Researchers Cure Diabetes in Mice

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Researchers in California have turned skin cells in mice into insulin producing beta cells, effectively curing the animals of diabetes. They hope to achieve similar results in human cells, paving the way to an eventual cure for a disease that affects millions of people around the world. Original story by Ben Gruber for Reuters:

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Peering into Our Future’s Black Hole: AI, Transhumanism and the End of Humanity

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These are the videos of my presentation at the 2014 Podcamp Toronto. This year I decided that it is best not to speak about podcasting but rather focus on issues familiar to readers of Singularity Weblog – artificial intelligence, transhumanism and the technological singularity. The session was intended to provide a brief introduction of the issues and to engage a broader audience of people who are generally not familiar with the topic. You can listen to and/or download the complete audio file above, or see my […]

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Singularity Weblog Layout Testing and Design Changes

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I have not done any design changes to Singularity Weblog for over 18 months. And I am afraid that the look and feel of my blog are starting to age. There are 3 main reasons for taking so long: 1. Design changes take a lot of time Until now I have not been convinced that investing my scarce time in redesigning Singularity Weblog will be time better spent than that invested in creating more new and unique high-quality content. After all, you come here for the […]

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It’s Future Day: Happy Tenth Millennium!

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The Ancient Greeks had a word for the largest number that they could conceive of. It was the myriad and it meant literally ten thousand. Coincidentally, that’s roughly the age of human civilization. So today, on Future Day I’m celebrating civilization’s first myriad. Ten thousand years ago was the beginning of the Neolithic period, sometimes called the Anthropocene period – the era in which humans would begin to exert a permanent and profound influence over their environment. Prior to this, the fate of the planet was […]

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Grady Booch: Enjoy the beauty of what you’re doing but also take responsibility!

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Grady Booch is an IBM fellow, best-selling author, software engineer, geek, philosopher, storyteller, entrepreneur and former US air-force serviceman, who used to work on the secret space shuttle military program. If his bio is not enough to make you watch the interview on its own, let me just add that this was one of the most frank and fun conversations that I have had so far on Singularity 1 on 1. So don’t waste any more time reading but hit the play button and watch the […]

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Androklis Polymenis gives 1 Million NXT to Brain Preservation

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Generous donor Androklis Polymenis has been a Singularity 1 on 1 fan since the very first episodes of my podcast and I was very happy to help facilitate this donation to the Brain Preservation Foundation in support of their vital research in long-term static storage. Here is the full text of the official PR release: Androklis Polymenis Donates 1 Million NXT coins to Brain Preservation Foundation Ashburn, VA— The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) has received a one million NXT coin ($43,000) donation from the digital currency […]

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Hiroshi Ishiguro on Singularity 1 on 1: Technology is a way to understand what is human!

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I first met Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro at last year’s GF2045 conference in New York. Dr. Ishiguro is known around the world for his android, geminoid and telenoid robots and I have been trying to get him on my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast ever since we met. At last, last week we were able to find an empty slot in his busy schedule and I was able to ask him a few questions. During our 50 min conversation with Dr. Ishiguro we cover a variety of […]

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