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Jan 31, 2023

Instagram’s co-founders introduce a new social app…for news reading

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI

Can lightning strike twice? That’s apparently the question being raised today with the public introduction of the next social app built by Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The duo have launched a new venture to explore social apps, according to a report published in The Verge, which includes the debut product Artifact, a personalized news reader.

The app itself is not yet publicly available but offers a waitlist where interested users can sign up. As described, it sounds like a modern-day twist on Google Reader, a long-ago RSS newsreader app that Google shut down back in 2013. Except in this case, Artifact is described as a newsreader that uses machine learning to personalize the experience for the end user, while also adding social elements that allow users to discuss articles they come across with friends. (To be fair, Google Reader had a similar feature, but the app itself had to be programmed by the user who would add RSS feeds directly.)

Artifact will first present a curated selection of news stories, The Verge’s article notes, but these will become more attuned to the user’s interests over time. Some of the articles will come from big-name publishers, like The New York Times, while others may be from smaller sites. Other key features will include comment controls, separate feeds for articles posted by people you follow alongside their commentary and a direct message inbox for discussing posts more privately.

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Jan 31, 2023

Gmail creator says ChatGPT will destroy Google’s business in two years

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Will it? Only time will tell.

The popularity of ChatGPT, the online chatbot built by OpenAI, has brought many to question the survival of search engines such as Google. Paul Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, has also dropped his opinion on the matter, and he thinks that Google’s business will last a maximum of two years, he tweeted.

Launched in November last year, ChatGPT has become the favorite destination to ask questions among millions of users. Instead of delivering a response to a search result that runs into tens of pages, ChatGPT answers the questions in a conversational style, making it easier for the user to ask follow-up questions, too.

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Jan 31, 2023

USA And EU Advance AI Research In Critical Global Needs In New Administrative Agreement

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

Yesterday, the Whitehouse announced that the USA and the EU (European Union) signed an administrative agreement to bring AI experts together to advance AI research as prior outlined in the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) commitment.

This effort will further drive responsible advancements in AI to advance global complex challenges and develop a joint integrated research approach to achieve benefits in key research domains: extreme weather and climate forecasting, emergency response management, health and medicine, electric grid optimization, and agriculture optimization.


This article focuses on the AI leadership with the USA and the European Union in signing a new administrative agreement to do joint AI research in key global challenge areas like: climate change, healthcare, agriculture, etc.

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Jan 31, 2023

Scientists harness light therapy to target and kill cancer cells in world first

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Year 2022 😗


Experts believe it is destined to become the world’s fifth major cancer treatment after surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

The light-activated therapy forces cancer cells to glow in the dark, helping surgeons remove more of the tumours compared with existing techniques – and then kills off remaining cells within minutes once the surgery is complete. In a world-first trial in mice with glioblastoma, one of the most common and aggressive types of brain cancer, scans revealed the novel treatment lit up even the tiniest cancer cells to help surgeons remove them – and then wiped out those left over.

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Jan 31, 2023

A Completely New Way To Kill Cancer: Artificial DNA

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A research group at the University of Tokyo, led by Assistant Professor Kunihiko Morihiro and Professor Akimitsu Okamoto from the Graduate School of Engineering, were inspired to create a new anticancer drug using artificial DNA. “We thought that if we can create new drugs that work by a different mechanism of action from that of conventional drugs, they may be effective against cancers that have been untreatable up to now,” said Okamoto.

Nucleic acid.

Any substance that when dissolved in water, gives a pH less than 7.0, or donates a hydrogen ion.

Jan 31, 2023

AI algorithm pinpoints 8 radio signals that may have come from aliens

Posted by in categories: alien life, information science, robotics/AI

Is this the breakthrough the world has been waiting for from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute?

A scientist, Peter Ma, has applied machine learning and artificial intelligence to data collected by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, a press statement reveals.

Algorithm finds 8 promising signals that could be of alien origin.

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Jan 31, 2023

Scientists solved mystery to make next-gen lithium batteries

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, sustainability, transportation

Nanoscale defects and mechanical stress cause the failure of solid electrolytes.

A group of researchers has claimed to have found the cause of the recurring short-circuiting issues of lithium metal batteries with solid electrolytes. The team, which consists of members from Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, aims to further the battery technology, which is lightweight, inflammable, energy-dense, and offers quick-charge capabilities. Such a long-lasting solution can help to overcome the barriers when it comes to the adoption of electric vehicles around the world.


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Jan 31, 2023

Prosecutors ask court to stop Sam Bankman-Fried from using Signal

Posted by in category: encryption

He is trying to influence the witness, alleged prosecutors.

Prosecutors of the FTX trial in the U.S. have asked the court to tighten the norms of the bail given to former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and bar him from using the encrypted messaging app Signal, The New York Times.


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Jan 31, 2023

Curious bear takes 400 selfies with wildlife motion capture camera

Posted by in category: electronics

Of the camera’s 580 photos, 400 were bear selfies.

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) team in Colorado reported this week in a Tweet that an adorable bear was eager to strike a pose for wildlife motion capture cameras.

Making headlines around the world.

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Jan 31, 2023

How ChatGPT may expand our intellectual discourse and boost research

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

If we’re worried about plagiarism why not train students to work with AI writing assistants and learn to think through the dialogue? We could teach them to use chatbots to get ideas, to generate alternative approaches to a topic, to research questions, and to edit what they get into a coherent whole.

At the same time, we also have to teach our students to be careful and think critically about engaging with AIs and assessing the credibility of what they say.

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