Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Science of Over the Edge: Bone Growing Wire

Inventors haven't come up with bone growing wire as described in the first book of the Over the Edge series, but they have come up with some bone growing foam. French scientists reported recently that they'd created an injectable foam that repairs degenerating bones and may even regrow them. It's called calcium phosphate cement. It's been used before, repairing broken vertebra for instance, but not in this form. Here's the link to the story:

Researchers have created an injectable foam that can heal degenerating bones 


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What About AI That's Not Intelligent?

Kevin Slavin: How Alogrithms Shape Our World
This is just a picture--it won't play the video. Click on the link above for video.

People worry about artificial intelligence. They have good reason, even without the numerous science fiction stories that explore the dangers of AI. But what about AI that's not intelligent? What about AI that just blindly does what it does? That's what Kevin Slavin describes in the Ted Talk link above.

In Over the Edge robots abound, but they're mostly harmless. This implies that the question of AI has been dealt with. Hmn, might be a good story.