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China’s SF Express eyes home-grown technology as means to expand globally – South China Morning Post

Posted: July 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

SF Express, one of Chinas largest logistics service providers, wants to transform into a technology-driven courier and adopt home grown Chinese technology to boost its business internationally.

One of our primary objectives is to understand how we use technology to differentiate ourselves [from our rivals], David Adams, chief executive officer of the international business unit of SF Express, told the South China Morning Post. China already has tremendous technologies and we will primarily use Chinese technology as a foundation to expand our business.

For example, the Shenzhen-based SF Express has already started commercial drone deliveries after receiving Chinas first drone airspace license. Drones are really useful in special delivery situations such as emergencies and remote areas, Adams said. But right now, from my understanding, there are no plans to use drones outside China.

SF Express chief Wang Wei unseats Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing as third-richest Chinese

To expand the international business, SF Express will adopt two different models depending on the region.

In some Asian countries such as Singapore and Korea, which are closer to China, we will invest directly in infrastructure and service development, Adams said. In Singapore, SF Express offers domestic delivery services and will introduce the same in Malaysia later this year.

For countries further away, such as the United States and in Europe, SF Express will use an asset light model.

[In these countries], we will find partners to help us with our service, he said.

We do not generally offer domestic service outside China. Within Europe, we do not offer delivery service from one country to anotherbut only connect Europe and China or Asian countries.

Adams said the company will primarily invest in technology, expertise, human resources and equipment when it comes to markets further away from China.

Consequently, SF Express isnt worried that its international business expansion will be caught up in Chinas tightening rules on outbound capital as the asset light investment model doesnt involve large capital outflows.

Cross-border business between the US and China, the largest two economies in the world, is a priority for the companys international business expansion, but initially the courier will focus on US exports to China.

We primarily focus on B2C cross-border business, [mainly helping] US e-commerce merchants enter the Chinese market and sell their products in China, Adams said.

In Hong Kong, where SF Express founder Wang Wei originally started his business, Adams said the company is already quite large and ubiquitous but wont shy away from expanding its presence even more in the city.

Cainiao and SF Express to resume data sharing after Chinas State Post Bureau intervenes

In March this year SF Express officially completed its so-called backdoor listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, with the resulting surge in share price temporarily making Wang Wei the countrys third-richest man. But the stock price has since slipped on a disagreement with Cainiao, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group, over the sharing of data. However, the two firms have since resumed data sharing. Alibaba is the owner of the Post.

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CU Boulder researchers lead team using drone technology to map soil moisture – Boulder Daily Camera

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Pilot Dan Hesselius holds a fixed-wing SuperSwift drone. (University of Colorado / Courtesy photo)

University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty make the claim that they have likely flown more research drones in more places in the world than any university in the country.

Their next destination is the skies over Yuma farm country.

CU announced Friday that in coming weeks, its scientists, engineers and students are teaming up with Boulder’s Black Swift Technologies to use unmanned aircraft to measure water moisture at a Yuma test irrigation farm.

Project Drought, as it’s known, is one of five different research initiatives under CU’s Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing project, under the direction of Professor Brian Argrow at CU’s Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences department.

CU considers IRISS to be a pillar of the university’s Grand Challenge initiative efforts to harness science, technology and innovation to solve important national or global problems.

Argrow said Friday that work starting soon at the Irrigation Research Foundation research and demonstration farm in northeast Colorado is a continuation of a project that is ongoing.

“This project has been going on for a couple of years and one of the issues for this iteration of the sensor and the aircraft is to make sure the sensor and aircraft work together as a system, and that the flight system in the aircraft doesn’t interfere with making those precision measurements,” he said. “Those are the types of issues being worked on right now.”

Black Swift Technologies, which was spun out of CU by aerospace doctoral graduates Jack Elston, Maciej Stachura and Cory Dixon aided by a NASA Small Business Innovative Research Grant developed the fixed-wing SuperSwift drone equipped with a removable nose cone that will fly over the test farm.

The drone’s sensor was developed by a team led by CU Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering Professor Al Gasiewski.

The research team will pair high-precision drone readings of soil moisture with measurements from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite, launched in 2015. The satellite’s primary radar instrument has failed, but scientists can still use its passive radiometer instrument to produce surface maps. Each pixel represents an area about 225 miles across, according to Argrow.

The IRF facility in Yuma is equipped with sensors in the soil to chart moisture, and that data will be compared with data gathered from the air by the SuperSwift drone. According to Dixon, each team will include a pilot on the ground, a staff member and two students.

