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Apr 24, 2022

The Day We Give Birth to AGI — Stuart Russell’s Warning About AI

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Stuart Russell warns about the dangers involved in the creation of artificial intelligence. Particularly, artificial general intelligence or AGI.
The idea of an artificial intelligence that might one day surpass human intelligence has been captivating and terrifying us for decades now. The possibility of what it would be like if we had the ability to create a machine that could think like a human, or even surpass us in cognitive abilities is something that many envision. But, as with many novel technologies, there are a few problems with building an AGI. But what if we succeed? What would happen should our quest to create artificial intelligence bear fruit? How do we retain power over entities that are more intelligent than us? The answer, of course, is that nobody knows for sure. But there are some logical conclusions we can draw from examining the nature of intelligence and what kind of entities might be capable of it.

Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He outlines the definition of AI, the risks and benefits it poses for the future. According to him, the idea of an AGI is the most important problem to intellectually to work on.

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Apr 24, 2022

Third solar flare in 48 hours marks an increasingly active Sun

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Sun erupted with multiple flares in two days, a pace of activity likely to increase over the next three years.

Apr 24, 2022

A New Billion-Year History of Earth’s Interior Reveals Colossal ‘Blobs’ Merging and Breaking Apart Like Continents

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The blobs are in the mantle, the thick layer of hot rock between Earth’s crust and its core. The mantle is solid but slowly flows over long timescales. We know the blobs are there because they slow down waves caused by earthquakes, which suggests the blobs are hotter than their surroundings.

Scientists generally agree the blobs are linked to the movement of tectonic plates at Earth’s surface. However, how the blobs have changed over the course of Earth’s history has puzzled them.

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Apr 23, 2022

Underwater gliders could soon run off of the ocean’s changing temperatures

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California company Seatrec wants to bring their temperature-harnessing generator technology to underwater gliders.

Apr 23, 2022

Charge Your EV at Your House the Right Way

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Level I and Level II charging aren’t hard to understand.


That thing on your garage wall isn’t actually a charger; that and other mysteries explained.

Apr 23, 2022

Beyond the standard model? Here’s what a heavy W Boson means for the future of physics

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Apr 23, 2022

Transport could burn up the EU’s entire carbon budget

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Apr 23, 2022

What Can You Actually Do in the Metaverse?

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How much fun can you have on a Friday night with nothing but an VR headset?

Apr 23, 2022

Everyday Life In A Type IV Civilization | Unveiled

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What would it be like to be a Type 4 human? Join us… and find out!

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Apr 23, 2022

Western monarchs make a spectacular comeback in California

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After reaching a historic low, the population of monarch butterflies overwintering in California has increased a hundredfold, according to the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. More than 247,000 butterflies were counted in 2021, up from 2,000 butterflies in 2020.

“We’re ecstatic with the results and hope this trend continues,” said Emma Pelton, the western monarch lead with Xerces Society, the organization that manages the annual count.

Each year, volunteers and scientists count the orange-winged wonders in their overwintering locations, 283 sites this year. The highest number of monarchs (95,000) was reported from Santa Barbara County, including a single site on private property with 25,000 butterflies. Very few butterflies were seen in the San Francisco Bay area, with only 600 counted at overwintering sites from Mendocino to San Mateo counties.

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