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Dec 11, 2023

Tencent’s futuristic new headquarters is twice the size of Apple’s

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

The office is no longer just a cubicle— but it’s also not a children’s playground.

Corporate giants often hold pride in their headquarters, its design, and its acclaim among contemporaries. Chinese tech giant Tencent is set to redefine this corporate landscape with plans for its new headquarters, Tencent Helix.

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Dec 11, 2023

IHMC’s Nadia: A task-ready humanoid robot with a boxing edge

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, space travel, virtual reality

In the exercise, an engineer equipped with a set of virtual reality (VR) goggles is orchestrating the robot’s actions.

Advanced proposition.

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Dec 11, 2023

Sydney researchers debut new lego-style chip with enhanced bandwidth

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

“This architecture means Australia could develop its own sovereign chip manufacturing without exclusively relying on international foundries for the value-add process.”

Researchers at the University of Sydney Nano Institute have introduced a compact silicon semiconductor chip that seamlessly integrates electronics with photonic components. The innovation promises to significantly expand radio-frequency (RF) bandwidth and the ability to accurately control information flowing within the chip.

The chip, built using cutting-edge silicon photonics technology, boasts integration capabilities for diverse systems on semiconductors less than 5 millimeters wide. Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Ben Eggleton described the process as akin to assembling Lego building blocks, where new materials are integrated through advanced packaging of electronic ‘chiplets’, in a statement.

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Dec 11, 2023

This smartphone challenges the industry with its focus on sustainability

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, security, sustainability

Fairphone promises five Android version upgrades and at least eight years of security updates to achieve a total lifespan of a decade. Whether its performance will remain adequate for all users’ needs throughout that time remains to be seen.

What the industry can learn

In a world dominated by disposable electronics, the Fairphone 5 stands out. The Fairphone 5 offers a different excitement – the thrill of a phone built to last. With its modular design, long-term software support, and commitment to sustainability, the Fairphone 5 is a game-changer for anyone who wants a smartphone that’s both good for their pocket and the planet. While the EU is pushing for a removable battery for all smartphones by 2027, making USB-C already a standard, more needs to be done.

Dec 11, 2023

This battery system offers sustainable and long duration energy storage

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

Flow battery charges using solar or wind power, converting salt to safe electrolytes, which can be easily reversed for green power when needed.

Norwegian power heavyweight supports Aquabattery, a startup pioneering an innovative long-duration energy system.

Dec 11, 2023

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s response to the OpenAI board debacle is a masterclass on taking fast, decisive action

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The greater the ability of a CEO to develop and execute firm strategy, the more valuable they become when quick decision-making is vital to that firm’s survival.

Dec 11, 2023

Godfather of AI Admits He Fears His Creation Could “Take Over From Humanity”

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Still agi could be a big problem because it could have 1 million iq and we barely have 140 iq maximum.

AI researcher Geoffrey Hinton, widely regarded as the “Godfather of AI,” is worried that AI might take over the world one day.

Dec 10, 2023

Pregnancy-responsive pools of adult neural stem cells for transient neurogenesis in mothers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Dynamic response of adult neural stem cells during pregnancy prepares the maternal olfactory bulb for motherhood.

Dec 10, 2023

The oldest stars in our galaxy make elements that aren’t yet on the periodic table

Posted by in categories: chemistry, space

Move over uranium, the Milky Way’s oldest stars have bigger and better elements to make.

A group of researchers from across the United States, Canada and Sweden have discovered ancient neutron stars might have created elements with atomic mass greater than 260.

With an atomic mass of 238, uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element known on Earth, though others like plutonium have been found in trace amounts due to reactions in uranium deposits.

Dec 10, 2023

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review — why feelings are the unstoppable force

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review – why feelings are the unstoppable force.

Nietzsche would have given four cheers for this intricately argued book, which is at once scientifically rigorous and humanely accommodating, and, so far as this reviewer can judge, revolutionary. Antonio Damasio, a professor of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, sets out to investigate “why and how we emote, feel, use feelings to construct our selves … and how brains interact with the body to support such functions”. We are not floating seraphim, he reminds us, but bodies that think – and all the better for it.

From Plato onwards, western philosophy has favoured mind over “mere” body, so that by the time we get to Descartes, the human has become hardly more than a brain stuck atop a stick, like a child’s hobbyhorse. This is the conception of humanness that Damasio wishes to dismantle. For him, as for Nietzsche, what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks, and further, both functions are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, from the very start, among the earliest primitive life forms, affect – “the world of emotions and feelings” – was the force that drove unstoppably towards the flowering of human consciousness and the creation of cultures, Damasio insists.

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