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Dec 8, 2023

What is generative AI and how does it work? — The Turing Lectures with Mirella Lapata

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How are technologies like ChatGPT created? And what does the future hold for AI language models? This talk was filmed at the Royal Institution on 29th September 2023, in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute.

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Dec 8, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck: Engineering Analysis & Innovative Features

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Sandy delves deep into the details about the specs of the Tesla Cybertruck. Munro Live is a YouTube channel that features Sandy Munro and other engineers from Munro & Associates. Munro is an engineering consulting firm and a world leader in reverse engineering, costing, and teardown benchmarking. Munro Home of Lean Design.

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Dec 8, 2023

Brain implants revive cognitive abilities long after traumatic brain injury

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The results of the clinical trial were published Dec. 4 in Nature Medicine.

More than 5 million Americans live with the lasting effects of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury — difficulty focusing, remembering and making decisions. Though many recover enough to live independently, their impairments prevent them from returning to school or work and from resuming their social lives.

Dec 8, 2023

Google drops Gemini to end ChatGPT’s reign. Who will win this AI-war?

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Google released the first phase of its next-generation AI model, Gemini reflects years of efforts from inside Google, overseen and driven by its CEO, Sundar Pichai.

Dec 8, 2023

Clean Drinking Water From Thin Air? Scientist’s Breakthrough Revolutionises Access to Pure Water

Posted by in categories: innovation, sustainability

SOURCE, a US-based company founded by Dr. Cody Friesen, is making waves in the renewable energy sector. They have innovated the one-of-a-kind Hydropanel which is a sustainable water technology that uses the power of the sun to extract an clean drinking water from the air.

This article has been sponsored by SOURCE

“But what if clean water could be conjured from thin air, materialising from nothingness to fill glasses, water dispensers, and reservoirs as pure magic? It’s not mission impossible; it’s science — and it could very well become a not-so-distant reality.”

Dec 8, 2023

Researchers safely integrate fragile 2D materials into devices, opening a path to unique electronic properties

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, particle physics

Two-dimensional materials, which are only a few atoms thick, can exhibit some incredible properties, such as the ability to carry electric charge extremely efficiently, which could boost the performance of next-generation electronic devices.

However, integrating 2D materials into devices and systems like computer chips is notoriously difficult. These ultrathin structures can be damaged by conventional fabrication techniques, which often rely on the use of chemicals, high temperatures, or destructive processes like etching.

To overcome this challenge, researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed a new technique to integrate 2D materials into devices in a single step while keeping the surfaces of the materials and the resulting interfaces pristine and free from defects.

Dec 8, 2023

The Case Against Qualia

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Exploring some reasons for rejecting the realist view of phenomenal consciousness. The course is organized by the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies / ht…

Dec 8, 2023

Brain Area Associated With Impulse Control Discovered

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Summary: A new study identified the right inferior frontal gyrus (rIFG) as a central regulator in the brain’s inhibitory control circuit.

Using dynamic causal modeling and fMRI on a sample of 250 participants, the study reveals that the rIFG significantly influences the caudate nucleus and thalamus during response inhibition tasks. This research also shows gender differences in brain function: women have distinct neural patterns in the thalamus, and overall, better inhibitory control correlates with stronger neural communication from the thalamus to the rIFG.

These findings provide valuable insights for developing neuromodulation therapies for mental and neurological disorders with inhibitory control deficits.

Dec 8, 2023

Road Salts and Environmental Consequences: A Global Perspective

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Are humans disrupting the Earth’s salt cycle through deicing roads and other salt activities? This is what a recent study published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment hopes to address as a team of researchers led by the University of Maryland examine the environmental impact of salting roads as a safety measure from freezing temperatures, resulting in increased levels of salt throughout the environment, including the air, soil, and water, thus disrupting the Earth’s natural salt cycle. While the Earth’s natural salt cycle is a process that occurs over vast periods of geologic time, human activities are increasing this cycle in alarming ways.

Salts being used as deicing agents are common across the United States during the winter, with more than 44 billion pounds of deicing agent used annually. In fact, between 2013–17, road salts accounted for 44 percent of the salt use in the United States, which accounts for 13.9 percent of total dissolved solids that make their way into streams and waterways across the nation.

“This is a slow-moving train wreck,” said Dr. Megan Rippy, who is an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and a co-author on the study. “It’s playing out so slowly that it’s easy to overlook that our streams, lakes, and drinking water resources are becoming progressively saltier.”

Dec 8, 2023

Tech firms failing to ‘walk the walk’ on ethical AI, report says

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

Stanford University researchers say AI ethics practitioners report lacking institutional support at their companies.

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