Brain Controlled Bionic Legs Are Here

Now, at age 48, Olafsson can move his right ankle by thinking about it. When the electrical impulse from his brain reaches the base of his leg, a pair of sensors embedded in his muscle tissue connect the neural dots, and wirelessly transmit that signal to the Proprio Foot. Since the command reaches the foot before the wearer’s residual muscles actually contract, there’s no unnatural lag between intention and action.

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Unfit for the Future: The Urgent Need for Moral Bioenhancement

Why we need a secular moral education for our children to survive the accelerating technological and societal change. We need to fund the systematic study of human moral limitations and find ways of living with ourselves or changing ourselves.

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A Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change

A history of the ideas of progress and accelerating change.

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How to Build a Self-Conscious AI Machine

Long, but well written article on the development and future of self-aware machines.

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We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Inspiring and terrifying TED talk by Zeynep Tufekci about the crisis of building AI to maximize profit from advertising.

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3D Printer for Small Molecules Opens Access to Customized Chemistry

HHMI scientists have designed a revolutionary “3D printer” for small molecules that could open the power of customized chemistry to many.

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Harvard and MIT scientists have built robot muscles that can lift 1,000 times their own weight

Origami inspired vacuum-based muscles that are cheap to make (out of a compressible skeleton of metal or plastic and air or fluid encased in a flexible skin) and capable of lifting 1000x their own weight.

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Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

Developing the technology for a “bioprinting” industry where printers lay down layers of living cells.

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First All Digital Radio Transmitter

Technology innovation firm Cambridge Consultants has successfully completed initial trials of the world’s first fully digital radio transmitter – a turning point in wireless design and a real enabler for the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and 5G technology. It’s a radio built purely from computing power.

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It May Not Feel Like Anything to Be an Alien

Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don’t: consciousness. Super intelligence may only be ethical without consciousness and may not need it.

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Other references 2013-2015

Interesting links and articles I read but didn’t make specific posts about.

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Other references 2014-2015

Interesting links and articles I read but didn’t make specific posts about.

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