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FEBRUARY 02/2014UPDATES. By Mr.Andres Agostini at
Mass unemployment fears over Google artificial intelligence plans

Should We Re-Engineer Ourselves?

A New Physics Theory of Life

Dr. Rachel Armstrong — Earth’s Bright Future

The 5 Innovations That Will Change Everything, According to Elon Musk

Google … Might Save Humanity From Extinction

Google … Might Save Humanity From Extinction

The Future of Aerospace Management

The Coming Artilect War

The Smartest Supermarket You Never Heard Of

David Eagleman: Welcome to Your Future Brain

U.S. Government: Prioritize Technological Development to Increase Healthy Human Lifespans

The Most Significant Futurists of the Past 50 Years

Future News : Pfizer heads to Cicero to test new life extension drug

The Singularity and Mutational Load

The Singularity and Mutational Load

Max More — The Singularity and Transhumanism

Behavior Oriented Trading Robot

Google is About to Create an Army of Robots

IBM builds graphene chip that’s 10,000 times faster, using standard CMOS processes

3-D scanning with your smartphone

From Disembodied Bytes To Robots That Think & Act Like Humans

Video Friday: DeepMind’s Shane Legg on Machine Superintelligence

Video Friday: DeepMind’s Shane Legg on Machine Superintelligence

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Actually, I Don’t Want To Live Forever — Here’s Why

Prosthetics: Meet the man with 13 legs

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution

3D Printers Could be Banned by 2016 for Bioprinting Human Organs

Stem cell timeline: The history of a medical sensation

A Change in the Legal Climate

NASA | Six Decades of a Warming Earth

The Future Will Belong to Those Who Can See It
The Future Will Belong to Those Who Can See It

Transhumanism and Mind Uploading Are Not the Same

Transhumanism and Mind Uploading Are Not the Same

Ray Kurzweil at Singularity University with the class of 2013

This Is What a Computer Sees When It Watches The Matrix

The journey to predict the future: Kira Radinsky at TEDxHiriya

Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane passes 400 days in orbit

Getting Ready for Asteroids

Plan Asserts Global Transition to Renewable Energy is Achievable by Mid-Century

Senior U.S. spies warn of future security threats

The Human Memome Project

Vitamin D could slow MS progression

Vitamin D could slow MS progression

The Disruptive Nature of the Sharing Economy: Finding the Next Great Opportunities

QUOTATION: “…Digital code is what drives rapid speed growth today. It allows mergers like AOL Time Warner … It drives the Internet, TV, music, finance, IT, news coverage, research, manufacturing. A few countries and companies understood the change. That is how poor countries like Finland, Singapore, and Taiwan got so wealthy … So quickly … But a lot of folks just did not learn to read and write a new language … And even though they produced more and more goods, particularly commodities … And even though they restructured companies and governments … Cut budgets, raised taxes, built large factories and buildings … They got a lot poorer. (In 1938 the richest country per person in Asia was … the Philippines. In 1954, according to the World Bank, the most promising Asian economy was … Burma. Both remain commodity economies … Both are sidelined from the digital revolution … And you probably would not like to live in either country). Your world changed when you went ‘On Line.’ One day you used a fax or e-mail … And it soon became hard to conceive of living with only snail mail. If you understood this change early … And invested or worked in some of the companies driving the digital revolution … You are probably quite well off … (as a country and/or as an individual). If you came late, as a speculator, without understanding what a digital language does, or does not do … You probably lost a lot of money during the year 2000. Your world … and your language … are about to change again. The two nucleotide base pairs that code all life …A-T, C-G … Have already led some of the world’s largest companies … Monsanto … DuPont … Novartis … IBM … Hoechst … Compaq … GlaxoSmithKline … To declare that their future lies in life science. They have abandoned, sold, spun off core business divisions … And launched themselves into selling completely new products … Which is why so many chemical, seed, cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical companies … Are partnering, Merging, Growing. Some life-science companies will crash spectacularly … Others will get larger than Microsoft and Cisco … (Companies that are already larger than the economies of most of the world’s countries.). The world’s mega-mergers are going to be driven by digital and genetic code. Consider what is about to happen to medicine. You currently spend about nine times as much for doctors and medical interventions … As you do on medicines and prevention. In the measure that we understand how viruses, bacteria, and our bodies are programmed … And how they can be reprogrammed … Treatment will shift from emergency interventions … Toward deliberate and personalized prevention … (Just as dentistry did.). And we may end up spending just as much on pharmaceuticals as we do on doctors. These medicines do not have to be pills or injections … They could be a part of the food you eat every day, your soap or cosmetics … Perhaps you will inhale them or simply put various patches on your skin. (This is why Procter & Gamble is thinking of merging with a pharmaceutical company, why L’Oreal is hiring molecular biologists, and why Campbell’s is selling soups designed for hospital patients with specific diseases.)…”

