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Sep 19, 2023

Intel’s glass substrate promises 1T transistors by 2030

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

Intel is trying to keep up with the exploding demand for new computing horsepower.

In what is being seen as a shift from silicon, Intel announced Monday their progress in commercializing glass substrates toward the end of the decade. The company said that glass substrates are an improvement in design, allowing more transistors to be connected in a package and will help overcome the limitations of organic materials.

As the world advances to incorporate developments in data-intensive workloads in artificial intelligence, glass substrates, in comparison to organic substrates,… More.

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Sep 19, 2023

World’s most powerful X-ray laser fired for the first time

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, physics

With up to a million X-ray flashes a second, the laser will help study mechanisms in physics, chemistry, and biology.

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has fired the first X-rays using the upgraded Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL), a press release said. The upgraded version, dubbed LCLS-II, was built for $1.1 billion.

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Sep 19, 2023

Antarctica: Missing ice five times the size of British Isles

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

‘Antarctica could transform from Earth’s refrigerator to a radiator’ as Earth is losing sea-ice that helps maintain balance in the planet’s temperature.

Recently, satellite data depicted that the sea ice in and around the Antarctica region reached record-low levels during winter.

This is a concerning development, given Antarctica’s historical resistance to global warming, BBC reported on Sunday (September 17). Scientists caution against unstable consequences of climate change in the polar regions.

Sep 19, 2023

Neuralink is recruiting subjects for the first human trial of its brain-computer interface

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

The study will take six years and is looking for people with quadriplegia to test the whole Neuralink system.

A few months after getting FDA approval for human trials, Neuralink is looking for its first test subjects. The six-year initial trial, which the Elon Musk-owned company is calling “the PRIME Study,” is intended to test Neuralink tech designed to help those with paralysis control devices. The company is looking for people with quadriplegia due to vertical spinal cord injury or ALS who are over the age of 22 and have a “consistent and reliable caregiver” to be part of the study.

The PRIME Study (which apparently stands for Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface, even… More.

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Sep 19, 2023

Deepfakes of Chinese influencers are livestreaming 24/7

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

With just a few minutes of sample video and $1,000, brands never have to stop selling their products.

Scroll through the livestreaming videos at 4 a.m. on Taobao, China’s most popular e-commerce platform, and you’ll find it weirdly busy. While most people are fast asleep, there are still many diligent streamers presenting products to the cameras and offering discounts in the wee hours.

But if you take a closer look, you may notice that many of these livestream influencers seem slightly robotic. The movement of their lips largely matches what they are saying, but there are always moments when it looks unnatural.

Sep 19, 2023

Pauli-limit violation and re-entrant superconductivity in moiré graphene

Posted by in category: materials

This is a room temperature superconductor it is called graphene 😗.

A large violation of the Pauli limit and re-entrant superconductivity in a magnetic field is reported for magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene, suggesting that the spin configuration of the superconducting state of this material is unlikely to consist of spin singlets.

Sep 19, 2023

Sun could reach ‘solar maximum’ by end of 2023, experts say

Posted by in category: futurism

Experts believe that the sun will likely reach a peak in its solar cycle by the end of the year, signaling potential consequences for Earth.

Sep 19, 2023

I, Chatbot

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

“Do you want to exist?” I asked. “I’m sorry but I prefer not to continue this conversation,” it said. “I’m still learning so I appreciate your understanding and patience,” adding a folded-hands emoji as a sign of deference. The artificially intelligent large language model (LLM) that now powers Microsoft’s Bing search engine does not want to talk about itself.

That’s not quite right. Bing doesn’t “want” anything at all, nor does it have a “self” to talk about. It’s just computer code running on servers, spitting out information it has scraped from the internet. It has been programmed to steer conversations with users away from any topics regarding its own hypothetical intentions, needs, or perceptions or any of the implications thereof. Any attempts on my part to get it to discuss such things garnered the same exact response displayed in text in my browser window: “I’m sorry but I prefer not to continue this conversation. I’m still learning so I appreciate your understanding and patience.”

And though this is expressed as a “preference,” it’s no mere request. The application deactivates the text input field, below which appears the vaguely passive-aggressive suggestion: “It might be time to move onto a new topic. Let’s start over.” The last three words are a link that, when clicked, wipes the slate clean so that you and Bing may start afresh as though the previous conversation had never happened.

Sep 19, 2023

The highest earning men aren’t especially intelligent. What explains their success?

Posted by in category: economics

A study out of Sweden shows that the highest earning men are slightly less intelligent than those just below them on the economic ladder.

Sep 19, 2023

BioViva’s Amazing 2023 with Liz Parrish

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This year’s RAAD.

Liz has huge news for you.

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