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Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

From AiThority – 
NEORIS, a digital transformation service provider that accelerates the digital capabilities of global enterprises, unveiled its most recent analysis entitled Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution. The comprehensive assessment cites the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and presents a compelling thesis, by 2040 the world will see an AI-triggered transcendental shift on humanity’s evolution.

Since AI’s inception in 1956, in the form of “a machine that could think,” AI continues to evolve and impact society, businesses and humanity. Its cognitive tools have systematically reshaped how people and companies interact and possesses the power to radically transform business exchanges and human capabilities.

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Illegal UK Streamers Warned Their Hacked Kodis Could Lead To Their Arrests

The Express UK wrote a very nicely sanitized piece called “Shock new warning could stop you streaming illegally FOR GOOD.”  I know, the title tells you otherwise, but, essentially the article is hinting that people that buy these hacked streaming boxesjs might have some nasty digital fingerprints in it that will lead the coppers to your door, and you will LITERALLY go to jail for 10 years if you’re illegally streaming Game of Thrones (that’s what the video on the article page told me). 
Anyhooooooo….here’s their nice polite way of saying what I just did, just so you see….
Express UK – A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance is warning of the dangers that many users face by streaming content illegally.  The comprehensive investigation found that so-called Kodi boxes and jailbroken Amazon Fire TV Sticks could leave owners at risk from cyber crime and malware that can end up accessing personal data.  These streaming devices can be purchased online for under £100 and often come pre-installed with adapted Kodi software that allows users to access content, such as premier sports and movies, for free. | go to source

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The Ice Cream Coning of the New Flu Vaccine Strategy

At first, I thought this headline, the headline from futurity, “Ice Cream” Method could create lifetime flue vaccine” as Ice Cream could create….yeah…Ice Cream Vaccine.  But, alas, it is this, using the model of the cone that hold that different flavors of ice cream as a way to build a ‘root’ of vaccine protections that can be supplemented every year with different ‘ice cream flavors’ or, different particular variations of the strains that the cone fundamentally has covered, so to speak. 

Here’s Futurity- – The new method teaches the body to recognize the “cone” portion of the virus—the part that stays the same year-to-year. Researchers working on the technique say it works in lab animals, but warn they still need to make the vaccine more specific and show it works in much larger studies before testing it in people.  “We think it could be very generalizable,” says Peter Kim, professor of biochemistry at Stanford University and the lead investigator of the infectious disease initiative at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. “It could be important for coming up with a universal flu vaccine that would protect against pandemic flu, as well as for HIV.” | go to source

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Flatworm Science Might Crack the Regeneration Code

Thanks to flatworms, scientists might be able to crack the code of regeneration.  If they can crack the code, the question is this, when will we be able to edit our humans to regenerate their lost participles, so to speak?

Science Daily – Biologists have developed a computational model of flatworm regeneration to answer an important question in regeneration research – what are the signals that determine the rebuilding of specific anatomical structures? The model confirms experiments showing how numerous factors determine body pattern formation, and the critical role nerve fibers play in determining polarity in regeneration. The model could help understand regeneration in mammals, birth defects, and bioengineering of organoids. | go to source

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China Has a Hypersonic Destroyer Killer

Defence Blog wants me to believe that US destroyers are no longer safe on the high seas because China has a hypersonic missile that can LITERALLY obliterate anything.  I am inclined to put some degree of credibility to it.  What remains more interesting is if these hypersonic weapons can be utilized to deliver nuclear payloads and if the one who failed to initiate the strike would have opportunities to defend, or at least strike back.  
From Defence Blog – Chinese sources have reported that a mystery anti-ship hypersonic missile is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).  According to the current information, the prototype hypersonic missile, being developed to increase the firepower of the newest Chinese Type 055 guided missile destroyers, has done successfully land tests.  Sources have claimed the new hypersonic missile, known as YJ-XX, will to capable of destroying US warships missile defenses. The YJ-XX is an ultra-high-speed missile, with the range of 1000 km, allegedly capable of penetrating US air defense systems based on Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA and SM-6 Block IA hit-to-kill interceptor missiles.
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If These Student Have Their Way, Unmanned Drones Could Patrol the Seas for Trash

Here’s a cool story of individuals working to come up with outside-the-box ways to deal with the pollution in our oceans.  The team of students are working on creating self-driving and working ocean-cleaning drones.

