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Feb 22, 2024

Googol Gear #shorts

Posted by in category: futurism

#facts #uniquefacts #science #experiment

Feb 21, 2024

LongRoPE: Extending LLM Context Window Beyond 2 Million Tokens

Posted by in category: futurism

Microsoft presents LongRoPE

Extending LLM context window beyond 2 million tokens.

Join the discussion on this paper page.

Feb 21, 2024

ADHD linked to evolutionary success in ancient humans

Posted by in category: genetics

While current diagnostic definitions of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are relatively new, the general condition has been identified by clinicians under a variety of names for centuries. Recent genetic studies have revealed the condition to be highly heritable, meaning the majority of those with the condition have genetically inherited it from their parents.

Depending on diagnostic criteria, anywhere from two to 16% of children can be classified as having ADHD. In fact, increasing rates of diagnosis over recent years have led to some clinicians arguing the condition is overdiagnosed.

What is relatively clear, however, is that the behavioural characteristics that underpin ADHD have been genetically present in human populations for potentially quite a long time. And that has led some researchers to wonder what the condition’s evolutionary benefits could be.

Feb 21, 2024

Scientists Claim AI Breakthrough to Generate Boundless Clean Fusion Energy

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, robotics/AI

Princeton researchers report that a new AI model has solved one of the major roadblocks to generating fusion energy.

Feb 21, 2024

Private US spacecraft enters orbit around the moon ahead of landing attempt

Posted by in category: space travel

A private U.S. lunar lander is in orbit around the moon, a day before it will attempt to land on the surface.

Feb 21, 2024

Ethical AI Discourses Introduction

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Image above shown at Conscious Life Expo 2024 (Ages of AI and Future of Life)

Feb 21, 2024

Tracking the Trajectory of Late Blight Disease: A Text Mining Study from 1840s to Modern Times

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, food

Dr. Jean Ristaino: “We searched those descriptions by keywords, and by doing that we were able to recreate the original outbreak maps using location coordinates mentioned in the documents. We were also trying to learn what people were thinking about the disease at the time and where it came from.”

Can plant diseases be tracked through analyzing past reports? This is what a recent study published in Scientific Reports hopes to address as a team of researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) attempted to ascertain the causes behind blight disease on plants, known as Phytophthora infestans, that resulted in the Irish potato famine during the 1840s. This study holds the potential to help scientists and farmers not only better understand the causes of blight disease in plants, but also how they might be able to predict them in the future.

Image of a blight lesion on a potato leaf. (Credit: Jean Ristaino, NC State University)

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Feb 21, 2024

AI Determines Sex of Person From Brain Scans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI, sex

Summary: Researchers developed an artificial intelligence model that accurately determines the sex of individuals based on brain scans, with over 90% success. This breakthrough supports the theory that significant sex differences in brain organization exist, challenging long-standing controversies.

The AI model focused on dynamic MRI scans, identifying specific brain networks—such as the default mode, striatum, and limbic networks—as critical in distinguishing male from female brains.

This research not only deepens our understanding of brain development and aging but also opens new avenues for addressing sex-specific vulnerabilities in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Feb 21, 2024

Watch: Scientists create fascinating “brain movies” using neuroimaging data

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, neuroscience

Have you ever imagined listening to the brain’s activity as it unfolds in real-time? Researchers from Columbia University have pioneered a technique that transforms complex neuroimaging data into a captivating audiovisual experience, akin to watching a movie with a musical soundtrack. This novel approach allows scientists to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ the brain’s intricate workings, offering fresh insights into its behavior during various tasks.

The details of their work have been published in the journal PLOS One.

The motivation behind this study stems from a growing challenge in neuroscience: the vast amount of data generated by advanced brain imaging techniques. Technologies like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and wide-field optical mapping (WFOM) capture the dynamic, multi-dimensional activities of the brain, revealing patterns of neurons firing and blood flow changes.

Feb 21, 2024

Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline’s chatbot

Posted by in categories: policy, robotics/AI

The chatbot provided inaccurate information, encouraging Moffatt to book a flight immediately and then request a refund within 90 days.

Air Canada appears to have quietly killed its costly chatbot support.

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