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Jun 29, 2019

Neuromorphic Hardware: Trying to Put Brain Into Chips

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Hi all.


Up until now, chip-makers have been piggybacking on the renowned Moore’s Law for delivering successive generations of chips that have more compute capabilities and are less power hungry. Now, these advancements are slowly coming to a halt. Researchers around the world are proposing alternative architectures to continue producing systems which are faster and more energy efficient. This article discusses those alternatives and reasons why one of them might have an edge over others in averting the chip design industry from getting stymied.

Moore’s law, or to put it differently — savior of chip-makers worldwide — was coined by Dr. Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel Corp, in 1965. The law states that the number of transistors on a chip would double every 2 years. But why the savior of chip-makers? This law was so powerful during the semiconductor boom that “people would auto-buy the next latest and greatest computer chip, with full confidence that it would be better than what they’ve got”, said former Intel engineer Robert P. Colwell. Back in the day writing a program with bad performance was not an issue as the programmer knew that Moore’s law would ultimately save him.

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Jun 29, 2019

Farmed Salmon = Most Toxic Food in the World

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, sustainability

Fish are an important part of the ecosystem and the human diet. Unfortunately, overfishing has depleted many fish stocks, and the proposed solution — fish farming — is creating far more problems than it solves. Not only are fish farms polluting the aquatic environment and spreading disease to wild fish, farmed fish are also an inferior food source, in part by providing fewer healthy nutrients; and in part by containing more toxins, which readily accumulate in fat.

Farmed Salmon = Most Toxic Food in the World

Salmon is perhaps the most prominent example of how fish farming has led us astray. Food testing reveals farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world, having more in common with junk food than health food. Studies highlighting the seriousness of the problem include:

Jun 29, 2019

The U.S. put nuclear waste under a dome on a Pacific island. Now it’s cracking open

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy

The Marshallese government, however, does not have the money to shore up the structure, leaving it vulnerable to both rising tides and typhoons.

“It’s clear as day that the local government will neither have the expertise or funds to fix the problem if it needs a particular fix,” a Marshallese official told the Guardian.

Last week, Guterres sounded a similar theme in Fiji about the ongoing effects of the American testing on the small island nation.

Jun 29, 2019

Killer robots declared ‘existential human threat’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

KILLER robots will be an “existential human threat” unless manufacturers are slapped with strict…

Jun 29, 2019

David Cage interview: Researching Detroit: Become Human’s back story of rogue AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

David Cage wrote a nearly 4,000-page script for Detroit: Become Human, which was steeped in research about artificial intelligence.

Jun 29, 2019

The Top 5 Artificial Intelligence Books to Read in 2019

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Here is a list of the top 5 books on artificial intelligence for beginners. These books will help you understand the current landscape of the technology as well as learn what the future holds.

Jun 29, 2019

‘DeepNude’ app that ‘undresses’ women shut down after furor

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

DeepNude already put on its clothes.


WASHINGTON, United States—The creators of an application allowing users to virtually “undress” women using artificial intelligence have shut it down after a social media uproar over its potential for abuse.

The creators of “DeepNude” said the software was launched several months ago for “entertainment” and that they “greatly underestimated” demand for the app.

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Jun 29, 2019

What If We Created a Superintelligence?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

What would happen if we created something far smarter than humans?

Jun 29, 2019

Happy 47th birthday Elon Musk, who has founded/led seven companies since he was 24 years old

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, neuroscience, space travel, sustainability

Age 45: Boring Co ($113M) Age 45: Neuralink ($27M) Age 44: OpenAI (nonprofit) Age 32: Tesla ($59B) Age 30: SpaceX ($30B) Age 28: PayPal ($1.5B) Age 24: Zip2 ($307M)

Pc: unknown.

Jun 29, 2019

Samsung’s Creepy New AI Can Generate Talking Deepfakes From a Single Image

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Our deepfake problem is about to get worse: Samsung engineers have now developed realistic talking heads that can be generated from a single image, so AI can even put words in the mouth of the Mona Lisa.

The new algorithms, developed by a team from the Samsung AI Center and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, both in Moscow work best with a variety of sample images taken at different angles – but they can be quite effective with just one picture to work from, even a painting.

mona lisa talk 1024 (Egor Zakharov)