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By szabolcs kosa | Science, technology, society

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

Yesterday, the 46-year-old Google veteran who oversees the company’s search engine, Amit Singhal, announced his retirement. And in short order, …

Google

Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life

The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to …

Big Ideas

Google’s AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected

Google achieves one of the long-standing “grand challenges” of AI by building a computer that can beat expert players at the board game Go.<br>Google has …

Board Games

New Breakthrough Material: Graphene Elastomer is More Sensitive Than Human Skin

Researchers from the Monash University have discovered a new sponge-like material called graphene elastomer. This revolutionary material is expected …

Graphene

Artificial Intelligence: Friend Or Foe Of The Middle Class And The Knowledge Economy?

Stephen Hawking to the BBC: “[Artificial intelligence] would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate … Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”<p>Bill Gates on Reddit: “I am in the camp that is concerned about super …

Intelligence

Do we really want to fuse our brains together? – Peter Watts

You already know that we can run machines with our brainwaves. That’s been old news for almost a decade, ever since the first monkey fed himself …

The Brain

Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR Gene Editing’s Monster Year

The explosion of gene-editing methods is transforming medicine, agriculture, and possibly the future of the human species.Muscle-bound beagles. …

Life Sciences

Inside Facebook's MemNets And The Drive To Bring Advanced AI To Everyday Tasks

Facebook opens up about their proposed personal digital helper.<p>Facebook has long said its core mission is to connect everyone in the world. Now it wants to use artificial intelligence to automatically help those connected billions with everyday tasks.<p>Although there’s no immediate product on the …

How biology and big data converge in the medicine world

DeepMind: inside Google's super-brain

<i>This article was first published in the July 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online</i><p>The future of artificial intelligence begins with a game of Space …

Intelligence

Crazy Engineering: RoboSimian Robot

Theplatform.net

DARPA dreams: cortical modems and neural RAMplants for restoring active memory

A compelling encore to inventing the Internet appears more elusive for DARPA with each passing day. But what if they could put the Internet in your …

The Brain

Take X and add AI

Entering an era of intelligent automation<p><i>“The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: take X and add AI” — Kevin Kelly,</i> …

Intelligence

What Really Scares Tech Leaders About Artificial Intelligence?

Does artificial intelligence represent an “existential threat” to humanity? Some very smart people think so: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom. He wrote the book, <i>Superintelligence</i> that got Musk so tweetably exercised. Technologists are …

Intelligence

Juan Enriquez & Steve Gullans: "Evolving Ourselves" | Talks at Google

The Church Of George Church

From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?<p>A few years ago, George Church was peer-reviewing a paper for the journal <i>Science</i> when he got an idea. The paper’s authors had encoded their names and a string of famous quotes into a …

Science

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, …

Energy

The Dawn of Killer Robots (Full Length)

Why Energy Storage is About to Get Big – and Cheap

tl;dr: Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business …

Energy

Doomsday Dashboard

BIO THREATS<p>No man-made pandemics <br>How to improve laboratory security and prevent the escape of highly lethal pathogens <br>Article 1 | Article 2<p>The Ebola …

Doomsday

AI, Transhumanism, Merging with Superintelligence + Singularity Explained

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Predicting the Markets: How AI Can Help

March 17 -- Aidyia's Chief Science Officer Ben Goertzel and CEO Ken Cooper discuss Artificial General Intelligence and applying the technology to the …

Science

Future Computing: DNA Hard Drives | Nick Goldman

8 Trends Reshaping Biotechnology - h+ Media

• authors Yusuf Deeni, Tommaso Beccari, Munis Dundar, Jill S. Gartland, Michele Maffia, Mariapia Viola-Magni, Kevan M.A. Gartland<p>Abstract<p>Advances in …

Scientific Research

Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything

For better or worse, we are about the enter the age of smart everything. Whatever you think of that proposition, the fact is that sensors, the tiny devices that fuel the Internet of Things are getting smaller and cheaper all the time. As they do, we will start to see them transmitting data from …

Tim O'Reilly

Google Ventures and the Search for Immortality

“If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California. The …

Google

Death Is Optional

A Conversation:Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman[3.4.15]<i>Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface ... when brains and</i> …

Daniel Kahneman