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May 23, 2024

Startup claims they have created AI head transplant system, plans to perform first procedure within decade

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

Scientists put their heads together for an insane medical breakthrough.

Neuroscience and biomedical engineering startup BrainBridge announced that it has created an AI-mechanized system for performing head transplants.

The procedure would graft a head onto the body of a brain-dead donor, maintaining the memories, cognitive abilities and consciousness of the transplanted individual.

May 23, 2024

This AI Paper Introduces the Scientific Generative Agent: A Unified Machine Learning Framework for Cross-Disciplinary Scientific Discovery

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

I found this on NewsBreak: #Design


Leveraging advanced computational techniques in physical sciences has become vital for accelerating scientific discovery. This involves integrating large language models (LLMs) and simulations to enhance hypothesis generation, experimental design, and data analysis. Automating these processes aims to streamline and democratize access to cutting-edge research tools, pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and improving efficiency across various scientific domains.

Researchers face a significant challenge in effectively simulating observational feedback and integrating it with theoretical models in physical sciences. Traditional methods often need a universal approach that can be applied across various scientific fields, leading to inefficiencies and limiting the potential for innovative discoveries. The need for a more comprehensive and adaptable framework is evident to address this issue and advance scientific inquiry.

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May 23, 2024

The world’s largest chipmaker could flip a kill switch and remotely disable its machines in the event of an invasion

Posted by in category: computing

I found this on NewsBreak:


TSMC is the world’s largest chipmaker, and it produces a massive percentage of the world’s advanced computer chips—by some estimates over the past few years, even around 90%. What happens if something were to happen in that part of the world to disturb this chipmaking ability? It’d be catastrophic, of course, but TSMC and its main machine supplier, Dutch company ASML, say the machines wouldn’t fall into hostile hands.

Citing people close to the matter, Bloomberg reports both TSMC and ASML have ways to disable the lithographic machines located in Taiwan. This kill switch would be able to be remotely activated, should such a drastic action ever be required.

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May 23, 2024

Astronomers Just Calculated The Spin Speed of a Supermassive Black Hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

I found this on NewsBreak: Astronomers Just Calculated The Spin Speed of a Supermassive Black Hole #Astronomy

May 23, 2024

Scientists use rare metal to set new record in effort to produce limitless energy: ‘It was a pretty remarkable result’

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

I found this on NewsBreak.


In a record-breaking feat, scientists injected over a billion joules of energy to sustain a nuclear fusion reaction for 6 minutes.

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May 23, 2024

Star Trek — Suffer the Death of Thy Neighbour

Posted by in category: entertainment

Season 2 Episode 18Production No. #048Episode: “The Immunity Syndrome” The Enterprise encounters a gigantic force, an area of darkness capable of absorbing al…

May 23, 2024

No, Today’s AI Isn’t Sentient. Here’s How We Know

Posted by in categories: food, mathematics, robotics/AI, space

All sensations—hunger, feeling pain, seeing red, falling in love—are the result of physiological states that an LLM simply doesn’t have. Consequently we know that an LLM cannot have subjective experiences of those states. In other words, it cannot be sentient.

An LLM is a mathematical model coded on silicon chips. It is not an embodied being like humans. It does not have a “life” that needs to eat, drink, reproduce, experience emotion, get sick, and eventually die.

It is important to understand the profound difference between how humans generate sequences of words and how an LLM generates those same sequences. When I say “I am hungry,” I am reporting on my sensed physiological states. When an LLM generates the sequence “I am hungry,” it is simply generating the most probable completion of the sequence of words in its current prompt. It is doing exactly the same thing as when, with a different prompt, it generates “I am not hungry,” or with yet another prompt, “The moon is made of green cheese.” None of these are reports of its (nonexistent) physiological states. They are simply probabilistic completions.

May 23, 2024

Longevity: Could extreme exercise help you live longer?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A new study, recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests that people who participate in extreme exercise may live longer.

Researchers tracked a select group of elite runners capable of running a sub-4-minute mile and found they may live five years longer on average than the general population.

May 23, 2024

Frozen human brain tissue can now be revived without damage

Posted by in category: neuroscience

New research has shown that frozen human brain tissue can be revived without damage.


Using a new approach, scientists have successfully frozen and thawed brain organoids and cubes of brain tissue from someone with epilepsy, which could enable better research into neurological conditions.

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre

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May 23, 2024

TSMC’s Lithography Machines Have a Remote Kill Switch in Case China Invades

Posted by in categories: computing, military

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of speculation about what would happen to TSMC’s semiconductor fabs in the event of an invasion by the Chinese military. TSMC makes the world’s most advanced chips at its Taiwan facilities, so the prospect of those fabs being taken over or controlled by a hostile force is not a pleasant scenario to consider. However, now it’s been revealed for the first time that the machines have remote kill switches, which would render them idle in the case of Chinese aggression.

This revelation about TSMC’s machines comes from Bloomberg reporters, who say they spoke with several people “familiar with the matter.” Dutch company ASML makes the machines TSMC uses and has built a kill switch directly into the hardware TSMC uses. The report says US officials approached ASML with concerns about Chinese aggression against TSMC, and ASML has assured them it can disable the machines remotely if necessary. The Dutch company has also been running simulated shutdowns on its machines to understand better how such a scenario would play out in the real world and what risks it included.

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