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MessagePosté le: Sam 8 Aoû - 05:00 (2015)    Sujet du message: DES MOUCHES OGM BIENTÔT DISSEMINEES EN ESPAGNE? Répondre en citant

DES MOUCHES OGM BIENTÔT DISSEMINEES EN ESPAGNE?

Publié par wikistrike.com sur 7 Août 2015, 09:12am

Catégories : #Ecologie - conso - biodiversité - énergie



Oxitec veut lâcher jusqu'à 5000 mouches transgéniques par semaine près de Tarragone. 

La société britannique Oxitec prévoit de lâcher des mouches de l'olive GM en Espagne. Ces insectes sont génétiquement modifiés de façon à ce que les descendants femelles meurent au stade de larve alors que leurs congénères mâles survivent. Les mouches Oxitec sont porteuses d'ADN synthétique combinant l'ADN d'organismes marins, de bactéries, de virus et d'autres insectes. L'essai doit avoir lieu dans un terrain proche de Tarragone, d'une superficie de 1000 m2 et recouvert d'un filet. Une large coalition d'organisations environnementales et agricoles émanant principalement du bassin méditerranéen (France, Grèce, Italie, Portugal et Espagne) exige à présent que la dissémination de ces mouches GM soit complètement interdite. 

Sa crainte : que les mouches échappent à la zone de test et soient à l'origine d'une propagation incontrôlée. Les mouches de l'olive sont considérées comme une espèce qui se propage rapidement lorsque l'habitat lui est favorable. Au fil du temps, les mouches GM pourraient coloniser toute la région méditerranéenne. Cette technologie peut potentiellement mettre en danger la biodiversité et l'avenir de la production d'olives dans le bassin méditerranéen, écrit la coalition des organisations environnementales et agricoles. C'est pourquoi il est important que ces organismes ne soient pas disséminés. 

Il n'est pas encore clair à ce jour si l'essai a été autorisé par les autorités espagnoles. Si oui, ce serait la première dissémination d'animaux génétiquement modifiés dans l'UE. Une première demande d'Oxitec visant à lâcher des mouches transgéniques en Espagne a été retirée en 2013 encore, après des protestations publiques. La récente demande d'Oxitec a été déposée en mars 2015, mais elle n'est apparue dans le registre public de l'UE qu'en juillet. Le début des essais était prévu pour juillet 2015. 

Les mouches de l'olive peuvent causer des dommages économiques importants aux producteurs d'olives. Actuellement, elles sont combattues à l'aide d'insecticides ou de moyens biologiques. Pour les producteurs d'olives biologiques, l'impact économique des essais sur le terrain pourrait être désastreux. En cas de propagation incontrôlée, leurs produits pourraient être contaminés par des larves transgéniques et devenir impropres à la vente sous label bio.

 
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AIR FORCE EMBARKS ON GENOMIC MEDICINE WITH PHASE II OF STUDY



8/12/2015By: Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs Office

Related Topics: Medical Research and Development, Research and Innovation

http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Research-and-Innovation
The Air Force Medical Service has partnered with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., to prepare the medical community for the integration of genomic medicine.

Genomics is the scientific study of complex diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer which are typically caused more by a combination of genetic and environmental factors than by individual genes, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Through the Clinical Utility Study (CUS), a robust longitudinal project approved by the Air Force Research Laboratory Institutional Review Board, researchers are studying the effects of personalized medical information delivery to Air Force personnel by examining participant behavior modifications, changes in medical management and long-term health outcomes. 

"Since 2010 when the study began, more than 2,000 AFMS personnel have volunteered to become part of the Air Force CUS cohort of the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative," said Maj. (Dr.) Ruth Brenner, chief of AFMS Personalized Medicine, Air Force Medical Support Agency.
The collaborative includes a number of academic institutions including Stanford University, Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, and other research partners.

Study participants submit a saliva sample for DNA analysis, activate a secure online account, and then complete questionnaires based on personal, family, medical and social history, according to Brenner.  Once the genomic testing is complete, individuals are notified via email that results are available to them.

"Coriell engages two teams of accomplished researchers who rigorously review medical literature and determine which health conditions and what medication information is clinically actionable and can be reported to participants, the Informed Cohort Oversight Board and Pharmacogenomics Advisory Group," explained Brenner.

Currently approved conditions include and are not limited to: Type II diabetes, obesity, coronary artery disease, and melanoma; clopidogrel, warfarin and codeine are a few of the medications included in the drug metabolism reports.

"Subjects access their results through a secure online CUS website and are presented with both genomic risks and risks based on other factors such as diet, lifestyle and family history.  These reports are not entered into the Air Force medical record and are only shared with the participant," said Brenner. "Study participants receive new risk reports monthly."

Complimentary genetic counseling services are provided by Coriell for study participants and medical providers with whom they share their risk reports.

During phase I, more than 2,100 AFMS volunteers became CUS participants at stateside Air Force base enrollment events.  About 1,300 participants have activated their accounts and have received more than 28,000 personalized risk reports combined.  Now in phase II, the study population has expanded to include all Active Duty members and their spouses, as well as Air Force retirees and their spouses, and allows for online enrollment.

"This broadening of the cohort will enable researchers to examine areas of interest as approved by Air Force leadership, including cardiovascular health and obesity," said Brenner. 

For more information, visit the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative website.

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original story.

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MessagePosté le: Mer 19 Aoû - 04:52 (2015)    Sujet du message: ‘TERRIFYING’ TERMINATOR-LIKE ROBOT LET LOOSE IN US WOODS (VIDEO) Répondre en citant

‘TERRIFYING’ TERMINATOR-LIKE ROBOT LET LOOSE IN US WOODS  (VIDEO)

Voici encore un article "rassurant" de plus ! Bientôt armés, ces tas de ferraille feront des ravages au nom des militaires fascistes qui les lâcheront sur les populations... Vic.



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MessagePosté le: Mer 19 Aoû - 04:57 (2015)    Sujet du message: SCIENTISTS DEVELOP ROBOT THAT CAN ”BREED” Répondre en citant

SCIENTISTS DEVELOP ROBOT THAT CAN ”BREED”

DES SCIENTIFIQUES DEVELOPPENT UN ROBOT QUI PEUT SE "REPRODUIRE". La folie est désormais généralisée et TOTALE ! Les mondialistes, aidés en cela par leurs Frankensteins préférés des labos, sont sur le point de faire de notre monde un trou sinistre où robots et cyborgs auront remplacé les êtres humains ! Vic.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:10



  By: Nicholas West | TechSwarm

When I wrote an article in January 2014 entitled, “Robots to Breed with Each Other and Humans by 2045,” it was met with some skepticism to say the least. Although some very influential and credible people in robotics and cybernetics were the ones making the claims, there was a bit of leap of definition required when talking about robots literally “breeding” and having “babies.”

George Zarkadakis, an artificial intelligence engineer, defined breeding in terms of autonomous robots aiming to produce superior offspring, whether through 3D printing or at the molecular level through their silicon and carbon make-up.

Professor Noel Sharkey from England’s Sheffield University pointed to the same concept as the “Wikipedia for Robots” – through a simple software swap, new intelligence could be created, as well as the likelihood of other upgrades like virus protection.

Other studies went even further to suggest that an emotional connection is already being made between humans and robots, which would enable actual breeding to take place among the two “species.”  Professor Kevin Warwick from the Institution of Engineering and Technology in an interview with MailOnline stated:
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‘just about anything is possible’ and . . . there are already robots with biological brains that mix biological and technological parts.


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‘This is not science fiction,’ he said.


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He believes that robots capable of breeding with each other could be produced using current research and technologies but it will likely take 20 to 30 years before they could be used on Earth – and there are questions to be asked about whether this is a good idea.


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research into creating cyborgs as a result of ‘breeding’ with robots, and creating robots that breed with each other, depends on social acceptance, Professor Warwick said.


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‘Over the next 20 to 30 years the question will be on the table and we have to face ethical issues.’


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Outlandish and sensationalistic as it might seem, CNBC just posted an article which far outdid my own, entitled “Scientists make a robot that can have babies.”

http://right.is/r2/?url=http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/12/scientists-make-a-ro… Of course, they go on to explain that’s it’s not quite the type of birth to which humans might be accustomed. Nevertheless, it combines some of what is discussed above, and at least indicates that robots are continuing along the path of self-directed evolution.
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Everyone who thinks robots are going to take over the world might be getting a lot more frightened: Scientists have created a machine that’s able to have babies. Sort of.


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In an experiment designed to show how robots can learn and evolve, researchers in Cambridge and Zurich programmed a robot arm—or “mother”—with an algorithm to create a device made out of blocks containing motors—its “child”.


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The blocks are assembled into a structure by the robot arm, and the motors are turned on. A camera detects how far the blocks are able to travel. The robot arm sees this, and then modifies the next “baby” to try to make it go further, learning from the mistakes and good traits of the last one.


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This is all done without human intervention. The research was published in the journal PLOS One.



Despite CNBC’s downplaying the fears that many have about the evolution of killer robots, given the evidence of this type of autonomous evolution, to suggest that there is no worry whatsoever seems irresponsible. Our human minds have created dystopian scenarios in fiction – aka cautionary tales – but it appears that the robots could be on pace to learn their lessons faster than we have.


Nicholas West writes for TechSwarm and Activist Post

The article Scientists Develop Robot That Can ”Breed” published by TheSleuthJournal – Real News Without Synthetics

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http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/scientists-develop-robot-that-can-breed/


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 20 Aoû - 08:44 (2015)    Sujet du message: INNOROBO 2015 Répondre en citant

INNOROBO 2015

Visite du plus grand salon européen de robotique

(Lyon - France)



VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzMQ1rL8Xuw

Catherine Simon, fondatrice et présidente du salon international Innorobo qui se tient chaque année à Lyon, nous parle de robots, l'occasion pour Méta-Media de vous montrer quelques spécimens automatisés



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MessagePosté le: Sam 22 Aoû - 04:02 (2015)    Sujet du message: TECHNOLOGIE ET ROBOTS : LE FORUM ECONOMIQUE MONDIAL (DAVOS) ANNONCE LA FIN DU TRAVAIL TEL QUE NOUS LE CONNAISSONS, ET LA FIN DE LA CLASSE MOYENNE Répondre en citant



TECHNOLOGIE ET ROBOTS : LE FORUM ECONOMIQUE MONDIAL (DAVOS) ANNONCE LA FIN DU TRAVAIL TEL QUE NOUS LE CONNAISSONS, ET LA FIN DE LA CLASSE MOYENNE
 
15 juillet 2015 13 h 50 min·


 
Le Forum économique mondial vient de publier un article de Jean Pisani-Ferry, conseiller au Plan pour le gouvernement français, qui annonce la fin du travail tel que nous le connaissons. Technologie et robots sont là, et leur emprise croissante permet de penser que le monde du travail en sera profondément bouleversé, affirme-t-il. Tout en rappelant que la plupart des avancées technologiques ont permis le développement de nouveaux métiers et la création d’emplois, il ne cache pas combien les robots vont rendre obsolètes certaines professions qui peuvent parfaitement être mécanisées grâce à l’informatique. Ce sont les métiers exercés par la classe moyenne qui sont les plus menacés.
 

Le Forum économique mondial, faut-il le rappeler, est l’organisateur des réunions jadis très secrètes de Davos et qui aujourd’hui reçoivent une publicité très calculée.
 

Le Forum économique mondial offre une tribune à Jean Pisani-Ferry pour annoncer la fin du travail traditionnel et de la classe moyenne
 
Les tâches routinières seront les premières affectées. Pisani-Ferry prévoit une hémorragie particulière parmi les employés et les professionnels qui font du traitement de données : les comptables par exemple. A l’inverse, les « créatifs » ou les soignants pourraient prospérer et voir leur productivité augmenter grâce aux nouvelles techniques – il cite les chirurgiens ou les coiffeurs.
 
