-kevin-kelly

“The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,” Kelly says. “That means that you’re not late.”

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

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President Trump directs Defense Department to ‘immediately begin the process’ of establishing ’space force‘ as sixth military branch https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/president-trump-directs-defense-department-to-immediately-begin-the-process-of-establishing-space-force-as-sixth-military-branch https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/president-trump-directs-defense-department-to-immediately-begin-the-process-of-establishing-space-force-as-sixth-military-branch#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:41:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/president-trump-directs-defense-department-to-immediately-begin-the-process-of-establishing-space-force-as-sixth-military-branch

Based on posts I’ve seen from techies, militarizing space is a total fail. However, space is already militarized — Nothing goes into air space without Air Force approval… ANY organization developed to “regulate” Space has the potential for corruption whether that be collaborative, international entities which always panders to herd think, or stale governmental organizations. I’m undecided on this.


The White House, Air Force and Defense Secretary James Mattis had disapproved of creating a sixth branch of the military last year.

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What does running do to your brain? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/what-does-running-do-to-your-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/what-does-running-do-to-your-brain#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:41:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/what-does-running-do-to-your-brain

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter.

Ben Martynoga

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Apple AirPods can sub for a hearing aid if you’re running iOS 12 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/apple-airpods-can-sub-for-a-hearing-aid-if-youre-running-ios-12 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/apple-airpods-can-sub-for-a-hearing-aid-if-youre-running-ios-12#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:41:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/apple-airpods-can-sub-for-a-hearing-aid-if-youre-running-ios-12

IOS 12 lets people wearing Apple’s wireless $159 AirPods hear better using the microphone on a nearby iPhone. The feature is called Live Listen.

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34 Vintage Illustrations From The 1800s And 1900s Of What They Thought The Future Would Look Like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/34-vintage-illustrations-from-the-1800s-and-1900s-of-what-they-thought-the-future-would-look-like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/34-vintage-illustrations-from-the-1800s-and-1900s-of-what-they-thought-the-future-would-look-like#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:41:13 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/34-vintage-illustrations-from-the-1800s-and-1900s-of-what-they-thought-the-future-would-look-like

From family flying saucer rides to domestic living on the lunar surface, these gorgeous retrofuturism illustrations reveal how our ancestors thought their future might look.

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Humorous take on Space Force (Video) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/credit-the-gregory-brothers-19-9m-reached https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/credit-the-gregory-brothers-19-9m-reached#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:37:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/credit-the-gregory-brothers-19-9m-reached

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The State of Brain-Machine Interfaces — Prof. Maryam Shanechi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-state-of-brain-machine-interfaces-prof-maryam-shanechi https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-state-of-brain-machine-interfaces-prof-maryam-shanechi#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:35:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-state-of-brain-machine-interfaces-prof-maryam-shanechi

Maryam shanechi, university of southern california.

With recent technological advances, we can now record neural activity from the brain, and manipulate this activity with electrical or optogenetic stimulation in real time. These capabilities have brought the concept of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) closer to clinical viability than ever before. BMIs are systems that monitor and interact with the brain to restore lost function, treat neurological disorders, or enhance human performance.

February 2018

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A review and implications for aging research https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-review-and-implications-for-aging-research https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-review-and-implications-for-aging-research#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:34:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/a-review-and-implications-for-aging-research The effects of donor age on organ transplants: A review and implications for aging research.


Despite the considerable amount of data available on the effect of donor age upon the outcomes of organ transplantation, these still represent an underutilized resource in aging research. In this review, we have compiled relevant studies that analyze the effect of donor age in graft and patient survival following liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung and cornea transplantation, with the aim of deriving insights into possible differential aging rates between the different organs. Overall, older donor age is associated with worse outcomes for all the organs studied. Nonetheless, the donor age from which the negative effects upon graft or patient survival starts to be significant varies between organs. In kidney transplantation, this age is within the third decade of life while the data for heart transplantation suggest a significant effect starting from donors over age 40. This threshold was less defined in liver transplantation where it ranges between 30 and 50 years. The results for the pancreas are also suggestive of a detrimental effect starting at a donor age of around 40, although these are mainly derived from simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation data. In lung transplantation, a clear effect was only seen for donors over 65, with negative effects of donor age upon transplantation outcomes likely beginning after age 50. Corneal transplants appear to be less affected by donor age as the majority of studies were unable to find any effect of donor age during the first few years posttransplantation. Overall, patterns of the effect of donor age in patient and graft survival were observed for several organ types and placed in the context of knowledge on aging.

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Quantum Computing Expert Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty | WIRED https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/quantum-computing-expert-explains-one-concept-in-5-levels-of-difficulty-wired https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/quantum-computing-expert-explains-one-concept-in-5-levels-of-difficulty-wired#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:33:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/quantum-computing-expert-explains-one-concept-in-5-levels-of-difficulty-wired

A good intro to QUANTUM COMPUTERS, at 5 levels of explanations — from kid-level to expert.


WIRED has challenged IBM’s Dr. Talia Gershon (Senior Manager, Quantum Research) to explain quantum computing to 5 different people; a child, teen, a college student, a grad student and a professional.

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® AI Interplanetary Challenge Super Explorer Mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/ai-interplanetary-challenge-super-explorer-mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/ai-interplanetary-challenge-super-explorer-mission#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:31:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/ai-interplanetary-challenge-super-explorer-mission

Let Bill Nye and Robert Picardo take you on a journey through the future of space exploration and artificial intelligence. Each week they will show us a different space-themed topic and reveal how AI can help us reach the stars.

