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Feb 29, 2024

Bill Gates isn’t too scared about AI

Posted by in categories: education, employment, robotics/AI

Like Gates, Leslie doesn’t dismiss doomer scenarios outright. “Bad actors can take advantage of these technologies and cause catastrophic harms,” he says. “You don’t need to buy into superintelligence, apocalyptic robots, or AGI speculation to understand that.”

“But I agree that our immediate concerns should be in addressing the existing risks that derive from the rapid commercialization of generative AI,” says Leslie. “It serves a positive purpose to sort of zoom our lens in and say, ‘Okay, well, what are the immediate concerns?’”

In his post, Gates notes that AI is already a threat in many fundamental areas of society, from elections to education to employment. Of course, such concerns aren’t news. What Gates wants to tell us is that although these threats are serious, we’ve got this: “The best reason to believe that we can manage the risks is that we have done it before.”

Feb 28, 2024

Radio waves can tune up bacteria to become life-saving medicines

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists from Australia and the United States have found a new way to alter the DNA of bacterial cells to create new medicines.

Feb 28, 2024

Meta plans launch of new AI language model Llama 3 in July, The Information reports

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meta researchers are trying to “loosen up” the model so that it could at least provide context to a query it deems controversial.

Meta Platforms is planning to release the newest version of its artificial-intelligence large language model Llama 3 in July which would give better responses to contentious questions posed by users, The Information reported on Wednesday.

Feb 28, 2024

Disentangled 3D Scene Generation with Layout Learning

Posted by in category: futurism

TL;DR: Text-to-3D generation of scenes decomposed automatically into objects, using only a pretrained diffusion model.

TL;DR: Text-to-3D generation of scenes that are decomposed automatically into objects.

Feb 28, 2024

Human AI clones will be ‘pivotal moment of evolution’, Living Nostradamus warns

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

EXCLUSIVE: The Brazilian bloke dubbed Living Nostradamus is back with more bold claims about artificial intelligence and has claimed that recent advancements have come at a very specific moment.

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Feb 28, 2024

The New York Times allegedly paid someone to “hack” OpenAI’s models via prompting

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI

OpenAI is accusing the New York Times of “hacking” its products in the ongoing copyright dispute.

In a legal filing, OpenAI claims that an individual paid by the Times used “deceptive prompts” to create copies of NYT articles. These prompts would violate OpenAI’s terms of service.

The NYT demonstrated that OpenAI’s GPT models could generate copies of NYT articles when it filed a lawsuit against OpenAI for copyright infringement.

Feb 28, 2024

New tech harvests both magnetic and ultrasound energy to safely power medical implants

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Novel dual energy harvesting device combines magnetic field and ultrasonic waves to safely generate over 50 mW — enough to swiftly recharge pacemakers without surgery.

Feb 28, 2024

Possibly habitable Trappist-1 exoplanet caught destroying its own atmosphere

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Trappist-1e is the fourth planet from the red dwarf star at the heart of this fascinating planetary system of rocky worlds. Astronomers have previously discovered that Trappist-1b, the closest exoplanet to the star, seems to have already lost its atmosphere.

The team thinks voltage-driven Joule heating could also be impacting Trappist-1f and Trappist-1g, stripping them of their atmospheres as well, albeit to a lesser extent than they see happening with Trappist-1e. That’s because, at 0.038 and 0.04683 times the distance between Earth and the sun from their star respectively, these planets are moving slower through the red dwarf’s stellar winds than Trappist-1e is.

“Closer-in planets of Trappist-1 will have an even more extreme fate, and further out ones a bit milder,” Garraffo said. “I would imagine that all Trappist-1 planets are going to have a hard time holding on to any atmosphere.”

Feb 28, 2024

Roger Penrose’s Mind-Bending Theory of Reality

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics

Nobel Laureate Sir Roger Penrose on his Orch OR theory of consciousness that could change what we know about time, the universe and reality, by incorporating the physics of consciousness. Explore mind blowing facts about our reality that show consciousness in quantum mechanics.

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Feb 28, 2024

Precise Recovery: Aligning Orion and Artemis II Crew for Safe Retrieval

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One of the most crucial steps—if not the most crucial step—in safely returning astronauts to the Earth from space is the recovery process. This can happen either on land or sea, but for NASA’s upcoming Artemis II mission, the Orion capsule will be conducting a splashdown like the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and currently SpaceX Dragon capsules. This is why the Artemis II crew recently participated in Underway Recovert Test 11 (URT-11) on Febraury 24, which was the 11th scheduled mockup recovery test using a mockup capsule designed to simulate the exact conditions they will endure after splashing down from their historic mission.

NASA Artemis II crew members and U.S. Navy personnel seen participating in Underway Recovery Test 11 (URT-11) in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 25, 2024. (Credit: NASA/Kenny Allen)

“Our highly choreographed recovery operations will help ensure the final phase of NASA’s first crewed mission to the Moon in more than 50 years ends as a success,” Lili Villareal, who is NASA’s landing and recovery director, said in a statement.

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