Tech Experts Disagree Wildly on the Future Impact of AI

By Tom Ward – Re-Blogged From Futurism

In Brief
  • Elon Musk has given a doomsday prophecy on the topic of AI, going as far as to invest $1 billion into researching how to use it safely.
  • Other experts have different perspectives on the future of AI, but all are agreed that this is an important topic, and how we use this powerful technology must be thoroughly thought through.

The AI Debate

Our technology prophets are talking in the lexicon of magic, gods, and monsters when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). They predict every scenario from utopias to apocalypses, overlords to angels.

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Scientists Are Using CRISPR To “Program” Living Cells

By Dom Galeon – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Scientists from the University of Washington have constructed digital logic gates in living cells. Though they’re not the first to do so, the researchers’ living circuitry is the largest and most complex of any created thus far.

Living Circuits

Thanks to projects like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a future in which humankind merges with machines is on everyone’s minds. While a brain computer interface (BCI) like the one Musk is proposing would involve making a computer function as part of a human body, other researchers are taking an opposite route. Instead of making machines that can imitate biology, they’re looking for ways to make biological systems function more like computers.

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Stanford Engineers Develop New Air Filter That Could Help Beijing Residents Breathe Easily

By Bjorn Carey – Re-Blogged From http://news.stanford.edu

Stanford’s Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.

Video by Kurt Hickman

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A Robot Just Performed the First-Ever Surgery Inside the Human Eye

Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

A new retinal surgery, guided by human surgeons but performed by robots, has just passed clinical trials. Robots bring much more control to delicate surgeries than can be achieved by humans alone. Soon, surgical robots will enable surgeons to perform entirely new operations which the human hand, until now, has been too clumsy to accomplish.

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New Dialysis-Style Treatment ‘Washes’ Blood of Cancer Cells

By June Javelosa – Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

In Brief

A significant milestone in cancer research sees the development of a new system that can dramatically pull down the cost of cancer treatment and reduce risk of cancer spreading by cleaning cancer from the blood.

Milestone

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (NSW) have developed a new system that can potentially lower the cost of cancer treatment using biochip filters that identify and remove cancer cells. The team refers to the process as “dialysis for cancer.”

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New Infrared-Emitting Device Could Allow Energy Harvesting From Waste Heat

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Researchers create first MEMS metamaterial device that displays infrared patterns that can be quickly changed

THE OPTICAL SOCIETY

WASHINGTON — A new reconfigurable device that emits patterns of thermal infrared light in a fully controllable manner could one day make it possible to collect waste heat at infrared wavelengths and turn it into usable energy.

The new technology could be used to improve thermophotovoltaics, a type of solar cell that uses infrared light, or heat, rather than the visible light absorbed by traditional solar cells. Scientists have been working to create thermophotovoltaics that are practical enough to harvest the heat energy found in hot areas, such as around furnaces and kilns used by the glass industry. They could also be used to turn heat coming from vehicle engines into energy to charge a car battery, for example.

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Oil – Will we run out?

By Andy May – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” (old Danish proverb, sometimes attributed to Niels Bohr or Yogi Berra)

In November, 2016 the USGS (United States Geological Survey) reported their assessment of the recent discovery of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent (technically recoverable) in the Midland Basin of West Texas. About the same time IHS researcher Peter Blomquist published an estimate of 35 billion barrels. Compare these estimates with Ghawar Field in Saudi Arabia, the largest conventional oil field in the world, which contained 80 billion barrels when discovered. There is an old saying in the oil and gas exploration business “big discoveries get bigger and small discoveries get smaller.” As a retired petrophysicist who has been involved with many discoveries of all sizes, I can say this is what I’ve always seen, although I have no statistics to back the statement up. Twenty or thirty years from now when the field is mostly developed, it is very likely the estimated ultimate hydrocarbon recovery from the field will be larger than either of those estimates.

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