“This is part of a project with Black Swift Technologies, so we are talking about a potential for commercialization of this capability,” Argrow said. “You can envision that ultimately, this soil moisture mapping can be provided as a service.

“The emphasis is not on county scale drought measurement, like you get from NASA mapping, but farm scale. You can imagine farmers wanting to use this service to improve their water management, by informing them on the soil moisture distributions.”

Dixon, in a news release, said, “While some farmers don’t have the ability to adequately assess their soil moisture, we can fly over an entire crop field with high enough resolution to give them data that will eventually allow for more efficient water use in particular areas.”

Argrow hedged only slightly on CU’s claim to drone supremacy at the university level in the U.S.

“That’s quite a claim,” he conceded. “We’re throwing down the gauntlet, so I guess I’ll let somebody tell us we’re wrong.”

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USS Ford makes history: Launches, lands fighter jet with magnetic technology – Fox News

Posted: July 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navys newest aircraft carrier, successfully launched and landed an aircraft with advanced digital, magnetic technology, which replaces the older steam-driven catapult system.

The successful missions Friday came less than a week after President Trump commissioned the nearly $13 billion ship in Virginia.

“Today, USS Gerald R. Ford made history,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces. “Great work by the Ford team and all the engineers who have worked hard to get the ship ready for this milestone.”

Trump suggested last spring that the Navy continue to use the steam-based catapult system to launch and snag aircraft on and off ships flight decks, amid the continued concerns about the cost to complete the USS Ford.

Prior to Fridays missions, the new technology had been successfully tested ashore at Lakehurst, N.J., according to the Navy.

This is the first shipboard recovery and launch of a fleet fixed wing aircraft, said Capt. Rick McCormack, Fords commanding officer.

The aircraft used were A-18F Superhornet fighter jets, based at the naval base at Patuxent River, Md.

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How technology and automation will impact human evolution –

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Technology, be it the driver-less cars or the ubiquitous smartphone, is impacting every sphere of our life.

Technology-driven automation is omnipresent and pervading our lives like never before.

From robots and chatbots to virtual/augmented reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and beyond, the physical space is littered with digital influence.

The impact of increased automation is already upon us and influencing our lives in all possible ways. Up till now technology adoption has never been so rapid, versatile and secular but the presence of connectivity has enabled this growth.

The focus of this narrative will be to explore how exactly human life gets affected because of these inevitable technology trends. There are six such changes that look imminent.

The newer technologies are enabling embryonic assessments in early stages, hence alleviating the need for morphological assessments where high degree of human skills was required. The issue is that morphological grading by humans leads to wide inter- and intra-operator variation. These long-standing difficulties may now be improved by using advances in AI. Thus, mathematical variables derived from time-lapse images of embryo development may now be used such that an algorithm can classify images of an embryos development automatically, and so remove the human variable from the crucial task of morphological assessment.

This was also highlighted in study presented on July 4, 2017 at the 33rd Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Geneva. Start-up Deep Genomics is leveragingAI to helpdecode the meaning of the genome and their learning software is developing the ability to try and predict the effects of a mutation based on its analyses ofhundreds of thousands of examples of other mutations even if theres not already a record of what those mutations do. Another example is the case of actress Angelina Jolie where she had a one recessive gene in her genome that was predicted using deep learning algorithms on her DNA sequence using the data from past studies, which predicted that she is susceptible to breast cancer. She underwent pre-emptive mastectomy to prevent herself from cancer. The confluence of medicine and technology will bring unprecedented transformations in human life.

Another biological victim of the digital automation will be ubiquitous handwriting skills. Already most of the content thats getting produced and published is digital. Handwriting skills have already suffered as most of the content gets digitally typed and then printed if at all needed in the physical format. Dematerialisation has already inflicted the damage on the physical copy. It is now rare to write something on paper except when its your own signature, which is also digitally available now. Handwriting is almost nostalgic now. More and more people are digitally publishing the content online with handwritten notes becoming virtually non-existent. When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter or note to your friends? The growth of virtual assistants like Apple Siri, Google Assistant or Cortana that can translate the verbal instructions into written word will further deteriorate the physical handwriting practice whatever is left so far. This may impact the anatomy of hand including the fingers, which may become less flexible, and thinner to aid typing. Maybe in the future the meta-carpel and carpel joints undergo significant changes as they are no longer used for writing purposes.

