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Apr 30, 2020

This Grad Student Used a Neural Network to Write His Papers

Posted by in categories: business, education, robotics/AI

I was confident enough to turn it in. However, I then was looking online and found out there’s a really easy way to find out if an essay was written by GPT-2. It’s to feed it to GPT-2 and if it’s able to predict the next words, then it was written by the AI. It’s easier to find out than normal plagiarism.

I knew that the business school had software that they were using to look out for plagiarism in all the essays that are turned in to their online platform, which is how I turned in my essays. So I was slightly worried that the company that sold them the anti-plagiarism software would have made an update.

I don’t think the professors even considered the possibility of GPT-2 writing the essays, but I was slightly worried that the company making the software added a module. But not that much.

Apr 30, 2020

The Rise of the Fifth Reich?

Posted by in categories: energy, finance, policy

Over at the always interesting Small Wars Journal, Tony Corn has a stimulating piece on the implications of the European crisis for world politics. He sees a clueless German policy establishment recklessly moving toward an unsustainable quest for power reminiscent in too many ways of problems Germany has had in its past.

Germany, warns Corn, is planning to use its financial domination of Europe to remake the EU into an extension of German power — more or less the way that Prussia used the Zollverein to bring northern Germany under its control and then dominated the Bismarckian Reich through a rigged constitutional system. Once that is in place, he writes, the Germans will continue their policy of deepening relations with Russia at the expense of NATO and transatlantic ties, and end Europe’s embargo on arms sales to China.

As an analyst, Corn sometimes goes to what we more placid types at VM consider overexcited conclusions about Eurasian power realignments. Safely ensconced among the storied oaks and elms, gazebos, pergolas, ha-has, follies and deer parks surrounding the stately Mead manor in glamorous Queens, we tend to take a wait-and-see attitude toward organizations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which Russia and China have sometimes posited as a kind of embryonic counter-NATO. Corn, in our perhaps excessively complacent view, can be too quick to take vague Eurasian fantasies and aspirations about diplomatic revolutions as accomplished facts; it is easier to dream about firm Russian and Chinese anti-US cooperation than for those two countries to make it work. But that said, there is no doubt that Corn’s industry, historical grounding and sensitive, even over-sensitive nerve endings give him the ability to produce original and striking ideas.

Apr 30, 2020

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Bot Sentinel conducted an analysis and found bots and trolls are using hashtags like #ReopenAmericaNow and #StopTheMadness to spread disinformation.

Apr 30, 2020

El COVID-19 puede permanecer en el aire de espacios cerrados

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

COVID-19 can remain in the air in closed spaces.


Tras la propagación del virus, científicos se han dedicado a comprobar si es posible el contagio por medio del aire

Investigadores del laboratorio Estatal de Virología de la Universidad de Wuhan indicaron que debido a la pandemia causada por el creciente número de contagios por coronavirus, distintos estudios se han dedicado a comprobar si es posible el contagio por medio del aire.

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Apr 30, 2020

This drone is a generator and goes on surveillance missions

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, surveillance

This robot is a drone and a generator that can go on surveillance missions. Is there anything it can’t do?

Apr 30, 2020

Data on Gilead’s remdesivir show no benefit for coronavirus patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

#OopsMyBad #Busted 🤔

Yes you read this right. The WHO criticized a drug and used a reference that was neither peer reviewed or published 🙄…Then they removed it as if no one would notice.


The antiviral medicine remdesivir from Gilead Sciences failed to speed the improvement of patients with Covid-19 or prevent them from dying, according to results from a long-awaited clinical trial conducted in China. Gilead, however, said the data suggest a “potential benefit.”

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Apr 30, 2020

How Close We Are to Fully Self-Sufficient Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Eric klein.


If you followed the world of pop-culture or tech for some time now, then you know that advances in artificial intelligence are heating up. In reality, AI has been the talk of mainstream pop-culture and sci-fi since the first Terminator movie came out in 1984. These movies present an example of something called “Artificial General Intelligence.” So how close are we to that?

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Apr 30, 2020

Hong Kong airport introduces full-body disinfection booths and cleaning robots

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Airports, airplanes, and passengers will be squeaky clean.

Apr 30, 2020

Xenex robots get stamp of approval for COVID-19 elimination

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Xenex Disinfection Services found out today its ultraviolet light technology is 99.9 percent effective in eradicating the virus, according to the Texas Biomedical Research Center.

“This is what the world has been looking for„” says Xenex CEO Morris Miller, “to make sure there’s a device that can actually kill the real virus.”

Xenex robots cost $125,000 and are now being ordered by hospitals, hotels, airlines and even the Governor of Texas.

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Apr 30, 2020

The US Air Force wants to develop a hypersonic cruise missile

Posted by in category: military

The service is seeking information from industry on how fast development and production can go.

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