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Jul 13, 2024

Learning to express reward prediction error-like dopaminergic activity requires plastic representations of time

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, neuroscience

One of the variables in TD algorithms is called reward prediction error (RPE), which is the difference between the discounted predicted reward at the current state and the discounted predicted reward plus the actual reward at the next state. TD learning theory gained traction in neuroscience once it was demonstrated that firing patterns of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) during reinforcement learning resemble RPE5,9,10.

Implementations of TD using computer algorithms are straightforward, but are more complex when they are mapped onto plausible neural machinery11,12,13. Current implementations of neural TD assume a set of temporal basis-functions13,14, which are activated by external cues. For this assumption to hold, each possible external cue must activate a separate set of basis-functions, and these basis-functions must tile all possible learnable intervals between stimulus and reward.

In this paper, we argue that these assumptions are unscalable and therefore implausible from a fundamental conceptual level, and demonstrate that some predictions of such algorithms are inconsistent with various established experimental results. Instead, we propose that temporal basis functions used by the brain are themselves learned. We call this theoretical framework: Flexibly Learned Errors in Expected Reward, or FLEX for short. We also propose a biophysically plausible implementation of FLEX, as a proof-of-concept model. We show that key predictions of this model are consistent with actual experimental results but are inconsistent with some key predictions of the TD theory.

Jul 13, 2024

Bridge Superconductor Magnetizes Room-Temp Quest

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

A new superconducting compound offers a bridge to more practicals with a potentially attractive range of applications, according to new research. And the new material’s strange magnetic behavior recalls classics of decades ago—but this time in a material that’s already demonstrated its near-room-temperature bona fides.

Lanthanum hydrides—which combine atoms of the rare earth metal lanthanum with atoms of hydrogen—contain a range of superconducting materials of varying properties. One noteworthy material is lanthanum decahydride (LaH10), which boasts the world’s highest accepted superconducting transition temperature, at −23 °C. (The catch is that to achieve this feat, lanthanum decahydride must be subjected to 200 billion pascals of pressure.)

Now a different lanthanum hydride (La4H23) has revealed similar if not quite equally impressive superconductivity stats. (Its transition temperature is −168 °C at 122 billion Pa.) However, the new lanthanum hydride also has revealingly peculiar magnetic properties that suggest an unexpected family resemblance to the superstar of the superconductivity world, cuprates.

Jul 13, 2024

The brave new world of synthetic biology

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological

Major impacts, significant challenges.

Jul 13, 2024

AI Appears to Rapidly Be Approaching Brick Wall Where It Can’t Get Smarter

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

World’s smallest violin for AI execs.


Researchers are ringing the alarm bells, warning that companies like OpenAI and Google are rapidly running out of human-written training data for their AI models.

And without new training data, it’s likely the models won’t be able to get any smarter, a point of reckoning for the burgeoning AI industry.

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Jul 13, 2024

Rapamycin Protocol

Posted by in category: innovation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2KGnqAsVY8

More on rapamycin.

Jul 13, 2024

Huge Problem with Modern GPUs. New Breakthrough Technology Explained

Posted by in categories: computing, innovation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x21QpvUjUTQ

39,785 views • Jul 12, 2024 • #ASUSCopilotPlusPC #ASUS #Vivobook

Jul 13, 2024

A Big Wreck Is About To Happen At The Intersection Of Artificial Intelligence Boulevard And Net Zero Avenue

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, robotics/AI

To put the forecasted demand into context, consider this: A recent MIT study found that a single data center consumes electricity equivalent to 50,000 homes. Estimates indicate that Microsoft, Amazon, and Google operate about 600 data centers in the U.S. today…

Arguments exist that by 2030, 80% of renewable power sources will fulfill electricity demand. For reference, the U.S. generated roughly 240 billion kilowatt hours of solar and 425 billion kilowatt hours of wind, totaling 665 billion kilowatt hours in 2023. Assuming a 50/50 split between wind and solar, that scenario implies that, to satisfy the U.S. electricity demand that adequately facilitates AI competitiveness, wind and solar will have to generate approximately 3.4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity each. That is more than a ten-fold increase over the next five years. The EIA highlights that the U.S. planned utility-scale electric-generating capacity addition in 2023 included 29 million kilowatts of solar (54% of the total) and 6 million kilowatts of wind (11% of the total), which pales in comparison to the estimated amount required.

It just doesn’t get much more clear; renewables cannot begin to supply the energy needed for AI data centers. Only fossil fuels and nuclear can get the job done. It’s that simple. AI is not something global elites are going to let slide by. They’ve had a good run with the Big Green Grift but those days are going to gradually (maybe not so gradually) come to an end, as the demand for energy to power AI forces a reconsideration.

Jul 12, 2024

Scientists Identify a Speech Trait That Foreshadows Cognitive Decline

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Can you pass me the whatchamacallit? It’s right over there next to the thingamajig.

Many of us will experience “lethologica”, or difficulty finding words, in everyday life. And it usually becomes more prominent with age.

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Jul 12, 2024

Scientists create computer program that ‘paints’ the structure of molecules in the style of famous Dutch artist

Posted by in category: computing

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have created a computer program that “paints” the structure of molecules in the style of famous Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian, whose beautiful artworks will be instantly recognizable to many.

Jul 12, 2024

Belle II experiment reports the first direct measurement of tau-to-light-lepton ratio

Posted by in categories: electronics, particle physics

The Belle II experiment is a large research effort aimed at precisely measuring weak-interaction parameters, studying exotic hadrons (i.e., a class of subatomic particles) and searching for new physical phenomena. This effort primarily relies on the analysis of data collected by the Belle II detector (i.e., a general purpose spectrometer) and delivered by the SuperKEKB, a particle collider, both located at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Tsukuba, Japan.

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