The third biological influence will be on the eyes. The sheer amount of information flow thats happening is coming from social media apps, devices, digital displays or the web, which is exerting enormous strain on the eyes. Reading has exponentially multiplied, as is typical of information age where status quo is consistently challenged. The knowledge bust thats happening is fuelling the information fire. With faster and better technology, development and evolution is becoming possible in every sphere of our life, be it medicine, law, science, engineering, education, hence necessitating the constant need to upgrade and update. The concomitant impact of it will be largely borne by eyes. With so much to read and ingest, the shape of our eyes may get adapted over a period; they may become enlarged or may be more bulged. In fact, the underlying neuron system powering the vision may undergo subtle changes as well because of the way the things will be perceived and seen in the VR, AR-infected world.

Another impact is going to be on the neck and the backbone. With the advent of smartphone the average time we are spending on the device is about 180 minutes. Yes, thats correct: three hours per day. We are continuously stretching our necks for longer periods of time, which is therefore bent most of the time. Now most of things can be actioned, can be monitored or searched on phone, which is reducing physical movements all the time. For example, you can monitor your employees working remotely on your phone using the GPS and camera, thereby obviating the need for physically moving yourself. This is not only forcing your neck to constantly gobble up the data thats being ejected on your smartphone screens but also increasing your seating time, making you more sedentary than ever. Seating continuously for longer periods of time puts pressure on the spinal cord and the vertebrae. Hence all these lifestyle changes will have an anatomical impact on our spinal cord and neck in the time to come. As a result, the spine may become more rounded and short. It may be so that in future humans have few extra movements in neck due to some extra cervical spine joints.

With the problem of plenty, memory will be worst affected. As more and more information is produced collaboratively and co-operatively on social platforms lesser and lesser will be retained. Also, with advanced search algorithms by our side, who needs to worry about remembering something? Learning by rote will be extinct in future. This will impact the memorability of human beings as lesser effort will be given to remember anything. The incentives that existed in the past to learn mathematical tables or capitals of the countries have ceased to exist. Society is now rewarding people who have application skills, who can combine expertise in multiple subjects to yield insights and solve layered business problems. The demand for people who can blurt out facts has completely evaporated. The processing thats required to memorise things will weaken during time, leading to complete adaptation of the neurons and brain functions that govern memory.

With so much data floating around us and machine learning algorithms parsing them, AI is getting adaptive by the day. The rich data thats getting ingested is only leading to more informed choices and better decisions. The role of luck, or the unknown is getting subsumed by intelligent analytics or processed data that was earlier not available. The traditional belief structures rooted in religion of God are getting displaced by more data-centric approach or Dataism, as Yuval Harari calls it. So much structured and unstructured data is getting generatedbe it location data, emails, OCR processed reports, Facebook posts or likes, WhatsApp messages, tweets etc.which enables algorithms to do the data analysis and decipher the subterranean trends, patterns and phenomena underlying these data sets, paving the way for better understanding of society and things around us. As more and more evidentiary proofs are available for our actions, the needle of our belief will keep swerving away from the universality of God.

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Gizmodo Attacks Artificial Womb Technology, Claims It Threatens Women’s Rights – The Daily Caller

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A new breakthrough in medical technology could enable prematurely born infants to survive outside of the womb, greatly improving their chances of survival and reducing risks for mothers unable to reach full term. Naturally, some feminists are upset by the prospects it offers and have tied its development to the end of abortion rights.

The technology, which was unveiled in April, allowed for eight premature lambs to spend four weeks of development in an artificial womb called the Biobag. The lambs survived and have been developing normally.

One would think that such a lifesaving technology, which can potentially save the lives of the 30,000 prematurely born babies each year, would be hailed as a net positive. Not so, argue feminists at Gizmodowho claim that the medical advancement could also complicateand even jeopardizethe right to an abortion.

Speaking to Gizmodo, Harvard Law School bioethicist Glenn Cohen said that the constitutional treatment of abortion was pegged to the viability of a fetus survival. This has the potential to really disrupt things, first by asking the question of whether a fetus could be considered viable at the time of abortion if you could place it in an artificial womb.

It could wind up being that you only have the right to an abortion up until you can put [a fetus] in the artificial womb, Cohen told Gizmodo. Its terrifying.

Gizmodos Kristen V. Brown takes issue with the possibilities offered by the technology, as a fetus can now be transplanted into an artificial womb instead of being aborted. The technology, if it works on humans, could improve the chances of survival for countless prematurely born infants and drastically reduce the risks to mothers with preexisting medical conditions that make it dangerous for them to give birth. In other words, the artificial womb will make medically necessary late term abortions unnecessary.

