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A state Supreme Court justice’s open letter to AI

Let me start with two brief stories about social change. The first concerns changing laws and values about relationships. Only in 1967-in the aptly named case of Loving v. Virginia-did the United States Supreme Court recognize that laws prohibiting interracial marriage violated the United States Constitution. Nineteen years before, in 1948, the Supreme Court of…

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Foresight Vision Weekend 2017

Reflections by past attendees”A milestone in our journey to better understand our future”. “It was a unique and exhilarating experience to actually be with a large group of people who have sophisticated, enlightened, and thoughtful ideas about the future”. “Had a great time and was exposed to fascinating ideas, and fascinating sources of ideas”.

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Scientists say all the world's data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute…

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Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute…

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Why New Antibiotics Never Come to Market

We’re finding new antibiotics, but we can’t develop them into drugs.

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New Appoach targets Cancer Stem Cells and uses tens of thousands of animal models | NextBigFuture.com

Stemcentrx, has raised $500 million and is valued at $3 billion, people familiar with its finances say, a nearly unprecedented value for a company with no revenue, facing the usual R and D obstacles, and that almost no one has heard of. Silicon Valley is used to “unicorns,” those private, usually profitless, and fast-growing tech companies worth a billion dollars or more, like Snapchat, Square, and Uber. Now the same phenomenon is spreading to biotech, where investors are throwing money at companies that promise to beat the historically low odds of drug success. The company is unusual because it’s betting on a scientific idea that’s not universally accepted-that cancer is caused not by any cell that goes rogue, but by rare and powerful cancer stem cells. Stemcentrx’s contrarian premise-that stem cells can be bad, not good-has drawn some impressive backers, including Sequoia Capital, Elon Musk, and most notably Founders Fund, the investment firm led by Peter Thiel, the Midas-touch

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Intel Invests US$50 Million to Advance Quantum Computing | NextBigFuture.com

Intel Corporation announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. To achieve this goal, Intel will invest US$50 million and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support. Quantum computing holds the promise of solving complex problems that are practically insurmountable today, including intricate simulations such as large-scale financial analysis and more effective drug development. Quantum computing is an area of research that Intel has been exploring because it has the potential to augment the capabilities of tomorrow’s high performance computers. “A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we’re announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality,” said Mike Mayberry,

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You Can’t Travel Back in Time, Scientists Say

Dashing the hopes of anyone who wants to be their own grandpa, some theorists now say this darling of science fiction just isn't possible.

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You Can't Travel Back in Time, Scientists Say

Dashing the hopes of anyone who wants to be their own grandpa, some theorists now say this darling of science fiction just isn't possible.

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The Era of Artificial Hearts Has Begun

For the second time ever, a truly permanent artificial heart was implanted into a patient. This is just the beginning.

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The Near Future Of Implantable Technology

Jennifer French is the 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, a silver medalist in sailing, and a quadriplegic. She is the first woman to receive the implanted Stand and Transfer system, an experimental device that uses implanted electrodes and an external control device.

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Cellular Surgeons: The New Era of Nanomedicine

Pills the size of molecules to seek and destroy tumors. Miniscule robots performing surgery inside patients with a precision never before achieved. Nanobots, a billionth of a meter across, fixing mutations in DNA, or repairing neurons in your brain. Such are the possibilities as medicine enters the nano-era.