« Les bouleversements qui en résulteront dans la structure du marché du travail pourraient être au moins aussi importants que le nombre d’emplois affectés. Les économistes qualifient de “polarisation de l’emploi” l’issue la plus probable de ce phénomène. L’automatisation crée des emplois de services en bas de l’échelle des salaires, et augmente la quantité et la profitabilité des emplois en haut de l’échelle. Mais le milieu du marché du travail en sera vidé », écrit-il.
 
L’article publié par le Forum économique mondial estime qu’on a vu cette tendance s’installer aux Etats-Unis il y a plusieurs décennies, et qu’elle se constate maintenant en Europe. « Depuis la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la classe moyenne a constitué la colonne vertébrale de la démocratie, de l’engagement social et de la stabilité ; ceux qui n’y appartenaient pas pouvaient de manière réaliste aspirer à la rejoindre, ou même croire qu’ils en faisaient partie, lorsque ce n’était pas le cas. Au fur et à mesure que les changements du marché du travail détruisent la classe moyenne, une nouvelle ère de rivalité des classes pourrait se déclencher (si ce n’est déjà fait) », prévient Jean Pisani-Ferry.
 
Le rôle des classes moyennes pour maintenir la stabilité d’une société n’est pas une découverte nouvelle : Aristote l’évoquait déjà. Les choix actuels ouvrent (délibérément ?) la voie à une paupérisation généralisée, mais aussi à des situations propices aux changements révolutionnaires. Les « sauts qualitatifs brusques », dirait le marxisme.
 

Technologie et robots vont bouleverser le monde du travail en détruisant les emplois des classes moyennes
 
En acceptant aveuglément ces changements nés de la technologie, on fait donc le lit d’une société éclatée, une « dissociété ».
 
Les nouvelles plateformes digitales participent aussi de cette révolution, selon l’auteur. Uber – qui vend des courses de voitures et les évaluations des clients – fait partie de ces nouvelles formes de consommation qui transforment le travail en « valeur marchande », soumise aux fluctuations du marché. Illégale aujourd’hui, une telle entreprise sera acceptée demain parce que le cadre du droit du travail changera, assure Pisani-Ferry.
 
Les plus créatifs échappent à ce marché des salaires et des services vendus au prix du marché, en créant à leur sortie de formation de nouvelles entreprises où les risques pris aujourd’hui pourraient s’avérer très lucratifs demain – au détriment du classique contrat de travail et de l’imposition annuelle du revenu qui s’avérera moins intéressante, selon l’auteur.
 
Mais on peut prévoir la multiplication des laissés pour compte dans ce système qui apparaît comme inéluctable.
 
Il faut donc « repenser les institutions et les pratiques basées sur les contrats de travail traditionnels », et notamment les cotisations sociales, afin de maîtriser ces « transformations technologiques pour le bénéfice collectif ».
 
Autrement dit, donner à chacun une part du gâteau ? C’est la promesse de tous les socialismes, et on n’a jamais vu que cela fonctionne…
 

Anne Dolhein

http://reinformation.tv/technologie-robots-forum-economique-mondial-fin-travail-classe-moyenne-39168/


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HUGE!! BACTERIA WITH 6 DNA BASE PAIRS! "INVENTING LIFE FOR OUR OWN GOOD"



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MessagePosté le: Jeu 27 Aoû - 08:58 (2015)    Sujet du message: HUMANS PRETENDING TO BE GOD Répondre en citant

HUMANS PRETENDING TO BE GOD

August 13th, 2015 |
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http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?author=3


By Roger Oakland
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When I first became a Christian some thirty-five years ago, the topic of genetically redesigning life was still considered science fiction. While predictions were being made about the possibility of designing chimera-like hybrids of monstrous proportions, the reality of that happening seemed far off in the future.
Not so today. Quoting from a recent Russian news article titled “Human-animal Hybrids, Disasters in the Making,” the following statement is made:
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Scientists worldwide are creating bizarre human-animal hybrids that could wreak havoc on society. In the past ten years alone, unforgettable advances in the field of genetic modifications have left researchers and on-lookers stunned. To give a concrete example, scientists have made mice with an artificial human chromosome “in every cell of their bodies”. Such an act is being praised as a “breakthrough” which may lead to different cures for a wide scope of disease. . . University of Wisconsin researchers have had much success by transferring cells from human embryos into the brains of mice. These very cells began to grow, and in time made the mice more intelligent. [1]



While this may sound bizarre to some, the fact mankind is tinkering with life comes as no surprise to those who have read the Bible. The Bible states that God is the creator of all life. In the beginning, all life was created perfect (Genesis 1:26). The Bible also clarifies that God has an adversary—Satan—who hates God and His creation. Satan’s goal from the beginning has been to destroy or contaminate the original creation. Click here to read this entire article.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 28 Aoû - 05:35 (2015)    Sujet du message: AEODRS TACTICAL EOD ROBOTIC PROGRAM APPROVED FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT PHASE Répondre en citant

AEODRS TACTICAL EOD ROBOTIC PROGRAM APPROVED FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT PHASE

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Story Number: NNS150827-17Release Date: 8/27/2015 4:10:00 PM 

From NAVSEA Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command approved Milestone B for the Advance Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Tactical Operations variant (Increment 2) Aug. 18.

The AEODRS program is developing a new family of interoperable EOD robotic systems. Rear Adm. Thomas Kearney, director for Acquisition and Commonality at NAVSEA approved the Increment 2 for Milestone B which allows the Tactical Operations variant to proceed to the engineering and manufacturing development phase.

The AEODRS' interoperable approach is based on a Government-owned common architecture that utilizes common physical, electrical, and logical interfaces. This enables the creation of a family of unmanned ground vehicle systems with a high degree interoperability and interchangeability to enable rapid integration of new technologies across the three AEODRS EOD robots.

The Dismounted Operations system (Increment 1) is the smallest variant and must be light enough to be transported via a backpack. The primary mission focus of this system is on reconnaissance.

The Tactical Operations variant (Increment 2), which received Milestone B approval, is a medium-sized system that must be transportable via an EOD response vehicle and capable of being carried by two technicians over a moderate distance. The primary mission focus of this variant is on in-depth reconnaissance and wide-range item prosecution. The Increment 2 robot will replace the EOD Man Transportable Robotic System that first went into full rate production in 2005.

The Base/Infrastructure Operations system (Increment 3) is the largest variant and requires transportation via a large response vehicle/trailer. Increment 3's primary mission includes maximum load/lift capabilities and the widest-range of EOD neutralization, render-safe, and other special capabilities.

"Through the adoption of this modular, open architecture approach across all three Increments we will be better able to integrate emergent technologies and improve overall capability of EOD warfighters," said Capt. Aaron Peters, program manager, NAVSEA Expeditionary Missions Program Office.

The Milestone B Approval comes one month after the program conducted a successful Prime System Integrator Industry Awareness day to exchange AEODRS Increment 2 technical specifications, industry access to system test bed, the draft solicitation and program schedule.

The AEODRS program is managed by PMS408 Expeditionary Missions Program Office as part of the Naval Sea Systems Command's Directorate for Acquisition and Commonality. The directorate brings together personnel dedicated to bridging communication gaps between government and industry, in order to enable cost and variance reductions throughout the acquisition lifecycle. The directorate also provides leadership support to expeditionary missions, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and special warfare communities.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

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MessagePosté le: Ven 28 Aoû - 06:19 (2015)    Sujet du message: L'UNICEF AU CHILI FAIT LA PROMOTION D'UN NOUVEL HYDRIDE / IS THE VATICAN LAYING THE GROUND FOR ET INTEGRATION? Répondre en citant

L'UNICEF AU CHILI FAIT LA PROMOTION D'UN NOUVEL HYDRIDE

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IS THE VATICAN LAYING THE GROUND FOR ET INTEGRATION?

Published September 2, 2015 by Cris Putnam


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Pope Francis is sponsoring UNICEF in its attempt to change the way children are educated. It’s hard to find fault in improving education but what if it means something more like indoctrination? Interesting to my Exo-Vaticana readers, UNICEF reports:
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His Holiness Pope Francis and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake met today in Rome to launch a new partnership that will provide more disadvantaged adolescents with the skills, information and understanding they need to become fully participating citizens of their societies – and the world.  



While that last phrase “and the world” may seem innocuous enough, readers of Exo-Vaticana are well aware the Vatican has positioned itself to be the religious authority if a genuine intelligent ET makes contact.  For this reason, it’s quite intriguing that UNICEF has released a video laying the ground for ET integration into classrooms with human children. Are they preparing the world for something like the scenario in Exo-Vaticana? The message translates to “To meet someone different is a great opportunity to live valuable experiences. Let’s say yes to integration!
” You be the judge.
 
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_81638.html

http://www.supernaturalworldview.com/2015/09/02/is-the-vatican-laying-the-g…



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WHAT KEEPS PENTAGON'S TOP ROBOTICS EXPERT UP AT NIGHT?


Robot Running Man from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition proceeds to turn a valve in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge in Pomona, Calif. // Alex Gallardo/AP

By Patrick Tucker Defense One August 31, 2015
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Gill Pratt might be called the military’s top mind in robotics. As the program manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, Pratt managed an international competition that brought 24 teams to a simulated disaster zone in California, complete with rubble and disrupted communications, to explore how humans and robots could work together in emergencies like the Fukushima Diachii nuclear meltdown.

Pratt, who is stepping down at the end of August, sat down with Defense One to discuss the Robotics Challenge, the future of human-robot interaction, and how to stop a robot uprising (he’s not losing sleep over it). Below is that exchange, edited for clarity.


Defense One: Leading a competition to build emergency robots has surely taught you a lot about how these machines work and what happens when they don’t. What did you learn?

Gill Pratt: The No. 1 issue in emergencies is communication and coordination. Radio communications in a typical disaster is just awful. First, the cell network is overloaded because everyone is trying to talk and get in touch with each other. Second, the infrastructure has been degraded. Third, Sometimes the physical nature of the place where the disaster occurred can be very bad for wireless comms. In Fukushima, there was shielding inside the reactor buildings - zinc plates - and rebar to keep radiation from getting out. The shielding prevented wireless signals from getting out, also.

Communications, Command, and Control is the hard part in an emergency where you’ve got hundreds of people trying to help. In the future, if the emergency is very bad and the environment is dangerous for human beings, some of the assets we bring to bear won’t be flesh and blood, but machines. How do we integrate them into the general response even if communications is degraded? That’s the question we were trying to get at in the DRC it’s great to have bots that can do the work of humans in a dangerous place but if the comms are bad, how do you get them to work as a team?

Defense One: Was there a particular moment of satisfaction or victory?

Gill Pratt: It was when the Carnegie Mellon machine and theKAIST machine performed at reasonable speeds right after they entered the building. KAIST put out a sped-up clip showing their whole run. What you see is that they don’t slow down. You can’t even tell that comms. are  out most of the time. [KAIST] goes and drills a perfect circle in the wall. That’s all being done locally by the machine itself.

How did it do that? First, there’s autonomy in the robot that can do actions at the task level. If you give it the task — “cut the hole in the wall” — it can do that without talking back and forth to you. Second, there’s simulation software on the operator control station, which is showing the humans in the safe zone what’s going on the other side.

Because I know the robot’s software is running and I know where things were the last time we got to talk, I can predict where the robot is now. From the human point of view, it’s as if the comm. link is good even when it isn’t. It showed that you can give a human being in a safe zone the illusion that they are actually watching what’s going on on the robot side, so when the comms. come back the human can make the decision about what to do next in a seamless way.

Defense One: It seems that emergency robots will work best in a controlled environment where you’ve mapped the environment for them beforehand.

Gill Pratt: There’s a slope. If you are in a totally unstructured environment, figuring things out is very hard. In a structured environment like a lab, you know exactly where things are, so it’s very easy. Right now, we’re in a stage where robotics is good at things between those two extremes. In cases where we’re trying to mitigate the extent of the disaster the typical setup is a structure that humans have built. There are blueprints, or humans have done a fly through with a UAV. There’s a bit of a map. Is it a perfect map? No. The robot must adapt to register its own coordinates with the map and with what it expects to be there. It must adapt to imperfections. And the disaster itself may have had an effect on the building, but it’s not totally unstructured data.

