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May 20, 2022

JUST IN! Elon Musk & NASA’s New Light Speed Engine DEFIES Laws Of PHYSICS!

Posted by in categories: education, Elon Musk, neuroscience, physics, sustainability

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You’d be instantly where you want to be if you moved at the speed of light. Indeed, light-speed travel has been a fantasy of many scientists and aerospace engineers who look for ways to achieve it.
And now, it seems Elon Musk and NASA have broken that fantasy code to build a light-speed engine that defies the laws of physics.

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May 20, 2022

Selection-Inference: Exploiting Large Language Models for Interpretable Logical Reasoning

Posted by in category: futurism

Large language models (LLMs) have been shown to be capable of impressive.
few-shot generalisation to new tasks. However, they still tend to perform.
poorly on multi-step logical reasoning problems. Here we carry out a.
comprehensive evaluation of LLMs on 50 tasks that probe different aspects of.

Logical reasoning. We show that language models tend to perform fairly well at.

Single step inference or entailment tasks, but struggle to chain together.
multiple reasoning steps to solve more complex problems. In light of this, we.

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May 20, 2022

The evolution and development of consciousness: the subject-object emergence hypothesis

Posted by in categories: evolution, neuroscience

A strategy for investigating consciousness that has proven very productive has focused on comparing brain processes that are accompanied by consciousness with processes that are not. But comparatively little attention has been given to a related strategy that promises to be even more fertile. This strategy exploits the fact that as individuals develop, new classes of brain processes can transition from operating ‘in the dark’ to becoming conscious. It has been suggested that these transitions occur when a new class of brain processes becomes object to a new, emergent, higher-level subject. Similar transitions are likely to have occurred during evolution. An evolutionary/developmental research strategy sets out to identify the nature of the transitions in brain processes that shift them from operating in the dark to ‘lighting up’. The paper begins the application of this strategy by extrapolating the sequence of transitions back towards its origin. The goal is to reconstruct a minimally-complex, subject-object subsystem that would be capable of giving rise to consciousness and providing adaptive benefits. By focusing on reconstructing a subsystem that is simple and understandable, this approach avoids the homunculus fallacy. The reconstruction suggests that the emergence of such a minimally-complex subsystem was driven by its capacity to coordinate body-environment interactions in real time e.g. hand-eye coordination. Conscious processing emerged initially because of its central role in organising real-time sensorimotor coordination. The paper goes on to identify and examine a number of subsequent major transitions in consciousness, including the emergence of capacities for conscious mental modelling. Each transition is driven by its potential to solve adaptive challenges that cannot be overcome at lower levels. The paper argues that mental modelling arose out of a pre-existing capacity to use simulations of motor actions to anticipate the consequences of the actions. As the capacity developed, elements of the simulations could be changed, and the consequences of these changes could be ‘thought through’ consciously. This enabled alternative motor responses to be evaluated. The paper goes on to predict significant new major transitions in consciousness.

May 20, 2022

UK’s National Grid launches drone trial to fully automate asset inspections

Posted by in categories: drones, health, robotics/AI

UK’s National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) is launching trials to fully automate the corrosion inspection of electricity transmission pylons with the help of autonomous drones.

NGET owns 21,900 steel lattice pylons that carry overhead transmission conductor wires in England and Wales. Transmission pylon steelwork conditions can deteriorate through corrosion, so periodic assessments are made to understand the health of the network. NGET inspects around 3,650 steel lattice pylons each year, capturing high definition still color images of steelwork using helicopters and manually-operated drones.

May 20, 2022

New Evidence of Underground Water on Mars — Or Something Much Stranger

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI, space

Alan DeRossettElon holds a grudge after nearly 20 years of Putin bots and fossil fuel cater calling him and Tesla owners losers stay tuned to the next episode as Elons lawyers prove Twitter has millions of bots and fake users More than it legally said in Elons contr… See more.

Steven PostrelThe incompetence of this bad cut-and-paste article is notable. The S&P 500 is not new, not ESG related, and not dropping Tesla.

There is a separate “S&P 500 ESG” product that is relatively new and that dropped Tesla, but it isn’t the benchmark that a… See more.

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May 20, 2022

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Posted by in categories: education, space

Steven PostrelMaybe the old Sea Dart concept will make a comeback too.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Historical Balboa Park welcomes you to visit. The Official Air & Space Museum and Education Center of California has many attractions for the entire family.

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May 20, 2022

FDA approves first live, non-replicating vaccine to prevent smallpox and monkeypox

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Bill RhoadsSeptember 2019…April 20, 2022.

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May 20, 2022

AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, surveillance

A Massachusetts company says it could help stop shootings like the Tops massacre in Buffalo. Its surveillance product is increasingly popular — and, critics say, problematic.

May 20, 2022

NASA releases eerie ‘singing’ from a black hole and it’s straight out of a horror movie

Posted by in categories: cosmology, media & arts

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May 20, 2022

NASA’s Bill Nelson declares that China has become ‘good at stealing’

Posted by in category: space

China and the U.S. are engaged in a new stage of the second space race, and NASA Chief Bill Nelson allegedly attributes our rival’s success to ‘stealing’.

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