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From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps

From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps In the 15 years since I first introduced the term “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), the AI field has advanced tremendously. We now have self-driving cars, automated face recognition and image captioning, machine translation and expert AI game-players, and so much more.…
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From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps

From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps In the 15 years since I first introduced the term “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), the AI field has advanced tremendously. We now have self-driving cars, automated face recognition and image captioning, machine translation and expert AI game-players, and so much more.…
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New DNA Synthesis Method Could Soon Build a Genome in a Day

New DNA Synthesis Method Could Soon Build a Genome in a Day Synthetic biologists are the computer programmers of biology. Their code? DNA. The whole enterprise sounds fantastical: you insert new snippets of DNA code—in the form of a chain of A, T, C, G letters—into an organism, and bam! Suddenly you have bacteria that…
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Inside a $1 Billion Real Estate Company Operating Entirely in VR

Inside a $1 Billion Real Estate Company Operating Entirely in VR Born during the aftermath of the financial meltdown a decade ago, a publicly-traded real estate brokerage called eXp Realty is establishing itself as one of the brightest rising companies in its industry—and one of the most creative users of digital technology today. By several…
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Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare

Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare We are on the brink of a revolution in healthcare. AI is making the drug discovery process >100X faster and cheaper, and 90 percent more likely to succeed in clinical trials. Mobile health is predicted to become a $102 billion market by 2022, putting a virtual doctor, on-demand,…
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Laws of Flight: As Drones Take Off, Regulation Lags

Laws of Flight: As Drones Take Off, Regulation Lags In 2014, a drone got tangled in the power lines outside a South Carolina prison carrying a small payload of marijuana and a cellphone. Police arrested a man in a nearby campsite who’d been running this smuggling operation using radio-controlled drones. A year later, a civilian-operated…
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Have We Reached the Limit of Human Longevity? New Study Says No

Have We Reached the Limit of Human Longevity? New Study Says No In 1997, when Jeannne Loise Calment died at the age of 122, she was the longest-living human on record. But she won’t always be. According to a new study published last week in Science, humans are nowhere near our maximum lifespan—if such a…
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VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises

VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises Two weeks ago, I gave my first virtual reality presentation—a virtual fireside chat with my friend Philip Rosedale, the CEO of High Fidelity and creator of Second Life. At the time, in conjunction with the event, my blog revisited a conversation I had with Philip…
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Transdifferentiation Can Create An Endless Supply of Brain Cells—And Fast

Transdifferentiation Can Create An Endless Supply of Brain Cells—And Fast Cellular reprogramming is like the fairytale of spinning straw into gold: you take an abundant, mundane cell type, dose it with a cocktail of chemicals, and voilà—now you have an unlimited supply of therapeutic cells ready for action. You’ve probably heard of the superstar in…
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How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Us Live Longer

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Us Live Longer What if we could generate novel molecules to target any disease, overnight, ready for clinical trials? Imagine leveraging machine learning to accomplish with 50 people what the pharmaceutical industry can barely do with an army of 5,000. It’s a multibillion-dollar opportunity that can help billions. The worldwide…
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