Developing technology also tests the rhetoric surrounding the right to choose, wrote Brown. A womans right to control her own body is a common legal and ethical argument made in favor of abortion. Under that logic, though, the law could simply compel a woman to put her fetus into an external womb, giving her back control of her own body but still forcing her into parenthood.

Instead, its now a question of whether its existence would deprive a woman of her rights to control her body. In reality, most late-term abortions happen due to medical reasons.

The scientists behind the artificial womb intend to create a version that will work for premature babies born as early as 23 weeks, and hope to test it on human babies within the next five years.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter.

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How technology can play a role in home healthcare services – The Sunday Guardian

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Not only is the Home Healthcare market growing in standard services of providing medical staff at home, it is also now growing up the value chain of providing Critical Care in the home environment. The benefits of such services are numerous: from being able to set up ICU facilities inclusive of relevant medical equipment to services of competent nursing and other staff. Today, a number of ailments that fall under the category of Critical Care are being treated at home.

For Critical Care to be implemented, it is imperative that various elements of technology are leveraged to successfully achieve the following:-

Positive patient experiences

Creating an environment for better outcomes of the treatment

Building efficiency in operation-intensive business to provide significant scaling up of the endeavor

While Information Technology is pervasive and ubiquitous in various fields and industries, there have also been a lot of advances in technology related to healthcare. Today, there are a number of devices that allow monitoring of the patients functions and emergencies and also integrate with IT devices such as mobile devices. They help to create a system where information can be captured in near real-time, assimilated and collated for distribution to the stake holders for appropriate actions. A few of such modern technologies that are making way in the Healthcare domain are as follows:-

ECG embedded in the smartphone case that helps interpret test results via an App and facilitates secured sharing of data with clinicians (NICE Evidence Review)

Tremor spoon for Parkinsons incorporating sensors and data analytics on how Tremor characteristics and severity change over time

Smart Inhalers that sense the location and surrounding air providing insights into Asthma attacks

All of the above technologies help in monitoring various parameters as relevant to the patient so that timely intervention can be made for better outcomes.

In addition to the above, there are also various sensor-based devices in the market that detect situations in an ongoing treatment and emergencies, for e.g., detection of a fall along with the precise location. It was estimated in 2014 that remote patient monitoring technologies accounted for over $ 30 billion.

Other important aspects to note are that services being delivered at home for Critical Care are in remote places as compared to a centralized facility in a hospital. While Home Healthcare increases the focus on the patient, it has been recognized that monitoring of services at these remote locations can be achieved through implementation of technologies. Data can flow through a network connecting these remote locations to hubs of centralized facilities where patient specific dashboards can be created and shared with relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem. The most effective model for delivering Critical Care at home is an integrated approach that involves the hospital, physician/the treating doctor, nursing and care staff at home and the family members of the patient.

With the use of inter-operable technologies, only bytes of relevant information can be shared with the stakeholders. It is well known that physicians and treating doctors lead very busy lives and do not have sufficient time to browse through mounds of data in reports.This integrated approach also allows for instant communication between the treating doctor and the nursing staff at home, resulting in better outcomes for the patient. Therefore, a well-engineered system that combines Telehealth and Mobile-health will create a big impact in delivering streamlined Critical Care at home.

Home Healthcare is also very effective for treatment of chronic diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Congestive Heart failure, COPD and Fractures to name a few. Use of Telehealth can significantly reduce admissions and re-admissions to the hospital and at the same time at a much lower cost. For E.g. Monitoring weight of a patient with a condition of Congestive Health Failure can alert clinicians to eminent worsening of condition so that appropriate and effective action can be taken in time. Usage of technologies in an integrated manner allows for evidence based medical care that helps in aligning staff, standardization of core processes around clinical best practices and therefore, implementation of focused training for clinicians around those processes.

Technology will play a pivotal role in the implementation and growth of Critical Care at home. There are already technologies available that provide monitors that are internet enabled and when combined with mobile and telemedicine can provide an effective framework for Critical Care at home.

Social media is also playing an important role in Home Healthcare. According to Pew Research, 46% of seniors who go online also use social media. This has spurred growth of some private social networks such as efamily and Family Crossings that allow social interaction and information sharing over the internet.

With patients getting more involved and taking charge of their healthcare needs, the market for Critical Care at home is poised for rapid growth. This will positively allow care to be delivered at home, with grace and dignity, apart from the economic benefit and ripple effect on the family and caregivers.