Concordia University News – During their final year, undergrads from the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science apply what they’ve learned in their degree to a practical problem through a Capstone project…..Students Marouane Elouaraa, Lam Son Vo Ngoc, Zihao Guan, Nikko Badoles and Eric Kwarteng call themselves the Ocean Cleaners. For their Capstone project, they built an aquatic drone prototype capable of detecting and collecting plastic on the surface of the water.  “The most important feature of our prototype is the fact that we made the boat fully autonomous, requiring minimal maintenance,” says Elouaraa, who is in his last term of a mechanical engineering degree. | go to source

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Germ Warfare May Have Been Invented By Germs

Now we know that humans are not the only ones to engage in germ warfare.  Apparently, the germs are also engaged in germ warfare.  Bacteria are weaponizing viruses to kill other bacteria.   If you think about it, bacteria and viruses have been around since the days when there were no days, well, no humans around to call them days (if a day happens in the woods….).
Given this fact, I think it is fair and decent to write the headline I chose to write because, in fact, if true, if these researchers are right, bacteria invented germ warfare, chemical warfare, whatever, long before humans ever did.
More From Tech Times – An international research team discovered that bacteria cells use a virus and a prehistoric viral protein to attack other bacteria.  The team made the discovery after noticing a gap between two bacteria that were moving toward each other on an agar plate. They investigated and found that the gap was caused by a virus, SW1, killing bacteria cells. They also reported that only one of the strains of bacteria carried the SW1 virus.  “It was kind of like when Alexander Fleming noticing bacteria did not grow near a fungus when he discovered penicillin in the 1920s,” said Wood who led the study. | go to source

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3D-Printed Hearts Could One Day Replace Transplants from Donors

Israeli scientists have managed to create the first ever 3-D Printed heart with fully functioning blood vessels.  The heart itself won’t save your life, but it may very well lead to one that does.

From Huffpost – Scientists at Israel’s Tel Aviv University say they’ve created the world’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue and blood vessels.   Although the organ is only as big as a rabbit’s heart, the researchers are hoping the technology could one day be developed enough to help human patients in need of a heart transplant.    Lead researcher Tal Dvir said that while other scientists have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, this is the first time anyone has printed an entire heart “replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.” | go to source

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Babies Can Think Abstractly, Brain Scan Machine Suggests

Somewhere in a quiet room in a university in Illinois a few researchers gather around a machine that can prove that babies have more capacity to understand abstract concepts than previously thought.  Here’s more from Tech Times –
Researchers (from the University of Illinois) used a brain-imaging device that tracked babies’ temporal-parietal junction in the brain. Results show infants possess “theory of mind” similar to that of adults.  Near-infrared spectroscopy is a noninvasive technique, which measures how light spreads on the surface of the brain. The idea is that distribution of light varies when a brain region has more activity. This variation in its dispersal is a response to changes in the blood oxygenation in the portion of the brain that is being scanned. | go to source

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Pig Hearts Power Pacemakers, and Humans Might Soon Be Next

Using the power of your own heart, you might one day be able to sustain devices that will keep your heart going, using your own heart’s power.  The devices are pacemakers, and a battery-free version of one just passed some early tests on pigs.  New Scientist has more deets:  A battery-free pacemaker that harvests energy from heartbeats has been successfully tested in pigs. It uses an energy harvester wrapped around the heart that generates electricity from movement….In tests, Wang and his colleagues found that the energy they harvested from the heart was higher than that needed for a human pacemaker. They used pigs in the tests because their hearts are about the same size as those of humans. | go to source

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Solar Birds Carried on the Wind Also Carry Mobile Interwebs Powers

HALE is using massive solar birds to deliver smart phone interwebs to the world.  Using a solar powered plane that cruises the skies for signals that are shared with the ground below, these solar leviathans could bring YouTube to the remotest lands, and even keep YouTube up in lands where disasters took out the hard interwebs networks on the ground.  

