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Jun 8, 2023

Ex-Techie Preserves Bengaluru’s Millennia-Old History with Ancient Inscription Stones

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A mention of his village in a 13th-century inscription stone made P L Udaya Kumar quit his job and start preserving the history of Bengaluru localities.

Jun 8, 2023

A Developer Made Software to Turn Anyone Into an ‘AI Girlfriend’—Starting With His Own Partner

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Developer Enias Cailliau talks to his girlfriend Sacha on Telegram. She sends him voice memos, texts, and even the occasional selfie. But Sacha isn’t actually real, she’s an AI clone of Cailliau’s real-life girlfriend. Cailliau calls the bot GirlfriendGPT and has now shared his code online for anyone to create their own AI girlfriends too.

“I’d recommend couples to explore the tech as well,” said Sascha Ludwig, whose programmer partner is cloning them with AI.

Jun 8, 2023

The Birthplace of AI

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Everyone is talking AI will do this AI will do that. Was that what people intended AI to do?

1) How will AI help meet demands.

2) How will AI help solve problems.

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Jun 8, 2023

How Einstein made the biggest blunder of his life

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When Einstein gave General Relativity to the world, he included an extraneous cosmological constant. How did his ‘biggest blunder’ occur?

Jun 8, 2023

Fatty liver disease is a serious problem. Here’s who should be worried about it

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Dr. Blanca Lizaola-Mayo, MD, a transplant hepatologist and the Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Center at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, is sounding the alarm on NASH or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

NASH occurs when a “fatty liver” or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) leads to inflammation and liver cell damage called fibrosis. In its most severe form, it can be fatal.

Jun 8, 2023

Teaching robots to tidy up based on user preferences using large language models

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Different people tend to have unique needs and preferences—particularly when it comes to cleaning or tidying up. Home robots, especially robots designed to help humans with house chores, should ideally be able to complete tasks in ways that account for these individual preferences.

Researchers at Princeton University and Stanford University recently set out to personalize the assistance offered by home robots using large language models (LLMs), a class of artificial intelligence models that are becoming increasingly popular after the release of ChatGPT. Their approach, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, was initially tested on a called TidyBot engineered to tidy up indoor environments.

“For a robot to personalize physical assistance effectively, it must learn user preferences that can be generally reapplied to ,” Jimmy Wu, Rika Antonova and their colleagues wrote in their paper. “In this work, we investigate personalization of household cleanup with robots that can tidy up rooms by picking up objects and putting them away.”

Jun 8, 2023

Seagate Tests 5 Terabyte Disks, Paving the Way for 50TB Hard Drives

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We’ll get 32TB, 36TB, and 40TB hard drives first, though.

Jun 8, 2023

Healthy diets and weight loss may help reduce brain aging

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Researchers have found that well-managed weight through a healthy diet, including Mediterranean-type diets, can help reduce brain aging and improve brain health.

Jun 8, 2023

Brain Tumors Can Rewire The Brain, And We Just Found Out How

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Researchers have long known that brain tumors, specifically a type of tumor called a glioma, can affect a person’s cognitive and physical function.

Patients with glioblastoma, the most fatal type of brain tumor in adults, experience an especially drastic decline in quality of life. Glioblastomas are thought to impair normal brain functions by compressing and causing healthy tissue to swell, or competing with them for blood supply.

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Jun 8, 2023

Researchers build on Human Genome Project advances

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, genetics, government

The Human Genome Project (HGP), the world’s largest collaborative biological project, was a 13-year effort led by the U.S. government with the goal of generating the first full sequence of the human genome. In 2003, HGP produced a genome sequence that accounted for more than 90% of the human genome and was considered as close to complete as was possible with the technologies of the time. HGP unlocked the door to a vast but unannotated collection of genes.

In the following decades, via experimental studies, researchers painstakingly curated reannotations in the form of biochemical reaction graphs. Though gene set enrichment analysis considers groups within these annotation graphs, it disregards group dependencies.

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are utilizing data from HGP and making advancements in biochemical reaction network analysis. Their work, published in the May 22, 2023 issue of Patterns, demonstrates their approach and may help predict the effects of rare or indistinct genetic variations and guide precision medicine (treatment that can use a patient’s own to help fight disease or guide specific therapy).

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