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8 Scientists Share $3 Million in Prizes

June 4, 2010

Winners of the annual $1 million Kavli Prize in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience this year include Nadrian C. Seeman of New York University for structural DNA for use as nanorobots or in a DNA computer, Donald M. Eigler of IBM’s Almaden Research Center for picking up a single atom and moving it precisely to a different location, and Thomas Südhof of the Stanford School of Medicine, Richard H. Scheller of… read more

83 year-old woman got 3D-printed mandible

February 5, 2012

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The University of Hasselt (Belgium) has announced that Belgian and Dutch scientists have successfully replaced a lower jaw with a 3D printed model for a 83 year-old woman, 3Ders.org reports.

According to the researchers, It is the first custom-made implant in the world to replace an entire lower jaw.

Normally it takes a few days to produce a custom implant, but with 3D printing… read more

86 civil liberties groups and Internet companies demand an end to NSA spying

June 12, 2013

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A bipartisan coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies — including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, FreedomWorks, and the American Civil Liberties Union — are demanding swift action from Congress in light of the recent revelations about unchecked domestic surveillance, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In an open letter to lawmakers sent today, the groups call for a congressional investigatory committee, similar to… read more

9 Questions for Carnegie Mellon Robot Chief Matthew Mason

January 11, 2008

The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon is coming off a $2 million win in November’s DARPA Urban Challenge, and director Matthew Mason discussed what’s next, from the Google Lunar X Prize to super artificial intelligence.

$99 Raspberry Pi-sized ‘supercomputer’ touted in Kickstarter project

September 28, 2012

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Chipmaker Adapteva wants to make parallel computing available to everyone, using a Kickstarter project to raise at least $750,000 and a stretch goal of $3 million, Ars Technica reports.

Adapteva calls it “Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone,” a 16-core board hitting 13GHz and 26 gigaflops performance, costing $99 each. If the $3 million goal is hit, Adapteva will make a $199 64-core board hitting… read more

Autómata: a believable robot future

YOUR TIME IS COMING TO AN END. OURS IS NOW BEGINNING.
August 25, 2014

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George Mason University neuroscience researcher Todd Gillette got a preview of the forthcoming movie Autómata. It “caught me completely by surprise,” he said on his OnMason blog. “Starring Antonio Banderas, here we have a believable future (2044, 30 years from now) in which desertification is threatening society, and a single company is leading the way in intelligent robotics.”

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How to live forever film opens in S.F. Friday

July 6, 2011

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How to live forever opens Friday night July 8 in San Francisco at Landmark Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. (check www.liveforevermovie.com for tickets and exact showtimes).

As noted, the film features interviews with centenarians and longevity experts, including Ray Bradbury, Aubrey de Grey, Phyllis Diller, Ray Kurzweil, Jack LaLanne, John Robbins, Willard Scott, Suzanne Somers, Marianne Williamson and Buster Martin.

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The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to Do

July 8, 2013

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The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to Do, by Dr. Daniel Berleant (388 pages), the first book published by the Lifeboat Foundation, is available free (Kindle version) to KurzweilAI readers on July 8 as a one-day promo.

A non-fiction book verging on science fiction, its imaginative future scenarios include colonizing the planet Mercury (it has water at the poles), GPS-enabled… read more

The Last Pictures launches with EchoStar XVI satellite

November 19, 2012

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On November 20, Creative Time will launch an archival disc created by artist Trevor Paglen called The Last Pictures into outer space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Made of ultra-archival materials, the disc is expected to orbit the earth for billions of years affixed to the exterior of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI.

To create the artifact, Paglen micro-etched one hundred photographs selected to… read more

The Rapture of the Nerds by Stross, Doctorow published

September 9, 2012

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Science fiction author Charlie Stross announced Friday on his blog that The Rapture of the Nerds: A Tale of The Singularity, Posthumanity, and Awkward Social Situations, a new science fiction novel co-authored by Cory Doctorow, has been published by Tor Books.

The book is available now from Amazon and will soon be available for free download under a Creative… read more

The Singularity Is Near movie available today

July 23, 2012

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Is the Singularity near?

“Well, some amazing changes that are fantastically big and fantastically fast are coming our way,” says noted futurist Alvin Toffler in the much-anticipated movie, The Singularity Is Near, A True Story About the Future, available today.

The Singularity is Near stars Ramona, played by NCIS star Pauley Perrette, a superintelligent avatar (artificial-intelligence- based, human-like virtual person) created by AI wizard Ray Kurzweil (played… read more

The Singularity Is Near movie to be available this Summer

June 18, 2012

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The Singularity Is Near: a True Story About the Future movie will be available to the public this Summer, KurzweilAI announced today (June 16, 2012).

The movie will be available for downloading and via DVD.

A new website, singularity.com/themovie, launched today, includes a movie teaser and links to Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to be notified when… read more

Transcendent Man movie available on iTunes

March 1, 2011

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Transcendent Man, a film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, is available today, Tuesday March 1, on iTunes in the United States.

Rental $3.99 SD / $4.99 HD; Purchase $13.99 SD / $19.99 HD.

Transcendent Man opens in top ten on iTunes in Canada; March 1 U.S. release planned

February 24, 2011

Los Angeles screening sold out two nights (photo: Chris Lorello)

The documentary film Transcendent Man (2011, 87 minutes), has been released exclusively on iTunes in Canada, rising to #7 among all movies in its first day of sales.

The critically acclaimed movie will be available March 1 on iTunes in the U.S. and on DVD in Canada the same day. It will also be available starting March 1 on Movies On Demand on cable in the U.S.… read more

2B: the Era of Flesh Is Over film to premiere at Woodstock Film Festival

October 1, 2009

2B: The Era of Flesh Is Over, a science-fiction film set in the near future, will have its world premiere at the 10th anniversary Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, NY on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

A panel discussion, “Redesigning Humanity: the New Frontier,” moderated by bioethicist James J. Hughes, including Ray Kurzweil, 2B film executive producer Martine Rothblatt, and author Wendell Wallach and… read more

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