According to The Verge, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used what "look like oversized ziplock bags" filled with tubes and fluid to allow eight fetal lambs to develop as if they were inside the womb of their mothers. The goal of the device, called a Biobag, is to give premature infants a chance to develop naturally in a womb-like environment.
Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus — but right now, it has only been…
According to Electrek, Waymo — the self-driving company formerly known as Google — is offering rides to the public for the purpose of data collection. You can apply for the service here, which is only operating in Phoenix. And yes, an engineer will still be behind the wheel.
“Over the course of this trial, we’ll be accepting hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and transportation needs who want to ride in and give feedback about Waymo’s self-driving cars. Rather than offering people one or two rides, the goal of this program is to give participants access to our fleet every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that’s about twice the size of San Francisco.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a pilot program to study UBI's effectiveness by providing 4,000 randomly picked low-incomes households with about $17,000 a year, "whether they are working or not." The 3-year program, which will cost $150 millions, will be based in based in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay, areas affected by economic downturn. With the next 30 years being labelled as painful, the results of this study may help tackle some of the issues of our generation.
People are especially concerned for those who don't start out wealthy, she said.
"Many people are concerned about what the world is promising for their kids," she said. "It's a world of global competition, reduced benefits, more and more part-time employment."
The premier said the three-year project will start with people making "just under $17,000 a year, but even…
According to Zero Edge, 2017 has already broken all records with 8,640 stores closing Bebe stores being the latest casualty. And while high rents and a shift to online purchasing may be the cause, the decline of the middle class might be a reason: people don't have enough money. Check out also Dead Malls.
The over-storing, including the influx of fast-fashion and off-price chains, has resulted in a brutally competitive landscape that made difficult for retailers to raise prices. “A pair of men’s dress pants costs less today than they did a decade ago,” Manny Chirico, chief executive of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger parent PVH Inc., said in a recent interview.
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Then there are retail rental rates, which across top US markets, such as New York, remain the highest in the world. For years, retailers could afford the…
In his latest post on Wait But Why, Tim Urban explains everything you need to know about Elon Musk's latest venture, Neuralink, a company that wants to built implantable brain–computer interfaces. Tim starts you off by explaining the evolution of the brain, to what little we understand of the brain, all the way to what Elon is planning, using nothing more than stick figures and an incredible sense of humour. This is a very lengthy read but as all of Tim's post, well worth the time invested. I was left with the feeling that Neuralink's plan is brilliant, I just hope it won't be used for evil.
The budding industry of brain-machine interfaces is the seed of a revolution that will change just about everything. But in many ways, the brain-interface future isn’t really a new thing that’s happening. If you take a step back, it…
In this video, professor Christian Bauckhage explains where AI is currently at and where it is heading.
AI can create new art we have never seen before and compose new music we have never heard of . Prof. Christian Bauckhage talked about the current state of Artificial intelligence and the direction of where it is heading towards. It talks about all the decision makings based on information could be replaced by AI.
In Japan (where else?) you can spend a night at the Henna Hotel, a strange hotel staffed by robots. In this episode of Abroad in Japan we watch Chris Broad get himself a room with absolutely no human intervention, and use a weird egg-shaped concierge to interact with his room. A novelty now, but probably a sign of things to come.
Japan's robot hotel: The Henna Hotel or "strange" hotel is causing a stir at the moment with lots of media coverage. We go and see if it lives up to the hype.
During Shabbat, Orthodox Jews cannot turn on and off lights because a lightbulb "violates the Biblical prohibition against igniting a fire." While the various religious authorities figure that one out, the creators of KosherSwitch have found a way to turn lights on and off without upsetting God. Reportedly, flipping the switch literally moves just an electrically isolated piece of plastic, leaving the turning lights on and off to "several layers of Halachic uncertainty, randomness, and delays." There is, of course, controversy.
When you slide the on/off button, you’re moving an isolated piece of plastic. It is purely mechanical, and is not attached to anything electrical (electro-mechanically isolated). This is done at a time when you see a green Status Light, which provides 100% assurance that the relevant components within the switch are inactive. Subsequently, after a random interval,…
Big Think brings to attention the work of Economist Robin Hanson, who believes that in a not-too-distant future not only will robots will be commonplace in our life but ems — brain emulations — will pretty much engage in every available job, from the factory floor all the way to government. Some say even in marriage. In the video above, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Computer Science David Cox explains how Harvard is "building artificial brains and uploading them in the cloud right now." That can't be good.
Emulations will perform most of their tasks in virtual reality, and for physical jobs like factory work they will have some specialized “bodies”. Ems will be functioning creatures that will develop and live in the same world as humans but will eventually develop their own civilization.
Next Big Future introduces us to the Mach Effect Thruster (MET) propulsion system, an electrically powered engine that, if functional, would mean the ability to "maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants." NASA's phase 1 effort will focus on improving current devices, design power and electrical systems, and building a reliable model of the device. Additional information here.
If the Woodward effect is confirmed and if an engine can be designed to use applied Mach effects, then a spacecraft may be possible that could maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants. Woodward presented a paper about the concept at the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program Workshop conference in 1997 and continued to publish on this subject thereafter.
Even ignoring for the…
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