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December 2016

Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs (Sveta McShane)

Over the next few weeks, while browsing cuties on the dating app, Tinder, you may find an image of a celebrity with an ‘organ donor’ icon next to their photo. By swiping right (usually an action which means “sexy!”), you will be given the option to register as an organ donor.In what might seem an unlikely partnership, Tinder has partnered with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to recruit organ donors.

Why? Desperate times sometimes call for unconventional measures…

Source: Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs

Solar power becoming world’s cheapest form of electricity production, analysts say (Ian Johnston)

Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts.Data produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) showed the cost of solar in 58 lower-income countries – including China, Brazil and India – had fallen to about a third of levels in 2010 and was now slightly cheaper than wind energy.

In August, an auction to supply electricity in Chile achieved the record low price of $29.10 (£23.30) per megawatt-hour – a record low price and about half the price of a coal competitor…

Source: Solar power becoming world’s cheapest form of electricity production, analysts say | The Independent

3D Printed Organs and the Super-Fast Hyperloop: Dubai is Accelerating the Future (Jolene Creighton)

In the 1960s, humanity was largely confined to planet Earth. In fact, most people were confined to their own home cities—even just communicating with someone on the other side of the globe was a trial, say nothing about traversing the distance yourself.

But fast-forward 50 years, and the world is an entirely different place.High-speed internet lets us have a seamless (and instantaneous) face-to-face conversation with people who are quite literally on the other side of the world. Planes are so readily available and flights so cheap that it is possible for most anyone to get a ticket and land on the other side of the planet that same day. Even autonomous cars are (slowly) becoming ubiquitous. And of course, man has walked on the Moon…

Source: 3D Printed Organs and the Super-Fast Hyperloop: Dubai is Accelerating the Future

Big Push for Virtual World Creation: Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (Cade Metz)

Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud. That’s the call from Google as it gets behind a tiny British startup called Improbable. Founded by two Cambridge graduates and backed by $20 million in funding from the venture capitalists at Andreessen Horowitz, Improbable offers a new way of building virtual worlds, including not just immersive games à la Second Life or World of Warcraft, but also vast digital simulations of real cities, economies, and biological systems. The idea is that these virtual worlds can run in a holistic way across a practically infinite network of computers, so that they can expand to unprecedented sizes and reach new levels of complexity…

Source: Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR | WIRED

Great Update of an already awesome Slidedeck on the Mobile Ecosystem: Mobile is eating the world (Benedict Evans)

As we pass 2.5bn smartphones on earth and head towards 5bn, and mobile moves from creation to deployment, the questions change. What’s the state of the smartphone, machine learning and ‘GAFA’, and what can we build as we stand on the shoulders of giants?

Source: Mobile is eating the world — Benedict Evans

http://slides.com/benedictevans/mew

Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association (Lucas Matney)

After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs.There’s still a sizable amount of fragmentation in the industry as well a high chance of failure for many of the efforts currently being undertaken. For these reasons some of the biggest names in the industry, Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have joined forces to create the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) which aims to “unlock and maximize VR’s potential,” but its really not clear what this all means for consumers…

Source: Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association | TechCrunch

Ask the Futurists: 10 Bold Predictions for 2030 (Atlantic RE:THINK)

Tens of billions of devices, sensors, vehicles and people will become interconnected over the next 10 to 15 years as the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) expands from about 11 billion connections today, to 30 billion by 2020, to 80 billion by 2025. And in fact, those estimates may prove low.But the good news is, estimates will become increasingly easier to make.“In the future, we’ll be able to better predict the future,” said Tom Bradicich, vice president and general manager of Servers and Internet of Things Systems for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Algorithms will build on algorithms, with every prediction smarter than the last. Bradicich isn’t alone in his opinion on how interconnectedness will transform transportation…

Source: HPE Matter | Ask the Futurists: 10 Bold Predictions for 2030

According to Kazuo Ishiguro we will soon be able to create Humans who are superior to other Humans (June Javelosa)

According to Kazuo Ishiguro, there are three areas of science that are set to transform how we live and interact with others over the next few decades: gene editing, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI).Ishiguro, granted, is best known as one of the most celebrated fiction writers today. He is behind the novel Never Let Me Go, the story of a dystopian future where humans are cloned to be organ donors. But the possibility of a future so fundamentally changed by scientific advancements could be more than the fruit of the author’s creativity and imagination…

Source: Kazuo Ishiguro: Soon, We Will Be Able to Create Humans Who Are Superior to Other Humans

The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed (Peter Diamandis)

Are you scared of artificial intelligence (AI)?Do you believe the warnings from folks like Prof. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others?Is AI the greatest tool humanity will ever create, or are we “summoning the demon”?To quote the head of AI at Singularity University, Neil Jacobstein, “It’s not artificial intelligence I’m worried about, it’s human stupidity.”In a recent Abundance 360 webinar, I interviewed Bryan Johnson, the founder of a new company called Kernel which he seeded with $100 million.To quote Bryan, “It’s not about AI vs. humans. Rather, it’s about creating HI, or ‘Human Intelligence’: the merger of humans and AI.”Let’s dive in…

Source: The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed

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