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Nov 19, 2018

Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous? 6 AI Risks Everyone Should Know About

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Misalignment between our goals and the machine’s

Part of what humans value in AI-powered machines is their efficiency and effectiveness. But, if we aren’t clear with the goals we set for AI machines, it could be dangerous if a machine isn’t armed with the same goals we have. For example, a command to “Get me to the airport as quickly as possible” might have dire consequences. Without specifying that the rules of the road must be respected because we value human life, a machine could quite effectively accomplish its goal of getting you to the airport as quickly as possible and do literally what you asked, but leave behind a trail of accidents.


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Nov 19, 2018

Thin, Flexible New Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

A new kind of solar cell called a perovskite is improving rapidly, bringing the prospect of solar-powered vehicles, clothing, and windows closer to reality.

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Nov 19, 2018

Scientists Just Proved A Fundamental Quantum Physics Problem is Unsolvable

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Scientists have proven for the very first time that one of the most fundamental problems of particle and quantum physics is mathematically unsolvable.

In short, they show that regardless of how no matter how perfectly we can mathematically describe a material on the microscopic level, we are never going to be able to predict its macroscopic behavior. Never.

The work was published in Nature.

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Nov 19, 2018

New VR simulation lets you explore supermassive black hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, virtual reality

For the first ever time, scientists have created a virtual reality (VR) simulation of Sagittarius A*- the black hole at the center of our galaxy. The simulation allows helps viewers to better visualize the phenomenon and study the black holes as well.

With the aim of creating a VR simulation of Sagittarius A*, scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany come together and used an astrophysical model of Sagittarius A*. Through this model, they were able to capture an image series that then put together to create a 360-degree virtual reality simulation of the black hole.

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Nov 19, 2018

Lockheed Martin begins building ‘son of Concorde’ supersonic plane

Posted by in category: transportation

It can fly from London to New York in THREE HOURS 🤯.

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Nov 19, 2018

Star Trek–like Tech Seals Wounds With a Laser

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander Riker had an impressive ability to receive head wounds. Luckily for him, Dr. Crusher could whip out the “dermal regenerator,” a handheld sci-fi tool that healed skin wounds with a colorful laser.

In early tests, this laser-activated silk and gold material held wounds together better than stitches or glue.

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Nov 19, 2018

Transhumanism Becoming the ‘Relentless Drumbeat’ Shaping Our Future – Advocate

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, cryptocurrencies, economics, geopolitics, security, surveillance, transhumanism

Following recent trends in state-of-the-art developments, from cryptocurrencies and universal basic income to biohacking and the surveillance state, transhumanism has been moved into the limelight of political discourse to reshape humanity’s future.

Andrew Vladimirov, Information security specialist, biohacker and one of the original members of the Transhumanist Party UK, spoke in-depth with Sputnik about the rise of transhumanism and its implications.

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Nov 19, 2018

Star birth is dramatic

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

As a cloud of gas collapses in on itself, swirling material shoots outward in opposite directions. These jets can travel hundreds of miles per second and spread light-years of space. And although jets are tell-tale signs of star formation, they are not fully understood. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will not only enable us to see through the dusty shroud that usually hides star birth, but to dissect the interactions between jets and the surrounding medium of gas and dust. Take a closer look:

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Nov 19, 2018

Space explosions

Posted by in category: space

As the Earth moves through space, it is trailed by its own magnetic field. These magnetic field lines, or magnetotails, can sometimes get tangled—which can trigger an explosion. These bursts are only a fraction of a second long, but they can scatter millions of electrons at supersonic speeds. Learning about space explosions around Earth can also help us understand space explosions across the universe! Discover more:

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Nov 18, 2018

One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

AI research by itself will tend to lead to concentrations of power, money, and researchers … this is not healthy. Even in a democracy, it’s dangerous to have too much power concentrated in a few hands.

Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk of an AI arms race, and make the technology more accessible to the developing world.

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