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May 21, 2024

Project Astra demo | Solving math problems

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

Watch Project Astra factorise a maths problem and even correct a graph. All shot on a prototype glasses device, in a single take in real time.

Project Astra is a prototype that explores the future of AI assistants. Building on our Gemini models, we’ve developed AI agents that can quickly process multimodal information, reason about the context you’re in, and respond to questions at a conversational pace, making interactions feel much more natural.

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May 21, 2024

Altered States of Consciousness More Common Than Believed in Mind-Body Practices

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: A new study finds that altered states of consciousness (ASCs), like those experienced during meditation, are more common than previously thought. 45% of respondents reported experiencing ASCs at least once, often leading to positive outcomes.

However, a significant minority also reported negative or even life-threatening suffering, highlighting the need for better support and understanding of these experiences.

May 21, 2024

Archaeologists Found 23,000-Year-Old Footprints That Rewrite the Story of Humans in America

Posted by in category: futurism

New Mexico’s ancient sands reveal the oldest-known traces of early inhabitants.

May 21, 2024

Qualia Structure Pre-Summer School Journal Club — by Emanuela Yeung on Tsuchiya et al 2016

Posted by in category: futurism

【Qualia Structure Summer School】https://en.qualia-structure.jp/news/detail/3569We are planning to hold the sum…

May 21, 2024

FDA approves Neuralink chip for second patient | NewsNation Now

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

The FDA has allowed billionaire Elon Musk’s Neuralink to implant its brain chip in a second person after it proposed a fix for a problem that occurred in its first patient. Correspondent Brooke Shafer joins \.

May 21, 2024

Microsoft/Phi-3-small-128k-instruct · Hugging Face

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft has released the remaining Phi-3 models!


We’re on a journey to advance and democratize artificial intelligence through open source and open science.

May 21, 2024

“Misfits that fit” and other golden qualities of innovative leaders

Posted by in category: innovation

To kickstart innovation follow the insider startup knowledge about charisma, “well-rounded square pegs” and rock-solid teams.

May 21, 2024

Citizen Scientists help Discover Record-Breaking Exoplanet in Binary Star System

Posted by in category: space

A team of astronomers and citizen scientists has discovered a planet in the habitable zone of an unusual star system, including two stars and potentially another exoplanet.

The planet hunters spotted the Neptune-like planet as it crossed in front of its host star, temporarily dimming the star’s light in a way akin to a solar eclipse on Earth. This “transit method” usually identifies planets with tight orbits, as they are more likely to follow paths that put them between Earth and their host star and, when following such paths, move into light-blocking positions more frequently. That’s why this newly discovered planet is considered unusually far out, with the planet taking 272 days to lap its star.

Furthermore, the star is now by far the brightest one known to host a transiting planet in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist.

May 21, 2024

Discovery and engineering of Tsp2Cas9 for genome editing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Mao, H., Tian, Y., Wang, Z. et al. Discovery and engineering of Tsp2Cas9 for genome editing. Cell Discov 10, 55 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41421-024-00685-w.

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May 21, 2024

What Lies Beyond the Observable Universe?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Inflation: The leading theory for the universe’s earliest moments, cosmic inflation, proposes that the universe underwent a brief period of exponential expansion an instant after the Big Bang. This process would have enlarged a minuscule volume of space to a tremendous size, much larger than our observable universe. Inflation neatly explains the flatness and uniformity we observe. But it also suggests that our entire observable universe is a tiny bubble in a vast inflated expanse.

Infinite replicas: If the universe is truly infinite, then everything that occurs within our observable universe must recur an infinite number of times beyond our cosmic horizon. The number of possible particle configurations in any finite volume is large but limited. In an infinite expanse, each configuration, no matter how unlikely, will be realized somewhere, and not just once but an infinite number of times. There would be infinite copies of our observable universe, infinite Milky Way galaxies, infinite Earths, and even infinite versions of you pondering this article. It’s a dizzying but inevitable consequence of an endless cosmos.

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