In Fukushima, the stairs had been worn down by people walking up and down over many years. The blueprints and the maps helped to some extent, but you need to bridge the rest of the way, with feedback from the robot itself to adapt to imperfections. We’ve tried to do the same thing: give the teams an idea, roughly, of where things would be.

Defense One: Before the teams brought their robots to theDRC finals, DARPA held a virtual event — a simulation to evaluate the teams’ software. Were you afraid someone would cheat by introducing malware into the cloud environment?

Gill Pratt: We had no reason to believe the teams were cheating, but we took steps to prevent it anyway. The tool we came up with, used in the virtual robotics challenge and developed by the Open Source Robotics Foundation, was a simulation engine run on the cloud. That means it can be run by anyone in the world. That was very, very new. Every simulation that we had was in a closed world. We built these walls around the teams so we never had one team and a second team on the same virtual stage at the same time. If a team were able to introduce any code, good or bad, only their score would be affected, so they had no reason to put anything bad in.

What that meant is that they couldn’t interfere with each other. In a real emergency, you wouldn’t want that. The idea is to have lots of people working cooperatively. You would have to trust a group of machines and humans to work together.

The question is: what if one of the people in the group is bad? I don’t think it’s a technological issue so much as a human security issue. I’m not an expert in the psychology of disasters but I know that they can attract people who’s “help” you don’t want to have. You need to filter out who is official and who is not. It’s much more difficult to defend against an insider threat.

Defense One: Do you worry that future consumer robotics products won’t have the sort of software security that’s typical of machines for the military? And if future robotic intelligence and processing is cloud-based, then could malware uploaded to one robot affect an entire product line of commercial robots, causing breakdowns or worse?

Gill Pratt: I worry about it for every system out there, whether it’s civilian or defense. We have a yet-unsolved problem with security. The great advantage of having robots that can communicate with each other, and having the intelligence that they use be on the cloud, is that they can share things. When one machine figures out how to grab something, suddenly all of them know how to do it, too. That’s the upside.

The downside is that when the machine is infected because of malware that came in, then they all are. That can be awful. I know that DARPA has looked at how to fix this, how to break the effects of software monoculture so that all of the systems aren’t the same. I worry about it a great deal, but the robots that we’ve been developing in the DRC can’t be made dangerous because of malware. We’re talking about lab prototypes that we’re using to understand this comms issue – their physical power is actually very low.

In terms of when you would deploy this thing, it’s still many, many years off. First the cost has to come down, the effectiveness has to come up, and the reliability has to come up. Along the way — you’re absolutely right the security of the network has to be figured out. At the DRC, we were just trying to see how effectively man and machine can talk to each other even when the communication line keeps cutting out.

Defense One: If you aren’t worried about robots being hijacked to become dangerous, what’s your biggest security concern when it comes to future robots?

Gill Pratt: How do we protect the information that the robot picks up, not even during a disaster, but in other parts of life? Robots get to see. I would love to have a machine help me when I grow old — but I don’t want all the information, all that the robot is watching, to be made public. How do we protect against that? I don’t know. On the military side of things, if the machines are helping our forces do what they’re doing, how do we make sure that no one is watching? These are serious questions, but they aren’t specific to the robotics field. They’re specific to IT.

This is an issue that keeps coming up, and you don’t need a robot for it to become an extremely difficult issue. People have this notion that robots are dangerous because they have legs, so perhaps they can come get us. The danger is not in the legs. It’s in the camera and the microphone. We’re the robot. We carry cell phones around all over the place to the worst places they can be and we trust whoever it is to audit the software to make sure it has no malware in it. There’s a lot of trust there. I’m very worried about those systems. I don’t worry about the robot on the loose doing physical damage. The valuable stuff is the data. That issue is huge and transcends whether it’s a robot, a cellphone, or a laptop. If you solve it for the laptop and phone, you’ll solve it for the robot as well.

Defense One: You’ve emphasized that neither you nor the Defense Department is trying to build armed ground robots through this competition. But other nations don’t share those reservations. Russia has deployed armed robots that can fire autonomously to guard missile sites. If the Russian government, hypothetically, were to approach you for advice on how to make that autonomous armed ground robot system work, what would you tell them?

Gill Pratt: For a number of years to come, for situations of human time scales, the decision of whether to fire or not is one that a human will be best at. The chance of making a military situation much worse by having a machine autonomously make a mistake outweighs the benefit.

There are some cases where you have no choice. For instance, the Phalanx [Close-In Weapon System] gun that’s on ships that shoots at incoming missiles has been around for decades and it’s an armed, robotic system. It has to work beyond human speeds. The 2012 DOD directive on autonomy talks about that. The key is quality control, making sure that that machine can’t make an error. The Phalanx looks at the size and speed of the object coming toward it and if it determines that the object coming is so fast and so small it couldn’t possibly have a person in it, it shoots.

In those systems where we do have to arm an autonomous system — we have them now and I’m sure we will have them in the future — we must ensure good quality control over the target-detection software to make sure the system never makes an error. The U.S. will likely do that best. I worry more about the nation that doesn’t care as much as the U.S. does if errors are made.

We should also keep in mind that human beings make a lot of mistakes in war when they fear for their lives. There’s reason to think these systems can make things better. They can make things better by deciding when NOT to shoot.

Defense One: Earlier in the summer, several noted technologists, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, signed a letter urging governments to ban the development of autonomous weapons. Defense One ran an essay by one of the letter’s co-authors as well as one by a critic of the proposed ban. What’s your position on the letter?

Gill Pratt: I believe that now is the wrong time to be making decisions like this. Having the discussion is fine. But saying, “No, we’re not going to work on this” is wrong. First, we need to understand what’s possible. We can make a choice not to use what we develop -  we have made choices like that with bio-weapons, for example. We made a choice to ban them. In the case of lethal autonomy, we need to learn a whole lot more and there’s a whole of good that they can do, too, in stopping lethal errors from happening. I would like to see where we can get to with that. There are also whole lot of reasons why a ban is impractical right now. To call for one now based on an emotional fear of a far future thing, this is the wrong time to do that.

Defense One: You, clearly, are not worried about a robot uprising.

Gill Pratt: I’m extremely optimistic about the ability of robots to help us. I would like a machine to help me drive my car; I would like a machine to help me carry my backpack on a hike. There are lots of ways for these machines to make life better. My outlook is positive. I recently wrote an article titled “Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming for Robotics?” in The Journal of Economic Perspectives. It represents my views and not those of DARPA or the Department of Defense. It talks about some of these issues.

The Cambrian explosion was a period 540 million years ago when life became very diverse on earth. One of the leading theories as to why is that the Cambrian is when eyes were first developed. Our post-Cambrian ancestors could see mates and threats at a distance. Life just took off. I think we’re reaching the same point in robotics because, for the first time, these machines can see and understand their environment. At theDRC you began to see a little of that in machines that could do some of the work on their own using vision. We are at a tipping point. But it’s very, very hard to figure out exactly when we will actually tip. I think that when it occurs it will be fast because it will build on itself.

We thought that people’s responses to the robots competing the DRC would be fearful: “Oh it looks like a Terminator, I should be scared of it.” We discovered this other effect.

The effect was extreme. When the robot fell down, people went, “Oh my god!” At one point, the MIT bot fell down and a woman at the press briefing asked, almost with tears in her eyes, “Do you know if the MIT robot is OK?” I don’t quite understand it but I suspect that the bond between people and robots will be very strong.

http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/08/what-keeps-pentagons-top-robotics-expert-night/119900/?oref=nextgov_today_nl


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PATIENT GETS 3D-PRINTED METAL RIBS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

MODIFICATIONS DE L'HUMAIN: UN PATIENT RECOIT DES CÔTES EN METAL IMPRIMEES EN 3D POUR LA PREMIERE FOIS DE L'HISTOIRE (anglais)!

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In the world’s first operation of such kind, a cancer suffering patient was successfully implanted with a 3D printed titanium sternum and rib implant.

The implant was done for a Spanish patient, 54, diagnosed with a chest wall sarcoma (a form of cancer in which a tumor grows inside or around the rib cage). He needed a part of his rib cage including a sternum to be removed.



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There was a risk that a traditionally manufactured implant could potentially come loose over time, increasing the risk of complications and re-operations, so the man’s surgeons decided to turn to 3D printing.

The technology allows for the creation of an implant that accurately replicates the size and form of the patient’ rib cage.

In order to bring their idea to life, the surgeons contacted Australian medical device company Anatomics. The Spanish team also made a high-resolution computer tomography scan to plan the surgery in details as to allow Anatomics to create an accurate implant that would match the removed part.

The details of the joint Spanish-Australian project initiated by Spanish surgeons were disclosed in a press-release by the office of the Australian science and industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, on Friday.

"We thought, maybe we could create a new type of implant that we could fully customize to replicate the intricate structures of the sternum and ribs," said Dr. Jose Aranda from the surgical team at the Salamanca University Hospital in Spain that carried out the operation.

"We wanted to provide a safer option for our patient, and improve their recovery post-surgery," he added, as quoted in the press release.

"We wanted to 3D print the implant from titanium because of [the sternum and ribcage's] complex geometry and design," said Anatomics CEO Andrew Batty.
"While titanium implants have previously been used in chest surgery, designs have not considered the issues surrounding long term fixation," he added.

Anatomics later created the implant in cooperation with Australian state-owned Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) using its powerful facility, Lab 22 that prints in metal.

"We built the implant using our $1.3 million Arcam printer," Alex Kingsbury from CSIRO's manufacturing team said adding that his organization would further cooperate with small and medium businesses allowing them to use expensive 3D-printing equipment they cannot afford otherwise.

"The printer works by directing an electron beam at a bed of titanium powder in order to melt it. This process is then repeated, building the product up layer-by-layer until you have a complete implant," Alex Kingsbury added.

The implant was then transferred to Spain to be used in the operation. The Spanish surgeons had previously revealed their vision of titanium-printed implants in a theoretical paper published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

"The operation was very successful. Thanks to 3D printing technology and a unique resection template, we were able to create a body part that was fully customised and fitted like a glove," Dr. Jose Aranda said.

12 days after the operation the patient was discharged from the hospital and was said to be recovering well.

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Sharon Gilbert joins Derek Gilbert to discuss a plan to reanimate a giant virus that's been dug out of the Siberian permafrost, a Japanese manager robot that learns and adapts, and the discovery of what's being described as a new species of human ancestor, Homo naledi--but which is most probably Homo sapiens.


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GENETIC MODIFICATION MAY BECOME A NORM

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September 11, 2015

A report submitted by the Hinxton Group outlines that alteration of genetic makeup of embryos should be permitted as it would allow scientists to gain a better understanding of the biology of early embryos.



Hinxton Group, a group of scientists and ethicist from across the world elaborated in the report that such modification of genes will lead to better research in the field and will also have practical benefits. However, the report also highlighted that the world is not yet ready for such genetically modified babies but with time this may become a norm.

Keeping the rapid developments in the field in mind, a meeting was held recently where they discussed if genetic modification should be allowed or not.

Another statement issued by a consortium of various organizations which includes Medical Research Council (MRC), the Academy of Medical Science (AMS) states that genome editing can prove beneficial for clinical applications. They added that if the research proves that genetic modification can be implemented with low risks it may have ‘significant potential for clinical applications’. Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the AMS, commented that genome editing is taking place in laboratories for quite a few years now and soon evolving technology in the field will prove it to be useful in prevention of many diseases.

In early 2015, a team in China found out that blood disorders may be prevented successfully by altering the genetic makeup of the embryo. It is believed that further research in the field may even enable modification of genes that cause cystic fibrosis and cancer. For now the focus of the research should be on modifying genes to rule out possibility of disorders and diseases, instead of more controversial topics like designing babies.

