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Aug 14, 2022

‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Welcome, AI friends.


Controversy over Google’s AI program is raising questions about just how powerful it is. Is it even safe? By Amelia Tait.

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Aug 14, 2022

EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act is Moving Towards Countering the Risks and Dangers of AI

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AI is said to ruin lives, but Europe is not letting that happen.

Aug 14, 2022

Your secret Twitter account may no longer be secret

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Someone has gotten a hold of this data, and is selling it online.


If you have a secret Twitter account, we’ve got some bad news for you.

On Friday, Twitter disclosed information about a security vulnerability that allowed someone to find out whether a specific email address or phone number is tied to an existing Twitter accounts.

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Aug 14, 2022

Scientists identify novel molecular biomarkers in cells that spread a deadly form of breast cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The study could pave the way for developing new treatments that target such molecular variations.

Aug 14, 2022

Researchers create algorithm to help predict cancer risk associated with tumor variants

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, information science, robotics/AI

Vanderbilt researchers have developed an active machine learning approach to predict the effects of tumor variants of unknown significance, or VUS, on sensitivity to chemotherapy. VUS, mutated bits of DNA with unknown impacts on cancer risk, are constantly being identified. The growing number of rare VUS makes it imperative for scientists to analyze them and determine the kind of cancer risk they impart.

Traditional prediction methods display limited power and accuracy for rare VUS. Even machine learning, an artificial intelligence tool that leverages data to “learn” and boost performance, falls short when classifying some VUS. Recent work by the lab of Walter Chazin, Chancellor’s Chair in Medicine and professor of biochemistry and chemistry, led by co-first authors and postdoctoral fellows Alexandra Blee and Bian Li, featured an active machine learning technique.

Active machine learning relies on training an algorithm with existing data, as with machine learning, and feeding it new information between rounds of training. Chazin and his lab identified VUS for which predictions were least certain, performed biochemical experiments on those VUS and incorporated the resulting data into subsequent rounds of algorithm training. This allowed the model to continuously improve its VUS classification.

Aug 14, 2022

Astronomers Think They Found the Youngest Planet in the Galaxy

Posted by in category: space

Astronomers may have discovered the youngest planet in our galaxy — a planet so young that it’s still shrouded in its dusty, gaseous building blocks.

Aug 14, 2022

Researchers develop bioengineered cornea that can restore sight to the blind and visually impaired

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Thor Balkhed/Linköping University.

Made of collagen protein from pig’s skin, the implant resembles the human cornea and is more than a pipe dream for an estimated number of 12.7 million people around the world who are blind due to their diseased corneas. The implant is a promising alternative to the transplantation of donated human corneas, which are scarce in under-developed and developing countries, where the need for them is greatest.

Aug 14, 2022

Experimental Synthetic Cornea Restores Vision for 20 Patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A two year study has restored the vision of 20 people who were significantly visually impaired by using a synthetic cornea implant made out of pig skin.

Aug 14, 2022

These snake-like robots could be used in surgery to save lives

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

University of Toronto researchers are working on advanced snake-like robots with many useful applications.


Slender, flexible, and extensible robots

Now, a team led by Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, the director of the Continuum Robotics Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga, is building very slender, flexible, and extensible robots that could be used by doctors to save lives, according to a press release by the institution. They do this by accessing difficult-to-reach places.

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Aug 14, 2022

Surprise, Surprise: Subsurface Water On Mars Defies Expectations

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Physics connects seismic data to properties of rocks and sediments. A new analysis of seismic data from NASA’s Mars InSight mission has uncovered a couple of big surprises. The first surprise: the top 300 meters (1000 feet) of the subsurface beneath the landing site near the Martian equator contains little or no ice.

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