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May 30, 2023

Generative AI Sparks Life into Virtual Characters with NVIDIA ACE for Games

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

When gaming and AI wholly collide… it’ll hopefully look this good but sound much better.

At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang just gave the world a glimpse of what it might be like when gaming and AI collide — with a graphically breathtaking rendering of a cyberpunk ramen shop where you can actually talk to the proprietor.

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May 30, 2023

Top AI researchers and CEOs warn against ‘risk of extinction’ in 22-word statement

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

It’s another high-profile warning about AI risk that will divide experts. Signatories include Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

A group of top AI researchers, engineers, and CEOs have issued a new warning about the existential threat they believe that AI poses to humanity.

The 22-word statement, trimmed short to make it as broadly acceptable as possible, reads as follows: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.”

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May 30, 2023

We Are (Probably) Safe From Asteroids For 1,000 Years, Say Scientists

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

When will an asteroid hit Earth and wipe us out? Not for at least 1,000 years, according to a team of astronomers. Probably.

Either way, you should get to know an asteroid called 7482 (1994 PC1), the only one known whose orbital path will cross that of Earth’s consistently for the next millennium—and thus has the largest probability of a “deep close encounter” with us, specifically in 502 years. Possibly.

Published on a preprint archive and accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal, the paper states that astronomers have almost found all the kilometer-sized asteroids. There’s a little under 1,000 of them.

May 30, 2023

Nvidia is not the only firm cashing in on the AI gold rush

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, space

“Generative” systems such as ChatGPT promise to generate rich profits for those who harness the technology’s potential — and is already minting fortunes for the sellers of the requisite picks and shovels.

A grey rectangular building on the outskirts of San Jose houses rows upon rows of blinking machines. Tangles of colourful wires connect high-end servers, networking gear and data-storage systems. Bulky air-conditioning units whirr overhead. The noise forces visitors to shout.

The building belongs to Equinix, a company that leases data-centre space.

May 30, 2023

The Woman Who Doesn’t Feel Pain — New Study Reveals Her Unique Molecular Machinery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, nanotechnology

New research from UCL, investigating the biology of a rare genetic mutation that enables carrier Jo Cameron to live virtually without pain and fear while also healing quickly, discovered that the mutation in FAAH-OUT gene ‘turns down’ FAAH gene expression, affecting molecular pathways related to wound healing and mood, thereby offering potential new targets for drug discovery.

New research from University College London (UCL) has unraveled the biology behind a unique genetic mutation that results in its carrier experiencing minimal pain, enhanced healing, and lower levels of anxiety and fear.

Published in the journal Brain, the research is a follow-up to the team’s 2019 discovery of the FAAH-OUT gene and its rare mutations, which make Jo Cameron almost immune to pain, and devoid of fear and anxiety. The latest study elucidates how this mutation reduces the expression of the FAAH gene and impacts other molecular pathways associated with mood and wound healing. The insights garnered from these findings could potentially pave the way for novel drug targets and foster further research in these domains.

May 30, 2023

Revolutionizing Quantum Circuits: Precision Engineering With Graphene

Posted by in categories: engineering, quantum physics

Scientists from CiQUS, ICN2, University of Cantabria, DIPC and DTU join forces to develop a versatile method for building brick-by-brick carbon nanocircuits with tunable properties.

May 30, 2023

Inside Zoox: The robot vehicle totally changing transportation

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Take an exclusive ride in the vehicle with no steering wheel that’s aiming to make car ownership a thing of the past.

May 30, 2023

China launches mission with first civilian to space station

Posted by in categories: economics, military, satellites

JIUQUAN — China sent three astronauts to its Tiangong space station on Tuesday, putting a civilian into orbit for the first time as it pursues plans to send a crewed mission to the Moon by the end of the decade.

The world’s second-largest economy has invested billions of dollars in its military-run space program in a push to catch up with the United States and Russia.

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May 30, 2023

The Introduction Of Robotics To Outdoor Advertising

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Car wrapping services have been around for quite a while. Startups are diving into robot wrapping as a viable form of outdoor advertising. One recent instance is my company’s partnership with Serve Robotics to increase wildfire prevention.

Considering the recent growth in global outdoor advertising and the rising cost of online ads, there’s a growing possibility of autonomous robot controllers integrating with the outdoor advertising market. Also, as Alphabet rolls out Waymo in cities, the opportunity glares at advertising agencies looking to maximize their brand reach.

Advertising with AMRs is similar to other outdoor advertising campaigns. However, you might want to pay a little more attention to mobility, especially if you intend to use road-plying service robots.

May 30, 2023

The Solar-Powered Lightyear One Will ‘Drive For Months Without Charging’

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Their aim is to develop a car that can go months without needing to be plugged in, massively boosting the sustainability of the vehicle and the freedom of its owner.

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