Latest advancement in the field has resulted in development of genetic tools that target the problematic gene while the rest of the genetic makeup stays intact. So far scientists have made great progress in providing immunity against HIV. One thing to note about genetic modification is that it is not hereditary and only affects the person whose gene has been modified.

So far, modification of embryos is allowed in the UK only for research purposes under license from the Human Fertilization and Embryology authority with the condition that its destroyed within 14 days. However the US recently announced that it will not fund research in the field as there is a lack of evidence regarding its medical applications.

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CHRISTIANITY VERSUS TRANSHUMANISM 
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  • Date of Publication: 09.21.10. 09.21.10
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*Or, relinquishing the Singularity via the church.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MAN

Time running out to influence debate on transhumanism

September 14, 2010
11:00 am Eastern

by Thomas R. Horn
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Dear Pastor and Christian Leader,

Brent Waters, Director of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values has written, “If Christians are to help shape contemporary culture—particularly in a setting in which I fear the posthuman message will prove attractive, if not seductive—then they must offer an alternative and compelling vision; a counter theological discourse so to speak.”

Although the Vatican in 2008 issued a limited set of instructions on bioethics primarily dealing with in vitro fertilization and stem cell research (Dignitas Personae or “the Dignity of the Person” [pdf]) and a handful of Christian scientists, policy makers, and conservative academics have hinted in public commentary on the need for a broader, manifesto-like document on the subject, the church as an institution has failed at any concerted effort to focus on the genetics revolution, the government’s interest in human enhancement, the viral transhumanist philosophy capturing the mind of a generation at colleges and universities (not to mention via popular media), and the significant moral and ethical issues raised by these trends.

At the time this open letter is being posted, four thousand evangelical leaders from two hundred nations are planning to convene in South Africa to adopt a new manifesto related to missiology and “a statement on Nature.” This gathering is organized by Billy Graham’s Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism (LCWE) and we pray it will include something significant on bioethics, because other than a nearly decade-old Lausanne “Occasional Paper No. 58,” which discussed ways in which bioethics could be used as a tool for evangelism (very important), no documentation we have seen thus far indicates that the new LCWE gathering will substantially debate the moral limits of human-enhancement technologies, which have quietly and dramatically evolved since the brief “Occasional Paper No. 58.”

While the Vatican’s Dignitas Personae likewise failed to provide instructions on the greater issue of biological enhancement (as envisioned by transhumanists and espoused by agencies of the U.S. and other federal governments as the next step in human evolution), its positional paper did provide an important bird’s-eye view on the clash developing between traditional morality and the contradictory adoption of transhumanist philosophy by Christian apologists, who likewise have begun to question what it means to be human and whose competing moral vision could ultimately shape the future of society.

Immediately following the release of Dignitas Personae, Catholic scientist William B. Neaves, in an essay for the National Catholic Reporter, reflected the new biblical exegesis, causing reporter Rod Dreher to describe it as clearly illustrating “the type of Christianity that is eager to jettison the old morality and embrace the new.” The subtleties behind Neaves’ comments included:
An alternative point of view to the Vatican’s, embraced by many Christians, is that personhood [a transhumanist concept] occurs after successful implantation in the mother’s uterus, when individual ontological identity is finally established…. If one accepts the viewpoint that personhood begins after implantation, the moral framework guiding the development and application of medical technology to human reproduction and treatment of disease looks very different from that described in Dignitas Personae.

In the alternative moral framework, taking a pill to prevent the products of fertilization from implanting in a uterus is morally acceptable. Using ivf [in vitro fertilization] to complete the family circle of couples otherwise unable to have children is an unmitigated good. Encouraging infertile couples with defective gametes to adopt already-produced ivf embryos that will otherwise be discarded is a laudable objective. And using embryonic stem cells to seek cures [creating human embryos for research “parts”] becomes a worthy means of fulfilling the biblical mandate to heal the sick. = always using the lie of health care

Notwithstanding that the discussion by Neaves was limited to the Vatican’s position on embryos, his introduction of memes involving personhood and “ensoulment” represents worrisome Christian theological entanglement with transhumanist philosophy, further illustrating the need for a solid manifesto providing a conservative vision for public policy with regard to human experimentation and enhancement.

In the letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul states the responsibility of the Church as the agent of God’s wisdom, concluding this was by divine intention. “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 3:10). Making known the “righteous” and manifold wisdom of God must include human-affirming virtues of Christian morality that are intrinsic to His divine order and the Great Commission. In every generation, there is no middle ground for preachers of righteousness in these matters. Christian leaders must be actively engaged in ideological warfare for the mind of a generation especially in an age where people are seeking reasons to believe, despite everything they are being told, that the church remains relevant. To fail this responsibility could be to abdicate to a frightening transhuman vision of the future such as was predicted by theologian and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis in The Abolition of Man. Lewis foresaw the day when transhumanist and scientific reasoning would win out, permanently undoing mankind through altering the species, ultimately reducing Homo sapiens to utilitarian products. Here is part of what he said:
In order to understand fully what Man’s power over Nature, and therefore the power of some men over other men, really means, we must picture the race extended in time from the date of its emergence to that of its extinction. Each generation exercises power over its successors: and each, in so far as it modifies the environment bequeathed to it and rebels against tradition, resists and limits the power of its predecessors. This modifies the picture which is sometimes painted of a progressive emancipation from tradition and a progressive control of natural processes resulting in a continual increase of human power. In reality, of course, if any one age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases [transhuman/posthuman], all men who live after it are the patients of that power. They are weaker, not stronger: for though we may have put wonderful machines in their hands we have pre-ordained how they are to use them. And if, as is almost certain, the age which had thus attained maximum power over posterity were also the age most emancipated from tradition, it would be engaged in reducing the power of its predecessors almost as drastically as that of its successors…. The last men, far from being the heirs of power, will be of all men most subject to the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners and will themselves exercise least power upon the future…. The final stage [will have] come when Man by eugenics, by pre-natal conditioning, and by an education and propaganda based on a perfect applied psychology…shall have “taken the thread of life out of the hand of Clotho” [one of the Three Fates in mythology responsible for spinning the thread of human life] and be henceforth free to make our species whatever we wish it to be. The battle will indeed be won. But who, precisely, will have won it?

Lewis foresaw the progressive abandonment of what we would call “moral law” based on Judeo-Christian values giving way to “the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners” who would decide what men should biologically become. The terms “great planners and conditioners” correspond perfectly with modern advocates of transhumanism who esteem their blueprint for the future of the species as the one that will ultimately decide the fate of man. A recent step toward establishing this goal occurred when the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Human Enhancement Ethics Group (based at California Polytechnic State University, whose advisory board is a wish list of transhumanist academics and institutions worldwide) released its fifty-page report entitled “Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers.” This government-funded report addressed the definitions, scenarios, anticipated societal disruptions, and policy and law issues that need to be considered en route to becoming posthuman (the full NSF report can be downloaded for free at our Web site:
www.ForbiddenGate.com). Some of the topics covered in the new study include:What are the policy implications of human enhancement?

Is the natural-artificial distinction of human enhancement morally significant?
Does human enhancement raise issues of fairness, access, and equity?
Will it matter if there is an “enhanced divide” between “new” people classifications?
How would such a divide make communication difficult between “normals” and the “enhanced”?
How should the enhancement of children be approached?
What kind of societal disruptions might arise from human enhancement?
Should there be any limits on enhancement for military purposes?
Might enhanced humans count as someone’s intellectual property?
Will we need to rethink the very meaning of “ethics,” given the dawn of enhancement?

The “Ethics of Human Enhancement” report was authored by the NSF-funded research team of Dr. Fritz Allhoff (Western Michigan University), Dr. Patrick Lin (California Polytechnic State University), Prof. James Moor (Dartmouth College), and Prof. John Weckert (Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics/Charles Sturt University, Australia) as part of a three-year ethics study on human enhancement and emerging technologies. This came on the heels of the US National Institute of Health granting Case Law School in Cleveland $773,000 of taxpayers’ money to begin developing the actual guidelines that will be used for setting government policy on the next step in human evolution–“genetic enhancement.” Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, director of the Law-Medicine Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and professor of bioethics in the Case School of Medicine, led the team of law professors, physicians, and bioethicists over the two-year project “to develop standards for tests on human subjects in research that involves the use of genetic technologies to enhance ‘normal’ individuals.” Following the initial study, Mehlman began offering two university lectures: “Directed Evolution: Public Policy and Human Enhancement” and “Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy,” addressing the need for society to comprehend how emerging fields of science will, in approaching years, alter what it means to be human, and what this means to democracy, individual rights, free will, eugenics, and equality. Other law schools, including Stanford and Oxford, are now hosting similar annual “Human Enhancement and Technology” conferences, where transhumanists, futurists, bioethicists, and legal scholars are busying themselves with the ethical, legal, and inevitable ramifications of posthumanity.

“No matter where one is aligned on this issue, it is clear that the human enhancement debate is a deeply passionate and personal one, striking at the heart of what it means to be human,” explained Dr. Lin in the NSF report. Then, with surprising candor, he added, “Some see it as a way to fulfill or even transcend our potential; others see it as a darker path towards becoming Frankenstein’s monster.”

Because any attempt at covering each potential GRIN-tech, catastrophic, Frankenstein’s monster possibility in an open letter such as this would be impractical, I summarize below a few of the most important areas in which conservatives, bioethicists, regulators, and especially Christians could become informed and involved in the public dialogue over the potential benefits and threats represented by these emerging fields of science:

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Synthetic biology is one of the newest areas of biological research that seeks to design new forms of life and biological functions not found in nature. The concept began emerging in 1974, when Polish geneticist Waclaw Szybalski speculated about how scientists and engineers would soon enter “the synthetic biology phase of research in our field. We will then devise new control elements and add these new modules to the existing genomes or build up wholly new genomes. This would be a field with the unlimited expansion [of] building new…‘synthetic’ organisms, like a ‘new better mouse.’” Following Szybalski’s speculation, the field of synthetic biology reached its first major milestone in 2010 with the announcement that researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) had created an entirely new form of life nicknamed “Synthia by inserting artificial genetic material, which had been chemically synthesized, into cells that were then able to grow. The JCVI Web site explains:

Genomic science has greatly enhanced our understanding of the biological world. It is enabling researchers to “read” the genetic code of organisms from all branches of life by sequencing the four letters that make up DNA. Sequencing genomes has now become routine, giving rise to thousands of genomes in the public databases. In essence, scientists are digitizing biology by converting the A, C, T, and G’s of the chemical makeup of DNA into 1’s and 0’s in a computer. But can one reverse the process and start with 1’s and 0’s in a computer to define the characteristics of a living cell? We set out to answer this question [and] now, this scientific team headed by Drs. Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith, and Clyde Hutchison have achieved the final step in their quest to create the first…synthetic genome [which] has been “booted up” in a cell to create the first cell controlled completely by a synthetic genome.

The JCVI site goes on to explain how the ability to routinely write the software of life will usher in a new era in science, and with it, unnatural “living” products like Szybalski’s “new better mouse.” Jerome C. Glenn added for the 2010 State of the Future 14th annual report from the Millennium Project, “Synthetic biologists forecast that as computer code is written to create software to augment human capabilities, so too genetic code will be written to create life forms to augment civilization.” The new better mice, dogs, horses, cows, or humans that grow from this science will be unlike any of the versions God made. In fact, researchers at the University of Copenhagen may look at what Venter has accomplished as amateur hour compared to their posthuman plans. They’re working on a third Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) strand—a synthetic hybrid of protein and DNA—to upgrade humanity’s two existing DNA strands from double helix to triple. In so doing, these scientists “dream of synthesizing life that is utterly alien to this world—both to better understand the minimum components required for life (as part of the quest to uncover the essence of life and how life originated on earth) and, frankly, to see if they can do it. That is, they hope to put together a novel combination of molecules that can self-organize, metabolize (make use of an energy source), grow, reproduce and evolve.”

