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How Elon Musk and Y Combinator Plan to Stop Computers From Taking Over — Backchannel — Medium

They’re funding a new organization, OpenAI, to pursue the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence — As if the field of AI wasn’t competitive enough  — with giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and even car companies like Toyota scrambling to hire researchers — there’s now a new entry, with a twist. It’s Read more…

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Why Hacking DNA Is the Secret of Deep-Space Travel

Genetic engineering will revolutionize the way we send humans to other worlds. Scientists worldwide are rapidly increasing their ability to genetically re-engineer plants, animals, and microbes. Amor Menezes, an aerospace engineer and synthetic biology researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that augmented organisms could transform long-term human space Read more…

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