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Aug 22, 2018

Facebook implements trust scoring for all users

Posted by in category: futurism

Facebook won’t tell you exactly why it does or doesn’t trust you.

Facebook revealed this week it’s trying to stem the flow of fake news by assigning trust values to users. It insists on keeping its criteria for trustworthiness secret though, in case untrustworthy people try to game the system — and they almost certainly will.

Tessa Lyon, Facebook‘s product manager, told The Washington Post a bit more about the system, in which the company uses several flags to identify which people on the site are more trustworthy than others. It rates users on a scale of zero to one. The only judging metric she would admit to is a person’s history of reports.

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Aug 22, 2018

The pet projects Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires spend their fortunes on – from space travel to immortality

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Billionaires have the money to make things happen. The ultra rich individuals on this list for the most part have two main subjects on their mind: space travel and immortality. Almost all the ideas appear to be for the benefit of mankind.

If you had a spare US$1 billion or US$100 billion, what would you spend your money on? These men could have anything in the world, but they want more as they push the boundaries of health, science and infrastructure.

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Aug 21, 2018

Artificial General Intelligence Is Here, and Impala Is Its Name

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, singularity, transportation

One of the most significant AI milestones in history was quietly ushered into being this summer. We speak of the quest for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), probably the most sought-after goal in the entire field of computer science. With the introduction of the Impala architecture, DeepMind, the company behind AlphaGo and AlphaZero, would seem to finally have AGI firmly in its sights.

Let’s define AGI, since it’s been used by different people to mean different things. AGI is a single intelligence or algorithm that can learn multiple tasks and exhibits positive transfer when doing so, sometimes called meta-learning. During meta-learning, the acquisition of one skill enables the learner to pick up another new skill faster because it applies some of its previous “know-how” to the new task. In other words, one learns how to learn — and can generalize that to acquiring new skills, the way humans do. This has been the holy grail of AI for a long time.

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Aug 21, 2018


Posted by in categories: engineering, satellites

ADDU_Official is opening enrollment for BS in Aerospace Engineering until 25 August 2018. Learn the relationship between the earth and space, such as monitoring the Earth’s atmospheric conditions. Be equipped with the skills to design and develop aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and rockets.

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Aug 21, 2018

The Future of Lab-Grown Meat

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

The creation of lab-grown meat is getting more refined —we visited a lab to see just how close the process is to your plate.

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Aug 21, 2018

Bacteria can be used to turn type A blood into universal type O

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new family of enzymes found in the human gut has been used to quickly turn type A blood into type O — which can be used for transfusions in anyone.

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Aug 21, 2018

The Transhumanist Bill of Rights version 2.0

Posted by in categories: biological, information science, mobile phones, neuroscience, transhumanism

Level 4 – Awareness + World model: Systems that have a modeling system complex enough to create a world model: a sense of other, without a sense of self – e.g., dogs. Level 4 capabilities include static behaviors and rudimentary learned behavior.

Level 5 – Awareness + World model + Primarily subconscious self model = Sapient or Lucid: Lucidity means to be meta-aware – that is, to be aware of one’s own awareness, aware of abstractions, aware of one’s self, and therefore able to actively analyze each of these phenomena. If a given animal is meta-aware to any extent, it can therefore make lucid decisions. Level 5 capabilities include the following: The “sense of self”; Complex learned behavior; Ability to predict the future emotional states of the self (to some degree); The ability to make motivational tradeoffs.

Level 6 – Awareness + World model + Dynamic self model + Effective control of subconscious: The dynamic sense of self can expand from “the small self” (directed consciousness) to the big self (“social group dynamics”). The “self” can include features that cross barriers between biological and non-biological – e.g., features resulting from cybernetic additions, like smartphones.

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Aug 21, 2018

SPACEWALK: Russian cosmonauts step out of the International Space Station for a spacewalk expected to last 6 hours and 50 minutes

Posted by in category: space

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Aug 21, 2018

Our capacity for abstract thinking and dreams (a new brain-state of REM or paradoxical sleep) arose during the cold to warm blooded interface

Posted by in category: neuroscience

“Self volition” evolved in direct inverse to atrophy of the primal eye. New Book coming soon

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Aug 21, 2018

Journal Club August 2018 — TGFβ inhibition restores liver regeneration

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Today we will be taking a look at a new paper that shows inhibiting TGFβ can boost liver regeneration.

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