From Drone Life – The “long endurance” part of a HALE UAV isn’t measured in hours or even days.  HALE aircraft are designed to stay in flight perhaps for years without requiring fuel.  That means that solar power is a critical component of the design.  While both Facebook and Google have tried to develop solar-powered HALE devices, energy company Alta Devices may actually have succeeded. | go to source

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US Military Being Designed by AI, with Super Stealth Jets Getting The First Treatment

The US Military has officially implemented major design changes to two flagship stealth jets, the B-2 and the F-35.  The move is a portent of things to come as nation-states vie to develop more advanced AI that can out-design and out-think the other nation-state’s AI. 

Here’s more from Military & Aerospace Electronics – For the F-35 and B-2 stealth combat aircraft, AI enables rapid database access, organizing information, and high-volume procedural functions. Algorithms, for example, increasingly are able to scan, view, and organize targeting, navigation, radar warning, images, and video.  AI now perform a wide range of combat aircraft functions; computer algorithms can access, compare, and organize vast pools of data for human decision-makers. This level of machine automation frees humans to pursue interpretive or conceptual work. | go to source

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Pentagon Promises to Use Its AI ONLY To Predict Like Natural Disasters and Stuff

The Pentagon doesn’t have enough money for the AIs it already has.  It needs a gazillion more dollars to create a massive AI for homeland security, for the military, but, to like only predict natural disasters, not human-mob-type ones or anything.  I mean, it’s not like we’re designing autonomous weapons systems this AI could control or anything.
I laugh, but inside, I pee, a little.  I welcome my robot overlords.
From Military.com – Officials on Tuesday unveiled the Trump administration’s new effort to streamline the use and development of AI for homeland security, as well as military operations abroad. But the report, titled, “Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Harnessing AI To Advance Our Security And Prosperity,” also pinpointed applications in which smart algorithms could address “global challenges of significant societal importance, such as operationalizing AI for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes.” | go to source

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Gun Sales on the “Dark Web” Give Futurism the Vapors

The title for the story I am highlighting here is  “People Shocked To Learn Guns Sold On Dark Web ”  The writer of that headline is Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms
He highlights an excerpt from an article in Futurism which read, in part,  “It may not be a shock that the dark web, the online networks that aren’t readily accessible to the public, is a hotbed of illegal gun sales.  What is surprising is that almost all of the guns up for sale are available to buy legally in the U.S., according to research published last month in the journal Deviant.” | go to source

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This Nation is Looking to Go Nuclear….with Bitcoin Mining, That Is

Belarus has had it with feeling like its lagging behind the blockchain race.  It’s going nuclear, as in, it’s throwing in with using nuclear power to fund its national bitcoin mining effort.
Bitcoin News – During a recent meeting with representatives of the IT industry, President Alexander Lukashenko reaffirmed his administration’s will to protect and promote the country’s digital sector and assured there’s enough resources to do that. He told the audience at the High Technologies Park (HTP) that Belarus will soon have surplus electrical energy that can be used to power new cryptocurrency mining farms.  | go to source

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Luminous Nano Crystals Will Reveal Your Inner Body Tissues

Tiny nano crystals can enter into your body to allow doctors to see your insides with greater ease.  Right now, animals are being lit from within first.
Phys.org – Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science reviewed the latest studies on near-infrared quantum dots. Studies have shown that they can be used for whole body imaging of animals, or to target specific tissues, such as tumors and lymph nodes.  | go to source

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UPS and Zipline Partner to Deliver Blood to Remote Rwanda Aid Centers

UPS has a perfect need-driven laboratory to test the viability of drones for home delivery.  In the remote areas of Rwanda, drones buzz by carrying blood and other medical supplies, saving lives and helping people discover the opportunities and the challenges of drone home package delivery.

