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Dec 8, 2022

Building A Virtual Machine inside ChatGPT

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard of this new ChatGPT assistant made by OpenAI. You might be aware of its capabilities for solving IQ tests, tackling leetcode problems or to helping people write LateX. It is an amazing resource for people to retrieve all kinds of information and solve tedious tasks, like copy-writing!

Today, Frederic Besse told me that he managed to do something different. Did you know, that you can run a whole virtual machine inside of ChatGPT?

Great, so with this clever prompt, we find ourselves inside the root directory of a Linux machine. I wonder what kind of things we can find here. Let’s check the contents of our home directory.

Dec 8, 2022

The Oldest Evidence of Ancient Humans Cooking With Fire Was Just Found

Posted by in category: futurism

What sets humans apart from other animals? It’s a burning question that some scientists say boils down to the fine control of one earthly force: fire…

Dec 8, 2022

Fossilized Teeth of Giant Hominid Led Scientists to Speculate That Humans May Have Had Giant Ancestors

Posted by in category: futurism

Gigantopithecus was a massive gorilla-like creature that stood 10 feet tall and weighed upwards of 1,100 pounds making it the largest primate that ever lived. It thrived in the tropical forests of Southern China during the Pleistocene Epoch between 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago.

Fossilized teeth from Gigantopithecus were first discovered by a Dutch paleontologist named GHR Koenigswald. Referred to as “dragon’s teeth,” these specimens were sold in Chinese apothecaries for their purported medicinal benefits.

According to reports, the size of the teeth led some early scientists to suggest they belonged to human ancestors who may have been giants: “The teeth, though large, have a few similarities to human teeth, and this led some paleomorphologists to speculate that humans might have had “giant” ancestors. Later discoveries of complete mandibles demonstrated that they were from extinct apes.”

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Dec 8, 2022

“Cocaine Mummies” serve as evidence that ancient Egyptians may have arrived in America long before Columbus

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In 1992, scientists found drugs such as cocaine, hashish, and nicotine in some Egyptian mummies. These mummies came to be known as the “cocaine mummies.”

Traces of the drugs were found in the hair and skin of the mummies. Initially, scientists thought that this was a result of contamination and that perhaps improper techniques had been used to analyze the mummy.

Dec 8, 2022

Timeless Explanation: A New Kind of Causality, Julian Barbour

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics

There are serious indications from attempts to create a quantum theory of gravity that time must disappear completely from the description of the quantum universe. This has been known since 1967, when DeWitt discovered the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. I shall argue that this forces us to conceive explanation and causality in an entirely new way. The present can no longer be understood as the consequence of the past. Instead, I shall suggest that one may have to distinguish possible presents on the basis of their intrinsic structure, not on the basis of an assumed temporal ordering. If correct, this could have far-reaching implications. Hitherto, because the present has always been interpreted as the lawful consequence of the past, science has made no attempt to answer ‘Why’ questions, only ‘How’ questions. But if there is no past in the traditional sense, we must consider things differently. Thus, if we eliminate time, we may even be able to start asking “Why” questions.

Specification of a point and tangent vector in conformal superspace (CS) determines a slab of spacetime in CMC foliation and unique curve in CS.
Almost perfect implementation of Mach’s principle because local inertial frames, local proper distance and local proper time all emergent and determined by the universe’s shape and shape velocity.
The Mystery: Shape velocity, as opposed to shape direction, is last vestige of Newton’s absolute space and time. Responsible for expansion of the universe and perhaps perfect transformation theory in quantum theory of the universe.

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Dec 8, 2022

Discover the Oldest Human Remains — an Astounding 233,000 Years Old!

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An Astounding 233,000 Years Old!. We can learn a lot by unearthing old bones from our ancestors who roamed the…

Dec 8, 2022

Panpsychism: A Fantastic Theory About Consciousness

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Panpsychism is a disruptive theory put forward by some philosophers and neuroscientists. It proposes that human consciousness is only one of many forms of consciousness in…

Dec 8, 2022

Pulmonary hypertension: Causes, symptoms, risk factors, complications, diagnosis, treatment

Posted by in category: futurism

Women, are you having symptoms such as breathlessness or even chest pain? Then, beware! It can be due to pulmonary hypertension. Here’s all you need to know about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, complications, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

Dec 8, 2022

A signaling pathway within brain cells that regulates how long and how deeply we sleep

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

A good night’s sleep can work wonders for both mind and body. But what is it that determines how much we need to sleep, and what can cause us to sleep more deeply?

In a new study, researchers from the University of Tsukuba have now provided some answers, revealing a signaling pathway within that regulates the length and depth of sleep.

“We examined in mice and how these affect their patterns of sleep,” says senior author of the study, Professor Hiromasa Funato. “We identified a mutation that led to the mice sleeping much longer and more deeply than usual.” The researchers found that this was caused by low levels of an enzyme called histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4), which is known to suppress the expression of target genes.

Dec 8, 2022

A reconfigurable device based on 2D van der Waals heterostructures that works both as a transistor and memory

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

One key objective of electronics engineering research is to develop computing devices that are both highly performing and energy-efficient, meaning that they can compute information quickly while consuming little power. One possible way to do this could be to combine units that perform logic operations and memory components into a single device.

So far, most computing devices have been made up of a processing unit and a physically separate component. The creation of a device that can efficiently perform both these functions, referred to as a logic-in-memory architecture, could help to significantly simplify devices and cut down their power consumption.

While a few of the logic-in-memory architectures proposed so far achieved promising results, most existing solutions come with practical limitations. For instance, some devices have been found to be unstable, unreliable or only applicable to specific use cases.

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