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Jul 15, 2024

Scientists Build a Robot Controlled by Human Brain Tissue

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Gerard Johnstone and Akela Cooper’s 2022 sci-fi horror M3GAN (streaming now on Peacock) follows the tragic childhood of Cady, a young girl whose parents are killed in a car accident. In the aftermath, Cady goes to live with her Aunt Gemma, a roboticist who has invented the Model 3 Generative Android, M3GAN for short.

M3GAN is a child-sized anthropomorphic robot with human level intelligence, designed to be the perfect friend. M3GAN’s primary directive is to keep Cady safe and happy, and it’s a job she executes with deadly seriousness. In the real world, scientists in China recently crafted a less deadly but equally spine-tingling intelligent robot controlled not by a person or by programming, but by a spheroid blob of human brain tissue.

Jul 15, 2024

Replacing the A in AI: Unleashing the Power of Miniature Minds

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Author: Kiyana Rahimian.

“Pick all the cells with traffic lights”… Often, when opening a website, users have to verify that they’re not automated software by completing a test where they select certain parts of a picture. Such tests are types of Automated Turing tests. The Turing test, developed by Alan Turing, helps determine if technology can replicate human intelligence. As of now, even though engineering has sought to replicate brain-like functions through developing artificial intelligence (AI), there’s been no success in replicating human brain functions. Although the human brain processes basic information, like numbers, at slower rates than machines, they are better able to process complex information. Intuitive reasoning gives human brains the means to perform considerably better with little, diverse, and/or incomplete information.8 Compared to silicon-based computers, human brains are better at data storage and are way more energy efficient.

Jul 15, 2024

Cosmological constraints in symmetric teleparallel gravity with bulk viscosity

Posted by in categories: information science, space

In this study, we explore the accelerated expansion of the universe within the framework of modified f(Q) gravity. The investigation focus on the role of bulk viscosity in understanding the universe’s accelerated expansion. Specifically, a bulk viscous matter-dominated cosmological model is considered, with the bulk viscosity coefficient expressed as $$\zeta = \zeta _0 \rho H^{-1} + \zeta _1 H $$ ζ = ζ 0 ρ H — 1 + ζ 1 H. We consider the power law f(Q) function $$f(Q)=\alpha Q^n $$ f (Q ) = α Q n, where $$\alpha $$ α and n are arbitrary constants and derive the analytical solutions for the field equations corresponding to a flat FLRW metric. Subsequently, we used the combined Cosmic Chronometers (CC)+Pantheon+SH0ES sample to estimate the free parameters of the obtained analytic solution.

Jul 15, 2024

Consciousness Evolved for Social Survival, Not Individual Benefit

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: A recent study suggests that consciousness evolved not for individual survival, but for social purposes, helping humans communicate ideas and emotions. Researchers argue that intuition heavily influences our understanding of consciousness, complicating scientific explanations.

The study emphasizes that while subjective awareness lacks causal influence, it remains crucial in social contexts. This perspective challenges traditional views, suggesting that consciousness benefits the species as a whole through social interactions.

Jul 15, 2024

The Mystery of Consciousness Is Deeper Than We Thought

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Despite great progress, we lack even the beginning of an explanation of how the brain produces our inner world of colors, sounds, smells and tastes. A thought experiment with “pain-pleasure” zombies illustrates that the mystery is deeper than we thought.

By Philip Goff

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Jul 15, 2024

Meet the humanoids: 8 robots ready to revolutionize work

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Everything you need to know about the that will soon enter the workforce — or are in it already.

Jul 15, 2024

Faster Than Light: New Dark Matter Findings Challenge Classical Physics

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics, space travel

Dive into the world of tachyons, the elusive particles that might travel faster than light and hold the key to understanding dark matter and the universe’s expansion. Join us as we explore groundbreaking research that challenges our deepest physics laws and hints at a universe far stranger than we ever imagined. Don’t miss out on this thrilling cosmic journey!

00:00 Introduction.
00:39 Racing Beyond Light.
03:26 The Tachyon Universe Model.
05:57 Beyond Cosmology: Tachyons’ Broader Impact.
08:31 Outro.
08:44 Enjoy.

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Jul 15, 2024

Learning to Move, Learning to Play, Learning to Animate

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

Is a cross-disciplinary multimedia performance piece featuring self-developed found material robots, real-time AI generation, motion tracking, audio spatialization, and bio-feedback-based audio synthesis. The immersive piece challenges the human-centric perspective and invites audiences to contemplate the coexistence of technology, nature, and us.

Credits (in alphabetical order):
Co-Directors: Mingyong Cheng, Sophia Sun, Han Zhang.
Performers: Yuemeng Gu, Erika Roos.
Robotic Engineer: Sophia Sun.
Visual Artist: Mingyong Cheng.
Sound Designer: Han Zhang.
Lighting Engineer: Zehao Wang, Han Zhang.
Video Editor: Yuemeng Gu.
Post Production Coordinator: Mingyong Cheng.
Technical \& Installation Support: Yifan Guo, Ke Li, Zehao Wang, Zetao Yu.

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Jul 15, 2024

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Making ‘Important’ Design Changes To Starship Ahead Of Its Fifth Test Flight

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

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Jul 15, 2024

Tesla’s Megapack Technology Selected for Australia’s Largest Four-Hour Battery Storage System

Posted by in categories: energy, finance, sustainability

Tesla Energy secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia. The new Tesla Megapack contract will help build a 415 MW/1660 MWh battery Down Under, one of the largest four-hour batteries in the world.

Tesla Energy will supply Megapacks to Akaysha Energy’s Orana Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The Orana project is located in New South Wales within Central West Orana’s Renewable Energy Zone (REZ).

We are very pleased to announce the successful closing of the debt financing of the Orana project as we move into construction on Akaysha’s first four-hour BESS to date. As the largest standalone BESS financing globally, this achievement not only secures the capital for Orana’s construction but also highlights the strong support we have received from both local and international banks, as well as from BlackRock. Their commitment to advancing the energy transition in Australia and internationally has been pivotal to reaching this milestone.

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