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Feb 25, 2019

Superintelligence as a Service is Coming and It Can Be Safe AGI

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

Drexler and the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute proposing that artificial intelligence is mainly emerging as cloud-based AI services and a 210-page paper analyzes how AI is developing today.

AI development is developing automation of many tasks and automation of AI research and development will enable acceleration of AI improvement.

Accelerated AI improvement would mean the emergence of asymptotically comprehensive, superintelligent-level AI services that—crucially—can include the service of developing new services, both narrow and broad, guided by concrete human goals and informed by strong models of human (dis)approval. The concept of comprehensive AI services (CAIS) provides a model of flexible, general intelligence in which agents are a class of service-providing products, rather than a natural or necessary engine of progress in themselves.

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Feb 25, 2019

Reconstructing meaning from bits of information

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Modern theories of semantics posit that the meaning of words can be decomposed into a unique combination of semantic features (e.g., “dog” would include “barks”). Here, we demonstrate using functional MRI (fMRI) that the brain combines bits of information into meaningful object representations. Participants receive clues of individual objects in form of three isolated semantic features, given as verbal descriptions. We use machine-learning-based neural decoding to learn a mapping between individual semantic features and BOLD activation patterns. The recorded brain patterns are best decoded using a combination of not only the three semantic features that were in fact presented as clues, but a far richer set of semantic features typically linked to the target object. We conclude that our experimental protocol allowed us to demonstrate that fragmented information is combined into a complete semantic representation of an object and to identify brain regions associated with object meaning.

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Feb 25, 2019

How chronic stress boosts cancer cell growth

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

When they looked into how various physiological factors changed in the mice that had experienced chronic stress, the researchers closed in on a hormone called epinephrine.


New research in mice explains the mechanism through which chronic stress contributes to cancer cell growth and suggests a potential therapeutic strategy.

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Feb 25, 2019

Scripps Oceanography gets research vessel to explore coastal waters

Posted by in category: futurism

The 42-foot research vessel (R/V) Bob and Beyster was underwritten by a $1.2 million philanthropic campaign.

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Feb 25, 2019

A New Way to See Magnetic Fields

Posted by in category: materials

Using neutrons, materials scientists develop a method that goes below the surface.

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Feb 25, 2019

A $6 million floating home that can withstand Category 4 hurricanes is now a reality. Take a look inside

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats, sustainability

  • After years of development, the housing startup Arkup has debuted a floating home that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes.
  • The home contains a hydraulic system that lifts it above water and anchors it during heavy winds.
  • Arkup envisions a future where entire communities in Miami and other major cities are designed to float.

When the housing startup Arkup revealed its plan to build a floating, hurricane-proof yacht in 2017, South Florida had just witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm that destroyed hundreds of residences.

The company’s models were designed to weather a storm of that magnitude, but it would be another two years before they became a reality.

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Feb 25, 2019

It’s time physics recognised that time is real

Posted by in category: physics

We all feel the forward march of time, but the laws of physics tell us it is an illusion. A radical rethink is needed, argues theoretical physicist Lee Smolin.

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Feb 25, 2019

US Military Files Patent for Room-Temperature Superconductor

Posted by in categories: materials, military

Researchers have been on the hunt for a superconductor that would work at around room temperature, which they consider to be 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) — and according to the patent application, Navy researcher Salvatore Cezar Pais thinks he’s figured it out.

Pais’ application describes a wire consisting of a metal coating over an insulator core. An electromagnetic coil surrounds the wire, and when activated by a pulsed current, this coil causes a vibration that allows the wire to act as a superconductor at room temperature, according to the application.

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Feb 25, 2019

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos wants to put a TRILLION humans in space – and promises ‘1,000 Mozarts and Einsteins’

Posted by in category: space travel

AMAZON chief Jeff Bezos dreams of creating a new space race of humans across our solar system – with a population of one trillion.

The billionaire tech mogul revealed the lofty goal during a speech about Blue Origin, his groundbreaking space transport company.

According to Bezos, who has a net worth of £103billion, increasing the population dramatically across space could give us countless creative geniuses.

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Feb 25, 2019

Robot ‘GOD’: AI version of Buddhist deity to preach in Japanese temple

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A JAPANESE robot has been created to preach the teachings of Buddha in colloquial language at the Kodaiji Temple in the ancient city of Kyoto.

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