Are the robots about to rise? Ray thinks so...
Google has bought almost every machine-learning and robotics company it can find... And it has embarked upon what one DeepMind investor told the technology publication Re/code two weeks ago was "a Manhattan project of AI"... Peter Norvig, Google's research director, said recently that the company employs "less than 50% but certainly more than 5%" of the world's leading experts on machine learning. And that was before it bought DeepMind which, it should be noted, agreed to the deal with the proviso that Google set up an ethics board to look at the question of what machine learning will actually mean when it's in the hands of what has become the most powerful company on the planet.
In late 2012, Ray became Google's new Director of Engineering
, empowering him with extraordinary resources and latitude. [more inside]
It's not all bad news.
People are living longer, we're winning the fight against malaria, worldwide poverty is down, and eight more reasons for hope in the coming year.
People who look young for their age 'live longer'.
'Danish scientists say appearance alone can predict survival
, after they studied 387 pairs of twins.' 'It might be that people who have had a tougher life are more likely to die early - and their life is reflected in their face
.' 'The bigger the difference in perceived age,' 'the more likely it was that the older-looking', though there may be a threshold effect
present. [more inside]
What do 3D printing, jelly, liver transplants, chainmail, dental fillings, ferrofluids, and the Six Million Dollar man have to tell us about our future? Materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik lets us know in this Royal Institution lecture
Ask the very old on Ikaria how they managed to live past 90, and they’ll usually talk about the clean air and the wine. Or, as one 101-year-old woman put it to me with a shrug, “We just forget to die.” The reality is they have no idea how they got to be so old. And neither do we
. [more inside]
First Gene Therapy Successful Against Aging-Associated Decline: Mouse Lifespan Extended Up to 24% With a Single Treatment
A new study consisting of inducing cells to express telomerase, the enzyme which -- metaphorically -- slows down the biological clock -- was successful. The research provides a "proof-of-principle" that this "feasible and safe" approach can effectively "improve health span." [article
People are thinking
these days. Or at least living a long, long time
. (There's a jellyfish
that's already made it
She is a bit deaf but she still hunts mice in the garden.
Her name is Lucy. Her family says she is 39 years old, and is the oldest cat in the world. She does look a bit saggy. How long will your cat live?
Olga Kotelko is 91, and she has probably set more athletic world records—and will continue to set more—than most of us will in our lives. We all age, but she is aging differently. Scientists are trying to figure out why...but she is just trying to find someone who can keep up
Atkins was right?!
According to a meta-study of nearly 350,000 people
, "there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of (heart disease) or (vascular disease)... However, replacement with a higher carbohydrate
intake, particularly refined carbohydrate
, can exacerbate ... insulin resistance and obesity that includes increased triglycerides, small LDL particles
, and reduced HDL cholesterol. Dietary efforts to improve ... (cardiovascular disease) risk ... should primarily emphasize the limitation of refined carbohydrate intakes and (losing weight)." [more inside]
It sprang to life sometime in the 3rd millennium
, outliviving the kingdoms of ancient Egypt, it survived six of the seven wonders of the ancient world
, and it's older than Judaism. It survived 5,000 years (give or take a few hundred), and was cut down in 1964 by Donald Currey
, a graduate student in geography. He was studying the Little Ice Age (prev)
, and he was looking for an old Bristlecone pine in the White-Inyo mountain range of California (prev)
, as a record for climatic conditions from that period. As that tree, nicknamed Prometheus
, is no longer living, the record for oldest tree
goes to a tree from the same stand, Methuselah
. If trees aren't your thing, there are quite a few long-living organisms
of other sorts. For more fun and photos, join Rachel Sussman on her journey to photograph them
. [more inside]
, take a ride
at some of the Islamic Art
of the past. Or, you could call it Art
of the Islamic World
if you're so inclined. If not, then how about taking into account some of the major milestones
throughout the centuries
, from past
(more examples here
), including the art
. Not to mention the Arab
world's contribution to music
, both old
, and here
, with a wonderful
comment from nickyskye
Jack London wrote about it
before the 20th century, then it was Austin Powers
, and even more recently Eric Cartman
. But because most portrayals of cryonics
are used in the sci-fi or humor genres, we often forget that the practice is very real
, and has some very real consequences
Why New Yorkers Last Longer
. Interestingly, urban theorists believe it is not just the tightly packed nature of the city but also its social and economic density that has life-giving properties. When you’re jammed, sardinelike, up against your neighbors, it’s not hard to find a community of people who support you—friends or ethnic peers—and this strongly correlates with better health and a longer life. [New York Magazine article]
The world's oldest family companies
start with a 1,400 year old Japanese family business
that has always built Buddhist temples. On the corporation side, only one of the great chartered companies
survives, Canada's Hudson Bay Company, founded in 1670
, and now a large retailer, though there may be much older
corporations. There is even a club with an interesting web site, Les Hénokien
, for companies that are over 300 years old. If companies aren't your thing, there is always the world's oldest restaurant
How To Live Forever:
More research suggests that there is no such thing as aging, and reminds me of that quote from the Barbarian Brothers, "there is no such thing as overtraining, there is only undereating and undersleeping." As opposed to Timothy 8
. Also, I LOVE
the HNRCA database
. Get yer mutli
people, get it!
What is SENS?
It stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. Confused? Aubrey de Grey
believes that it is possible. His research has been in the news
De Grey is the co-founder of the The Methuselah Foundation
, and they are offering a prize
to anyone who can demonstrate healthy life extension
in mice. More information at The Longevity Meme
and Better Humans
, among others.
He recently spoke in Edmonton
. Is it just me, or does he remind anyone else of a cult leader? There is something that strikes me about the way his writing sounds.
The idea of anti-ageing treatment was convincingly suggested by Kim Stanley Robinson in his Mars Trilogy
, which also addressed its potential social consequences, such as overpopulation and longevity as an option exclusively for the wealthy elite.
How long til you buy the farm?
• "The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator
© was designed to translate what we have learned from studies of centenarians and other longevity research into a practical and empowering tool for individuals to estimate their longevity potential." Wasn't this on a Futurama episode?
As the population
of the world ages
and the prospect for future technologies
to either cheat death or increase longevity
could we be looking at a schism
between the conservative
old and the young? Is it possible to heal this rift or should we be looking at alternatives
The Longevity of Homosexuals
- Life insurance companies advertise lower rates for lifestyle choices that positively effect mortality. No smoking. No drugs
. No scuba diving
and crop dusting. No criminal record. Should they be able to offer better prices to heterosexuals versus homosexuals
Extending your life, how to age well.
The Seattle Times
is running a week long series of articles on how to extend your life. One of the most interesting ideas is calorie restrictive diets
. The basic idea is that you consume approximately 30% less calories than you need, and you will live a 30% longer lifespan. The Calorie Restriction Society
website can answer any questions you have. Of course any plan that has problems like "Getting used to looking gaunt"
and "How do I stop waking up from hunger"
seems a little iffy to me.
Everyone shout hurray and hurrah for the good health of her Queen Mumness.
higher IQ = longer life span
A study in the British Medical Journal shows a link between IQ and longevity. 2200 children were tracked from childhood to the age of 76. A 15-point disadvantage in IQ meant the child was only 79% as likely to be alive at 76. A 30-point disadvantage reduced the odds to 63%. *link found at darwin awards
Woman exposed to radiation dies at 124 years of age
Just to lighten your day and to avoid being called a troller! Perhaps this is the secret to longivity that science searches for.