In The Future of Healthy GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) we look at Bill Gate’s supporting GMOs, Canada’s bitcoin mining boom, China’s crime prediction abilities, how prescription foods can change your life, and how\u00a0Automation could usher in era of fragility, conflict and extremism. Bill Gates calls GMOs ‘perfectly healthy’ \u2014 and scientists say he’s rightBill Gates has a message for those advocating against genetically modified organisms: I’m disappointed.In a\u00a0Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread on Tuesday, Gates said that not only does he view genetically modified foods as “perfectly healthy,” but that he sees them as a promising tool in a wider array of resources in the fight to reduce world hunger.“GMO foods are perfectly healthy and the technique has the possibility to reduce starvation and malnutrition when it is reviewed in the right way,” Gates wrote. “I don’t stay away from non-GMO foods but it is disappointing that people view it as better.”Read more at Business InsiderWhat’s fuelling the potential bitcoin mining boom in CanadaToronto’s Hut Eight operates a mine that pops out on the horizon at the top of a hill: A gated compound filled with rows of shipping containers, 48 in all, each crammed with high-powered computers \u2014 referred to as rigs \u2014 designed to turn all of that computing power into digital currency.Sites like this are also popping up in Quebec, Manitoba and B.C.\u00a0as a\u00a0relatively cheap\u00a0and reliable supply of electricity makes digital currency mining a more cost-effective proposition. So much so, in fact, many foreign operators are looking to set up mines in the Great White North.Read more at CBCChina using big data to detain people before crime is committed: reportBarely seven months ago, a senior Chinese official promised that artificial intelligence could one day help authorities spot crime before it happens.In the country’s far western Xinjiang region, it’s already happening, with the establishment of a system that critics call “Orwellian” in scope and ambition, and which is being used to place people in political re-education.Called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, or IJOP, it assembles and parses data from facial-recognition cameras, WiFi internet sniffers, licence-plate cameras, police checkpoints, banking records and police reports made on mobile apps from home visits, a new report from Human Rights Watch finds.If the system flags anything suspicious \u2013 a large purchase of fertilizer, perhaps, or stockpiles of food considered a marker of terrorism \u2013 it notifies police, who are expected to respond the same day and act according to what they find. “Who ought to be taken, should be taken,” says a work report located by the rights organization.Read more at the Globe and MailCan prescription foods change your life?A proper diet has long been considered essential to good health. But few have the time or skills to follow a diet spelled out on paper and prepare the right foods for every meal. Enter prescription food services ordered by your doctor, delivered by a food service, automatically restocked by your refrigerator, and cooked to perfection by your stove\u2014after it crowdsources the best final touches to the recipe.In other words, technology can help us eat better. Plenty of studies show that good nutrition prevents diseases ranging from rickets to diabetes and heart problems. The right caloric intake also speeds recovery from illnesses, accidents, and surgeries. Further, more recent research has discovered that diet impacts your epigenetics, the mechanism that turns genes on and off, and thus affects not only your health, but your\u00a0future offspring\u2019s, too.\u201cExamples of epigenetics in food include the ability of green tea to influence\u00a0DNA methylation marks\u00a0and reduce cancer susceptibility, as well as the ability of\u00a0sulforaphane in broccoli\u00a0to slow the growth of cancer via histone modification,\u201d according to a report in\u00a0What Is Epigenetics. \u201cOther epigenetic examples even suggest that DNA methylation might\u00a0fix binge eating\u00a0early in life or eating brown rice can epigenetically\u00a0reduce food cravings.\u201dRead more at HPEWorld Bank chief: Automation could usher in era of fragility, conflict and extremismThe president of the World Bank has warned that the rise of automation means the traditional path to economic growth may close to \u201call but a handful of developing countries\u201d.Delivering a keynote speech to Mobile World Congress on Monday, Jim Yong Kim said that if the technology industry fails to \u201cstep up its efforts in building a brighter future\u201d, many countries will be beset by \u201cfragility, conflict, violence, extremism and eventually migration\u201d.\u201cIf everyone\u2019s aspiration are going up and technology is replacing cheap labour in developing countries, we\u2019re going to have to answer some very difficult questions,\u201d said Kim. \u201cWhat on earth are people going to do? How will they support their families? How will they spend their time and even will they be more likely to be recruited by online extremist groups?\u201dRead more at The New StatesmanSee more at the ‘Future of Virtual Humans’\u00a0and other related posts here.