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Sep 21, 2023

Google DeepMind’s new AI tool can predict genetic diseases

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

DeepMind has released a catalog of 71 million possible variants that can cause diseases.

Genetic mutations are changes to our DNA sequence. This happens when cells make copies of themselves during cell division. Mutation is the ultimate source of human genetic variation and has evolutionary and disease genetics implications. A mutation affecting our genes might give birth to a genetic disorder. But just because you have a mutation doesn’t mean it will be a genetic disorder.

That is why researchers at DeepMind, the artificial intelligence arm of Google, have announced that they have trained a machine learning model called AlphaMissense to classify which DNA variations in our genomes are likely to cause disease.

Sep 21, 2023

Noise-canceling robots to ‘mute’ loud conversations in cafe

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What if we told you that we can actually silence a noisy table right next to us in a café?

It is simple to prevent participants from talking over others in online meetings by pressing the mute button. What if we told you we could try to silence a noisy table right next to us in a café?

While this concept may appear like something out of science fiction movies, some innovators have made attempts to bring it to life.

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Sep 21, 2023

Neuralink to recruit people with paralysis for first human trials

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

Past tests have been conducted on pigs.

On Tuesday, Elon Musk’s Neuralink announced it was ready to start its first human trials. “We are happy to announce that we’ve received approval from the reviewing independent institutional review board and our first hospital site to begin recruitment for our first-in-human clinical trial,” noted a blog on the company’s website.

The PRIME Study (short for Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface) – a groundbreaking investigational medical device trial for our fully-implantable, wireless brain-computer interface (BCI) – aims to evaluate the safety of our implant (N1) and surgical robot (R1) and assess the initial functionality of our BCI for… More.

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Sep 21, 2023

Intel unveils Meteor Lake CPUs, features dedicated AI engine

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transhumanism

This processor is the first to be built on the Intel 4 (7nm) architecture.

Intel, the PC silicon giant, has recently made a significant announcement that’s set to revolutionize its mobile processor line. On Tuesday, at the Intel Innovation event, the company unveiled its highly anticipated Meteor Lake processors, now known as Core Ultra chips. This is after Intel decided to do away with the Core “i” designation in June 2023. It is slated for release on December 14, and laptops coming out in the first quarter of 2024 should start adopting the new chips. While this news is undoubtedly exciting for tech enthusiasts, it also raises important questions for consumers: Will Intel-powered Windows… More.

Source: Intel Corporation.

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Sep 21, 2023

Seattle startup performs ‘100% reusable’ spacecraft test hop

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, engineering, space travel

The Seattle-based company aims to build a “100% reusable” spacecraft capable of an ambitious 24-hour mission turnaround time.

Seattle-based startup Stoke Space successfully landed its reusable second-stage rocket this week following a brief hop test reminiscent of SpaceX’s early Starship tests.

The recent test, called Hopper 2, allowed Stoke Space to successfully test several novel engineering concepts, some of which were considered by Elon Musk’s SpaceX but ultimately discarded.

Sep 21, 2023

OpenAI releases third version of DALL-E

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

DALL-E converts text prompts to images. But even DALL-E 2 got things wrong, often ignoring specific wording. The latest version, OpenAI researchers said, understands context much better.

A new feature of DALL-E 3 is integration with ChatGPT. By using ChatGPT, someone doesn’t have to come up with their own detailed prompt to guide DALL-E 3; they can just ask ChatGPT to come up with a prompt, and the chatbot will write out a paragraph (DALL-E works better with longer sentences) for DALL-E 3 to follow. Other users can still use their own prompts if they have specific ideas for DALL-E.

OpenAI integrated DALL-E 3 with ChatGPT.

Sep 21, 2023

Evolving Brains: Solid, Liquid and Synthetic

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series Ricard Solé Universitat Pompeu Fabra, SFI Lecture 2: Synthetic Brains and Minds: What is Possible? In our search fo…

Sep 21, 2023

Fermi Paradox: The AI Farm Hypothesis

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks, robotics/AI, sustainability

An exploration of The AI Farm Hypothesis and what it might mean for alien life and the Fermi Paradox.

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Sep 21, 2023

World’s first humanoid robot factory set to open this year

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Agility robotics/X

Company Agility Robotics recently announced that preparations are in all swing for the opening of this manufacturing unit named “RoboFab.” The Agility’s press release mentioned that the facility’s construction began last year.

Sep 21, 2023

X-ray laser could transform atomic-scale research

Posted by in category: futurism

A major upgrade of the Linac Coherent Light Source has been completed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California. This latest version is 8,000 times faster and 10,000 times brighter, enabling scientists to observe molecular events in unprecedented detail.

Credit: Greg Stewart.

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