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May 25, 2024

Meta and Elon Musk’s xAI Compete for Partnership with Character.ai

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Meta and Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence (AI) startup, xAI, are both vying for a strategic partnership with Character.ai, an emerging player in the chatbot industry known for its innovative conversational agents. This competition highlights the escalating race in the AI sector to secure influential collaborations that could redefine user interactions with AI technologies.

Background on Character.ai

Character.ai, co-founded by ex-Google engineers Noam Shazeer and Daniel de Freitas, has gained considerable attention for its advanced conversational AI that allows users to interact with digital versions of various personalities, both real and fictional. The platform aims to deliver engaging and plausible dialogues, setting it apart from traditional AI models focused on factual accuracy.

May 25, 2024

Revolutionary Qubit Technology Paves Way for Practical Quantum Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Advancements in qubit technology at the University of Basel show promise for scalable quantum computing, using electron and hole spins to achieve precise qubit control and interactions.

The pursuit of a practical quantum computer is in full swing, with researchers worldwide exploring a wide array of qubit technologies. Despite extensive efforts, there is still no consensus on which type of qubit best maximizes the potential of quantum information science.

Qubits are the foundation of a quantum computer. They’re responsible for processing, transferring, and storing data. Effective qubits must reliably store and rapidly process information. This demands stable, swift interactions among a large number of qubits that external systems can accurately control.

May 25, 2024

Project Hephaistos — II. Dyson sphere candidates from Gaia DR3, 2MASS, and WISE

Posted by in categories: alien life, robotics/AI

ABSTRACT. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is currently being pursued using multiple techniques and in different wavelength bands. Dyson spheres, megastructures that could be constructed by advanced civilizations to harness the radiation energy of their host stars, represent a potential technosignature, that in principle may be hiding in public data already collected as part of large astronomical surveys. In this study, we present a comprehensive search for partial Dyson spheres by analysing optical and infrared observations from Gaia, 2MASS, and WISE. We develop a pipeline that employs multiple filters to identify potential candidates and reject interlopers in a sample of five million objects, which incorporates a convolutional neural network to help identify confusion in WISE data. Finally, the pipeline identifies seven candidates deserving of further analysis. All of these objects are M-dwarfs, for which astrophysical phenomena cannot easily account for the observed infrared excess emission.

May 25, 2024

Consciousness baffles me, but not the Hard Problem

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Simply put, the Hard Problem asks the following question: how can the machinery of the brain (the neurons and synapses) produce consciousness — the colours that we see, for example, or the sounds that we hear?

May 25, 2024

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 25)

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI, space travel

From pocket-sized AI models to a warp drive breakthrough, check out this week’s awesome tech stories from around the web.

May 25, 2024

A Warp Drive Breakthrough Inches a Tiny Bit Closer to ‘Star Trek’

Posted by in categories: information science, physics, space travel

While tantalizing, Alcubierre’s design has a fatal flaw. To provide the necessary distortions of spacetime, the spacecraft must contain some form of exotic matter, typically regarded as matter with negative mass. Negative mass has some conceptual problems that seem to defy our understanding of physics, like the possibility that if you kick a ball that weighs negative 5 kilograms, it will go flying backwards, violating conservation of momentum. Plus, nobody has ever seen any object with negative mass existing in the real universe, ever.

These problems with negative mass have led physicists to propose various versions of “energy conditions” as supplements to general relativity. These aren’t baked into relativity itself, but add-ons needed because general relativity allows things like negative mass that don’t appear to exist in our universe—these energy conditions keep them out of relativity’s equations. They’re scientists’ response to the unsettling fact that vanilla GR allows for things like superluminal motion, but the rest of the universe doesn’t seem to agree.

The energy conditions aren’t experimentally or observationally proven, but they are statements that concord with all observations of the universe, so most physicists take them rather seriously. And until recently, physicists have viewed those energy conditions as making it absolutely 100 percent clear that you can’t build a warp drive, even if you really wanted to.

May 25, 2024

Wwiese,_PhiMiSci-BachmannSuzukiAru-2020-FINK-WW.pdf

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Dendritic integration theory of consciousness.


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May 25, 2024

The Robot Workforce and Advancements in Robot Technology

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

The Futurists Podcast — Robert Tercek & Brett King.

May 25, 2024

Scientists Found a Paradox in Evolution—and It May Become the Next Rule of Biology

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution

A new study unexpectedly reveals that cells thrive on chaos.

May 25, 2024

Scientist Proposes a New Universal Law of Biology That May Explain Aging

Posted by in categories: biological, life extension, mathematics, physics

Life appears to require at least some instability. This fact should be considered a biological universality, proposes University of Southern California molecular biologist John Tower.

Biological laws are thought to be rare and describe patterns or organizing principles that appear to be generally ubiquitous. While they can be squishier than the absolutes of math or physics, such rules in biology nevertheless help us better understand the complex processes that govern life.

Most examples we’ve found so far seem to concern themselves with the conservation of materials or energy, and therefore life’s tendency towards stability.

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