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Dec 3, 2023

Edge of Chaos Theory | Cellular Automata, Wolfram, & Psychology

Posted by in categories: mathematics, philosophy

Order vs Disorder, Jordan Peterson’s Yin Yang analogy, & Stephen Wolfram’s 4 classes of cellular automata are explored. The edge of chaos is the phase transition zone between order and disorder which is found across a broad range of complex systems. We discuss Norman Packard, Christopher Langton, John Beggs, Stuart Kauffman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and M. Mitchell Waldrop. Wolfram’s Rule 110 and John Conway’s Game of Life, both Turing complete, make appearances.

0:00 Intro.
0:59 Lambda & Wolfram’s 4 Classes.
3:32 Criticality, Avalanches, & John Beggs.
4:44 Homework? More like FUNwork!
5:08 Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
5:35 Jordan Peterson (Yin-Yang)
9:39 M. Mitchell Waldrop’s Complexity.

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Dec 3, 2023

World’s biggest set of human genome sequences opens to scientists

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The world’s largest collection of full human genomes has just gone live.

The whole genomes of 500,000 people in the UK Biobank will help researchers to probe our genetic code for links to disease.

Dec 3, 2023

Hope, sadness as volunteers search for victims of Indonesian volcano

Posted by in category: futurism

At the foot of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru, what is left of the houses along the main village road are covered in a thick layer of hardened volcanic ash. Curah Kobokan was among the worst-hit areas when the 3,676-metre (12,060 ft) Mount Semeru erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous pyroclastic flows into villages below. Since day one of the disaster, volunteer Dodik Suryadiawan, 36, has driven on the bumpy roads in his personal four-wheel drive, helping to retrieve the remains of those who perished.

Dec 3, 2023

‘Tremendous technical challenges’: New report says NASA won’t land astronauts on the moon in 2025

Posted by in categories: government, space travel

Man’s return to the moon may be delayed from 2025 until 2027.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA will miss its mark trying to land astronauts on the moon by 2025. That’s according to a new report, released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week.

“There are tremendous technical challenges that have to be resolved,” said Ken Kremer. He’s a space journalist in Brevard County who read and analyzed the new report.

Dec 3, 2023

Long in the Bluetooth: Scientists develop a more Efficient way to Transmit Data between Our Devices

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

University of Sussex researchers have developed a more energy-efficient alternative to transmit data that could potentially replace Bluetooth in mobile phones and other tech devices. With more and more of us owning smart phones and wearable tech, researchers at the University of Sussex have found a more efficient way of connecting our devices and improving battery life. Applied to wearable devices, it could even see us unlocking doors by touch or exchanging phone numbers by shaking hands.

Professor Robert Prance and Professor Daniel Roggen, of the University of Sussex, have developed the use of electric waves, rather than electromagnetic waves, for a low-power way to transmit data at close range, while maintaining the high throughput needed for multimedia applications.

Bluetooth, Wifi, and 5G currently rely on electromagnetic modulation, a form of wireless technology which was developed over 125 years ago.

Dec 3, 2023

Certain Skin Bacteria can Inhibit Growth of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers have found a bacteriocin that can help inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a growing global problem. Part of the solution may lie in copying the bacteria’s own weapons. The research environment in Tromsø has found a new bacteriocin, in a very common skin bacterium. Bacteriocin inhibits the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are often the cause of disease and can be difficult to treat.

One million deaths each year.

The fact that we have medicines against bacterial infections is something many people take for granted.

Dec 3, 2023

Could coffee grounds be the key to preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists believe a treatment derived from used coffee grounds could help prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s.

Dec 3, 2023

Blood Test #7 in 2023: 15 — 21y Younger Biological Age

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

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Dec 3, 2023

OpenGPT is an open-source alternative to OpenAI’s custom ChatGPTs

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

OpenGPT is a promising toolkit for building custom chatbots like GPTs, but it is completely open-source and offers even more configuration options. Which means it is also more complicated.

With GPTs, OpenAI introduced the evolution of its plugin concept at Dev Days in November 2023. The AI company is giving end users different tools to create a chatbot tailored to their needs, without having to know how to code a chatbot. OpenAI even plans to give successful GPT creators a share of the revenue from ChatGPT Plus in the future.

When setting up GPTs, users can upload their files, link APIs, assign system prompts, and enable modules for web browsing, DALL-E, and code interpreters.

Dec 3, 2023

Physicists May Have Found a Hard Limit on The Performance of Large Quantum Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

A newly discovered trade-off in the way time-keeping devices operate on a fundamental level could set a hard limit on the performance of large-scale quantum computers, according to researchers from the Vienna University of Technology.

While the issue isn’t exactly pressing, our ability to grow systems based on quantum operations from backroom prototypes into practical number-crunching behemoths will depend on how well we can reliably dissect the days into ever finer portions. This is a feat the researchers say will become increasingly more challenging.

Whether you’re counting the seconds with whispers of Mississippi or dividing them up with the pendulum-swing of an electron in atomic confinement, the measure of time is bound by the limits of physics itself.

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