PATENTING NEW LIFE-FORMS

Questions are evolving now over “patenting” of transgenic seeds, animals, plants, and synthetic life-forms by large corporations, which at a minimum has already begun to impact the economy of rural workers and farmers through such products as Monsanto’s “terminator” seeds. Patenting of human genes will escalate these issues, as best-selling author Michael Crichton pointed out a while back in a piece for the New York Times titled, “Gene Patents Aren’t Benign and Never Will Be,” in which he claimed that people could die in the future from not being able to afford medical treatment as a result of medicines owned by patent holders of specific genes related to the genetic makeup of those persons. Former special counsel for President Richard Nixon, Charles Colson, added, “The patenting of genes and other human tissue has already begun to turn human nature into property. The misuse of genetic information will enable insurers and employers to exercise the ultimate form of discrimination. Meanwhile, advances in nanotechnology and cybernetics threaten to ‘enhance’ and one day perhaps rival or replace human nature itself—in what some thinkers are already calling ‘transhumanism.’”

HUMAN CLONING

The prospect of human cloning was raised in the nineties immediately after the creation of the much-celebrated “Dolly,” a female domestic sheep clone. Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned using “somatic cell nuclear transfer,” which involves removing the DNA from an unfertilized egg and replacing the nucleus of it with the DNA that is to be cloned. Today, a version of this science is common practice in genetics engineering labs worldwide, where “therapeutic cloning” of human and human-animal embryos is employed for stem-cell harvesting (the stem cells, in turn, are used to generate virtually any type of specialized cell in the human body). This type of cloning was in the news recently when it emerged from William J. Clinton Presidential Center documents that the newest member of the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, had opposed during the Clinton White House any effort by Congress to prevent humans from being cloned specifically for experimental purposes, then killed. A second form of human cloning is called “reproductive cloning” and is the technology that could be used to create a person who is genetically identical with a current or previously existing human. While Dolly was created by this type of cloning technology, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have raised caution on using this approach to create human clones, at least at this stage. Government bodies including the U.S. Congress have considered legislation to ban mature human cloning, and though a few states have implemented restrictions, contrary to public perception and except where institutions receive federal funding, no federal laws exist at this time in the United States to prohibit the cloning of humans. The United Nations, the European Union, and Australia likewise considered and failed to approve a comprehensive ban on human cloning technology, leaving the door open to perfect the science should society, government, or the military come to believe that duplicate or replacement humans hold intrinsic value.

REDEFINING HUMANS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Where biotechnology is ultimately headed includes not only redefining what it means to be human, but redefining subsequent human rights as well. For instance, Dr. James Hughes, whom I have debated on his syndicated Changesurfer Radio show, wants transgenic chimps and great apes uplifted genetically so that they achieve “personhood.” The underlying goal behind this theory would be to establish that basic cognitive aptitude should equal “personhood” and that this “cognitive standard” and not “human-ness” should be the key to constitutional protections and privileges. Among other things, this would lead to nonhuman “persons” and “nonperson” humans, unhinging the existing argument behind intrinsic sanctity of human life and paving the way for such things as harvesting organs from people like Terry Schiavo whenever the loss of cognitive ability equals the dispossession of “personhood.” These would be the first victims of transhumanism, according to Prof. Francis Fukuyama, concerning who does or does not qualify as fully human and is thus represented by the founding concept that “all men are created equal.” Most would argue that any human fits this bill, but women and blacks were not included in these rights in 1776 when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. So who is to say what protections can be automatically assumed in an age when human biology is altered and when personhood theory challenges what bioethicists like Wesley J. Smith champion as “human exceptionalism”: the idea that human beings carry special moral status in nature and special rights, such as the right to life, plus unique responsibilities, such as stewardship of the environment. Some, but not all, believers in human exceptionalism arrive at this concept from a biblical worldview based on Genesis 1:26, which says, “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’”

NANOTECHNOLOGY AND CYBERNETICS

As discussed in the upcoming new book Forbidden Gates, technology to merge human brains with machines is progressing at a fantastic rate. Nanotechnology—the science of engineering materials or devices on an atomic and molecular scale between 1 to 100 nanometers (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) in size—is poised to take the development between brain-machine interfaces and cybernetic devices to a whole new adaptive level for human modification. This will happen because, as Dr. C. Christopher Hook points out:
Engineering or manipulating matter and life at nanometer scale [foresees] that the structures of our bodies and our current tools could be significantly altered. In recent years, many governments around the world, including the United States with its National Nanotechnology Initiative, and scores of academic centers and corporations have committed increasing support for developing nanotechnology programs. The military, which has a significant interest in nanotechnology, has created the Center for Soldier Nanotechnologies (csn) [which is] interested in the use of such technology to help create the seamless interface of electronic devices with the human nervous system, engineering the cyborg soldier.

TRANSHUMAN EUGENICS

In the early part of the twentieth century, the study and practice of selective human breeding known as eugenics sought to counter dysgenic aspects within the human gene pool and to improve overall human “genetic qualities.” Researchers in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Germany (where, under Adolf Hitler, eugenics operated under the banner of “racial hygiene” and allowed Josef Mengele, Otmar von Verschuer, and others to perform horrific experiments on live human beings in concentration camps to test their genetic theories) were interested in weeding out “inferior” human bloodlines and used studies to insinuate heritability between certain families and illnesses such as schizophrenia, blindness, deafness, dwarfism, bipolar disorder, and depression. Their published reports fueled the eugenics movement to develop state laws in the 1800s and 1900s that forcefully sterilized persons considered unhealthy or mentally ill in order to prevent them from “passing on” their genetic inferiority to future generations. Such laws were not abolished in the U.S. until the mid-twentieth century, leading to more than sixty thousand sterilized Americans in the meantime. Between 1934 and 1937, the Nazis likewise sterilized an estimated four hundred thousand people they deemed of inferior genetic stock while also setting forth to selectively exterminate the Jews as “genetic aberrations” under the same program. Transhumanist goals of using biotechnology, nanotechnology, mind-interfacing, and related sciences to create a superior man and thus classifications of persons—the enhanced and the unenhanced—opens the door for a new form of eugenics and social Darwinism.

GERM-LINE GENETIC ENGINEERING


Germ-line genetic engineering has the potential to actually achieve the goals of the early eugenics movement (which sought to create superior humans via improving genetics through selective breeding) through genetically modifying human genes in very early embryos, sperm, and eggs. As a result, germ-line engineering is considered by some conservative bioethicists to be the most dangerous of human-enhancement technology, as it has the power to truly reassemble the very nature of humanity into posthuman, altering an embryo’s every cell and leading to inheritable modifications extending to all succeeding generations. Debate over germ-line engineering is therefore most critical, because as changes to “downline” genetic offspring are set in motion, the nature and physical makeup of mankind will be altered with no hope of reversal, thereby permanently reshaping humanity’s future. A respected proponent of germ-line technology is Dr. Gregory Stock, who, like cyborgist Kevin Warwick, departs from Kurzweil’s version of Humans 2.0 first arriving as a result of computer Singularity. Stock believes man can choose to transcend existing biological limitations in the nearer future (at or before computers reach strong artificial intelligence) through germ-line engineering. If we can make better humans by adding new genes to their DNA, he asks, why shouldn’t we?

“We have spent billions to unravel our biology, not out of idle curiosity, but in the hope of bettering our lives. We are not about to turn away from this,” he says, before admitting elsewhere that this could lead to “clusters of genetically enhanced superhumans who will dominate if not enslave us.” The titles to Stock’s books speak for themselves concerning what germ-line engineering would do to the human race. The name of one is Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future and another is Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism.

Besides the short list above, additional areas of concern where Christian leaders may wish to become well advised on the pros and cons of enhancement technology include immortalism, postgenderism, augmented reality, cryonics, designer babies, neurohacking, mind uploading, neural implants, xenotransplantation, reprogenetics, rejuvenation, radical life extension, and more.

HEAVEN AND HELL SCENARIOS


While positive advances either already have been or will come from some of the science and technology fields we are discussing, learned men like Prof. Francis Fukuyama, in his book, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, warn that unintended consequences resulting from what mankind has now set in motion represents the most dangerous time in earth’s history, a period when exotic technology in the hands of transhumanist ambitions could forever alter what it means to be human. To those who would engineer a transhuman future, Fukuyama warns of a dehumanized “hell scenario” in which we “no longer struggle, aspire, love, feel pain, make difficult moral choices, have families, or do any of the things that we traditionally associate with being human.” In this ultimate identity crisis, we would “no longer have the characteristics that give us human dignity” because, for one thing, “people dehumanized à la Brave New World…don’t know that they are dehumanized, and, what is worse, would not care if they knew. They are, indeed, happy slaves with a slavish happiness.” The “hell scenario” envisioned by Fukuyama is but a beginning to what other intelligent thinkers believe could go wrong.

On the other end of the spectrum and diametrically opposed to Fukuyama’s conclusions is an equally energetic crowd that subscribes to a form of technological utopianism called the “heaven scenario.” Among this group, a “who’s who” of transhumansist evangelists such as Ray Kurzweil, James Hughes, Nick Bostrom, and Gregory Stock see the dawn of a new Age of Enlightenment arriving as a result of the accelerating pace of GRIN (genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology) technologies. As with the eighteenth-century Enlightenment in which intellectual and scientific reason elevated the authority of scientists over priests, techno-utopians believe they will triumph over prophets of doom by “stealing fire from the gods, breathing life into inert matter, and gaining immortality. Our efforts to become something more than human have a long and distinguished genealogy. Tracing the history of those efforts illuminates human nature. In every civilization, in every era, we have given the gods no peace.” Such men are joined in their quest for godlike constitutions by a growing list of official U.S. departments that dole out hundreds of millions of dollars each year for science and technology research. The National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Commerce anticipated this development over a decade ago, publishing the government report Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance (download here)—complete with diagrams and bullet points—to lay out the blueprint for the radical evolution of man and machine. Their vision imagined that, starting around the year 2012, the “heaven scenario” would begin to be manifested and quickly result in (among other things):
The transhuman body being “more durable, healthy, energetic, easier to repair, and resistant to many kinds of stress, biological threats, and aging processes.”
Brain-machine interfacing that will “transform work in factories, control automobiles, ensure military superiority, and enable new sports, art forms and modes of interaction between people.

“Engineers, artists, architects, and designers will experience tremendously expanded creative abilities,” in part through “improved understanding of the wellspring of human creativity.”

“Average persons, as well as policymakers, will have a vastly improved awareness of the cognitive, social, and biological forces operating their lives, enabling far better adjustment, creativity, and daily decision making….

“Factories of tomorrow will be organized” around “increased human-machine capabilities.”

Beyond how human augmentation and biological reinvention would spread into the wider culture following 2012 (the same date former counter-terrorism czar, Richard Clark, in his book, Breakpoint, predicted serious GRIN rollout), the government report detailed the especially important global and economic aspects of genetically superior humans acting in superior ways, offering how, as a result of GRIN leading to techno-sapien DNA upgrading, brain-to-brain interaction, human-machine interfaces, personal sensory device interfaces, and biological war fighting systems, “The twenty-first century could end in world peace, universal prosperity, and evolution to a higher level [as] humanity become like a single, transcendent nervous system, an interconnected ‘brain’ based in new core pathways of society.” The first version of the government’s report asserted that the only real roadblock to this “heaven scenario” would be the “catastrophe” that would be unleashed if society fails to employ the technological opportunities available to us now. “We may not have the luxury of delay, because the remarkable economic, political and even violent turmoil of recent years implies that the world system is unstable. If we fail to chart the direction of change boldly, we may become the victims of unpredictable catastrophe.” This argument parallels what is currently echoed in military corridors, where sentiments hold that failure to commit resources to develop GRIN as the next step in human and technological evolution will only lead to others doing so ahead of us and using it for global domination.

