News of The Future This Week: July 26, 2019

“Shoot for the moon.  You might get there.”–Buzz Aldrin

“Shoot for the moon.  If you miss you’ll end up in the stars.”–Artie Shaw

Questions of the day: 1. Is a manned return to the moon possible by 2024?  Is a fusion-generated power plant possible by 2025?  Will cyborgs rule the world in 2100?  Answers1. Maybe. 2. Maybe 3. Most of us are already cyborgs.    Read on for details.

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Moon/NASA/SpaceX–Can NASA make it back to a manned landing on the moon by their target date of 2024?  Elon Musk  wants to do them one better, claiming his SpaceX may make a cargo landing on the lunar surface by 2021 and follow that up with a manned mission in 2022.  Take that with a grain of salt,  along with all of Elon’s other projections.

–One thing NASA will likely need, if American astronauts will make it back to the moon by 2024, is an updated space suit.  The current model dates to 1977.

Sustainable energy/fusion–The world’s first fusion powered reactor cleared a key hurdle on the road to projected commercial fusion energy by 2025.  It seems as if Fusion power has been 10-20 years away for the last 40 years. We’ll see…

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Transhumanism–British scientist James Lovelock is predicting that the world will be ruled by cyborgs in the year 2100.  Really?  The definition of cyborg, according to Dictionary.com, is a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent on a mechanical or electronic device.  Based on the way most of us are welded to our smart phones, I’d say this has already happened.

Transport--Sorry Back to The Future fans, the hoverboard is still a work in progress.  Frenchman Franky Zapata failed in his attempt to fly a hoverboard of his own invention across the English Channle.  OK, who ever heard of a Frenchman named Franky? (video below)

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Artificial Intelligence–A new study commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science has some bad news for companies, big and small, that are selling A.I. that detects human intelligence.  They say it can’t be trusted.

Aging/Longevity–Nucleotide synthesis–or lack thereof–has been identified as a key factor in cellular senescence.   A study by researchers at the University of South Carolina suggest that preventing cells from losing nucleotide synthesi–which creates the building blocks of DNA–could slow the aging process.

Computing/chip technology–IEEE has issued a new roadmap for device design and manufacturing.  A varitey of technologies are discussed in the document which lays out a path to one nanometer devices by 2033.

The latest Seeking Delphi™ podcast features a conversation with Matt Ward, host of The Disruptors.

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News of The Future This Week: July 17, 2019

Returning after an extended summer break.

“I poured spot remover on my dog.  Now he’s gone.”–Steven Wright

Is your dog gone? Not to worry, it seems that similar technology to human facial recognition might help you find it.

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Artificial Intelligence/Dogs–If you think being tracked by facial recognition is creepy, how do you think your dog will react to being tracked by its nose prints? A Chinese A.I. company is doing just that–for the expressed purpose of identifying lost dogs.

–If that sounds odd, a group of cognitive biologists and computer scientists wants to grant internet access to higher intelligence members of the animal kingdom like apes, elephants and dolphins.  And you thought human tweet storms were crazy?

 Transhumanism/Neuroscience–Elon Musk unveiled details of his Neurolink venture, and its plans to interlace the brain with a chip or sensors connected by hundreds of microwires.  The initial plan is to help individuals with neurological or sensory impediments;  the long range plan is…well…maybe the Matrix?  YouTube video of Musk’s presentation here.

–In a somewhat related sphere, Intel reports that its most advanced neuromorphic system now consists of 8 million neurons, and will reach 100 million by 2020.  (Compare that, though, to the 100 billion neurons in a human brain).

Space/Moon/Apollo 11–As the U.S. celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a Gallup poll shows that for the first time public opinion swings in favor of a manned mission to Mars.  In the mean time, Fast Company reminds us that the Apollo program was unpopular enough, at the time, for Eisenhower to call JFK “nuts.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that India’s population is “pumped” in anticipation of its first unmanned lunar launch, which was scheduled for this week.   Unfortunately, technical glitches have delayed the mission until at least late July.

–In the mean time, Engadget reports that France is creating a “Space Command” to defent its satellites.  The venture will be part of the country’s air force.

Ready for prime tme? Image: Boston Dynamics

Robotics–Boston Dynamics’ robots are getting ready to leave the lab.  The Verge asks whether the world is ready.

 

Longevity Extension–While telomeres and telomerase may not turn out to be the holy grail of aging, they certainly have their role in the diseases of aging.  Dr. Maria Blasco, one of the presenters at the second annual Ending Age-Related Diseases conference held July 11 and 12 in New York, is seen below in an impromptu news conference, talking about some of her work.

