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May 21, 2022

How Logs of Fruit Pulp Replace Firewood and Charcoal | World Wide Waste

Posted by in categories: business, finance, nuclear energy

Traditional Argentine barbecues date back to the 16th century. One inventor created a new twist on the custom, turning discarded fruit from cider production into logs that can replace firewood and charcoal.

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May 21, 2022

A theory of consciousness from a theoretical computer science perspective: Insights from the Conscious Turing Machine

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

This paper provides evidence that a theoretical computer science (TCS) perspective can add to our understanding of consciousness by providing a simple framework for employing tools from computational complexity theory and machine learning. Just as the Turing machine is a simple model to define and explore computation, the Conscious Turing Machine (CTM) is a simple model to define and explore consciousness (and related concepts). The CTM is not a model of the brain or cognition, nor is it intended to be, but a simple substrate-independent computational model of (the admittedly complex concept of) consciousness. This paper is intended to introduce this approach, show its possibilities, and stimulate research in consciousness from a TCS perspective.

May 21, 2022

Elon Musk: If You Don’t Think AI Could Outsmart You, You’re an Idiot

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI


“I’ve been banging this AI drum for a decade,” Musk told Business Insider.

Musk’s latest warning is that smart people who assume they could never be fooled by a machine are in effect lowering their guard to any AI trickery coming their way.

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May 21, 2022

Why Scientists Are Turning Molecules Into Music

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts

Converting DNA sequences and particle vibrations into notes allows researchers to recognize unseen patterns and create songs for outreach.

May 21, 2022

NASA InSight shutting down and more: Understand the world through 9 images

Posted by in category: cosmology

NASA is being forced to end its Mars lander mission early because of dust.

NASA’s InSight Mars lander is shutting down after four years and scientists have seen our galaxy’s black hole for the first time. Here’s May 11–18 in science images.

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May 21, 2022

Meta won’t build a dedicated metaverse after all, exec says

Posted by in category: futurism

An interesting development, you could say revision, or even a back-tracking on the vision for just what it is that Meta plans to build, eventually.

I think it’s important to keep in mind, despite the excitement, that these technologies are still experimental in many ways, they take time to develop, and they will change. Keeping this in mind can help to temper our expectations, but also to spot the hype.

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May 21, 2022

We Shouldn’t Try to Make Conscious Software—Until We Should

Posted by in category: habitats

Eventually, the most ethical option might be to divert all resources toward building very happy machines.

May 21, 2022

Remains of a slamming between two galaxies could shed light upon dark matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

May 21, 2022

China’s world-first AI-powered drone carrier is being hailed as a new ‘marine species’

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

May 21, 2022

Renault’s first hydrogen-powered EV will drive 500 miles per charge

Posted by in categories: economics, sustainability, transportation

French car manufacturer Renault Group unveiled their novel Scénic Vision concept car that is powered by a battery that runs on hydrogen at the ChangeNOW summit.

The French carmaker will relaunch its popular Sc é nic model as an electric vehicle in 2024 and aims to add a hydrogen power source to it by 2030.

This new model is part of Renault’s sustainability strategy, and with the launch of the Renaulution strategic plan, Renault Group and its brands have embarked on a major transformation, moving from a race for volume to the creation of economic, environmental, and social value, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral in Europe by 2040 and worldwide by 2050.

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