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Sep 26, 2023

Elon is Right. Having to Live Forever is a Curse. Here’s How to Solve It

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, ethics, life extension, neuroscience

Let’s say that it is a curse. The issue is he is also against life extension entirely. Maybe I want 200 years. Or 1,000. I have zero concern over a boredom problem as it is brain process which can eventually be controlled. And I am disgusted with the idea that I have to die because we might not progress very fast? Ugh.

Elon Musk has said a lot of potentially stupid stuff about aging and longevity, from saying that people shouldn’t live very long because society would ossify to advocating that we judge people based on their chronological age. Most recently, he’s taken to Twitter (aka X) to say “May you live forever is the worst possible curse once you understand deep time.” In this case though, he’s not wrong.

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Sep 26, 2023

Brain implants may get a broadband boost with new approach

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, wearables

Researchers have proposed employing wireless neural implants to execute communication between the human brain and computers.

Purdue University researchers have unveiled a new method that may enable a compact brain-implanted sensor to sense and transmit data to a wearable device shaped like headphones.

Sep 26, 2023

SambaNova’s new chip runs AI models to 5 trillion parameters

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The SN40L chip will allow for improved enterprise solutions.

Palo Alto-based AI chip startup SambaNova has introduced a new semiconductor that can be used in running high-performance computing applications, like the company’s LLM platform SambaNova Suite, with faster training of models at a lower total cost.

SambaNova announced the chip, SN40L, can serve a 5 trillion parameter model with 256k+ sequence length possible on a single system node. It is being touted as an alternative to NVIDIA, which is a frontrunner in the chip race and recently unveiled what will possibly be the most powerful chip in the market – GH200 – which can support 480 GB of CPU RAM and 96 GB of GPU RAM.

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Sep 26, 2023

Robots may soon have compound eye vision, thanks to MoCA

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

A color-changing system inspired by the wings of butterflies can also help scientists provide compound eye vision to robots, but why do scientists want robots to see like insects?

Would you like to try a T-shirt whose color changes with the weather? How about a bandage that alerts you by changing its color when an infection occurs at the site of an injury?

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Sep 26, 2023

Watch NASA test solid rocket motors for first Mars rocket launch

Posted by in category: space

The Mars Ascent Vehicle will become the first rocket to launch from another planet for NASA and ESA’s Mars Sample Return mission.

NASA has released footage captured by its Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) team as they performed wind tunnel tests at the space agency’s historic Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Sep 26, 2023

MIT researchers develop circuit to improve quantum computing

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing

The team achieved 99.99 percent accuracy with a single-qubit gate and 99.9 percent accuracy with a two-qubit gate.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new circuit that can do quantum computation with a high degree of accuracy. The researchers used a new type of superconducting qubit called the fluxonium, a press release said.

Quantum computers are considered the next frontier of computing since they can perform calculations at speeds that are decades ahead of supercomputers being used today. The flip side of such high speeds is that they can accumulate errors equally fast.

Sep 26, 2023

2.5 million years older than Lucy: Are 6-million-year-old footprints found on Crete from an ancient human ancestor?

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists believe that Homo sapiens, or modern humans, evolved into our present form approximately 300,000 years ago.

Sep 26, 2023

More research is examining how we carry the ‘genetic legacy’ of extinct human species

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

And the answers point to a profound reality: We have far more in common with our extinct cousins than we ever thought.

Neanderthals within us

Until recently, the genetic legacy from ancient humans was invisible because scientists were limited to what they could glean from the shape and size of bones. But there has been a steady stream of discoveries from ancient DNA, an area of study pioneered by Nobel Prize winner Svante Paabo who first pieced together a Neanderthal genome.

Sep 26, 2023

Nvidia’s Blackwell B100 GPU to Hit the Market with 3nm Tech in 2024: Report

Posted by in category: computing

Nvidia’s Blackwell GB100 compute GPU to adopt TSMC’s N3-class node, to be unveiled next year, says report.

Sep 26, 2023

Tesla raises Dojo D1 order from TSMC: report

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, supercomputing, transportation

Tesla is reportedly increasing the orders for its Dojo D1 supercomputer chips. The D1 is a custom Tesla application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that’s designed for the Dojo supercomputer, and it is reportedly ordered from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Citing a source reportedly familiar with the matter, Taiwanese publication Economic Daily noted that Tesla will be doubling its Dojo D1 chip to 10,000 units for the coming year. Considering the Dojo supercomputer’s scalability, expectations are high that the volume of D1 chip orders from TSMC will continue to increase until 2025.

Dojo, after all, is expected to be used by Tesla for the training of its driver-assist systems and self-driving AI models. With the rollout of projects like FSD, the dedicated robotaxi, and Optimus, Dojo’s contributions to the company’s operations would likely be more substantial.

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