Transhuman – it is not the individual that needs to be immortal it is the civilization that needs to be immortal

Ramez Naam makes the point that futurists need to follow what real human nature is and the economics of technology. Ramez provides useful perspective in the video below. * prosaic current actions for improvement are ignored and underestimated (exercise, learning a new skill are choices that can be made that improve more than any drug …

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Various Projections for the Economy of China 2030

China’s May exports rose 1 percent from a year earlier, down from 14.7 percent in April, while imports dropped 0.3 percent from a year earlier. The median estimates of analysts were for 7.4 percent export growth and 6.6 percent import gains. The $20.4 billion trade surplus compared with forecasts for $20 billion. The slowdown in …

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Measurement of the neutrino velocity with the OPERA detector in the CNGS beam

Arxiv (32 pages)- The OPERA neutrino experiment at the underground Gran Sasso Laboratory has measured the velocity of neutrinos from the CERN CNGS beam over a baseline of about 730 km with much higher accuracy than previous studies conducted with accelerator neutrinos. The measurement is based on high-statistics data taken by OPERA in the years …

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Reactor for producing fuel from sunlight

Sossina Haile and William Chueh next to the benchtop thermochemical reactor used to screen materials for implementation on the solar reactor. This is a follow up to prior coverage on this project to make fuel from sunlight California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens to change …

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Artificial General Intelligence Toddler Project Needs $25 million

Ben Goertzel has finished writing the last chapter of his co-authored two-volume book on how to create beneficial human-level AGI, Building Better Minds (expected 2011 publish date) This site had an interview by Sander Olson of Ben Goertzel last year The last chapter describes, in moderate detail, how the CogPrime cognitive architecture (implemented in the …

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Update on Making a Real Bolo SuperTank

Previously this site had speculated on using current and in development technology to create a Bolo supertank from science fiction. From Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends : Caterpillar engineers and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up to develop an autonomous 700 ton mining truck. The super-large mining truck was a baseline from which …

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Biosensing nanoscale device to revolutionize health screenings

One day soon a biosensing nanodevice developed by Arizona State University researcher Wayne Frasch may eliminate long lines at airport security checkpoints and revolutionize health screenings for diseases like anthrax, cancer and antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Frasch works with the enzyme F1-adenosine triphosphatase, better known as F1- ATPase. This enzyme, only 10 to 12 …

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