US regulatory thumbs up brings small modular nuclear reactors a step closer

This could be huge…. if…

The first small modular reactor (SMR) application has passed an intensive Phase 1 review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The okay for NuScale Power means that plans can progress on a 12-module plant scheduled to go online in Idaho in the middle of the next decade.
— Read on newatlas.com/us-green-light-small-modular-reactor/54448/

Tyson Foods backs Israeli startup to grow meat in the lab | Reuters

Here comes the money…

Tyson Foods (TSN.N), the largest U.S. meat processor, has invested in an Israeli biotech company developing a way to grow affordable meat in a laboratory that takes live animals out of the equation.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-tyson-foods-israel/tyson-foods-backs-israeli-startup-to-grow-meat-in-the-lab-idUSKBN1I31DP

Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Warns of AI’s Dark Side | WIRED

It is my current belief that AI is the next great capital cycle, similar to steam, electrical power, railroads, etc. It will play out over decades. But this is the play. Additionally, it may be the last great human invention.

Google cofounder calls advances in artificial intelligence “the most significant development in computing in my lifetime,” but warns of ethical concerns.
— Read on www.wired.com/story/google-cofounder-sergey-brin-warns-of-ais-dark-side/

Scientists reveal the genetic roadmap to building an entire organism from a single cell

First we build tools, then the world changes… single cell sequence tech enables this…

Scientists reveal the genetic roadmap to building an entire organism from a single cell
— Read on phys.org/news/2018-04-scientists-reveal-genetic-roadmap-entire.html

Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body – MIT Technology Review

Nothing happening here. Nothing weird or disturbing. Nothing with terrifying consequences. Just research, folks… Science.

If it were tried on a person, it might mean awakening in the ultimate sensory deprivation chamber.
— Read on www.technologyreview.com/s/611007/researchers-are-keeping-pig-brains-alive-outside-the-body/

Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands, study finds

This is beautiful health work. Additionally, this is how it is that we eventually merge with our tools…

Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands, study finds
— Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-noninvasive-spinal-method-enables-paralyzed.html

Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Great. Must read…

In an interview, best-selling author and machine-learning expert Pedro Domingos discusses the global competition to take the lead in artificial intelligence, the advance of autocrats and the threats modern technology presents to Western democracies.
— Read on www.spiegel.de/international/world/pedro-domingos-on-the-arms-race-in-artificial-intelligence-a-1203132.html

Sizing the potential value of AI and advanced analytics | McKinsey & Company

Very good analysis..

An analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions highlights the broad use and significant economic potential of advanced AI techniques.
— Read on www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/artificial-intelligence/notes-from-the-ai-frontier-applications-and-value-of-deep-learning