The seriousness of this for the conceivable future is significant enough that a recent House Foreign Affairs (HFA) committee chaired by California Democrat Brad Sherman, best known for his expertise on the spread of nuclear weapons and terrorism, is among a number of government panels currently studying the implications of genetic modification and human-transforming technologies related to future terrorism. Congressional Quarterly columnist Mark Stencel listened to the HFA committee hearings and wrote in his March 15, 2009, article, “Futurist: Genes without Borders,” that the conference “sounded more like a Hollywood pitch for a sci-fi thriller than a sober discussion of scientific reality…with talk of biotech’s potential for creating supersoldiers, superintelligence, and superanimals [that could become] agents of unprecedented lethal force.” George Annas, Lori Andrews, and Rosario Isasi were even more apocalyptic in their American Journal of Law and Medicine article, “Protecting the Endangered Human: Toward an International Treaty Prohibiting Cloning and Inheritable Alterations,” when they wrote:
The new species, or “posthuman,” will likely view the old “normal” humans as inferior, even savages, and fit for slavery or slaughter. The normals, on the other hand, may see the posthumans as a threat and if they can, may engage in a preemptive strike by killing the posthumans before they themselves are killed or enslaved by them. It is ultimately this predictable potential for genocide that makes species-altering experiments potential weapons of mass destruction, and makes the unaccountable genetic engineer a potential bioterrorist.

Observations like those of Annas, Andrews, and Isasi support Prof. Hugo de Garis’ nightmarish vision (The Artilect War) of a near future wherein artilects and posthumans join against “normals” in an incomprehensible war leading to gigadeath. Notwithstanding such warnings, the problem could be unavoidable, as Prof. Gregory Stock, in his well-researched and convincing book, Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future, argues that stopping what we have already started (planned genetic enhancement of humans) is impossible. “We simply cannot find the brakes.” Scientist Verner Vinge agrees, adding, “Even if all the governments of the world were to understand the ‘threat’ and be in deadly fear of it, progress toward the goal would continue. In fact, the competitive advantage—economic, military, even artistic—of every advance in automation is so compelling that passing laws, or having customs, that forbid such things merely assures that someone else will get them first.” In what we found to be a bit unnerving, academic scientists and technical consultants to the U.S. Pentagon have advised the agency that the principal argument by Vinge is correct….

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR — INHUMANS ARE COMING AND YOU BETTER GET OUT OF THEIR WAY

September 20, 2015 by SkyWatch Editor



Biomedical research, then, promises vast increases in life, health, and flourishing. Just imagine how much happier you would be if a prematurely deceased loved one were alive, or a debilitated one were vigorous — and multiply that good by several billion, in perpetuity. Given this potential bonanza, the primary moral goal for today’s bioethics can be summarized in a single sentence. Get out of the way! A truly ethical bioethics should not bog down research in red tape, moratoria, or threats of prosecution based on nebulous but sweeping principles such as “dignity,” “sacredness,” or “social justice.” Nor should it thwart research that has likely benefits now or in the near future by sowing panic about speculative harms in the distant future. These include perverse analogies with nuclear weapons and Nazi atrocities, science-fiction dystopias like “Brave New World’’ and “Gattaca,’’ and freak-show scenarios like armies of cloned Hitlers, people selling their eyeballs on eBay, or warehouses of zombies to supply people with spare organs. Of course, individuals must be protected from identifiable harm, but we already have ample safeguards for the safety and informed consent of patients and research subjects. (READ MORE)

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LE PREMIER RESTAURANT DESHUMANISE A OUVERT SES PORTES A SAN FRANCISCO
 

Eatsa, un établissement 100 % automatisé, propose à ses clients de se servir eux-mêmes, faute de personnel. Une cantine 2.0 dédiée aux amateurs de quinoa.


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Publié le 15/09/2015 à 12:27 - Modifié le 15/09/2015 à 14:38 | Le Point.fr


"Vous détestez les gens ? Vous adorez le quinoa ? Le restaurant de vos rêves vient tout juste de voir le jour", titre le "Time", dans son article consacré au Eatsa. AFP©JUSTIN SULLIVAN

Imaginez le concept du fast-food poussé à l'extrême. Pas de serveur ou de contact humain, la commande se fait via un iPad à disposition du client. En face de vous, une simple paroi de verre, qui ne se soulève que pour libérer votre plat. Ni merci ni au revoir. On n'adressera pas ses félicitations au chef. Dérangeant, vous dîtes-vous ? Le concept, né à San Francisco mercredi, fait pourtant fureur !

Eatsa se veut ainsi le premier restaurant robotisé haut de gamme. L'établissement est garanti "sans file d'attente, sans caissier et sans absurdités", dixit la page d'accueil du site. Une promesse intenable du fait de l'effet de mode suscité par cette cantine aseptisée d'un genre nouveau. Depuis quelques jours, une kyrielle de clients curieux déferlent en effet devant le 121, Spear Street.

Un self-service aux allures futuristes

"Nous proposons à notre clientèle une cuisine à des tarifs incroyables", se félicite Tim Young, son cofondateur, dans les pages du Time. Et d'ajouter, pas peu fier : "Ce que nous avons imaginé intrigue et fait planer un certain mystère." L'invention en question ? Un self-service aux allures futuristes où l'on réceptionne soi-même son repas derrière un cube numéroté sur lequel sont projetés les noms des clients. L'idée est d'agrémenter un bol de quinoa – l'ingrédient phare de l'établissement – de produits de saison bons pour la santé parmi lesquels figurent, entre autres, roquette, maïs grillé, guacamole, feta, panais, pois chiche, ou encore noix de pécan. Bref, un anti-junk food de la restauration rapide.

Le tout pour la somme raisonnable de 6,95 dollars (soit environ 6,15 euros). La preuve, argue-t-on chez Eatsa, que bien manger n'est pas l'apanage des gros budgets ni des cordons-bleus. Quelques minutes suffisent à la préparation du plat d'une salade composée pauvre en graisse, mais riche en protéines.
Côté paiement, les clients n'auront pas plus d'interaction humaine. Tout se règle en ligne et par carte bancaire, la maison n'acceptant – évidemment – pas de liquide. Dans ce décor de science-fiction – la clef de voûte de son succès naissant –, les créateurs nous font miroiter une "addiction saine aux fast-foods". L'avantage, se dit-on, c'est qu'une tablette n'exige pas de pourboire.

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PENTAGON RACES TO BOOST CYBER TROOP SIZE


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By Aliya Sternstein
September 21, 2015

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As U.S. and Chinese leaders reportedly negotiate red lines in cyberspace, there is a hacker troop build-up playing out in their respective countries. 

It is believed China's People's Liberation Army has the deeper bench, with an estimated 100,000 code warriors recruited over the past two decades, and the world's most powerful supercomputer. By comparison, U.S. Cyber Command started from near-scratch in 2010 and wants to reach a force size of 6,200 by 2016. 

But it's anyone's guess as to which cyber military has the most aptitude.

"As we have continued to grow the cyber mission force, we're getting the right numbers of people," said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. "Whether we are getting the right people is still yet to be determined," 

The Pentagon is deploying the recruits immediately, anyway, because the threat has arrived. 

"We are using teams that are pre-[initial operating capability] and we can't wait for them to be necessarily fully trained, fully equipped, when there is an adversary that needs to be dealt with inside of our networks," she said.

CYBERCOM is in the middle of organizing 133 cyber teams across the military branches, according to Defense Department officials. 

Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin, deputy commander of CYBERCOM, said components are being dispatched "when they have recognizable units that can function” because the need is “so dire." Both he and Tighe spoke at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington on Sept. 17.

China is not the only cyber power of concern to the United States. As of November 2010, Iran had positioned 1,500 cyberwarriors at the keyboards, according to a 2013 Middle East Media Research Institute study. North Korea reportedly maintains a 6,000-strong cyber militia. 

China, however, has incessantly struck at the heart of the U.S. economy. On Wednesday, Obama told Business Roundtable members that cybersecurity "will probably be one of the biggest topics that I discuss with President Xi [Jinping]" when the two meet later this week. 

The aggravation for U.S. officials is not so much the excavation of U.S. government data, but rather the gross theft of intellectual property.

Intelligence gathering "is fundamentally different from your government or its proxies engaging directly in industrial espionage and stealing trade secrets” from companies, Obama said.  “That we consider an act of aggression that has to stop.”

He went as far suggesting U.S. government coders could outhack any rival, if push comes to shove. 

"Although the Chinese and Russians are close, we're still the best at this," Obama said. "And if we wanted to go on offense, a whole bunch of countries would have some significant problems" that America would rather not inflict on the Internet.

'Start With 9th Graders'

The age range of U.S. cyber troops trends low, a distinction that carries benefits and risks. Pentagon computer whizzes might have little military experience, but their talent impresses top brass.

There is no such thing as a 20-year veteran of CYBERCOM. Right now, "we bring them out of high school, mostly enlisted," McLaughlin said. Then, “the military services are training them to be world-class, advanced cyber operators."

He gushed over the programming skills of these men and women. One young man on a defensive mission, "he saw the Matrix, like in the movie. He lived in the 1s and 0s. His team was maneuvering in cyberspace against a maneuvering adversary, and he understood every bit of the technology that the adversary was using, what we were using” and what other assets would be necessary to deal with the threat.  

In the near future, CYBERCOM members must protect systems that don't even look like computers, so even today's training might soon be outdated. 

There now is a demand for power engineers and aerospace engineers that understand the cyber vulnerabilities in the structures they are building, Tighe said.

"We've got to evolve our educational side to begin to really get after securing the Internet of Things, not just the IT systems that we have," she said. 

And that means tapping middle school graduates. 

"We need to start with ninth-graders," she said. "Really. To hook them into this.... if they don't start at that point, it's hard to catch up in terms of having the math skills to go into engineering type programs." 

To date, trial and error has guided capacity planning, Tighe acknowledged. 

The genesis of CYBERCOM was, essentially, “we have a sense of urgency that we need more capacity and capability to deal with cyberspace operations than what we have today," she said. "Is it enough capacity? I don't know if we know the answer to that yet.”

There is certainly optimism in the voices of McLaughlin and Tighe that there will be enough bodies and brains at the control panels.

 "I think that being two, two-and-a-half years into the build, we're in a pretty darn mature place . . . we still have a long way to go."

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URGENT OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS REGARDING GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE FUTURE OF MAN 



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CRANE, Mo., Sept. 21, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Thomas R. Horn of SkyWatchTV.com:

Dear Pastor and Christian Leader,

Brent Waters, Director of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values has written, "If Christians are to help shape contemporary culture—particularly in a setting in which I fear the posthuman message will prove attractive, if not seductive—then they must offer an alternative and compelling vision; a counter theological discourse so to speak."

Although the Vatican in 2008 issued a limited set of instructions on bioethics primarily dealing with in vitro fertilization and stem cell research (Dignitas Personae or "the Dignity of the Person") = lie -camouflage) and a handful of Christian scientists, policy makers, and conservative academics have hinted in public commentary on the need for a broader, manifesto-like document on the subject, the church as an institution has failed at any concerted effort to focus on the genetics revolution, the government's interest in human enhancement, the viral transhumanist philosophy capturing the mind of a generation at colleges and universities (not to mention via popular media), and the significant moral and ethical issues raised by these trends. While the Vatican's Dignitas Personae failed to provide instructions on the greater issue of biological enhancement (as envisioned by transhumanists and espoused by agencies of the U.S. and other federal governments), its positional paper did provide an important bird's-eye view on the clash developing between traditional morality and the contradictory adoption of transhumanist philosophy by Christian apologists, who likewise have begun to question what it means to be human and whose competing moral vision could ultimately shape the future of society.

Immediately following the release of Dignitas Personae, Catholic scientist William B. Neaves, in an essay for the National Catholic Reporter, reflected the new biblical exegesis, causing reporter Rod Dreher to describe it as clearly illustrating "the type of Christianity that is eager to jettison the old morality and embrace the new..."

KEEP READING THIS URGENT OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS AT:

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‘CIRCLE OF LIGHT’ FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN MOSCOW

At 50 seconds, the destroyer coming to destroy this world and to rebuild a new one.



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The International Circle of Light Festival kicked off with a light show beamed onto the Bolshoi Theatre. The light show featured the opera "Karmen" and the ballet "Lebedinoe Ozero".