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Technology That Turns Obama’s Words Into Lip-Synced Videos to Be Featured at Siggraph – Variety

Posted: July 28, 2017 at 7:06 pm

A paper set to be delivered at next weeks Siggraph2017 conference has garnered a lot of pre-confab attention because the technology could possibly be used to produce fake news videos. But the technology described in the paper, Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync From Audio, could have many more beneficial uses, especially in the entertainment and gaming industries.

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed the technology to photorealistically put different words into former President Barack Obamas mouth, based on several hours of video footage from his weekly addresses. They used a recurrent neural network to study how Obamas mouth moves, then they manipulated his mouth and head motions as to sync them to rearranged words and sentences, creating new sentences.

Its easy to see how this could potentially be used for nefarious purposes, but the technology is a long way away from becoming widely available and it would be fairly easy to detect in fake videos, according to Supasorn Suwajanakorn, the lead author of the study. It would be relatively easy to develop a software to detect fake video, he says. Producing a truly realistic, hard-to-verify video may take much longer than that due to technical limitations.

Siggraphs conference chair Jerome Solomon, dean of Cogswell Polytechnical College, notes that any new technology can be used for good or bad. This is new technology in computer graphics, he explains. Were making things that might not be believable believable and worlds that dont exist exist. And I think people potentially using any technology out of our industry could use it for bad purposes or good.

Plus, Solomon says echoing Suwajanakorn, I think its a ways away from being available to everybody. Our conference is really a place where new technology comes in through our technical papers program, but it takes awhile for the technology to appear in the tools. Developers have to go and create the software to actually take this research and get it into the tools.

And there are a wide variety of uses for this particular technology.

Automatically editing video to allow accurate lip-sync to a new audio track is a novel advance on a very hot topic with many practical applications, says Marie-Paule Cani, Siggraphs technical paper chair. It could be used, for instance, to seamlessly dub a movie in a foreign language, or to correct what people said in video footage and no cost.

A number of papers and exhibits of new technology will be on display at Siggraph 2017, to be held July 30 through Aug. 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Among the many new technologies will be a presentation by brain-computer interface company Neurable. They make a cap that you put on your head and it reads your brainwaves so you can use it instead of a mouse or a keyboard to do different things, says Solomon. Theyre coming to Siggraph with that technology to show how you can use it to play a game. Imagine playing a game without have a controller in your hand.

A new addition to Siggraph this year is a VR theater with ongoing programming. Were going to show VR films, Solomon explains. Well have high-end VR headsets and can actually demonstrate VR storytelling. With the sound and the high-end digital, its a really different experience.

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Here’s Why Align Technology Marched Higher Again Today – Motley Fool

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Shares of Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN), an orthodontic-device company, rose about 10% during Friday’s session. Record results released after the bell on Thursday should keep investors smiling all through the weekend.

Just as the analysts who pick stocks for our premium services predicted long ago, Align Technology’s Invisalign tooth-straightening system is becoming increasingly popular. In the second quarter, the company shipped a record-breaking 231,900 cases, 31% more than it shipped during the same period last year.

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The number of cases of the translucent braces shipped wasn’t the only figure that rose during the three months ended June. Second-quarter revenue jumped 32.3% year on year to $356.5 million, which was 14.9% more than the company raked in during the first quarter of the year. All channels performed well, but investors were pleased to hear growth in the important teen segment was especially strong.

Align Technology’s braces might be barely visible, but the company’s success is getting noticed. Following today’s spike, the stock is up 103.1% over the past year. At its new high price, the shares trade at about 53 times this year’s earnings expectations.

Although the stock might be trading at a sky-high multiple, there’s probably more than enough demand to keep sales rising by double digits each quarter for years to come. Around the world, about 2.6 million patients with mild to moderate malocclusion have their teeth realigned by some means. These are the people best suited to treatment with the Invisalign system, but the potential market could be much larger.

The Invisalign system isn’t anything like the metal-mouth image that usually comes to mind when people hear the word “braces.” There could be a billion adults who want straighter teeth but don’t want to broadcast it to their peers; Align’s system is extremely discreet. I wouldn’t be surprised if sales continue bursting for years to come.

Cory Renauer has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Align Technology. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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How New Technology Could Threaten a Woman’s Right to Abortion – Gizmodo

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In April, scientists achieved a major breakthrough that could one day drastically improve the fate of babies born extremely prematurely. Eight premature baby lambs spent their last month of development in an external womb that resembled a high-tech ziplock bag. At the time, the oldest lamb was nearly a year old, and still seemed to be developing normally.