RECOMMENDED BOOK: Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives by Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler
ISBN-13: 978–0385522076


Mr. Andres Agostini

Future Observatory

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lbaCancer Researchers Identify New Drug to Inhibit Breast Cancer

Cancer Researchers Identify New Drug to Inhibit Breast Cancer

Russia, US to join forces against space threats

The rise of artificial intelligence

MIT and Harvard release working papers on open online courses

13 Quotes That Show Why Libertarian Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Is A Scary Genius

Quantum cloud simulates magnetic monopole

North Korea possesses two-thirds of the world’s rare earths

Recent discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial theory of consciousness

The internet population in China hit 618 million in 2013 with 81% connected via mobile internet

The Bitcoin ATM Has a Dirty Secret: It Needs a Chaperone

Can Science Save Modern Art?

Welcome to the 2020s (Future Timeline Events 2020–2029)

2070–2079 timeline

Lemur Studio Design develops mine detector in a shoe

CERN experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen atoms for hyperfine study

Architects build the jellyfish house around a floating pool

wiel arets architects build the jellyfish house around a floating pool

Monitoring Drugs Flowing in the Bloodstream

$1.7 million personal submarine lets you ‘fly’ underwater

Computing with silicon neurons: Scientists use artificial nerve cells to classify different types of data

10 technology trends to watch in 2014

The year ahead: Hot ICT tech trends in 2014

5 Futuristic Trends That Will Shape Business And Culture Today

Stephen Hawking says there is no such thing as black holes, Einstein spinning in his grave

Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts how the world will change

Celebrating water cooperation: Red Sea to Dead Sea

7 Trends For 2014

8 Quick Ways to Unlock Your Creative Potential

Exploring Mars Habitability – Opportunity Updates Our Understanding of Our Planetary Neighbour

Exploring Mars Habitability – Opportunity Updates Our Understanding of Our Planetary Neighbour

DAILY QUOTE: By Michael Anissimov utters, “…One of the biggest flaws in the common conception of the future is that the future is something that happens to us, not something we create…”


Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human by Joel Garreau
ISBN-13: 978–0767915038


Mr. Andres Agostini

By — International Business Times
DeepMind Google Acquisition Goog AI Artificial Intelligence Robots

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) confirmed that it purchased DeepMind on Monday. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company reportedly paid upwards of $500 million for the artificial intelligence (AI) firm.

So what is Google getting for its half a billion? A company that’s very good at making computers that think and act as humans do. DeepMind has not yet developed any commercial products. Its main asset appears to be its personnel, including dozens of experts in machine learning, a branch of AI that attempts to teach computers to think like humans. It’s best-known project was a computer system it taught to master Atari video games.

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HAL 9000, the intelligent computer from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

A World Wide Web for robots just got more real as scientists ready to demo a project four years in the making: a cloud-based hive mind for robots to upload and download information and learn new tasks from each other, completely independent of humans.

Comparisons to The Terminator’s Skynet began flooding in all the way back in 2011, when a breakthrough was made after researchers at the University of Technology in Munich, Zaragoza, Stuttgart, and Philips assembled in Eindhoven to form the Robo Earth project.

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The IBM computer system known as Watson

What if we built a super-smart artificial brain and no one cared? IBM (IBM) is facing that possibility. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is having a hard time making money off of its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, Watson. The company has always claimed that Watson was more than a publicity stunt, that it had revolutionary real-world applications in health care, investing, and other realms. IBM Chief Executive Officer Virginia Rometty has promised that Watson will generate $10 billion in annual revenue within 10 years, but according to the Journal, as of last October Watson was far behind projections, only bringing in $100 million.

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Up to now, wearable computing has been a niche market dominated, but for Google Glass, by startups. Yet, with the tiny size and low cost of sensors and chips, wearable computing could be a huge market in which smart sensors in everything from baby diapers to workout gear connect to users’ smartphones, giving them constant insight into how things formerly hidden are operating.

It may sound like yet another techno-topian promise, and before the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show it might have been. But at the annual Las Vegas tech blowout earlier this month, Intel, one of the weightiest firms in the tech industry, endorsed wearable computing with the launch of a new chip designed for it.

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Behind this week’s coverJoel Flickinger’s two-bedroom home in the hills above Oakland, Calif., hums with custom-built computing gear. Just inside the front door, in a room anyone else might use as a den, he’s placed a desk next to a fireplace that supports a massive monitor, with cables snaking right and left toward two computers, each about the size of a case of beer. Flickinger has spent more than $20,000 on these rigs and on a slower model that runs from the basement. They operate continuously, cranking out enough heat to warm the house and racking up $400 a month in electric bills. There isn’t much by way of décor, other than handwritten inspirational Post-it notes:

“I make money easily,” one reads. “Money flows to me.” “I am a money magnet.”

Flickinger, 37, a software engineer and IT consultant by trade, doesn’t leave the house much these days. He’s a full-time Bitcoin miner.

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