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MessagePosté le: Dim 4 Oct - 05:32 (2015)    Sujet du message: NEW LIFE ENGINEERED WITH ARTIFICIAL DNA Répondre en citant

NEW LIFE ENGINEERED WITH ARTIFICIAL DNA

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
Updated 1632 GMT (2332 HKT) May 9, 2014


A scientific breakthrough has expanded the way genetic information can be stored.

Story highlights
  • Scientists put X-Y base pair in DNA
  • They got bacteria to replicate with unnatural genetics
  • This is a brand new way of storing genetic information
All of life as we know it on Earth -- pigs, pandas, fish, bacteria and everything else -- has genetic information encoded in the same way, with the same biological alphabet.

Now, for the first time, scientists have shown it is possible to alter that alphabet and still have a living organism that passes on the genetic information. They reported their findings in the journal Nature.

"This is the first experimental demonstration that life can exist with information that's not coded the way nature does (it)," said Floyd Romesberg, associate professor of chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Medicine can greatly benefit from this discovery, Romesberg said. There's potential for better antibiotics and treatments for a slew of diseases for which drug development has been challenging, including cancers.

The findings also suggest that DNA as we know it on Earth may not be the only solution to coding for life, Romesberg said. There may be other organisms elsewhere in space that use genetic letters we have never seen -- or that don't use DNA at all.


FDA considers three-parent DNA procedure 03:29


How DNA testing can save lives 05:18


Artist creates faces from human DNA 01:33

"Is this alien life? No," he said. "Does it suggest that there could be other ways of storing information? Yes."

How they did it

For their genetic experiments, Romesberg and colleagues used molecules, called X and Y, that are completely different from the four building blocks of DNA.
Normally, the genetic code consists of four nucleotide bases: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). In DNA, guanine always pairs with cytosine and adenine with thymine.

Each pair is held together by hydrogen bonds, meaning the negatively-charged part of one molecule attaches to the positively-charged part of another through a shared hydrogen atom. James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared a Nobel Prize for the insight that these molecules form a double-stranded helix shape.

Watson: DNA was my only gold rush

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/28/health/james-watson-dna/
The X-Y bond is very different: These molecules are hydrophobic -- like oil, they do not dissolve in water.

"The forces underlying the new pairing are completely different than that which nature used," Romesberg said.

First, researchers synthesized about 300 different genetic variants that could be potential carriers of information. They finally ended up with X and Y molecules that, in a test tube, looked like they replicated well.

Even trickier was introducing these molecules into a cell and getting that cell to reproduce with the unnatural DNA molecules.

"This feat was far from simple," University of Texas at Austin biologists Ross Thyer and Jared Ellefson wrote in an accompanying commentary article in Nature.
Scientists used the bacteria Escherichia coli to demonstrate that X and Y can be successfully passed on from one generation to the next. E. coli is an easy organism to introduce foreign DNA into, Romesberg said.

Critical to the process was a transporter protein, which would insert X and Y into the cell by assembling itself into the membrane of the cell.

Scientists inserted a gene that codes for the transporter protein into the cell. Then they gave it an element of DNA with the X and Y molecules.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the experiments is that the bacteria reproduced about 23 times, passing down the X and Y genetic molecules, and remains completely healthy, Romesberg said.

The process of assembling the transporter protein does slow down bacteria growth, but Romesberg and colleagues have found that they can reduce that effect by inducing less of this protein. They have reduced the delay to almost zero.

"This work represents an important transition from artificial systems to living organisms and it lays the groundwork for some really exciting research," Thyer said in an e-mail.

Next steps

Thanks to this study, it is now possible to have a cell that has not just two genetic base pairs, but three. That means there's more information in it.

"We need to be able to retrieve within a cell that increased information that's stored," Romesberg said.

You may recall from biology classes that genes from DNA get transferred to RNA, and proteins are based on the code for RNA. The next step in Romesberg's research is to make proteins that have never been made before, using unnatural genes.

Proteins have become important in drug therapies, Romesberg said.

Traditional drugs are small molecules, which have to be made synthetically, one at a time. But proteins, which can be large and complex, are made by cells in a very short period of time.

"Because they're in a living cell, you can use techniques of evolution to evolve the proteins of interest to have properties that you want them to have, that might make them better drugs," Romesberg said.

Unfortunately, in nature there are only 20 possible building blocks -- called amino acids -- possible for proteins.

But if scientists can use the unnatural information stored in cells as the Nature paper describes, they may be able to create proteins that never existed before. The new technique makes it possible to create up to 172 amino acids to build proteins.

Romesberg has started a small biotechnology company to explore these issues.

Follow Elizabeth Landau on Twitter at @lizlandau

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/09/health/artificial-dna-life/


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MessagePosté le: Lun 5 Oct - 10:58 (2015)    Sujet du message: REMARKS AT DARPA'S "WAIT, WHAT?" FUTURE TECHNOLOGY FORUM Répondre en citant




Secretary of Defense Speech


REMARKS AT DARPA'S "WAIT, WHAT?" FUTURE TECHNOLOGY FORUM


As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, St. Louis, Missouri, September 9, 2015

...Now, we talk a lot in the Pentagon about wanting to tap into the innovation ecosystems of America – the Silicon Valleys, the Bostons, the Research Triangles, and so on.  And the truth is, over the next couple days, this convention center is going to be its own innovation ecosystem.  You’re some of the nation’s most innovative and inventive physicists, chemists, and geneticists; nanotechnologists, molecular biologists, data scientists, computer scientists, neuroscientists; experts in manufacturing, in cyber, in satellites, and in space, and I could go on.  With all of you in this one building, the opportunities for cross-collaboration are endless.  So are the possibilities for what you can achieve. ...

...his is an exciting time for you to be here.  For those interested in foreign policy and national security, there are tons of interesting challenges and problems to work on.  And that’s true also for those who are interested in technology.  But the intersection of the two is a particularly opportunity-rich environment.

The issues you’ll work on this week matter.  They’re critical to our protection, to our security, and creating a world in which our fellow citizens can live their lives and dream their dreams and hug their children and give them a better future.

Helping defend your country and making a better world is one of the noblest things a person can do.  And we’re grateful to all of you for doing that with us.

Before I turn it back to Arati and go see some of what DARPA’s doing in the demo hall, let me just close by saying that in coming here today, you are standing on the shoulders of history.

In 1904, as it turns out, right here in St. Louis, the World’s Fair showcased the latest scientific and industrial achievements that would come to define the future of the then still-young twentieth century – inventions like the x-ray machine, the electric typewriter, the wireless telegraph, gasoline engine, the automobile, and the airplane.  Citizens of the world came to St. Louis and witnessed, as one historian later wrote, “the forefront of technological and educational advances…looking ahead to a new century that promised a better life.”

Today, 111 years later, we stand on the verge of another still-young century, one that once again promises a better life.  The difference is, instead of showcasing the future, you’re going to help shape it.  That’s the opportunity this forum represents – and I look forward it, and I look forward to seeing what you make of it.

Thank you. ...

http://www.defense.gov/News/Speeches/Speech-View/Article/616661/remarks-at-…



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MessagePosté le: Ven 23 Oct - 01:57 (2015)    Sujet du message: EVIL LUCION : AN OCCULT SCIENCE EXPERIMENT... RICHARD DAWKINS & SMASH OF DINOSAUR / HUMAN FOOTPRINTS Répondre en citant

EVIL LUCION : AN OCCULT SCIENCE EXPERIMENT... RICHARD DAWKINS & SMASH OF DINOSAUR / HUMAN FOOTPRINTS



VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbNpi2d5oEs

Evil Lucion: A science documentary on the occult science of Evil Lucion.

Evil Lucion -- Full Trey Smith Documentaries, click here http://godinanutshell.com/product-cat...

PS: Jurassic should be available for purchase at www.godinanutshell.com as DVD on Monday 10/12/2015 -- Then, as digital rental through a variety of online sources (like Amazon) shortly thereafter (this week)..... Also, a Youtube presentation for Jurassic and Fossils of Dragons (like this short Richard Dawkins Evil Lucion Science documentary -- above) should be going up on Youtube this month, October 2015.

We are working extra hard on "Entities" -- It is a very special and delicate project from our view. We want it rock solid and not one wasted second.... It will have a very, very custom & very,.very, very extended Youtube documentary as well. Please be patient. We are hoping to have ALL of it finished and ready for you in 2015. Entities has already been about a year in the making. From our end, these documentaries -- particularly Entities -- are very precision & intensive productions with minute by minute evidence and material never presented like this before... We will get it done... And get it done VERY right... But, please, we're asking -- be patient. It will be worth the wait...

Evil Lucion: The Occult Science documentary of Science straight out of Nazi Occult, Russian Occult and even Vatican Occult. After-all, it was the Vatican Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who made possible the promotion of the Science of Evil Lucion's first "Missing Link" hoax -- Piltdown Man.

Science of Evil Lucion Documentary: Also covered -- with regards to the science of Evil Lucion is the new Homo Naledi Missing Link covering Lee Berger's Homo Naledi "Missing Link" documentary.

Homo Naled Debunked and Exposed: Full Write-up on Homo Naledi - http://godinanutshell.com/2015/09/16/...

Additionally, Richard Dawkins -- famous for "Creation vs. Evolution" debates -- Richard Dawkins is also covered in an Evil Lucion Science debacle with the story of smashing Human / Dinosaur footprints in Glen Rose, Texas.

Richard Dawkins: Science / Occult Documentary Write up on Age of Dinosaurs. Richard Dawkins and Jack Horner of Jurassic Park films would like you to know that dinosaurs are young (we believe they want you to know that). Here is a link for the Young Dinosaurs - which disagrees with the occult science of Evil Lucion. http://godinanutshell.com/2015/04/27/...

Evil Lucion Science Experiment Documentary by Trey Smith / God in a Nutshell.

Evil Lucion 4o minute Youtube documentary / presentation from Trey Smith / God in a Nutshell project -- CREDITS for this production are beneath.

Music Composed by Mattia Cupelli https://www.youtube.com/user/MattiaCu...

Music also Composed by Michael Donner https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelD...

Bob Enyart: Documentary Technical advice on the Science of Evil Lucion. Please subscribe to Bob Enyart (co-producer of Jurassic) on Youtube (his account on Youtube has only recently become active -- his debates on Creation vs. Evolutionism definatelt keep the attention . Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/user/BobEnyar...

Bob Enyart Live Radio Show: http://kgov.com/

Other Trey Smith / God in a Nutshell popular documentaries beneath

Trey Smith documentary on Nephilim https://youtu.be/1zz8_MxcnzY

Trey Smith documentary on Enoch https://youtu.be/BZGN6EKjvAo

Trey Smith documentary on Noah https://youtu.be/lktmmd7YnD8

Trey Smith documentary on Theory of Everything https://youtu.be/mtBz1roiQR8

Trey Smith documentary on Nephs (an update to Nephilim) https://youtu.be/EEt59cBNsH0

Trey Smith documentary on "science" of Evolution (Evil Lucion) https://youtu.be/Gjvuwne0RrE



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MessagePosté le: Mar 17 Nov - 07:17 (2015)    Sujet du message: ROBOT JOURNALISM : THE END OF HUMAN REPORTERS? - THE LISTENING POST (FEATURE) Répondre en citant

ROBOT JOURNALISM : THE END OF HUMAN REPORTERS? - THE LISTENING POST (FEATURE)



VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-rHRJlFew

You may not have realised it, by some of the stories you have read may have been produced by robots.Financial reports, sports updates and earthquake alerts are the kinds of stories that are already being produced by algorithms without any human involvement.One piece of software - Wordsmith - produces thousands of earnings reports every quarter, while the video creation platform Wochit, means that hundreds of news videos can be generated and uploaded to news websites and social media.There are obvious upsides for news organisations - more stories, quick turnaround, and fewer people to pay. But what are the downsides for news reporting?The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi reports on the implications of robot journalism.


