Archive for the ‘policy’ category

May 1, 2019

Here’s an image of Max More, Natasha Vita-More, Jim Strole, Bernadeane, and myself with the final version of our XPRIZE work at their event yesterday

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, life extension, policy

We submitted the Longevity Peace Prize, worth $5 million dollars to be awarded to any longevity activist(s) in the next 5 years who can get a major world government or the UN to declare “aging a disease” as a policy and to help reverse regulatory hurdles on life extension research. Hopefully, this early version of a prize may one day become reality. https://xprize.org/

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Apr 28, 2019

Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea’s nuclear climbdown

Posted by in categories: energy, existential risks, nuclear weapons, policy, science

Just days after North Korea announced it was suspending its testing programme, scientists revealed that the country’s underground nuclear test site had partially collapsed. This assessment was based on data gathered from smaller earthquakes that followed North Korea’s biggest nuclear test in 2017. A new study published in Science has now confirmed the collapse using satellite radar imaging.

The collapse may have played a role in North Korea’s change in policy. If correct, and with the hindsight of this research, we might have speculated that the North Koreans would want to make such an offer of peace. This shows how scientific analysis normally reserved for studying natural earthquakes can be a powerful tool in deciphering political decisions and predicting future policy across the globe.

In fact, another unusual in South Korea in 2017 also has the potential to affect geopolitics, this time by changing energy policy. “Seismic shift” may be a cliche often used by journalists and policymakers to describe changing political landscapes, but these recent earthquakes along the Korean Peninsula remind us there can really be authentic links between and global affairs.

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Apr 25, 2019

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet, policy

Chinese technology companies are increasingly important and dynamic international actors. They are making critical contributions in a range of areas, from cutting edge research to enabling connectivity for developing countries. Yet, their rapid expansion and growing influence also bring a range of strategic and policy challenges. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre has created a public database to map the global expansion of 12 key Chinese tech companies working across the telecommunications, internet & biotech sectors. It’s a tool for journalists, researchers, NGOs, policymakers and the interested public to better understand the enormous scale, complexity and increasing reach of some of China’s tech giants. On this website you’ll find:

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Apr 12, 2019

Undoing Aging 2019: Highlights and Impressions

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, life extension, policy

Guest writer Dr. Asimina Pantazi gives her impressions of the recent Berlin Undoing Aging Conference from the point of view of someone working in research.

As a millennial with limited orientation abilities but expertise with digital tools, I used Google Maps to find the venue, fearing that I would have no data and would get lost in Berlin, only to find out that I was only a couple of meters away from to the venue entrance.

The Undoing Aging 2019 conference took place on May 28–30 at Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz: a multi-level industrial setting, with metal stairs, funky lights, and a balcony overlooking the minimal conference hall. This gave me my first positive vibes.

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Apr 9, 2019

Nutrients from food, not supplements, linked to lower risks of death, cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, policy

For the association between nutrient intake and the risk of death, the researchers found:

Adequate intake of certain nutrients is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality when the nutrient source is foods, but not supplements, according to a new study. There was no association between dietary supplement use and a lower risk of death.

In addition, excess calcium intake was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, which the researchers found was associated with supplemental doses of calcium exceeding 1,000 mg/day. The study was published on April 9 in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Apr 9, 2019

The EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

Posted by in categories: information science, policy, robotics/AI

The European Commission recommends using an assessment list when developing or deploying AI, but the guidelines aren’t meant to be — or interfere with — policy or regulation. Instead, they offer a loose framework. This summer, the Commission will work with stakeholders to identify areas where additional guidance might be necessary and figure out how to best implement and verify its recommendations. In early 2020, the expert group will incorporate feedback from the pilot phase. As we develop the potential to build things like autonomous weapons and fake news-generating algorithms, it’s likely more governments will take a stand on the ethical concerns AI brings to the table.

The EU wants AI that’s fair and accountable, respects human autonomy and prevents harm.

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Mar 16, 2019

Japan to back int’l efforts to regulate AI-equipped ‘killer robots’

Posted by in categories: government, policy, robotics/AI

Japan is hoping to play a lead role in crafting international rules on what has been called lethal autonomous weapons systems or LAWS.

Japan is planning to give its backing to international efforts to regulate the development of lethal weapons controlled by artificial intelligence at a UN conference in Geneva late this month, government sources said Saturday.

It would mark a departure from Japan’s current policy. The government was already opposed to the development of so-called killer robots that could kill without human involvement. But it had called for careful discussions when it comes to rules so as to make sure that commercial development of AI would not be hampered.

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Mar 12, 2019

Aging Analytics Agency Photo 2

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, policy

And Vetek Association present their list of the top 60 Longevity Influencers in Israel, whose efforts in science, technology, industry and policy are driving the growth of the Israeli Longevity Landscape.

Link to the Report: https://www.aginganalytics.com/longevity-in-israel

Aaron Ciechanover Anat Ben-Zvi, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist Boaz Misholi Dov Chernichovsky — דב צ’רניחובסקי Ehud Cohen Eyal banin Idan Segev Ilia Stambler Israel Issi Doron Itamar Harel Itamar Raz Jonathan Mandelbaum Michael Neeman Mooly Eden Nir Barzilai MD Rafi Eitan Raphael Gorodetsky Ruth Arnon Uri Alon Valery Krizhanovsky Yael Sorek-benvenisti Yechezkel Barenholz Yosef Gruenbaum.

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Mar 8, 2019

Presents its list of the top 30 Longevity Influencers in Singapore

Posted by in categories: life extension, policy

Presents its list of the top 30 Longevity Influencers in Singapore, whose efforts in science, technology, industry and policy are driving the growth of the Singaporean Longevity Landscape.

Link to the Report: https://www.aginganalytics.com/longevity-in-singapore

Dr Finian Tan Brian Kennedy #DannySoon #GaryKhoo #BussarawanTeerawichitchainan #ChongHockSia #JaniceChia #JeffreyLu #CarlFirth #KanwaljitSoin #ChristianiJeyakumarHenry #ColinStewart #HweePinkTan Kenneth Noonan MD #LimChweeTeck #LokSheeMei #MelisTay #NeoKahYean #NgHuckHui #PaoloRampichini #PaulSi #PennyWan #JudithSwain #VishalDoshi #WallaceToores #WilfBlackburn #YuCai #LimXinhong WanJin Hong Birgit Lane.

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Mar 3, 2019

What our civilization needs is a billion-year plan

Posted by in categories: government, policy, solar power, space, sustainability

Circa 2012

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Artist’s concept of a Kardashev Type 2 civilization (credit: Chris Cold)

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