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Mar 19, 2023

It’s Official: No More Crispr Babies—for Now

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In the face of safety risks, experts have tightened the reins on heritable genome editing—but haven’t ruled out using it someday.

Mar 19, 2023

Has the 3D printing revolution finally arrived?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, food

Car engines, bespoke medicines, organs for transplant, food, fashion and now even a whole street of houses… Is the all-conquering promise of 3D printing finally coming true? By Tim Lewis.

Mar 19, 2023

Cyborg Futures: Born in Fiction

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, military, robotics/AI

We had a wonderful group of international and interdisciplinary speakers at Saint Mary’s University on March 31 to April 1, 2017. They all took time out from their very busy schedules to come to Halifax to discuss robots and artificial intelligence at the Cyborg Futures Workshop. Academics from literary theory, digital culture, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, robotics, and evolutionary biology, along with students and the public, convened for a lively discussion about technologies that are impacting us all.

This workshop is part of a larger SSHRC-funded project–Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination–that is about shifting the conversation about robots and AI, which has been animated by fiction but dominated in the real world by the military and industry. Opening the discussion up to wider social and cultural contexts–from the impact of technology on human relations; to non-human animals, the environment and trash; to racism, imperialism and misogyny; to automation, labour and capitalism; to killer robots and the military; to the problematic collapse of science and fiction—this workshop considered both the infrastructure currently being laid that is forcing us down a troubling path and imaginative alternatives to it. What follows cannot possibly do justice to the richness and complexity of the talks, so please click on the hyperlinks to listen to them.

Mar 19, 2023

Bees learn to dance and to solve puzzles from their peers

Posted by in categories: biological, climatology, neuroscience

Social insects like bees demonstrate a remarkable range of behaviors, from working together to build structurally complex nests (complete with built-in climate control) to the pragmatic division of labor within their communities. Biologists have traditionally viewed these behaviors as pre-programmed responses that evolved over generations in response to external factors. But two papers last week reported results indicating that social learning might also play a role.

The first, published in the journal PLoS Biology, demonstrated that bumblebees could learn to solve simple puzzles by watching more experienced peers. The second, published in the journal Science, reported evidence for similar social learning in how honeybees learn to perform their trademark “waggle dance” to tell other bees in their colony where to find food or other resources. Taken together, both studies add to a growing body of evidence of a kind of “culture” among social insects like bees.

“Culture can be broadly defined as behaviors that are acquired through social learning and are maintained in a population over time, and essentially serves as a ‘second form of inheritance,’ but most studies have been conducted on species with relatively large brains: primates, cetaceans, and passerine birds,” said co-author Alice Bridges, a graduate student at Queen Mary University of London who works in the lab of co-author Lars Chittka. “I wanted to study bumblebees in particular because they are perfect models for social learning experiments. They have previously been shown to be able to learn really complex, novel, non-natural behaviors such as string-pulling both individually and socially.”

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Mar 19, 2023

The Little-Known Origin Story behind the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics

Posted by in category: physics

In 1949 physicist Chien-Shiung Wu devised an experiment that documented evidence of entanglement. Her findings have been hidden in plain sight for more than 70 years.

Mar 19, 2023

A Historian of the Future: Five More Questions for Stephen Kotkin

Posted by in categories: education, energy

Recorded on February 10th, 2023.

Historian Stephen Kotkin became the Kleinheinz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2022. He taught at Princeton for more than 30 years, and is the author of nine works of history, including the first two volumes of his biography of Joseph Stalin, Paradoxes of Power, 1,878 to 1928 and Waiting for Hitler, 1929 to 1941. He is now completing the third and final volume. Since the war in Ukraine broke out a year ago, Kotkin has appeared regularly on Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson to offer his unique perspective on the Russian aggression and answer five questions for us. This is the third installment.

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Mar 19, 2023

Team develops a system of robots that use teamwork to pick fruit and transport it autonomously

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

A system of robots that harvest and transport crops on their own without human assistance has been developed for use in agricultural facilities such as smart farms.

The research team under Choi Tae-yong, principal researcher at the AI Robot Research Division’s Department of Robotics and Mechatronics of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, an institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT, has developed a multiple-robot system for harvesting crops.

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Mar 19, 2023

Verses Technologies (VERS) Launching Proprietary General Intelligence Agent (GIA) — CEO Gabriel Rene

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Verses Technologies Inc. (VERS) :
Gabriel Rene CEO
Chief Scientist CSO — Karl Friston.
Dan Mapes — Founder & President.
Capm Peterson — Chief Innovation Officer.
Scott Paterson Director.

VERSES Technologies Inc. (NEO: VERS) (OTCQX: VRSSF), a cognitive computing company specializing in the next generation of artificial intelligence, has announced a breakthrough in AI with the world’s first General Intelligent Agent, codenamed GIA™, (‘jee-yah’) designed to offer a new human-centered way for businesses and individuals to interact with technology.

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Mar 19, 2023

The Extinction of Death

Posted by in categories: computing, existential risks, life extension, media & arts

Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, and Sam Altman want to live forever, here’s how they’re planning on doing it and what it could mean for society.

First ‘long form’ video I have made in awhile. Very excited to get back into it and play around with different ways of styles and editing. Excited to hear what you guys think!

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Mar 19, 2023

The very real threat of Super-Intelligence

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This video is about the very real threat that artificial intelligence can surpass human intelligence and very soon. ChatGPT and OpenAI have shown what can be achieved by scaling models up and GPT4 just showed multi-modality. How close are we to general intelligence (AGI) and how will that impact humanity?

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