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Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Laughs at the AI Apocalypse

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Laughs at the AI Apocalypse | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Over the past several months, many of the world’s most famous scientists and engineers — including Stephen Hawking — have said that one of the biggest threats to humanity is an artificial superintelligence. But Linus Torvalds, the irascible creator of open source operating system Linux, says their fears are idiotic.
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This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type

This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type | Technoculous | Scoop.it
"Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben's. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!" Alas, it's not Ben's..
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Why the hell don't we have male birth control yet?

Why the hell don't we have male birth control yet? | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Don't hold your breath.
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If you're a woman who's ever been on birth control, you're probably familiar with the torture. Isn't it about time men shoulder some of this burden? For nearly a century, we've had reason to believe that "the pill" for men might be possible.

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Watch a man control two robotic prosthetic arms with his mind

Thanks to a neural surgery and robotic technology, a man in Colorado named Les Baugh is the first person to gain the ability to control two shoulder-level robotic arms with his mind."

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Quantum Computers Could Crack Existing Codes But Create Others Much Harder To Break - h+ Magazine

Quantum Computers Could Crack Existing Codes But Create Others Much Harder To Break - h+ Magazine | Technoculous | Scoop.it
The single most famous application of quantum computers is in code-breaking.
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Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It

Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It | Technoculous | Scoop.it
It is possible that on other planets—in our own galaxy or others—life isn’t restricted to DNA and RNA as we know them here on Earth. Under the right conditions, intelligent life that uses XNAs or even more exotic molecules could come into existence. That’s quite an eye-opener and something we need to keep in mind as we probe other worlds for life.
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Big-Oil: Azerbaijan, Germany reached agreement on long-term development of nanotechnology

Big-Oil: Azerbaijan, Germany reached agreement on long-term development of nanotechnology | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Aachen University of Germany and the "Oil and gas research project" Institute of Azerbaijan State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, have reached an agreement on long-term development of nanotechnologies.
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New Mazda Miata will feature no-paint bioplastic parts

New Mazda Miata will feature no-paint bioplastic parts | Technoculous | Scoop.it
The sporty Mazda Miata may not be at the top of many "green car" lists, but the 2016 model will nonetheless be the first vehicle to incorporate parts made from a new bioplastic developed by the automaker.
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Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand

Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Skin has been an afterthought in developing artificial limbs but researchers say it could give users a better sense of their surroundings
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$263M in Funding for Police Body-Worn Cameras

$263M in Funding for Police Body-Worn Cameras | Technoculous | Scoop.it
President Obama announces funding that will bring innovation to police force with body-worn cameras
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European Union tells search sites how to handle your 'right to be forgotten'

European Union tells search sites how to handle your 'right to be forgotten' | Technoculous | Scoop.it
When the European Union first put the "right to be forgotten" into effect, it didn't really give search sites much help. Should search listings disappear
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Fact or Fiction?: Mammoths Can Be Brought Back from Extinction

Fact or Fiction?: Mammoths Can Be Brought Back from Extinction | Technoculous | Scoop.it

In a petri dish in the bowels of Harvard Medical School scientists have tweaked three genes from the cells of an Asian elephant that help control the production of hemoglobin, the protein in blood that carries oxygen. Their goal is to make these genes more like those of an animal that last walked the planet thousands of years ago: the woolly mammoth.

"Asian elephants are closer to mammoths than either is to African elephants, yet quite different in appearance and temperature range," notes Harvard geneticist and technology developer George Church. "We are not trying to make an exact copy of a mammoth, but rather a cold-resistant elephant."
 
But what if the new—and fast advancing—techniques of genome editing allowed scientists to engineer not only cold-resistance traits but also other characteristics of the woolly mammoth into its living Asiatic relatives? Scientists have found mammoth cells preserved in permafrost. If they were to recover cells with intact DNA, they could theoretically “edit” an Asian elephant’s genome to match the woolly mammoth’s. A single cell contains the complete genetic instruction set for its species, and by replicating that via editing a new individual can, theoretically, be created. But wouldsuch a hybrid—scion of an Asian elephant mother and genetic tinkerers—count as a true woolly mammoth?
 
