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Jul 21, 2019

DNA could store all of the world’s data in a single room

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Jul 21, 2019

What Is Neuromorphic Computing (Cognitive Computing)

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

This video is the eleventh in a multi-part series discussing computing. In this video, we’ll be discussing what cognitive computing is and the impact it will have on the field of computing.

[0:28–5:09] Starting off we’ll discuss, what cognitive computing is, more specifically – the difference between current computing Von Neuman architecture and more biologically representative neuromorphic architecture and how these two paired together will yield massive performance and efficiency gains!

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Jul 21, 2019

The First Complete Brain Wiring Diagram of Any Species Is Here

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

For a humble, microscopic worm with only 302 neurons, C. elegans has had a lot of firsts. It was the first multicellular animal to have its whole genome sequenced. It was also the spark that lit the connectome fire—the revolutionary idea that mapping the entirety of connections among neurons will unveil secrets of our minds, memory, and consciousness. And if the connectomists are to be believed, a map of individual brains may be the blueprint that will one day hurtle AI into human-level intelligence, or reconstruct an entire human mind in digital form.

More than 30 years ago, a pioneering group of scientists painstakingly traced and reconstructed the roundworm’s neural wiring by hand. The “heroic” effort, unaided by modern computers and brain-mapping algorithms, resulted in the first connectome in 1986.

Yet the “mind of the worm” map had significant lapses. For one, it only focused on one sex, the hermaphrodite—a “female” equivalent that can self-fertilize. This makes it hard to tell which connections are universal for the species, and which are dependent on sex and reproduction. For another, because the effort relied entirely on human beings who get tired, bored, and mess up, the map wasn’t entirely accurate. Even with multiple rounds of subsequent refinements, errors could linger, which would royally screw up any interpretation of results using these maps.

Jul 21, 2019

Superconducting neurons could match the power efficiency of the brain

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Conventional computers need orders of magnitude more energy than the “computer” in our heads. Neural networks made of superconducting nanowires might come much closer to the real thing.

Jul 21, 2019

The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New “living drugs”—made from a patient’s own cells—can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?

Jul 21, 2019

Scientists Find Key to Sending Data Through Music: Van Halen

Posted by in categories: internet, media & arts

They say rock songs could be used to share WiFi passwords or short messages.

Jul 21, 2019

Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Aired on Gadget Lab Podcast: buddy Elon Musk because it’s always fun to talk about Elon Musk and this time the man wants to put a computer in your brain this past Tuesda.

Jul 21, 2019

AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police

Posted by in categories: internet, law enforcement, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Law enforcement needs to be innovative and act now in order to keep face with near future criminal threats, warns ‘Do criminals dream of electric sheep’ paper.

Jul 21, 2019

What is post-quantum cryptography?

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, quantum physics

The race is on to create new ways to protect data and communications from the threat posed by super-powerful quantum computers.

Jul 21, 2019

Lunar bricks could keep Moon colonists warm and generate electricity

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

Space engineers have long considered lunar soil as locally available material for building outposts on the Moon, and now ESA researchers are considering it as a means to store energy. The Discovery & Preparation study by the agency and Azimut Space aims to determine how the lunar regolith can soak up solar energy during the day, then use it to generate electricity during the 14-day night and protect equipment against freezing.