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Mar 21, 2023

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company seeks to double the size of its Vegas Loop

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is doubling down on its Vegas bet, with a proposal that would expand its underground transport system to 65 miles of tunnels below the streets of Sin City.

The proposed network map, which was recently filed with the city of Las Vegas and not previously reported, depicts dozens of tunnels criss-crossing the city to reach more casinos, retail zones, the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus and, for the first time, even residential areas. The proposed transit system is comprised of 69 stations and 65 miles of tunnels, according to planning documents, plus an unknown number of Tesla vehicles.

If successful, a Loop station would be located within a few blocks of almost anywhere in central Las Vegas. Five stations would serve the University of Nevada; and Allegiant Stadium — home to the Raiders NFL team — would get extra links to the west of the city. Harry Reid International Airport would have several stations surrounding it, although none actually serving the passenger terminal.

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Mar 21, 2023

Google’s Bard lags behind GPT-4 and Claude in head-to-head comparison

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google has taken the wraps off Bard, its conversational AI meant to compete with ChatGPT and other large language models. But after its shaky debut, users may understandably be a bit wary of trusting the system — so we compared it on a few example prompts with its AI peers, GPT-4 and Claude.

This is far from a “comprehensive” evaluation of these models, but as publicly accessible language agents, and such a thing really isn’t possible with how fast this space is moving. But it should give a general idea of where these three LLMs are right now.

Mar 21, 2023

Microsoft brings OpenAI’s DALL-E image creator to the new Bing

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Microsoft today announced that its new AI-enabled Bing will now allow users to generate images with Bing Chat. This new feature is powered by DALL-E, OpenAI’s generative image generator. The company didn’t say which version of DALL-E it is using here, except for saying that it is using the “very latest DALL-E models.”

Dubbed the “Bing Image Creator,” this new capability is now (slowly) rolling out to users in the Bing preview and will only be available through Bing’s Creative Mode. It’ll come to Bing’s Balanced and Precise modes in the future. The new image generator will also be available in the Edge sidebar.

Mar 21, 2023

AI company Runaway enters the game of text-to-video generation

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence advancement has taken the world by storm. And it has remarkably improvised the way we use the internet.

With text-to-image translation, generative AI has proven its worth. AI-powered images have been created by services such as Dall-E and Stable Diffusion. Now, coming up is the text-to-video generation concept, which is set to be the next big craze.

Mar 21, 2023

Alpaca AI: Stanford researchers clone ChatGPT AI for just $600

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

They have also released the tools needed for people to train their own AI.

Researchers at Stanford’s Center for Research on Foundation Models (CRFM) have unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) model that works much like the famous ChatGPT but cost them only $600 to train. The researchers said that they hadn’t optimized their process and future models could be trained for lesser.

Until OpenAI’s ChatGPT was launched to the public in November last year, Large Language Models (LLMs) were largely a topic of discussion among AI researchers. The company has spent millions of dollars training them and making sure that they provided responses to human queries in the way another human would respond.

Mar 21, 2023

Wearable microscopes show HD images of pain processed

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, wearables

The study authors claim their microscope can provide colored real-time images of hard-to-reach parts of the spinal cord that couldn’t be accessed previously.

Pain is a powerful feeling but have you ever wondered how pain works on a cellular level? Well, a team of scientists at the San Diego-based Salk Insitute has actually figured out a way to see the internal neural mechanism associated with pain.

In their recently published study, they propose wearable microscopes using which they were able to check how nerve cells in the spinal cord of mice process pain signals.

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Mar 21, 2023

Human-like robot GARMI to provide healthcare assistance to the elderly

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

GARMI will also serve meals, open a bottle of water and place emergency calls.

Robots are gradually making their way into a variety of industries, from restaurant service to healthcare. Scientists have been working hard to rapidly expand robot capabilities, and it is clear that robotics will shape our daily lives in the near future.

Now, it’s time to meet “GARMI”. This white-colored humanoid which has come to the aid of doctors, nurses, and elderly citizens in need.

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Mar 21, 2023

Watch: NASA’s Fermi captures cosmic fireworks invisible to the bare eye

Posted by in categories: energy, space

The animation shows a subset of more than 1,500 light curves collected by the Large Area Telescope over nearly 15 years in space.

NASA has released an intriguing animated video of the sky in gamma rays, the “highest-energy form of light”. Captured by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, the animation shows activity during observations from February 2022 to February 2023.

According to a press release, the “pulsing circles represent just a subset of more than 1,500 light curves – records of how sources change in brightness over time – collected by the LAT over nearly 15 years in space”. The LAT detects gamma rays with energies ranging from 20 million to over 300 billion electron volts.

Mar 21, 2023

SpaceX’s first orbital launch of Starship likely to go ahead in April

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated Starship has a roughly 50% chance of reaching orbit on its first try.

SpaceX’s massive next-generation Starship spacecraft could launch on its first orbital test flight within the next few weeks.

SpaceX readies Starship for orbit.

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Mar 21, 2023

Scientists ‘control’ quantum light for the first time, achieving landmark

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, quantum physics

“We have taken a vital first step towards harnessing quantum light for practical use.”

Scientists have for the first time shown that they can control and distinguish tiny quantities of interacting photons — or packets of light energy — with high correlation, according to a study published in Nature.

Harnessing quantum light for practical use.

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