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India’s quest to find a trillion-dollar nuclear fuel on the Moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/indias-quest-to-find-a-trillion-dollar-nuclear-fuel-on-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/indias-quest-to-find-a-trillion-dollar-nuclear-fuel-on-the-moon#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:26:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/indias-quest-to-find-a-trillion-dollar-nuclear-fuel-on-the-moon

“The countries which have the capacity to bring that source from the moon to Earth will dictate the process,” said K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “I don’t want to be just a part of them, I want to lead them.”

The mission would solidify India’s place among the fleet of explorers racing to the moon, Mars and beyond for scientific, commercial or military gains. The governments of the US, China, India, Japan and Russia are competing with startups and billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson to launch satellites, robotic landers, astronauts and tourists into the cosmos.

The rover landing is one step in an envisioned series for ISRO that includes putting a space station in orbit and, potentially, an Indian crew on the moon. The government has yet to set a timeframe.

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The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TEDxOrangeCoast https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-most-important-lesson-from-83000-brain-scans-daniel-amen-tedxorangecoast https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-most-important-lesson-from-83000-brain-scans-daniel-amen-tedxorangecoast#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:25:02 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/the-most-important-lesson-from-83000-brain-scans-daniel-amen-tedxorangecoast

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Living in a culture dependant upon caffeine and lack of sleep, its important to remember that sleep offers an incredibly important biological function https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/living-in-a-culture-dependant-upon-caffeine-and-lack-of-sleep-its-important-to-remember-that-sleep-offers-an-incredibly-important-biological-function https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/living-in-a-culture-dependant-upon-caffeine-and-lack-of-sleep-its-important-to-remember-that-sleep-offers-an-incredibly-important-biological-function#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:11:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/living-in-a-culture-dependant-upon-caffeine-and-lack-of-sleep-its-important-to-remember-that-sleep-offers-an-incredibly-important-biological-function

One night of sleep deprivation is tied to Alzheimer’s disease.

For the past few years researchers have shown that the brain flushes out neurotoxins during the period people are sleeping.

https://www.chronobiology.com/neurotoxins-and-sleep-what-you-need-to-know/

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We Already are Artificial Intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-already-are-artificial-intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-already-are-artificial-intelligence#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 01:56:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/we-already-are-artificial-intelligence

Very interesting.


“It is possible for a computer to become conscious. Basically, we are that. We are data, computation, memory. So we are conscious computers in a sense.”

— Tom Campbell, NASA, Author of My Big TOE

If the universe is a computer simulation, virtual reality, or video game, then a few unusual conditions seem to necessarily fall out from that reading. One is what we call consciousness, the mind, is actually something like an artificial intelligence. If the universe is a computer simulation, we are all likely one form of AI or another. In fact, we might come from the same computer that is creating this simulated universe to begin with. If so then it stands to reason that we are virtual characters and virtual minds in a virtual universe.

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Oxygen therapy miraculously reverses toddler’s brain damage https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/oxygen-therapy-miraculously-reverses-toddlers-brain-damage https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/oxygen-therapy-miraculously-reverses-toddlers-brain-damage#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 01:47:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/oxygen-therapy-miraculously-reverses-toddlers-brain-damage

This toddler was underwater for 15 minutes, leaving her brain seriously damaged —until scientists were able to completely reverse the damage with this incredible treatment.

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Do you want to join in the fight to end age-related disease? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/do-you-want-to-join-in-the-fight-to-end-age-related-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/do-you-want-to-join-in-the-fight-to-end-age-related-disease#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 01:45:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/do-you-want-to-join-in-the-fight-to-end-age-related-disease

Together, Forever Healthy Foundation and SENS Research Foundation are now accepting research proposals that promise progress in regenerative medicine for the prevention and reversal of age-related disease. This Fellowship will take place at SRF’s research center in Mountain View, California.

For more information, please visit: http://sens.org/research/research-blog/forever-healthy-found…technology

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London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/london-police-chief-completely-comfortable-using-facial-recognition-with-98-percent-error-rate https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/london-police-chief-completely-comfortable-using-facial-recognition-with-98-percent-error-rate#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 01:43:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/london-police-chief-completely-comfortable-using-facial-recognition-with-98-percent-error-rate

While facial recognition performs well in controlled environments (like photos taken at borders), they struggle to identify faces in the wild. According to data released under the UK’s Freedom of Information laws, the Metropolitan’s AFR system has a 98 percent false positive rate — meaning that 98 percent of the “matches” it makes are of innocent people.


The head of London’s Metropolitan Police force has defended the organization’s ongoing trials of automated facial recognition systems, despite legal challenges and criticisms that the technology is “almost entirely inaccurate.”

According to a report from The Register, UK Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said on Wednesday that she did not expect the technology to lead to “lots of arrests,” but argued that the public “expect[s]” law enforcement to test such cutting-edge systems.

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This Ultrahot Exoplanet Has Metallic Skies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/this-ultrahot-exoplanet-has-metallic-skies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/this-ultrahot-exoplanet-has-metallic-skies#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:44:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/08/this-ultrahot-exoplanet-has-metallic-skies

Astronomers have found iron and titanium in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-sized world KELT-9b, the hottest known exoplanet.

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