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May 25, 2024

Managing extreme AI risks amid rapid progress

Posted by in categories: governance, robotics/AI

Preparation requires technical research and development, as well as adaptive, proactive governance.

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, […], Andrew Yao, Dawn Song, […], Pieter Abbeel, Trevor Darrell, Yuval Noah Harari, Ya-Qin Zhang, Lan Xue, […], Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Gillian Hadfield, Jeff Clune, Tegan Maharaj, Frank Hutter, Atılım Güneş Baydin, Sheila McIlraith, Qiqi Gao, Ashwin Acharya, David Krueger, Anca Dragan, Philip Torr, Stuart Russell, Daniel Kahneman, Jan Brauner [email protected], and Sören Mindermann +22 authors +20 authors +15 authors fewer Authors Info & Affiliations


May 25, 2024

AI could solve our ‘hardest problems,’ says Amazon CTO Werner Vogels

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer discusses how the company is using artificial intelligence (AI).

May 25, 2024

Science Experiments That Will Change The World — Rupert Sheldrake, PhD

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, education, life extension, neuroscience, science

I love the first line.

In this video I spoke with Rupert Sheldrake about the science experiments that will change the world, taking us from morphic resonance, telepathy to aging research.

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May 25, 2024

Aberdeen’s soft robotic arm could help people recovering from stroke

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

Device aids stroke, physio patients:

The ‘robotic arm’ is a lightweight equipment that uses flexible, inflatable material to give support as the arm makes basic movements.

May 25, 2024

Big tech has distracted world from existential risk of AI, says top scientist

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

Max Tegmark argues that the downplaying is not accidental and threatens to delay, until it’s too late, the strict regulations needed.

May 25, 2024

Physicists Uncover Unusual New Quantum State Known As “Dirac Spin Liquid”

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong discovered Dirac spinons in the material YCu3-Br, providing evidence of a quantum spin liquid state and potentially advancing applications in quantum computing and high-temperature superconductivity.

Quasiparticles are fascinating entities that arise from collective behavior within materials and can be treated as a group of particles. Specifically, Dirac spinons are anticipated to exhibit unique characteristics similar to Dirac particles in high-energy physics and Dirac electrons in graphene and quantum moiré materials, such as a linear dispersion relation between energy and momentum. However, spin-½ charge-neutral quasiparticles had not been observed in quantum magnets until this work.

‘“To find Dirac spinons in quantum magnets has been the dream of generations of condensed matter physicists; now that we have seen the evidence of them, one can start to think about the countless potential applications of such highly entangled quantum material. Who knows, maybe one-day people will build quantum computers with it, just as people have been doing in the past half-century with silicon,’” said Professor Meng, HKU physicist and one of the corresponding authors of the paper.

May 25, 2024

James Webb telescope sees ‘birth’ of 3 of the universe’s earliest galaxies in world-1st observations

Posted by in category: space

The James Webb Space Telescope may have spotted the birth of some of the earliest galaxies in the universe for the first time ever, new research hints.

May 25, 2024

Imperceptible sensors made from ‘electronic spider silk’ can be printed directly on human skin

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, sustainability, wearables

While wearable technologies with embedded sensors, such as smartwatches, are widely available, these devices can be uncomfortable, obtrusive and can inhibit the skin’s intrinsic sensations.

“If you want to accurately sense anything on a biological surface like skin or a leaf, the interface between the device and the surface is vital,” said Professor Yan Yan Shery Huang from Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, who led the research. “We also want bioelectronics that are completely imperceptible to the user, so they don’t in any way interfere with how the user interacts with the world, and we want them to be sustainable and low waste.”

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May 25, 2024

To 6G and beyond: Engineers unlock the next generation of wireless communications

Posted by in category: internet

In the early 2010s, LightSquared, a multibillion-dollar startup promising to revolutionize cellular communications, declared bankruptcy. The company couldn’t figure out how to prevent its signals from interfering with those of GPS systems.

May 25, 2024

Research reveals scale of the EU’s dependency on imports for critical minerals needed for green transition

Posted by in categories: climatology, materials

The climate transition is a materials transition. Decades of international diplomacy around oil, gas and pipelines are now giving way to conversations around the supply of critical raw materials. And not before time: to meet the EU’s energy and climate targets, we need to build the right technologies, in the right quantities, at the right speed. The problem is that many of these technologies are built with materials imported from just a handful of countries.

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