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Jul 15, 2024

UCF Researchers Receive $1.2M DARPA Grant to Improve Autonomous Systems Training

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

The AI technologies developed will allow autonomous systems, such as drones and self-driving cars, to navigate unexpected variables.

Jul 15, 2024

Scientists create space plasmas at CERN

Posted by in category: space

Producing fast-moving ‘fireballs’ in the lab could shed light on processes in extreme astrophysical emissions.

Jul 15, 2024

Massively parallel in vivo Perturb-seq type-specific transcriptional networks in cortical development

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A fast-onset, in vivo CRISPR screening platform that facilitates functional genomics with single-cell resolution in embryonic and adult animal brains as well as in peripheral nervous systems is presented.

Jul 15, 2024

Early Predictor for the Onset of Critical Transitions in Networked Dynamical Systems

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A machine-learning framework predicts when a complex system, such as an ecosystem or a power grid, will undergo a critical transition.

The world is full of sudden changes that can be hard to forecast ahead of time.

Jul 15, 2024

US high-speed rail map shows proposed routes

Posted by in category: futurism

The U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) published a map outlining its proposal for a new 17,000-mile national high-speed rail network across the United States, which it claims will “cut our carbon footprint by epic proportions.”

Under the plan, which the USHSR proposes to build in four stages, it would be possible to travel between Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; Miami, Florida; and Boston, Massachusetts, entirely on 220-mile-per-hour high-speed rail lines.

The past few years have seen a renaissance in high-speed rail interest across the United States, following decades of little activity. A number of lines are either proposed or under construction. Integrated high-speed rail networks already exist across much of Western Europe, Japan, and China, which, according to Statista, had a 25,000-mile-long network in 2021.

Jul 15, 2024

The real long-term dangers of AI

Posted by in categories: information science, mathematics, robotics/AI

Read & tell me what you think 🙂

There is a rift between near and long-term perspectives on AI safety – one that has stirred controversy. Longtermists argue that we need to prioritise the well-being of people far into the future, perhaps at the expense of people alive today. But their critics have accused the Longtermists of obsessing on Terminator-style scenarios in concert with Big Tech to distract regulators from more pressing issues like data privacy. In this essay, Mark Bailey and Susan Schneider argue that we shouldn’t be fighting about the Terminator, we should be focusing on the harm to the mind itself – to our very freedom to think.

There has been a growing debate between near and long-term perspectives on AI safety – one that has stirred controversy. “Longtermists” have been accused of being co-opted by Big Tech and fixating on science fiction-like Terminator-style scenarios to distract regulators from the real, more near-term, issues, such as algorithmic bias and data privacy.

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Jul 15, 2024

Scientists Detect Huge Caverns Under Surface of Moon

Posted by in category: space

Since the Apollo missions over half a century ago, scientists have suspected that the lunar surface is riddled with an extensive network of tunnels.

But despite our best efforts, they’ve been unable to once and for all confirm their existence — until now.

Scientists at the University of Trento in Italy have used cutting-edge data analysis tools to examine radar reflections to provide the “first direct evidence of an accessible lava tube under the surface of the Moon,” according to University of Trento professor Lorenzo Bruzzone, coauthor of a new paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Jul 15, 2024

The AI doctor will see you…eventually

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

Artificial intelligence holds huge promise in health care. But it also faces massive barriers.

Jul 15, 2024

All about Transhumanism

Posted by in categories: biological, ethics, mobile phones, neuroscience, transhumanism

I have recently read the report from Sharad Agarwal, and here are my outcomes by adding some examples:

Transhumanism is the concept of transcending humanity’s fundamental limitations through advances in science and technology. This intellectual movement advocates for enhancing human physical, cognitive, and ethical capabilities, foreseeing a future where technological advancements will profoundly modify and improve human biology.

Consider transhumanism to be a kind of upgrade to your smartphone. Transhumanism, like updating our phones with the latest software to improve their capabilities and fix problems, seeks to use technological breakthroughs to increase human capacities. This could include strengthening our physical capacities to make us stronger or more resilient, improving our cognitive capabilities to improve memory or intelligence, or even fine-tuning moral judgments. Transhumanism, like phone upgrades, aspires to maximize efficiency and effectiveness by elevating the human condition beyond its inherent bounds.

Jul 15, 2024

Identification of a longevity gene through evolutionary rate covariation of insect mito-nuclear genomes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, life extension

By analyzing co-evolution of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes across insect species, the authors uncover the evolutionary covariation of a group of non-mitochondrially targeted nuclear genes with mitochondrial genes, including the uncharacterized gene CG11837, which regulates insect lifespan.

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