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Oct 28, 2016

Google’s Alice AI Is Sending Secret Messages To Another AI

Posted by in categories: education, encryption, robotics/AI

Encryption is something we all rely on regularly to keep our information safe online, but many of us have experienced it since childhood, and in fact probably used it in school. If you ever wrote out a message in code that nobody could read without they knew the decipher rules, you messed around with encryption!

That same secret message technique has now been put to a much more worrying use. Google has created multiple AI and they’ve learned how to not only create their own encryption, but are now communicating using messages nobody else can read.

This Google Brain project is an experiment in deep learning techniques and involved the use of three neural networks (Alice, Bob, and Eve) created using artificial neurons. These neural nets work like a much simplified version of our brains, and they are slowly and steadily becoming more intelligent.

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Oct 28, 2016

​What I Learned

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, geopolitics, internet, transhumanism

My new story for Vice Motherboard on lessons learned running for President as a transhumanist. It’s also my endorsement of a ranked voting system:

Campaigning in Times Square.

With such overwhelming odds against my candidacy and tiny political party from the start, I chose to bypass the battle to get on state ballots and instead focus using media to move the transhumanism movement ahead. After all, only very rarely have third parties in America affected the outcome of the elections anyway. Like it or not, you are stuck with an elephant or a donkey-headed leader.

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Oct 28, 2016

Mercedes-Benz E-Class will blast pink noise at you just before an accident, to protect your ears

Posted by in category: transportation

Mercedes-Benz is trying to cut down on hearing damage caused by the deafening crunch of a car crash, and it’s doing so by blasting pink noise through the stereo when you’re about to hit something, to trigger a fascinating physical response.

Mercedes-Benz has done a lot to push automotive safety forward over its long history. In 1978, the S-class offered the first (or one of the first, depending on who you ask) 4-wheel ABS systems on a production car. In 1987, along with BMW and Toyota, Mercedes put the first traction control systems into production cars.

More recently, in 2003, the company introduced its Pre-Safe system, a series of measures that kick in when the vehicle detects what it decides is an inevitable crash. Seat belts quickly tension to an optimum point, windows and sunroofs close, the seats puff up to stabilize the bodies in them, and in some cases they even move slightly toward the center of the car before impact.

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Oct 28, 2016

Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

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Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works.

Neural networks seem good at devising crypto methods; less good at codebreaking.

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Oct 28, 2016

Inside America’s Next Spyplane

Posted by in category: military

A secret, hypersonic replacement for the legendary SR-71 promises to transform military aviation.

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Oct 28, 2016

Five Hottest Emerging Technologies Of 2016

Posted by in category: futurism

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Oct 28, 2016

Entering Godmode

Posted by in category: futurism

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Oct 28, 2016

Ultra-low-power transistors could function for years without a battery

Posted by in category: computing

“If we were to draw energy from a typical AA battery based on this design, it would last for a billion years.” — Sungsik Lee, PhD, in the journal Science.

Schematic cross-section of an Indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor [inset: schematic illustrations of atomic structures for less compensated (left) and more compensated (right) IGZO films, respectively] (credit: Sungsik Lee and Arokia Nathan/Science)

The transistors can be produced at low temperatures and can be printed on almost any material, such as glass, plastic, polyester fabrics, and paper.

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Oct 28, 2016

Future Asteroid Miners Seek Solid Space Rock Plan

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Once thought of as a pipe-dream, exploitation of the solar system’s asteroids is being planned by a growing community of asteroid mining companies and scientists.


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Oct 28, 2016

Scientists say weird signals from space are ‘probably’ aliens

Posted by in category: alien life

A team of astronomers believes that strange signals emanating from a cluster of stars are actually aliens trying to tell the universe they exist.

The study, which appeared in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, analyzed the odd beams of light from 234 stars — a fraction of the 2.5 million that were observed.

The bizarre beacons led the paper’s authors, Ermanno F. Borra and Eric Trottier from Laval University in Quebec, to conclude that it’s “probably” aliens.

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