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May 24, 2023

Solana blockchain integrates ChatGPT plugin, launches AI accelerator

Posted by in categories: blockchains, robotics/AI

Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko says that AI and the ChatGPT plugin will make the Solana blockchain more usable and understandable.

May 24, 2023

The urgent risks of runaway AI — and what to do about them

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Will truth and reason survive the evolution of artificial intelligence? AI researcher Gary Marcus says no, not if untrustworthy technology continues to be integrated into our lives at such dangerously high speeds. He advocates for an urgent reevaluation of whether we’re building reliable systems (or misinformation machines), explores the failures of today’s AI and calls for a global, nonprofit organization to regulate the tech for the sake of democracy and our collective future. (Followed by a Q&A with head of TED Chris Anderson)

May 24, 2023

Elon Musk has ruled out a ‘winter’ for artificial intelligence, and hints the AI boom is just beginning

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Elon Musk has ruled out the possibility of a winter for artificial intelligence, and hinted that the current boom is just beginning.

“There will not be a winter for AI, quite the opposite,” the business mogul tweeted on Sunday.

Musk’s tweet was in response to comments from Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora, who said he expects to see “continual progress” from where AI currently stands all the way to artificial general intelligence (AGI) – without a period of time that feels like a “winter,” or downturn.

May 24, 2023

Progressive quantum leaps—high-speed, thin-film lithium niobate quantum processors driven by quantum emitters

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing

Scalable photonic quantum computing architectures require photonic processing devices. Such platforms rely on low-loss, high-speed, reconfigurable circuits and near-deterministic resource state generators. In a new report now published in Science Advances, Patrik Sund and a research team at the center of hybrid quantum networks at the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Münster developed an integrated photonic platform with thin-film lithium niobate. The scientists integrated the platform with deterministic solid-state single photon sources using quantum dots in nanophotonic waveguides.

They processed the generated photons within low-loss circuits at speeds of several gigahertz and experimentally realized a variety of key photonic quantum information processing functionalities on high-speed circuits; with inherent key features to develop a four-mode universal photonic circuit. The results illustrate a promising direction in the development of scalable quantum technologies by merging integrated photonics with solid-state deterministic photon sources.

Quantum technologies have progressively advanced in the past several years to enable quantum hardware to compete with and surpass the capabilities of classical supercomputers. However, it is challenging to regulate at scale for a variety of practical applications and also to form fault-tolerant quantum technologies.

May 24, 2023

China braces for new Covid wave with up to 65 million weekly cases

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

XBB is expected to result in 40 million infections per week by the end of May before peaking at 65 million a month later. This comes nearly six months after Beijing dismantled its Covid Zero curbs, allowing the virus to spread rapidly among the country’s 1.4 billion residents.

May 24, 2023

A Malignant Flu May Soon Evolve to Infect and Kill Humans, Report Says

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists fear a mammal-to-mammal spread could lead to global catastrophe.

May 24, 2023

Can Machines Be Self-Aware? New Research Explains How This Could Happen

Posted by in category: futurism

In a sequence of papers accepted for the 16th Annual Conference in Artificial General Intelligence in Stockholm, I pose a mechanistic explanation for these phenomena. They explain how we may build a machine that’s aware of itself, of others, of itself as perceived by others, and so on.

Intelligence and Intent

A lot of what we call intelligence boils down to making predictions about the world with incomplete information. The less information a machine needs to make accurate predictions, the more “intelligent” it is.

May 24, 2023

Is It Real or Imagined? How Your Brain Tells the Difference

Posted by in category: neuroscience

New experiments show that the brain distinguishes between perceived and imagined mental images by checking whether they cross a “reality threshold.”

May 24, 2023

Sci-fi author says he wrote 97 books in 9 months using AI tools, including ChatGPT and Midjourney

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Sci-fi author Tim Boucher says he’s created 97 books in nine months with the help of AI.

In an article for Newsweek, Boucher said he’d used AI image generator Midjourney to illustrate the books, and ChatGPT and Anthropic’s Claude for brainstorming and text generation.

Boucher told Insider he plans to get to “at least 1,000 books, if not beyond.”

May 24, 2023

Researchers Discover New Ancestral Mechanism of Defense Against Nanoparticles

Posted by in categories: biological, nanotechnology

Scientists from the Finnish Hub for Development and Validation of Integrated Approaches (FHAIVE FHAIVE) and Tampere University have uncovered a novel response mechanism related to nanoparticle exposure that’s shared across various species.

A species is a group of living organisms that share a set of common characteristics and are able to breed and produce fertile offspring. The concept of a species is important in biology as it is used to classify and organize the diversity of life. There are different ways to define a species, but the most widely accepted one is the biological species concept, which defines a species as a group of organisms that can interbreed and produce viable offspring in nature. This definition is widely used in evolutionary biology and ecology to identify and classify living organisms.

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