Building BabyX

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The company Soul Machines, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has a unique approach to creating virtual humans. Their hyper-realistic “BabyX” is not merely the result of advanced 3D digital rendering.

Rather, BabyX has been built layer by layer—brain with bloody eyeballs attached, full neural system, and so on. The brain itself is structured to mimic a human brain—possessing a basal ganglia, an amygdala, the thalamus, and so on. Taking a more granular view, the brain chemistry operates on the interaction of virtual serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.

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The Effect Of Smartphones On Dream Quality And Recall

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Here’s a personal observation I’ve made over numerous occasions…but I didn’t even want to believe the conclusion. And that is: sleeping either listening to my iPhone (you know, to meditative music or a podcast) or having my iPhone even near me (by the pillow/on the bed) greatly messes up my dream quality and recall. I mean: messes them up to the point where it almost “bleaches” them out completely.

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The Living Library: DNA Used As Data Storage

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If you have lived as long as I have, you’ve seen a number of information storage systems come and go: vinyl records, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, the Cloud, and vinyl records. Their utility has varied, in terms of durability, storage size, bandwidth, and so on. But science is now perfecting what might be the ultimate form of data storage…

DNA.

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Suppose They Gave A Future And Nobody Cared?

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Last week, the White House unveiled an ambitious, wide-ranging, and revolutionary plan to outfit U.S. highways with electric car charging stations, and increase the number of Federal electric vehicles out on the road:

By working together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive America forward. Today’s announcements demonstrate a continued partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private sector to achieve these shared goals…

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Futureworld: Carnal Robots And Neuron-Blowing Sex

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Will the latest advances in artificial intelligence and robotic technology save humanity’s sex lives? “Sex and relationship expert” Laura Berman sure thinks so, singing the praises of post-human coitus in the Wall Street Journal article, “The Future Of Sex: It Gets Better.”

Berman suggests that sex robots and neuro-stimulation might solve many of the sexual problems plaguing our modern society—such as apparently meeting and interacting with other human beings, physically touching people, and dealing with less-than-physically-perfect potential partners:

You will be able to design your perfect mate, complete with the right voice and the artificial intelligence to whisper those sweet nothings at exactly the right time. Virtual romantic partners like Samantha in the movie “Her” will be a reality. In fact, a new app called Invisible Boyfriend is already out, sending you loving texts like a real boyfriend might.

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