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Jun 6, 2023

Making CRISPR-Cas9 work in the brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Nishiyama et al. “Virus-Mediated Genome Editing via Homology-Directed Repair in Mitotic and Postmitotic Cells in Mammalian Brain.” Neuron (2017). doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.10.

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Jun 6, 2023

Details of cellular process which stops cancer developing revealed

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Researchers have for the first time characterised the molecular mechanism of the early stages of programmed cell death or apoptosis, a process which plays a crucial role in the prevention of cancer.

The study, published today (2 June) in Science Advances, was led by Dr Luke Clifton at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) in Oxfordshire. They worked alongside partners at the University of Umea and European Spallation Source in Sweden.

It is the most recent in a series of research collaborations by this team, investigating the cellular proteins responsible for apoptosis.

Jun 6, 2023

Intelligence Explosion — Part 2/3

Posted by in categories: big data, computing, disruptive technology, evolution, futurism, innovation, internet, machine learning, robotics/AI, singularity, supercomputing


Can “hallucinations” generate an alternate world, prophesying falsehood?

As I write this article, NVIDIA( is surpassing Wall Street’s expectations. The company, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, has just joined the exclusive club of only five companies in the world valued at over a trillion dollars [Apple (2.7T), Microsoft (2.4T), Saudi Aramco (2T), Alphabet/Google (1.5T), and Amazon (1.2T)], as its shares rose nearly 25% in a single day! A clear sign of how the widespread use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can dramatically reshape the technology sector.

Intel has announced an ambitious plan to develop scientific generative AIs designed with one trillion parameters. These models will be trained on various types of data, including general texts, code, and scientific information. In comparison, OpenAI’s GPT-3 has 175 billion parameters (the size of GPT-4 has not yet been disclosed by OpenAI). The semiconductor company’s main focus is to apply these AIs in the study of areas such as biology, medicine, climate, cosmology, chemistry, and the development of new materials. To achieve this goal, Intel plans to launch a new supercomputer called Aurora, with processing capacity exceeding two EXAFLOPS(*, later this year.

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Jun 6, 2023

Nigerian-born data analyst appointed as board member of UK AI centre

Posted by in categories: economics, education, robotics/AI, sustainability

On his appointment, he said, It is really a great honour and privilege to be part of the Board of the Data Lab Scotland’s Artificial Intelligence and data to help contribute and provide strategic direction to the leadership of the Lab.

I am deeply humbled for this opportunity to contribute and help unlock the rich opportunities for AI and data, not just in Scotland, UK and across the world, by bringing industry, academia and public sector to harness opportunities, connect people and ideas, develop knowledge and expertise for the good of humanity and society-creating a better and sustainable economy and society.

The Nigerian-British man stressed his love for data and AI, saying, I am deeply passionate and intentional about data, AI, transformation, innovation, education, technology, inclusion, social and global mobility.

Jun 6, 2023

This robot chef learns to mimic salad recipes just by watching videos

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

The team used publicly available neural network algorithms to program the robotic chef to pick up recipes.

Robots are the future of many industries. Robots are being trained all over the world to perform a wide range of tasks more meticulously — be it cleaning or playing football.

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Jun 6, 2023

Intel and Microsoft look to bring AI to the masses with Meteor Lake chips

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Intel aims to put AI-accelerated experiences in the hands of hundreds of millions of people.

Intel unveiled key details about its next-generation suite of PC processors, Meteor Lake, at Microsoft’s Build 2023 conference.

The company claims its “chiplet” system-on-chip (SoC) design will allow Intel to deliver advanced intellectual properties (IPs) and segment-relevant performance at a lower power cost. This will enable Meteor Lake to be Intel’s first PC platform featuring a built-in neural VPU that will efficiently run AI models.

Jun 6, 2023

Investors unimpressed by Apple Vision Pro’s $3,499 price tag

Posted by in category: computing

The mixed-reality headset, which will run on a spatial operating system, could push Apple to a $3 trillion valuation depending on first-year sales.

Apple launched its long-awaited mixed reality headset at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, delving into a major category of technology since the Apple Watch in 2015.

But, much to the chagrin of the company, Apple’s stock plunged from $184.90 at around 1:15 pm, 15 minutes after the WWDC began, to $179.58, reported the Fortune.

Jun 6, 2023

Europe wants platforms to label AI-generated content to fight disinformation

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The European Union is leaning on signatories to its Code of Practice on Online Disinformation to label deepfakes and other AI-generated content. In remarks yesterday following a meeting with the 40+ signatories to the Code, the EU’s values and transparency commissioner, Vera Jourova, said those signed up to combat disinformation should put in place technology to recognize AI content and clearly label it to users.

In remarks yesterday following a meeting with the 40+ signatories to the Code, the EU’s values and transparency commissioner, Vera Jourova, said those signed up to combat disinformation should put in place technology to recognize AI content and clearly label it to users.

“The new AI technologies can be a force for good and offer new avenues for increased efficiency and creative expression. But, as always, we have to mention the dark side of this matter and they also present new risks and the potential for negative consequences for society,” she warned. “Also when it comes to the creation of and dissemination of disinformation.

Jun 6, 2023

Quantum repeater transmits entanglement over 50 kilometres

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

Physicists at the Universities of Innsbruck in Austria and Paris-Saclay in France have combined all the key functionalities of a long-distance quantum network into a single system for the first time. In a proof-of-principle experiment, they used this system to transfer quantum information via a so-called repeater node over a distance of 50 kilometres – far enough to indicate that the building blocks of practical, large-scale quantum networks may soon be within reach.

Quantum networks have two fundamental components: the quantum systems themselves, known as nodes, and one or more reliable connections between them. Such a network could work by connecting the quantum bits (or qubits) of multiple quantum computers to “share the load” of complex quantum calculations. It could also be used for super-secure quantum communications.

But building a quantum network is no easy task. Such networks often work by transmitting single photons that are entangled; that is, its quantum state is closely linked to the state of another quantum particle. Unfortunately, the signal from a single photon is easily lost over long distances. Carriers of quantum information can also lose their quantum nature in a process known as decoherence. Boosting these signals is therefore essential.

Jun 6, 2023

This New Supersonic Jet Will Fly From London to NYC in 3.5 Hours—on 100% Biofuel

Posted by in categories: space, sustainability

But the Boom Overture is not Concorde 2.0. It’ll be faster, quieter and more fuel efficient, with a larger interior space.

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