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Feb 29, 2024

NASA’s new balloon-borne telescope was designed with AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA is using an AI-powered technique called “generative design” to dramatically speed up the process of designing hardware for upcoming missions — and one of the first AI-designed missions will use a massive balloon to lift a telescope to the stratosphere.

The need: Weight is one of the most important considerations when NASA engineers are designing parts for new spacecraft — the heavier the final object is, the more fuel will be needed to launch it, and the more expensive the mission will be.

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Feb 29, 2024

Man Running AI-Powered Porn Site Horrified by What Users Are Asking For

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Steven Jones, who runs an AI-generated porn images website, is shocked by what users want the AI to spit out.

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

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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

Posted by in category: space

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.”

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