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May 19, 2024

The Complex Social Lives of Viruses

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This simplicity was what attracted many scientists to viruses in the first place, said Marco Vignuzzi, a virologist at the Singapore Agency for Science, Research and Technology Infectious Diseases Labs. “We were trying to be reductionist.”

That reductionism paid off. Studies on viruses were crucial to the birth of modern biology. Lacking the complexity of cells, they revealed fundamental rules about how genes work. But viral reductionism came at a cost, Vignuzzi said: By assuming viruses are simple, you blind yourself to the possibility that they might be complicated in ways you don’t know about yet.

For example, if you think of viruses as isolated packages of genes, it would be absurd to imagine them having a social life. But Vignuzzi and a new school of like-minded virologists don’t think it’s absurd at all. In recent decades, they have discovered some strange features of viruses that don’t make sense if viruses are lonely particles. They instead are uncovering a marvelously complex social world of viruses. These sociovirologists, as the researchers sometimes call themselves, believe that viruses make sense only as members of a community.

May 19, 2024

SpaceX stacks Starship megarocket ahead of 4th test flight (video, photos)

Posted by in category: space travel

Starship could fly again as soon as next month.

May 19, 2024

OpenAI will use Reddit posts to train ChatGPT under new deal

Posted by in categories: business, internet, law, policy, robotics/AI

Earlier this month, Reddit published a Public Content Policy stating: Unfortunately, we see more and more commercial entities using unauthorized access or misusing authorized access to collect public data in bulk, including Reddit public content. Worse, these entities perceive they have no limitation on their usage of that data, and they do so with no regard for user rights or privacy, ignoring reasonable legal, safety, and user removal requests.

In its blog post on Thursday, Reddit said that deals like OpenAI’s are part of an open Internet. It added that part of being open means Reddit content needs to be accessible to those fostering human learning and researching ways to build community, belonging, and empowerment online.

Reddit has been vocal about its interest in pursuing data licensing deals as a core part of its business. Its building of AI partnerships sparks discourse around the use of user-generated content to fuel AI models without users being compensated and some potentially not considering that their social media posts would be used this way. OpenAI and Stack Overflow faced pushback earlier this month when integrating Stack Overflow content with ChatGPT. Some of Stack Overflow’s user community responded by sabotaging their own posts.

May 19, 2024

AI Tool Predicts Whether Online Health Misinformation Will Cause Real-World Harm

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

A new AI-based analytical technique reveals that specific language phrasing in Reddit misinformation posts foretold people rejecting COVID vaccinations.

By Joanna Thompson

May 19, 2024

LLMs can be easily manipulated for malicious purposes, research finds

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers at AWS AI Labs, found that most publicly available LLMs can be easily manipulated into revealing harmful or unethical info.

May 19, 2024

China claims to shakes off US sanction shackle, produces quantum module

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

China claims to develop crucial quantum computing component domestically, hinting at self-reliance amid intensifying US rivalry.

May 19, 2024

UK builds world’s smallest light detector to shrink quantum computers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The detector is not just the world’s smallest but also 10 times faster than detectors previously built for quantum light detection.

May 19, 2024

Space ‘warehouse’ to deliver cargo in 1 hour, anywhere on Earth

Posted by in category: space

Inversion Space is developing reusable reentry capsules to store cargo in orbit. That cargo will be on standby for delivery to Earth. When called upon, the company will be able to deliver it anywhere on Earth within an hour.

May 19, 2024

Driving innovation: Sheba unveils world’s first autofocus car camera

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

Sharp-7 employs an 8MP automotive-grade sensor, ensuring consistent, high-quality imaging across various temperatures in automotive environments.

Aiding in advancing future automotive safety systems, Sheba Microsystems has launched a novel autofocus camera.


Sharp-7 pioneers autofocus in automotive cameras, ensuring high-quality imaging despite temperature fluctuations, crucial for ADAS.

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May 19, 2024

China shows off machine gun-wielding war robot dogs in Cambodia

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

China has officially showcased its machine-gun armed robodog drones during a 15-day military exercise with Cambodian forces.

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