Where Homo Evolutis term originated

Published on: December 28, 2011

Juan Enriquez "Homo Evolutis TED Speech"

Turriptosis Nutricula: Immortal

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Published on: December 10, 2011

Turriptosis Nutricula: Immortal

[http://uk.news.yahoo.com/the-world%E2%80%99s-longest-living-creatures.html]

 

“This remarkable jellyfish-like creature tops the list as the world’s oldest living creature in terms of having no natural limit to its life span. The unique species is considered to be the world’s only biologically immortal animal, according to marine biologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute in Florida.

A native to the warm salt waters of the Caribbean seas, the animal has been spotted far from its home in Spain, Italy, Japan, and the Atlantic side of Panama in recent times as it is thought they are silently invading the oceans by attaching themselves to ballast water tanks of ships. So what is its secret to anti-aging? The tiny transparent sea creature, which is about the size of a fingernail, can regenerate its entire body over and over again through a process called ‘transdifferentiation’ as it is able to turn one type of cell into another.”

The Jetman Amazes Again he flies in formation with real jets

Published on: November 27, 2011

For more updates on Jetman (Yves Rossy), see: http://www.jetman.com

Virgin Galactic spaceport opens

Categories: .General, Biz, Space
Published on: October 18, 2011

Virgin Galactic spaceport opens

Richard Branson has opened the world’s first commerical spaceport in New Mexico, called Spaceport America. Virgin has already sold around 430 tickets for space travel, at a value of around £54.6m. Though the port has opened, final tests will not be complete until the end of 2012 with flights starting soon after.

See the full story (and more pictures) here: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/photos/virgin-galactic-spaceport-opens-1318929217-slideshow/rex4-photo-1318929142.html

Make sure to follow Singularity Summit 2011

Categories: .General
Published on: September 24, 2011

The Singularity Summit is the premier conference on the Singularity. As we get closer to the Singularity, each year’s conference is better than the last.

– Ray Kurzweil
CEO, Kurzweil Technologies

 

 

 



http://www.singularitysummit.com/program

The Singularity Summit Program

Day 1

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Nathan Labenz: Welcome
8:10 AM – 9:00 AM Ray Kurzweil: “From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test”
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Stephen Badylak: “Regenerative Medicine: Possibilities and Potential”
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Sonia Arrison: “100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith”
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 11:15 PM Peter Thiel: “Back to the Future”
11:15 AM – 11:45 PM Robin Murphy
11:45 PM – 12:15 PM Michael Shermer: “Social Singularity: Transitioning from Civilization 1.0 to 2.0”
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Jason Silva: “The Undivided Mind” — Science and Imagination
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Stephen Wolfram: “Computation and the Future of Mankind”
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM James McLurkin: “The Future of Robotics is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better than One”
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Christof Koch: “The Neurobiology and Mathematics of Consciousness”
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Coffee Break
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM Casey Pieretti: “Better Than New – Better Than You”
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Eliezer Yudkowsky: “Open Problems in Friendly Artificial Intelligence”
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM Max Tegmark: “The Future of Life: a Cosmic Perspective”
7:00 PM Closing

Day 2

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Alexander Wissner-Gross: “Planetary-Scale Intelligence”
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sharon Bertsch McGrayne: “A History of Bayes’ Theorem”
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM David Brin: “So you want to make gods. Now why would that bother anybody?”
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee Break
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Tyler Cowen: “The Great Stagnation”
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Tyler Cowen and Michael Vassar Debate the Great Stagnation
11:15 AM – 11:45 PM John Mauldin
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Riley Crane
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Dileep George & Scott Brown: “From Planes to Brains: Building AI the Wright Way”
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Jaan Tallinn: “Balancing the Trichotomy: Individual vs. Society vs. Universe”
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Dan Cerutti: “Commercializing Watson”
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Ken Jennings: “The Human Brain in Jeopardy: Computers That “Think”
5:00 PM Closing

First conversation between chatbots!

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Published on: September 23, 2011

It is just great – although I would not comment further for now.

Green skin or AIDS?

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Published on: September 15, 2011

“Green glowing cats have been created by gene scientists working on the Aids virus.

The spooky-looking moggies had their DNA modified with a gene from a fluorescent jellyfish. Placed under blue light, their fur, claws and whiskers emit an eerie green glow.

The purpose of the study was to show how a natural protein that prevents macaque monkeys developing Aids can do the same in cats.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/aids-research-creates-glowing-cats-16048188.html#ixzz2BqTJhfmy

 

So the question is: What do you prefer – having fluorescent green skin when lit with ultraviolet light or having the risk of AIDS?

 

Yet another fatal disease being solved by science

Categories: Med & Neuro
Published on: August 11, 2011

Gene therapy – another rapidly growing field of medicine (where genes are used to alter human cells properties) solves CLL, also known as chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The next in line are Ovarian cancer and Brain cancer.

