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Feb 8, 2023

HAL 9000: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

Posted by in categories: computing, space

If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s an uppity machine.


An excerpt from the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick.

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Feb 8, 2023

Hubble Space Telescope captures chaotic globular cluster near Milky Way’s core

Posted by in category: cosmology

A stunning Hubble Space Telescope image shows the chaotic and densely packed stars of the globular cluster NGC 6355.

The globular cluster is located around 31,000 light-years from Earth in the inner region of the Milky Way — so deep into our galaxy that it is just 4,600 light-years from our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*.

Feb 8, 2023

Researchers Discover a More Flexible Approach to Machine Learning

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

“Liquid” neural nets, based on a worm’s nervous system, can transform their underlying algorithms on the fly, giving them unprecedented speed and adaptability.

Feb 8, 2023

Breaking: Researchers at CERN break “The Speed of Light”

Posted by in category: particle physics

Scientists said on Thursday they recorded particles travelling faster than light – a finding that could overturn one of Einstein’s fundamental laws of the universe. Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers, saidthat measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.

“We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing,” he said. “We now want colleagues to check them independently.”

If confirmed, the discovery would undermine Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory of special relativity, which says that the speed of light is a “cosmic constant” and that nothing in the universe can travel faster. That assertion, which has withstood over a century of testing, is one of the key elements of the so-called Standard Model of physics, which attempts to describe the way the universe and everything in it works. The totally unexpected finding emerged from research by a physicists working on an experiment dubbed OPERA run jointly by the CERN particle research center near Geneva and the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy.

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Feb 8, 2023

Microsoft unveils AI-powered Bing model ‘more powerful’ than ChatGPT

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

“This is just the first step on the AI front…as [the] AI arms race takes place among Big Tech.”

Right on the heels of Google announcing Artificial Intelligence chatbot Bard, Microsoft has beefed up its search engine Bing with the latest AI sensation, OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

For almost two decades, Google’s search engine market has had a highly successful run, facing almost zero competition from rivals.

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Feb 8, 2023

Engineer who made USB-C iPhone now makes AirPods Pro repair possible

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, engineering, mobile phones

Pilonnel noticed that millions watch his videos, but very few actually attempt them. He wants to help people by making replacement parts available.

Users of Apple’s AirPods are well aware that the product they purchased is pretty much disposable. Once the rechargeable battery on the device gives way, there is no way to replace them; you need to buy new AirPods, unless you are ready to do the hard work yourself, with a little help, of course.

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Feb 8, 2023

Astronomers discovered breakthrough ring system in our Solar System

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

The discovery is putting into question everything astronomers believed about ring systems.

Astronomers from the University of Sheffield discovered a new ring system around a dwarf planet on the edge of the Solar System, according to a press release. The discovery calls into question current theories about how ring systems are formed since the ring system orbits much further out than is typical for other ring systems.

Around a dwarf planet.

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Feb 8, 2023

AI image generator hit by $1.8 trillion lawsuit from Getty Images

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Getty Images, a global stock photo giant, has filed a lawsuit against Stability AI, the business that created the well-known AI image generator Stable Diffusion.

The stock agency claims that over 12 million of its copyrighted images—along with their descriptions and metadata were used to train Stable Diffusion, seeking $1.8 trillion in compensation, according to the lawsuit made public on Monday.

Feb 8, 2023

As The Internet Freedom Project Expands, Snowflake Becomes Snowstorm

Posted by in category: internet

In my chat with Serene, an internet freedom activist and former Google Ideas engineer, I ask: “Am I allowed to speak with you right now? Legally?”“We’re both in the U.S., so yes, I think we’re good,” she answers.

As one of the few tools for accessing blocked and censored information on the web, Serene’s Snowflake is widely used by citizens of oppressive regimes. It is primarily done using Tor, an open-source browser that enables secure, private, and anonymous internet browsing.


She is now unveiling Snowstorm, an upgraded version of Snowflake, which Serene claims will be faster, more generalized, and have more features. Snowstorm is fast enough to stream YouTube videos, something previous versions could not do.

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Feb 8, 2023

Google Announces Bard, Its Rival To Microsoft-Backed ChatGPT

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Buckle up folks, the AI wars have arrived.

Hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing its $10bn investment into ChatGPT’s parent company OpenAI, Google has entered the fray with news of its own experimental AI. Bard, powered by the search engine stalwart’s LaMDA technology, has now launched to ‘trusted external testers’ and is expected to go live within weeks.

The move comes as the war to dominate the new technological frontier intensifies. The two Tig Tech giants are already rushing to beat one another to the top of the AI mountain, with no signs of slowing. Here’s what’s gone down this week.

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