In other words, is de-extinction a real possibility?
 
The answer is yes. On January 6, 2000, a falling tree killed the last bucardo, a wild Iberian ibex, which is a goatlike animal. Her name was Celia. On July 30, 2003, Celia's clone was born. To make the clone scientists removed the nucleus of a cell from Celia intact and inserted it into the unfertilized egg cell of another kind of ibex. They then transferred the resulting embryo to the womb of a living goat. Nearly a year later theydelivered the clone by cutting her from her mother.
 
Although she lived for a scant seven minutes due to lung defects, Celia’s clone proved that not only is de-extinction real, "it has already happened," in the words of environmentalist Stewart Brand, whose San Francisco-based Long Now Foundation is funding some of this de-extinction research, including Church's effort as well as bids to bring back the passenger pigeon and heath hen, among other candidate species. Nor is the bucardo alone in the annals of de-extinction. Several viruses have already been brought back, including the flu variant responsible for the 1918 pandemic that killed more than 20 million people worldwide.


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Climate-Earth system computer model to be the most advanced ever created, says DOE | KurzweilAI

Climate-Earth system computer model to be the most advanced ever created, says DOE | KurzweilAI | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Computer modeling provides policymakers with essential information on such data as global sea surface temperatures related to specific currents (credit:
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Russia's Making a Modern Noah's Ark - RYOT News

Russia's Making a Modern Noah's Ark - RYOT News | Technoculous | Scoop.it

A Russian Noah's Ark project is aiming to catalogue the DNA of every living creature on the planet.

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Instant read-out nanosensor screens drug “cocktails” - nanotechweb.org

Instant read-out nanosensor screens drug “cocktails” - nanotechweb.org | Technoculous | Scoop.it
New device could also help identify potential environmental hazards quickly and safely.
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Scientists transplant worm’s mind into robot - YouTube

Scientists have successfully transferred the mind of a worm into a robot. Responding to stimuli the way a worm would, the robot is a first step towards trans...
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The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark | WIRED

The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark | WIRED | Technoculous | Scoop.it
The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish.
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ROUBINI: 'Make No Mistake: The Machines Are Coming'

ROUBINI: 'Make No Mistake: The Machines Are Coming' | Technoculous | Scoop.it
"With each new gain comes the potential loss of something else."
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US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon

US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon | Technoculous | Scoop.it

"Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations," says Klunder. "We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality."

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Growing industry still unsure of the risks of nanotechnology

Growing industry still unsure of the risks of nanotechnology | Technoculous | Scoop.it
A new study by the Maryland-based Sustainable Investments Institute says that many companies don't disclose the nanotechnology they use in their products â€" or the potential risks, putting whole industry sectors at risk for legal and financial problems down the road. In some cases, for instance, nanoparticles can take on different physical properties than would normally be expected. SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, home to the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, has been focus
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Kim Dotcom: everything the US touches turns to disaster (Wired UK)

Kim Dotcom: everything the US touches turns to disaster (Wired UK) | Technoculous | Scoop.it
Mega, Megaupload and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom spoke today at Unbound Digital about how he believes the political landscape is "heading into a dark time", not least because of "this empire, the US, causing issues around the world"
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eyeWitness - new war crimes app coming 2015

eyeWitness - new war crimes app coming 2015 | Technoculous | Scoop.it

“eyeWitness,” an app that allows citizen observers to record and report atrocities from their cell phones. The photos and video data it records are encrypted and verified in a secure mode and automatically sent to a secure site for use in international investigations and trials. The app also auto-downloads self-authenticating time, date and geographic information.  The app is currently in testing and will be released in phases in 2015.

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FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab 15 year old 'bomb-threat suspect'

FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab 15 year old 'bomb-threat suspect' | Technoculous | Scoop.it
The FBI created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times Web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Timberline High School in 2007, documents reveal.
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“We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,” said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best.

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