This technology, if it works in humans, could one day prove lifesaving for the 30,000 or so babies each year that are born earlier than 26 weeks into pregnancy.

It could also complicateand even jeopardizethe right to an abortion in an America in which that right is predicated on whether a fetus is viable.

The Supreme Court has pegged the constitutional treatment of abortion to the viability of a fetus, I. Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School bioethicist, told Gizmodo. This has the potential to really disrupt things, first by asking the question of whether a fetus could be considered viable at the time of abortion if you could place it in an artificial womb.

Cohen raised this issue in a report for the Hastings Center published on Friday.

A normal human pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. In Roe v. Wade, the case that ultimately legalized abortion in 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that whether a fetus was capable of surviving outside the womb was an important test of whether an abortion was legal. The Court said that viability typically began at some point during the third trimester, which begins at 24 weeks, but could really only be determined on a case by case basis. In 1992, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey reaffirmed that viability is key in defining a states power to regulate abortion. The number of weeks at which you can legally procure an abortion varies between 22 and 24 weeks by state. (If a womans health is at risk, the state cannot enforce an abortion ban at any stage of development.)

The human version of the external lamb womb that researchers eventually envision creating would be designed for premature babies born as early as 23 weeks. Researchers hope to test it on premature human babies within five years. (Lambs have a shorter gestation period; the 105- to 115-day-old premature lamb fetuses were the equivalent of about 23 weeks in a human.)

In the future, Cohen said, it stands to reason that this technology could save the lives of fetuses born even earlier. Imagine then, that you had made the decision to terminate a pregnancy at 18 weeks, but that such a technology technically made it viable for the fetus to be born at that point in development, then finish developing outside the womb. Would an abortion still be legal?

It could wind up being that you only have the right to an abortion up until you can put [a fetus]in the artificial womb, said Cohen. Its terrifying.

The advent of such artificial womb technology highlights how fragileand datedmuch of the law surrounding the right to an abortion really is.

In a 1983 decision, Justice Sandra Day OConnor argued that Roevs. Wade was on a collision course with itself, because improvements in technology would make it possible for a fetus to continually be viable earlier in the course of a pregnancy. In some cases, today, a fetus can now survive outside the womb at 22 weeks, two whole weeks earlier than at the time of Roe vs. Wade.

In 1990 a woman maybe could have an abortion at 25 weeks, but in 2020 perhaps it will be 20 weeks, said Cohen. Theres a problem when an abortion that would be legal in one decade is not in another under the Constitution.

Developing technology also tests the rhetoric surrounding the right to choose. A womans right to control her own body is a common legal and ethical argument made in favor of abortion. Under that logic, though, the law could simply compel a woman to put her fetus into an external womb, giving her back control of her own body but still forcing her into parenthood.

The way the law has thus far defined it, Cohen said, is that a woman has a right to stop carrying a child. It doesnt consider whether she also has a right to control what happens to the child if she is no longer responsible for carrying it. It could come down to an interpretation of what qualifies as control.

If you think the reason we have abortion rights is that women have a right to control their own bodies, this is saying you can control your own body, just give the fetus to someone else and theyll put it in an artificial womb, he said.

How invasive the procedure to remove a fetus, Cohen said, could influence how that all shakes out. If removing a fetus from the womb still required surgery, for example, a woman might be able to legally refuse surgery instead.

All of this may seem too hypothetical to be worth consideringafter all, theres no telling whether the technology that worked in lambs will translate to human babies. And the number of women who have abortions that late into their pregnancy is small. Somewhere around 9,090 women in the US had abortions after their 21st week of pregnancy in 2012, accounting for just 1.3 percent of all abortions. (Many of that subset seek abortions for health reasons. And again, new technologies would be unlikely to impact late-stage abortions deemed necessary for the health of a mother.)

But Sandra Day OConnor was rightalready, states have been emboldened by improving neonatal care in making laws that restrict abortion earlier and earlier in a womans pregnancy. Physicians, legal experts and bioethicists have long taken issue with viability as a standard for legality. (There is a lot of inconclusive debate about what might make a better standard.)

There have always been problems with this standard, Cohen said. But now theres good reason to believe it could get even worse.

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This creepy technology can read your emotions as you walk down the street – Mashable

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This creepy technology can read your emotions as you walk down the street
If this Russian tech company has its way, emotion-reading recognition is the cool kid on the block right now. With serious consequences for everyone's privacy and personal data. NTechLab ignited a controversy last year after it released FindFace, an

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