UPS Using Drones to Deliver Medical Samples

The drone startup Zipline — partnered with Gavi and UPS — helped deliver blood supplies to transfusion facilities in western Rwanda. UAVs were capable of overcoming the challenges to transportation that had caused problems in the past. Since then, the project has grown to include Ghana.  With the success of its initiative in Africa, UPS has shown interest in drone technology for the delivery of medical samples in the United States…The Drone News | go to source

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Gene Editing Boosts Seed Oil Yields by More Than 10 Percent

NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions.  The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to see increasing global demand.  –  Eurekalert | go to source

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Thanks to Science, I Can Tell You About the First Ever Created Molecules in the Universie

At long last, scientists now know what the first molecules in the universe were.  The secrets were revealed by the biggest airborne observatory in the universe (maybe just world).  From Science Daily, “Scientists believe that around 100,000 years after the big bang, helium and hydrogen combined to make a molecule called helium hydride for the first time. Helium hydride should be present in some parts of the modern universe, but it has never been detected in space — until now.”
So now you now.  So you got THAT going for you.. | go to source

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The FedEx Bots Are Coming, and They Bring Pizza

From Texas to New Hampshire, FedEx is going to be invading the streets of America with a massive robot army that could dominate the entire universe.  That army is set to unleash fury starting this July, and they’ll be delivering pizza and groceries, as FedEx tests its robot drone delivery service.
Phys.org – FedEx Office’s new bots can deliver pizza, groceries or even bring chicken noodle soup to the sick   FedEx Office is adding a new kind of worker in North Texas: A robot that can deliver a hot pepperoni pizza, a bag of groceries or a prescription to a customer’s home. The bot could bring a swab for a strep test to a sick person’s door and return hours later with medication, cough drops and a cup of chicken noodle soup. | go to source

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Launch Suicide Drones

That’s right folks, when you’re down and in trouble, when the world looks like it will destroy you, reach for your suicide drones.  If the US Army gets its way, that option is one that will be available for US troops in future “holy hell you have suicide drones?!!” wars.  What a time to be alive! | go to source

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It Looks Like One County in the Land of Lincoln Can Vote to be a State

Effingham County in Illinois has just approved a measure that puts this question to the voters, “Shall Effingham County coordinate discussions with the remaining 101 Counties of the State of Illinois, with the exception of Cook County, regarding the possibility of forming a new state and ultimately seeking admission to the Federal Union as the 51st State, pursuant to the provisions of the United States Constitution?” | go to source

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Is Google Aiding the Chinese War Effort Against America?

The Joint Chiefs Chairman of US Forces, General Jospeh Dunford, told reporters last week that he intends on holding meetings with Google executives about their concerns that they are helping the Chinese with their military tech in ways that hurt the American military advantage. | go to source

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We Have the Technology, We Can Redesign Cells Now

We could soon be able to redesign ourselves from the inside out using human-made organelles to make cells do new things, that is, if the European Molecular Biology Laboratory has their way.  The X-people better watch it, we humans can now make our OWN mutants!
Designer organelles bring new functionalities into cells – Science Daily
European Molecular Biology Laboratory – :For the first time, scientists have engineered the complex biological process of translation into a designer organelle in a living mammalian cell. Researchers used this technique to create a membraneless organelle that can build proteins from natural and synthetic amino acids carrying new functionality. | go to source

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Wireless, Physically-Unrestricted DNA Transfer Happens Between Microbes Inside Us

DNA can be transmitted…across physical boundaries.  That’s what researchers believe after conducting a study on microbes inside the human body.
Microbes in the human body swap genes, even across tissue boundaries, study indicates – Science Daily
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes with one another at a higher rate than is typically seen in nature, and some of those genes appear to be traveling — independent of their microbial hosts — from one part of the body to another, researchers report…..”Horizontal gene transfer is a major force of exchange of genetic information on Earth,” Caetano-Anollés said. “These exchanges allow microorganisms to adapt and thrive, but they are likely also important for human health. There are some bacteria that cannot live outside our bodies and some without which we cannot live.” | go to source

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Moses Will Lead them to Space, Not that Moses…..

PG Newser – Moses, Beth Moses, that is, is gong to join the pilots of Virgin Galactic as they head into space, and Beth was the ‘passenger’ guinea pig leading the way for other passengers to follow.
NewScientist – Beth Moses, the spaceflight firm’s chief astronaut instructor, joined pilots Mike Masucci and Dave Mackay on the flight. “She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back,” said Virgin Galactic in a tweet.  | go to source

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Count to Three, Because So Can Bees

PGNewser – It looks like bees are just a few generations away from taking over the planet, now that we’ve learned they can do math.
Science Daily – Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.Building on their finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers set out to test whether bees could perform arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. | go to source