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NRL RESEARCHERS RECRUIT LUMINESCENT NANOPARTICLES TO IMAGE BRAIN FUNCTION

Story Number: NNS151117-20Release Date: 11/17/2015 3:44:00 PM 

By Daniel Parry, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Research biologists, chemists and theoreticians at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), are on pace to develop the next generation of functional materials that could enable the mapping of the complex neural connections in the brain.

The ultimate goal is to better understand how the billions of neurons in the brain communicate with one another during normal brain function, or dysfunction, as a result of injury or disease.

"There is tremendous interest in mapping all the neuron connections in the human brain," said Dr. James Delehanty, research biologist, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. "To do that we need new tools or materials that allow us to see how large groups of neurons communicate with one another while, at the same time, being able to focus in on a single neuron's activity. Our most recent work potentially opens the integration of voltage-sensitive nanomaterials into live cells and tissues in a variety of configurations to achieve real-time imaging capabilities not currently possible."

The basis of neuron communication is the time-dependent modulation of the strength of the electric field that is maintained across the cell's plasma membrane. This is called an action potential. Among the nanomaterials under consideration for application in neuronal action potential imaging are quantum dots (QDs) - crystalline semiconductor nanomaterials possessing a number of advantageous photophysical attributes.

"QDs are very bright and photostable so you can look at them for long times and they allow for tissue imaging configurations that are not compatible with current materials, for example, organic dyes," Delehanty added. "Equally important, we've shown here that QD brightness tracks, with very high fidelity, the time-resolved electric field strength changes that occur when a neuron undergoes an action potential. Their nanoscale size make them ideal nanoscale voltage sensing materials for interfacing with neurons and other electrically active cells for voltage sensing."

QDs are small, bright, photo-stable materials that possess nanosecond fluorescence lifetimes. They can be localized within or on cellular plasma membranes and have low cytotoxicity when interfaced with experimental brain systems. Additionally, QDs possess two-photon action cross-section orders of magnitude larger than organic dyes or fluorescent proteins. Two-photon imaging is the preferred imaging modality for imaging deep (millimeters) into the brain and other tissues of the body.

In their most recent work, the NRL researchers showed that an electric field typical of those found in neuronal membranes results in suppression of the QD photoluminescence (PL) and, for the first time, that QD PL is able to track the action potential profile of a firing neuron with millisecond time resolution. This effect is shown to be connected with electric-field-driven QD ionization and consequent QD PL quenching, in contradiction with conventional wisdom that suppression of the QD PL is attributable to the quantum confined Stark effect - the shifting and splitting of spectral lines of atoms and molecules due to presence of an external electric field.

"The inherent superior photostability properties of QDs coupled with their voltage sensitivity could prove advantageous to long-term imaging capabilities that are not currently attainable using traditional organic voltage sensitive dyes," Delehanty said. "We anticipate that continued research will facilitate the rational design and synthesis of voltage-sensitive QD probes that can be integrated in a variety of imaging configurations for the robust functional imaging and sensing of electrically active cells."

Additional contributors to this study included the Optical Sciences Division, and the Materials Science and Technology Division at NRL, Washington, D.C. A full report of the team's findings, entitled "Electric Field Modulation of Semiconductor Quantum Dot Photoluminescence: Insights Into the Design of Robust Voltage-Sensitive Cellular Imaging Probes," was published September 28, in the American Chemical Society publication, NANO Letters. This groundbreaking work was funded by the NRL Nanoscience Institute.

For more news from Naval Research Laboratory, visit www.nrl.navy.mil or
www.navy.mil/local/nrl/

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MessagePosté le: Mar 24 Nov - 04:55 (2015)    Sujet du message: LA CHINE CONSTRUIRA LE PLUS GRAND CENTRE DE CLONAGE AU MONDE Répondre en citant

LA CHINE CONSTRUIRA LE PLUS GRAND CENTRE DE CLONAGE AU MONDE

23 novembre, 2015 Posté par Benji sous Découvertes/sciences, Médical et alimentation, Réflexion


Cela va-t-il trop loin? Une usine à clonage, dans quel but? Le profit? nourrir un maximum de monde? Cela s’annonce inquiétant non?



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Les travaux de construction de l’usine de clonage qui produira notamment 100.000 embryons bovins par an, ont déjà commencé.

La Chine envisage de construire le plus grand centre de clonage commerciale d’animaux au monde à Tianjin, a rapporté lundi l’agence Chine nouvelle se référant au comité d’administration de la zone de développement économique et technologique de Tianjin. Le comité pour le développement de la province de Tianjin a signé un accord de coopération avec la société Yingke Boya Gene Technology, une filiale du groupe chinois Boyalife Group Ltd, leader chinois en matière d’étude des cellules souches, précise l’agence.
 
Les autorités de la zone économique de Tianjin comptent investir 200 millions de yuans (31,3 millions de dollars) dans le projet. Les travaux de construction de l’usine ont déjà commencé, d’après Chine nouvelle.

Selon les médias, l’entreprise disposera d’un laboratoire, un centre d’animaux clonés, une banque de gènes et une salle d’expositions.Les auteurs du projet envisagent de cloner entre autres des chevaux de course, des bovins et des chiens.

D’après le président du groupe Boyalife, Xu Xiaochun, l’usine de clonage produira près de 100.000 embryons bovins par an. Cela permettra de satisfaire la demande en viande de bœuf sur le marché chinois.

En décembre 2014, Boyalife a formé la première entreprise chinoise de clonage d’animaux en coopération avec l’institut sud-coréen Sooam Biotech. Elle a commencé par cloner trois mastiffs, ou dogues du Tibet, et avant de fournir 550 chiens à des aéroports, services de douane et de police de plusieurs pays en 2015.

Le clonage est un sujet d’actualité controversé. Selon une récente étude de chercheurs néozélandais, les bovins clonés souffrent plus souvent de maladies chroniques.

Source: Sputniknews.com

http://lesmoutonsenrages.fr/2015/11/23/la-chine-construira-le-plus-grand-ce…




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MessagePosté le: Mar 24 Nov - 05:01 (2015)    Sujet du message: DEADLY 'KISSING BUG' REPORTED IN NORTH CAROLINA Répondre en citant

DEADLY 'KISSING BUG' REPORTED IN NORTH CAROLINA

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WFMY News 2 12:32 p.m. EST November 22, 2015


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A deadly insect known as the "kissing bug" has been reported in North Carolina, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Triatomine bugs can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease.

READ: Deadly bug reported in Texas

These bugs are typically found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Its not clear which part of North Carolina the insect was found.

The CDC says these bugs can live in cracks and holes indoors and in outdoor spaces including:
  • Beneath porches
  • Between rocky structures
  • Under cement
  • In rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
  • In rodent nests or animal burrows
  • In outdoor dog houses or kennels
  • In chicken coops or houses
To keep these bugs away from you home, the CDC suggests:
  • Sealing cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs, and doors
  • Removing wood, brush, and rock piles near your house
  • Using screens on doors and windows and repairing any holes or tears
  • If possible, making sure yard lights are not close to your house (lights can attract the bugs)
  • Sealing holes and cracks leading to the attic, crawl spaces below the house, and to the outside
  • Having pets sleep indoors, especially at night
  • Keeping your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean, in addition to periodically checking both areas for the presence of bugs
If you think you've found a triatomine bug, the CDC suggests:

Please do not touch or squash the bug. Place a container on top of the bug, slide the bug inside, and fill it with rubbing alcohol or, if not available, freeze the bug in the container. Then, you may take it to your local extension service, health department, or a university laboratory for species identification. In the event that none of these resources is available in your area, you may contact CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (parasites@cdc.gov) for species identification or T. cruzi testing.

http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/health/2015/11/22/deadly-kissing-bug-reported-in-north-carolina/76217110/


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MessagePosté le: Mer 9 Déc - 02:51 (2015)    Sujet du message: LA CHINE PRESENTE TROIS ROBOTS DE COMBAT Répondre en citant

LA CHINE PRESENTE TROIS ROBOTS DE COMBAT




Reconnaissance, neutralisation des explosifs et munitions, combat armé: les trois robots présentés par la compagnie chinoise HIT Robot Group à la conférence internationale World Robot Conference de Pékin marquent une nouvelle étape dans le développement des technologies militaires.

Selon les médias, ces trois robots peuvent travailler individuellement ou en groupe, en coordonnant leurs actions entre eux.

Le premier robot est destiné aux missions de reconnaissance et d'observation, il est doté de caméras et de divers capteurs capables de détecter des explosifs.

S'il découvre un engin explosif ou un objet suspect, le robot de neutralisation des explosifs et munitions (EOD) prend le relais. Grâce au système de contrôle à distance, l'opérateur pourra déminer l'objet suspect ou le transporter en lieu sûr à l'aide de son bras mécanique.

Le troisième robot de combat armé dispose d'une plateforme dotée d'un fusil d'assaut et d'un lance-grenades de petit calibre. La visée optique, la détente électrique et le système de contrôle à distance permettent à l'opérateur de tirer avec précision tout en restant à couvert.

Les développeurs expliquent que le trio de robots a été créé sur la base d'un même châssis mobile à chenilles. Les trois machines se différencient donc seulement par les équipements installés. Le poids du robot de reconnaissance et du robot EOD avoisine les 12 kg, ce qui permet de les transporter facilement dans un sac-à-dos spécial.

L'équipe de robots chinois coûtera 235 000 dollars. Le Bureau de la sécurité publique de Pékin fait partie des acquéreurs potentiels de cette invention.


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Un quadrirotor commandé par les impulsions cérébrales a été développé en Russie avec le soutien du Fonds d'études pour l'avenir. Ses sphères d'utilisation sont les plus variées, depuis l'armée jusqu'à la vie de tous les jours.


Les médias russes rapportent que la société Neurobotics de la ville de Zélénograd, près de Moscou, a développé un quadrirotor commandé par les impulsions cérébrales du "pilote", autrement dit par la force de sa pensée. Les travaux ont été financés par le Fonds russe d'études pour l'avenir (FEA).


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Un quadrirotor promène un chien-robot

Le directeur général de Neurobotics Vladimir Konychev décrit le processus de maniement de l'appareil de la façon suivante: il suffit que le "pilote" imagine les manœuvres exécutées par le quadrirotor pour que ce dernier les reconnaisse et les suive. Les concepteurs qualifient leur méthode de "génération d'états".
 
Les concepteurs estiment que l'appareil pourrait être utilisé dans des domaines différents. Ainsi, il sera irremplaçable aussi bien dans des zones de combats que dans la vie quotidienne. Il pourra notamment servir les personnes handicapées.

"Cette interface convient parfaitement à des handicapés pour gérer une maison intelligente. Elle pourra les rendre plus indépendants: grâce à elle, ils pourront imprimer, travailler, etc. Il va de soi qu'elle pourra être largement utilisée dans des systèmes d'armements", estime le président du conseil scientifique et technique du FEA Vitali Davydov.

"Pour le FEA il est important que la personne commandant le quadrirotor puisse s'occuper en même temps d'autre chose. Alors, la technologie pourra être utilisée par les militaires sur le champ de bataille. C'est pourquoi, pendant les tests, notre "pilote" se déplaçait constamment en donnant des commandes et le quadrirotor répondait aussi bien à des commandes élémentaires (à droite, à gauche, en haut, en bas) qu'à des commandes assez abstraites (se diriger vers un point déterminé). Nous avons ainsi prouvé qu'il était possible de commander l'appareil tout en s'occupant d'autres choses", explique Vladimir Konychev.

"Un autre exemple. Imaginez qu'un snipper ouvre le feu sur un soldat qui court. Celui-ci tombe par terre et ordonne par sa pensée au quadrirotor de lui fournir l'image de l'endroit d'où provient le feu. L'image peut être retransmise sur des lunettes avec une réalité augmentée. Le soldat reste couché, sans mouvement, sans lâcher son arme", ajoute Vladimir Konychev.

Les médias n'ont cependant pas indiqué quand le quadrirotor serait mis en dotation dans les forces armées ni quand il serait disponible en magasin.

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