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Jul 18, 2024

Now in 2024, Futurist Ray Kurzweil Does Not Play When It Comes to the Singularity

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Ray Kurzweil tightened his timeline for reaching “the singularity,” reflecting technological advances that are bringing us much closer to AGI.

Jul 18, 2024

What is AI Singularity: Is It a Hope or Threat for Humanity?

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Is AI singularity going to happen in the period of our lifetime? What will be its effects? Learn all this and more from an AI expert.

Jul 18, 2024

The Three Loops of Human Consciousness

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What is the best way to think about human consciousness? This post helps you understand it seeing it as three loops.

Jul 18, 2024

Beyond CRISPR: Scientists Say New Gene Editing Tool Is Like a ‘Word Processor’ for DNA

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

“Bridge recombination can universally modify genetic material through sequence-specific insertion, excision, inversion, and more, enabling a word processor for the living genome beyond CRISPR,” said Berkeley’s Patrick Hsu, a senior author of one of the studies and Arc Institute core investigator, in a press release.


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Jul 18, 2024

Creativity’s Neural Origin Revealed

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Researchers have identified how the brain’s default mode network (DMN) collaborates with other regions to produce creative thought. By using advanced brain imaging techniques, they tracked real-time brain activity during creative tasks.

This study reveals that the DMN initiates creative ideas, which are then evaluated by other brain regions. Understanding this process could lead to interventions that enhance creativity and aid mental health treatments.

Jul 17, 2024

New study shows how the brain reacts emotionally to the real world

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How and to what degree we respond emotionally to the real world is handled by a region at the back of the brain called the occipital temporal cortex.

Scientists reveal how brain activity predicts a person’s response — normal or abnormal — to an emotionally charged image

By Robert Sanders

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Jul 17, 2024

Anthropic launches $100 million AI fund with Menlo Ventures, ramping up competition with OpenAI

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

The artificial intelligence startup and Menlo Ventures are launching a $100 million fund on Wednesday to back early-stage startups, and get them using the AI company’s technology. Menlo will put up the cash to invest in the startups, while Anthropic will give founders $25,000 in credits that go toward using its large language models.

The launch of the Anthology Fund mirrors a partnership between Apple and venture firm Kleiner Perkins. The joint venture, called the iFund, was introduced in 2008, a year after the iPhone hit the market, to support developers on Apple’s mobile platforms. It initially started with $100 million in 2008, and doubled to $200 million two years later.

Matt Murphy, a partner at Menlo Ventures and a former partner at Kleiner Perkins, said the iFund was the inspiration for this launch.

Jul 17, 2024

Evolution of Hot Jupiters: From Cold Giants to Star-Hugging Worlds

Posted by in categories: computing, space

“This new planet supports the theory that high eccentricity migration should account for some fraction of hot Jupiters,” said Dr. Sarah Millholland.

How do exoplanets evolve throughout their lifetimes, specifically those known as “hot Jupiters”, which have been found to orbit extremely close to their parent stars? This is what a recent study published in Nature hopes to address as an international team of researchers investigated the highly eccentric orbit of TIC 241,249,530 b, which is a Jupiter-sized exoplanet located approximately 1,100 light-years from Earth. This study holds the potential to help astronomers better understand the formation of exoplanets like hot Jupiters and how their orbits evolve over time.

Now, TIC 241,249,530 b could help astronomers piece together the evolution of hot Jupiters given the exoplanet’s highly eccentric orbit, meaning it travels very close to its parent star at certain points followed by swinging back out to well beyond the parent star, completing one orbit in 167 days. Astronomers hypothesize this could mean that hot Jupiters initially begin as cold Jupiters in highly eccentric orbits only to slowly become more circular and closer to its parent star over time.

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Jul 17, 2024

Thermal masses and trapped-ion quantum spin models: a self-consistent approach to Yukawa-type interactions in the $λ!ϕ^4$ model

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Pablo viñas martínez, esperanza lópez, and alejandro bermudez.

Instituto de Física Teórica, UAM-CSIC, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28,049 Madrid, Spain.

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Jul 17, 2024

Quantum light unlocks nature’s tiny secrets

Posted by in categories: engineering, quantum physics

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to examine tiny structures, such as bacteria and genes, with reduced damage compared to traditional light sources.

The new technique involves spectroscopy, which is the study of how matter absorbs and emits light and other forms of radiation, and it takes advantage of quantum mechanics to study the structure and dynamics of molecules in ways that are not possible using conventional light sources.

“This research examined a quantum light spectroscopy technique called entangled two-photon absorption (ETPA) that takes advantage of entanglement to reveal the structures of molecules and how ETPA acts at ultrafast speeds to determine properties that cannot be seen with classical spectroscopy,” said study senior author Theodore Goodson, U-M professor of chemistry and of macromolecular science and engineering.

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