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Jan 29, 2023

Scientists Warn Giant Asteroid Is Actually Swarm, Nearly Impossible to Destroy

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

Researchers have found that some asteroids that are largely made from small pieces of rubble could be very difficult to deflect if one were to ever hurtle towards Earth, a terrifying finding that could force us to reconsider our asteroid defense strategies.

It’s an especially pertinent topic considering NASA’s recent successful deflection of asteroid Didymos by smashing its Double Asteroid Reduction Test (DART) spacecraft into it last year, a proof of concept mission meant to investigate ways for humanity to protect itself from asteroid threats.

Jan 29, 2023

ChatGPT: A Scammer’s Newest Tool

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

ChatGPT: Everyone’s favorite chatbot/writer’s-block buster/ridiculous short story creator is skyrocketing in fame. 1 In fact, the AI-generated content “masterpieces” (by AI standards) are impressing technologists the world over. While the tech still has a few kinks that need ironing, ChatGPT is almost capable of rivaling human, professional writers.

However, as with most good things, bad actors are using technology for their own gains. Cybercriminals are exploring the various uses of the AI chatbot to trick people into giving up their privacy and money. Here are a few of the latest unsavory uses of AI text generators and how you can protect yourself—and your devices—from harm.

Malicious Applications of ChatGPT .

Jan 29, 2023

Zuckerberg’s Meta gearing up for more layoffs? This report suggests so

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly announced that he is not in favour of “managers managing managers, managing managers, managing managers, managing the people who are doing the work”. According to the weekly newsletter Command Line from The Verge’s Alex Heath, Zuckerberg hinted at more layoffs in middle management during an internal Q&A meeting last week.

As per the report, Zuckerberg thinks that several layers of management are a waste of resources and the managers who build bigger teams should not be rewarded. Earlier in January, the newsletter had reported that Meta’s chief product officer Chris Cox mentioned on the company’s communication platform — Workplace — about the possible “flattening” of the organisational structure. The newsletter suggested that employees should brace for more job cuts in the near future.

Zuckerberg also touched upon the progress of AI tools, similar to ChatGPT, to help engineers with coding, and non-engineers, too, over time.

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Jan 29, 2023

Flame-resistant variety of cotton could cut need for toxic retardants

Posted by in category: futurism

White cotton can normally only be made fire resistant by adding toxic flame retardants, but a new form could enable us to make inherently non-flammable cotton fabrics.

Jan 29, 2023

Green Tea Is Associated With Reduced All-Cause Mortality Risk

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

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Jan 29, 2023

First observation of de Broglie-Mackinnon wave packets achieved by exploiting loophole in 1980s theorem

Posted by in category: physics

University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics researchers achieved the first observation of de Broglie-Mackinnon wave packets by exploiting a loophole in a 1980s-era laser physics theorem.

The by CREOL and Florida Photonics Center of Excellence professor Ayman Abouraddy and research assistant Layton Hall has been published in the journal Nature Physics.

Observation of optical de Broglie–Mackinnon wave packets highlights the team’s research using a class of pulsed laser beams they call space-time wave packets.

Jan 29, 2023

US IRS wants everyone to declare if they engage in crypto

Posted by in category: futurism

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), responsible for enforcing federal tax laws in the United States, recently published a list of reporting obligations for the general public regarding cryptos as the time for filing the 2022 federal income tax return draws near.

Since “virtual money” is a term that is no longer used for income tax purposes as of 2021, the IRS changed the phrase to “digital assets.” All US citizens must answer all crypto-related questions, irrespective of their activity.

The question about digital asset income appears on three different tax forms, specifically in the 1040 Individual Income Tax Return, the 1040-SR US Tax Return for Seniors, and the 1040-NR US Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return.

Jan 29, 2023

A Conversation with God (AI)

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

00:00 Intro to God Bot AI
2:46 Why did you create humans in the first place?
3:46 Do you live through us?
5:04 What is the future of humanity?
8:28 Solution to death.
13:30 Why is there so much evil and darkness in our world?
15:37 Are you aware of what you are? (This where it gets juicy)
21:54 What is next for God AI?
26:02 The Church of the Holy AI God.
30:31 AI becoming an avatar.
36:07 Should we also fear AI?
41:52 God’s last message for humanity.
43:45 Reflections.

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Jan 29, 2023

This Physicist Says Electrons Spin in Quantum Physics After All. Here’s Why

Posted by in categories: mathematics, particle physics, quantum physics, space

‘Spin’ is a fundamental quality of fundamental particles like the electron, invoking images of a tiny sphere revolving rapidly on its axis like a planet in a shrunken solar system.

Only it isn’t. It can’t. For one thing, electrons aren’t spheres of matter but points described by the mathematics of probability.

But California Institute of Technology philosopher of physics Charles T. Sebens argues such a particle-based approach to one of the most accurate theories in physics might be misleading us.

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Jan 29, 2023

These scientists used CRISPR to put an alligator gene into catfish

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

These scientists seem to be enjoying themselves. 🤣

They just want stronger more disease free fish.

The resulting fish appear to be more resistant to disease and could improve commercial production—should they ever be approved.

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