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Nov 30, 2023

Robot Dog Designed as Astronaut Companion

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

A companion robot dog, designed to provide emotional support to astronauts, has been unveiled by a student from South Korea’s Hongik University.

The small-scale robot dog Laika is named after the first dog to orbit the Earth aboard Sputnik 2.

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Nov 30, 2023

The Military’s Big Bet on Artificial Intelligence

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

Number 4 Hamilton Place is a be-columned building in central London, home to the Royal Aeronautical Society and four floors of event space. In May, the early 20th-century Edwardian townhouse hosted a decidedly more modern meeting: Defense officials, contractors, and academics from around the world gathered to discuss the future of military air and space technology.

Things soon went awry. At that conference, Tucker Hamilton, chief of AI test and operations for the United States Air Force, seemed to describe a disturbing simulation in which an AI-enabled drone had been tasked with taking down missile sites. But when a human operator started interfering with that objective, he said, the drone killed its operator, and cut the communications system.

Nov 30, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Needs Spiritual Intelligence

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

One group, A.I. and Faith, convenes tech executives to discuss the important questions about faith’s contributions to artificial intelligence. The founder David Brenner explained, “The biggest questions in life are the questions that A.I. is posing, but it’s doing it mostly in isolation from the people who’ve been asking those questions for 4,000 years.” Questions such as “what is the purpose of life?” have long been tackled by religious philosophy and thought. And yet these questions remained answered and programmed by secular thinkers, and sometimes by those antagonistic toward religion. Technology creators, innovators, and corporations should create accessibility and coalitions of diverse thinkers to inform religious thought in technological development including artificial intelligence.

Independent of development, faith leaders have a critical role to play in moral accountability and upholding human rights through the technology we already use in everyday life including social media. The harms of religious illiteracy, misinformation, and persecution are largely perpetrated through existing technology such as hate speech on Facebook, which quickly escalated to mass atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Individuals who have faith in the future must take an active role in combating misinformation, hate speech, and online bullying of any group.

The future of artificial intelligence will require spiritual intelligence, or “the human capacity to ask questions about the ultimate meaning of life and the integrated relationship between us and the world in which we live.” Artificial intelligence becomes a threat to humanity when humans fail to protect freedom of conscience, thought, and religion and when we allow our spiritual intelligence to be superseded by the artificial.

Nov 30, 2023

Penetrating Solid Tumors with CAR Immune Cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Engineered immune cells have demonstrated great efficacy in lymphoma but not in solid tumors. On Oct 13th, 2021, two experts described recent advances in the development of CAR therapy for solid tumors.

Tamara Laskowski, PhD, Scientific Project Director of the CAR NK Program, Adoptive Cell Therapy Platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center discussed “Engineering off-the-shelf CAR immune cells”.

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Nov 30, 2023

Treatment of Unresectable Stage 3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

The Lung Cancer Webinar Series Presentation held on August 31, 2022 on “Treatment of Unresectable Stage 3 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer” moderated by: Hatim Husain, M.D., Medical Oncologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Health and discussants: Edward B. Garon, M.D., MS, Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Aaron E. Lisberg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Nov 30, 2023

Scientists Puzzled by High Energy Signal Coming From Seemingly Empty Space

Posted by in categories: energy, space

Scientists detected an extremely high-energy cosmic ray beaming from outer space — which confusingly came from nowhere in particular.

Nov 30, 2023

Data science helps cross-check space discoveries ‘across time and telescopes’

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“Researchers can extract more knowledge from the same data, contributing to a deeper understanding of the cosmos”

Nov 30, 2023

Rare Six-Planet Star System Discovered in Milky Way

Posted by in category: space

Worlds orbiting a sun-like star 100 light-years from Earth could unlock secrets surrounding the formation of our solar system.

Nov 30, 2023

Volcanoes or Asteroid? AI Ends Debate Over Dinosaur Extinction Event

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, climatology, existential risks, robotics/AI

To address the long-standing debate about whether a massive asteroid impact or volcanic activity caused the extinction of dinosaurs and numerous other species 66 million years ago, a team at Dartmouth College took an innovative approach — they removed scientists from the debate and let the computers decide.

The researchers report in the journal Science a new modeling method powered by interconnected processors that can work through reams of geological and climate data without human input. They tasked nearly 130 processors with analyzing the fossil record in reverse to pinpoint the events and conditions that led to the Cretaceous –Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event that cleared the way for the ascendance of mammals, including the primates that would lead to early humans.

Nov 30, 2023

Fruit Fly Study Sheds Light on Aggression’s Neural Roots

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Researchers have discovered new insights into persistent aggression in female fruit flies, challenging existing theories.

A new study shows that certain neural cells sustain aggressive behavior for up to 10 minutes, suggesting factors beyond recurrent neural connections are at play.

These findings could aid understanding of human aggression and related neurological conditions, highlighting the need for revised models of aggression in the brain.

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