Monday, July 16, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare

VERY nice:

"We are on the brink of a revolution in healthcare. AI is making the drug discovery process >100X faster and cheaper, and 90 percent more likely to succeed in clinical trials. Mobile health is predicted to become a $102 billion market by 2022, putting a virtual doctor, on-demand, in your back pocket. And the cost of sequencing your genome (3.2 billion base pairs) has decreased 100,000-fold over 13 years, a staggering speed that is 3 times faster than the rate of Moore’s Law."

https://singularityhub.com/2018/07/06/three-huge-ways-tech-is-overhauling-healthcare

Discovering new drugs and materials by ‘touching’ molecules in virtual reality

Very science fictiony way to design new materials:

http://www.kurzweilai.net/discovering-new-drugs-and-materials-by-touching-molecules-in-virtual-reality

The Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill - Smarter Every Day 192 (VR Series)

You can see the future of VR gaming here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvu5FxKuqdQ

MIT’s Cheetah 3 blind robot can climb a staircase littered with debris, leap, and gallop across rough terrain

https://youtu.be/QZ1DaQgg3lE

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

Very slick. Now if they can just integrate solar power:

https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/27/the-smart-road-tech-thats-making-driving-faster-safer-and-just-better/

Aliens May Be Rearranging Stars to Fight Dark Energy, Awesome Study Suggests

One way to possibly discover highly advanced alien life by simply looking at the stars:

https://www.livescience.com/62917-aliens-rearrange-stars-fight-dark-energy.html

DARPA Literally Reinvented The Wheel

Another very science-fictiony piece of tech:

https://taskandpurpose.com/darpa-wheel-combat-vehicles/

What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

I watched a documentary on this. The amount of not just knowledge but ability to understand spoken debate and respond to it in kind is pretty amazing:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/18/17477686/ibm-project-debater-ai

Flying Dragon Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

Very science-fictiony cool (watch the video):

Lab-Grown Neanderthal Minibrains Reveal How They’re Different From Humans’

https://futurism.com/lab-grown-neanderthal-minibrains-communicate/

Monday, June 11, 2018

First contact: what if we find not organic life but ET’s AI?

An interesting exploration into the possibility of discovering machine life:

https://aeon.co/essays/first-contact-what-if-we-find-not-organic-life-but-ets-ai

The world’s most powerful supercomputer is tailor made for the AI era

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611077/the-worlds-most-powerful-supercomputer-is-tailor-made-for-the-ai-era/

Waymo announces 7 million miles of testing, putting it far ahead of rivals

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/waymo-announces-7-million-miles-of-testing-putting-it-far-ahead-of-rivals/

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

Enjoyable TED Talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5N2Jl8k14

This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air

All of us out west may be using this sort of a device before too long:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/08/this-box-sucks-pure-water-out-of-dry-desert-air/

Engineers Develop New System to Provide Low-Cost Drinking Water

This could add a massive amount to our drinking water supply:

https://scitechdaily.com/engineers-develop-new-system-to-provide-low-cost-drinking-water/

Thursday, June 7, 2018

NASA Found Evidence of Organic Matter on Mars. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal.

Very cool news!

https://futurism.com/curiosity-nasa-new-studies/

5 Reasons Car Companies Are Betting Big on Energy Storage

Makes a lot of sense to me:

https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/07/5-reasons-car-companies-are-betting-big-on-energy-storage/

To put things into perspective, a typical house easily runs on a 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 all evening and more, and a Tesla car has a minimum of a 70 kWh battery.

Thank A Rare Fungus For The Sustainable Solar Cell Of The Future

A biological approach to solar power:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/06/thank-a-rare-fungus-for-the-sustainable-solar-cell-of-the-future/

We took an exclusive ride in a flying car

A flying car made with drone technology to make it extremely simple to learn:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/06/technology/flying-car-las-vegas-kitty-hawk/index.html

AI can transfer human facial movements from one video to another

Further evolution in the creation of realistic fake videos. Pretty impressive...and bound to cause problems politically sooner or later:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How Cyanobacteria Could Help Save the Planet

Ultimately, I think we're going to need nanotech to pull carbon from the atmosphere and make it into useful products, but this may be helpful in the meantime:

https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/04/how-cyanobacteria-could-help-save-the-planet/

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

This is significant:

"China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters—the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-23/electric-buses-are-hurting-the-oil-industry

A Data Storage Revolution? DNA Can Store Near Limitless Data in Almost Zero Space

"If we were to send a single exabyte of data (one billion gigabytes) to Mars using silicon binary media, it would take five Falcon Heavy rockets and cost $486 million in freight alone.

With DNA, we would need five cubic centimeters."

https://singularityhub.com/2018/04/26/the-answer-to-the-digital-data-tsunami-is-literally-in-our-dna/

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Impossible Burger Looks, Tastes, and Smells Traditional – But Is Vegan

I wanted to try this meat substitute for myself, so I found a local restaurant that serves it. I have to say, that was a perfectly good burger and I would never have guessed it was vegan. Smell, taste, mouthfeel...all seemed like genuine beef:

https://futurism.com/videos/impossible-burger-traditional-vegan/

Friday, April 20, 2018

Assassin drones

The future of warfare will likely look a lot like this (click on "read more" on the Advancing Technologies page to see the embedded video):


Vivek Wadhwa: Get Ready for The Next Wave of Tech Disruptions

Disruptions galore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czNzulNl31s&feature=youtu.be