(Video credit: Mark Sackler for Seeking Delphi™)

Coming soon to the Seeking Delphi™ podcast, Matt Ward on disruptors.

 

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Podcast Special Edition Mini-Cast: Preview of The 2019 Ending-Age Related Diseases Conference

“As far as I’m concerned, ageing is humanity’s worst problem, by some serious distance.”–Aubrey de Grey

 

 

If we could prevent the diseases of aging, we could prevent aging itself.  We could empower “older” people to work like younger people for as long as they want to–if they want to.  In this Seeking Delphi™ special edition mini-cast, Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) presidnet Keith Comito joins host Mark Sackler to discuss the upcoming Ending-Age Releated Diseases conference, to be held July 11 and 12 at  Cooper Union, New York, NY, USA.  The biggest names in ending research will be there to present, including Aubrey de Grey of SENS Foundation and George Church of Rejuvenate Bio and Harvard University.

LEAF has provided a special 10% discount code for our listenters: DELPHI2019. ; You can register and access the discout HERE.

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Podcast #31: Ethically Aligned Design in Autonomous Systems with John C. Havens

“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.”–Elon Musk

 

Our thoughts–or theirs?

One might easily say about the notion of the ethics of disruptive technology–much like Mark Twain’s misattributed missive about the weather–that “everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.”  But IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, is doing something.   Freshly minted from their Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems,  is the 290-page first edition of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-Being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.  If that title sounds like a mouthful, it ought to.  The issues that need to be addressed, to prevent the summoning of the demon that Elon Musk warns of,  are complex.

In Seeking Delphi podcast #31, host Mark Sackler talks at length with John C. Havens,  executive director of the initiative, about the massive effort, with hundreds of volunteers, that went into this volume.  Havens previously was a guest on  Seeking Delphi™ episode #17, to discuss the challenges of ethics in A.I. design and implementation.  He is also the author of Heartificial Intelligence on Emotion A.I.

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Podcast Special Edition: X Prize Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap

“The challenge is that the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. And crazy ideas are very risky to attempt”–Peter Diamandis

 

Peter Diamandis addresses the Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap workshop at the X Prize Foundation, April 29, 2019.

If you want to know the raison d’etre of the X Prize, you need go no further than the Peter Diamandis quote above.  It’s all about pushing the boundaries of science and technology.  It’s about achieving the heretofore unachievable.

The Future of Longevity X Prize Impact Roadmap workshop was held at the X Prize Foundation headquarters in Culver City, CA, April 29-30. 2019.  It brought together dozens of diverse thought leaders across science, industry and longvity advocacy.   Sponsored by X Prize board member, and Longevity Vision Fund founder, Sergey Young, its aim was to brainstorm ideas for a longevity X Prize.     This Seeking Delphi™ special edition podcast features interviews and commentary from the workshop.

 

 

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Highlights of 2019 Undoing Aging

 

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Podcast #30: Ambient Science and Digital Twins with Katalin Bártfai-Walcott

“Constant togetherness is fine–but only for Siamese twins.”–Victoria Billings

 

As the internet of things, edge computing, and 5G connectivity all converge, we move relentlessly toward a world of ambient computing.   It will be always on, ever around us and responding to us, whether we realize it or not.  How do ambient computing and digital twins combine in the realm of ambient science?  Intel’s Katalin Bártfai-Walcott joins me on the newest Seeking Delphi™ podcast to discuss exactly what this is and what its implications might be.

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Podcast Special Edition: Highlights of The 2019 Undoing Aging Conference

“A gracefull and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.”–Pindar 

 

The returns are in.  The 2019 Undoing Aging conference, held in Berlin, March 28-30,  was a smash hit.  500 attendees (a sellout) heard the latest on dozens of lines of research to slow, stop, or reverse the ravages of aging.  At 68,  I can only hope that the progress accelerates.   In this podcast special edition, we;ll hear, once again, from Aubrey de Grey, as well as Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Vadim Gladyshev (Harvard University) and José Cordeiro (author of La Muerte de la Muerte, and candidate for the European parliament).

But as science progresses,  we need to be looking ahead to the societal implications of radically extended life span.  To that end, I’ll be attending The Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap workshop at the headquarters of the XPrize in Culver City, CA later this month

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Podcast Special Edition: Highlights of the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference, with Aubrey de Grey, et al

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2019 conference at Undoing-Aging.org

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SENS Research Foundation

Forever Healthy Foundation

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José Luis Cordeiro bio

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