The so called  CART19-cell infusion cured 3 different men in a matter of months after battling cancer for decades. Now it is obvious a very small sample size and it is correct to cautiosly wait the long-term results, BUT it is inevitable that this sort of approach would bring desired results.

A round of deserved applause to Michael Kalos, Bruce L. Levine, David L. Porter, Sharyn Katz, Stephan A. Grupp, Adam Bagg and Carl H. June (team leader).

Some early results could be seen on the graphics below:

 

 

Patient
(UPN)
Tissue Time
point
Amount of DNA
in PCR (ng)
Cell equivalents Total productive
sequence reads
Total productive
unique B cell
clonotypes
CLL IGH@
CDR3
clone reads
Clone frequency
(% productives)
01 PB Preinfusion 1000 158,730 184,786 24 184,256 99.713
01 PB Day −1 1000 158,730 408,579 48 407,592 99.758
01 PB Day +28 1000 158,730 0 0 0 0.000
01 PB Day +176 500 79,365 285,305 7,362 0 0.000
01 BM Day +28 1000 158,730 0 0 0 0.000
01 BM Day +176 1000 158,730 202,535 4,451 0 0.000
03 PB Preinfusion 2000 317,460 22,074,912 58,234 19,948,508 90.367
03 PB Day −1 386 61,270 1,385,340 4,544 1,231,018 88.860
03 PB Day +31 1000 158,730 0 0 0 0.000
03 PB Day +176 2000 317,460 0 0 0 0.000
03 BM Day +31 1750 277,778 0 0 0 0.000
03 BM Day +176 1000 158,730 0 0 0 0.000

 

See the sight of a cancer cells overrun by gene modified T-cells (although it looks like ice-cream scoops – I never liked chocolate ice cream):

 

There is a quick explanatory article of the experiments here: http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/us_med_gene_therapy_leukemia

 

 

Be sure to read the research articles at:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1103849#t=articleTop

http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/3/95/95ra73.full

UPDATE: A good example of how hard is trying to solve a known problem by known method and how the known problem requires new way of thinking is the comparison between the gene therapy treatment and the treatment by a modified designer drug, which is very problematic to say the least. (For the latter se this article: http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/modified-ecstasy-could-be-used-to-treat-cancer.htm )

 

 

 

 

Why robots will steal your job?

Categories: .General, AI, Biz, Net & Comp
Published on: July 28, 2011

Evidently it is not a question of “If..?” or “When..?”.

And it is not a case of us vs. them as some might suggest (see the full article at Wired magazine). It is not a case of Productivity paradox (which is NOT a general principle but rather a particular phenomenon). It is a simple case of superiority of spicies at certain areas (see the video examples). Which naturally leads to the global tendency of robotization (you could see some old data here and here).

The CEO of Adept gives some light on the topic: “So do robots take jobs away? I’m asked that question many times. I would draw some comparisons to other industries. In 1900, about 50 percent of the U.S. population was in farming. Today it’s less than 5 percent. Yet our output is far greater than it was in 1900. And while you’d argue that tractors and cotton mills and other machines eliminated a number of farming jobs, the reality is that the mechanization enhanced the productivity of farming to a point where people went into manufacturing, into engineering, into a variety of industries that spun the industrial age and then the information age in the United States. Had that mechanization not occurred in farming, we wouldn’t have much of the advances we had in the 20th century, because we’d all be on the farms producing food.”. (Read the full interview here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/john-dulchinos-adept-do-robots-take-peoples-jobs). Of course while reading the article skip the texts about the unnecesary government protection of U.S. robot makers – it is quatsch. But the Obama administration initiative is admirable (btw Obama is pro- stem-cell research and is the first US president to recognize the role of the engineers for the technical progress).

UPDATE: (proving some points of the CEO at ADEPT) The world’s biggest and cheapest producing country has just made steps towards ever cheaper and more production. Read the full article here:

– you like to use your imagination

– you procrastinate

– you get tired (and you work 1/3 of the required time).

– you are imprecise

– you are slow

– you do not have specially made devices for the job at hand (you a rather all-round, all-purpose and average)



 

 

 

 

In short: YOU ARE HUMAN – you have a brain good for thinking (and for procrastination  and do not have anything else usable for quality  manufacturing. It is better to embrace the technology and use it as accelerator of your capabilities, and move on to the next job – leave all you can to the machines, explore the new interesting stuff.

UPDATE: a very interesting info-graphic

Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die

Categories: Ethics & Law, Med & Neuro
Published on: June 11, 2011


How longer would we cope with Death?

Without a doubt it is a question to which we would turn over and over again until we refuse the indignity to die from Natural causes (it is capital N because it is Nature to blame). And surely we will overcome death sooner that later.

But the question until then remains. Sir Terry Pratchett has made a documentary about freedom to choose dignified death. And it seems he puts the question sharply. Be sure to see the film on 13.June 2011, 9 pm, BBC2.

http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/blog/article/455546/five-shows-not-to-misssat-11fri-17-june.html

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