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Jan 27, 2023

James Webb Space Telescope suffers 2nd instrument glitch

Posted by in category: space

Every spacecraft glitches occasionally, and even the most powerful space telescope ever launched isn’t immune.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) launched in December 2021 and has been conducting science observations since July 2022, stunning the world with its gorgeous images and revolutionary data. But on Jan. 15, JWST’s Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) instrument “experienced a communications delay within the instrument, causing its flight software to time out,” according to a Jan. 24 statement (opens in new tab) from NASA. NIRISS can’t currently be used for science, the statement noted.

Jan 27, 2023

Meteorites reveal likely origin of Earth’s volatile chemicals

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry

Meteorites have told Imperial researchers the likely far-flung origin of Earth’s volatile chemicals, some of which form the building blocks of life.

They found that around half the Earth’s inventory of the volatile element came from asteroids originating in the outer solar system—the part beyond the that includes the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. This material is also expected to have supplied other important volatiles such as water.

Volatiles are elements or compounds that change from solid or into vapor at relatively low temperatures. They include the six most common elements found in living organisms, as well as water. As such, the addition of this material will have been important for the emergence of life on Earth.

Jan 27, 2023

Scientists find a drug that treats obesity, fatty liver, heart disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, neuroscience

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40% of people living in the U.S. are obese; and 43% of American women over the age of 60—long past menopause—are considered obese. A recent Johns Hopkins study showed that a drug first developed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and sickle cell disease could treat obesity and fatty liver and improve heart function—without changes in food intake or daily activity.

Jan 27, 2023

Responsible AI has a burnout problem

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Companies say they want ethical AI. But those working in the field say that ambition comes at their expense.

Jan 27, 2023

Cybernetic Theory: The Code of Reality & Our Future as Cybergods | Talk

Posted by in categories: cosmology, existential risks, physics, robotics/AI, singularity, transhumanism, virtual reality

CYBERNETIC THEORY: THE CODE OF REALITY & OUR FUTURE AS CYBERGODS: presenting my published works in a recent talk. Topics include evolutionary cybernetics, computational physics, consciousness, philosophy of mind, cybernetic theory, Omega Point cosmology, physics of time, simulation theory, Global Mind, AGI, VR, Metaverse, Cybernetic Singularity, transhumanism, posthumanism, cybernetic immortality, synthetic telepathy, mind-uploading, neurotechnologies, Fermi Paradox, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, the Argument for Cybertheism, and more.

The main 45-minute slide presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. This presentation is in Russian with slides and subtitles in English.

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Jan 27, 2023

Humans’ Quest to Decode Animal Languages Through AI

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

The advent of Large Language Models (LLMs) has unleashed a torrent of possibilities for cutting-edge technology. These powerful computer programs, capable of processing vast amounts of human language data, have paved the way for revolutionary tools like advanced chatbots and voice-controlled devices.

Perhaps the most striking example of this technology in action is ChatGPT, one of today’s hottest internet sensations as of late. ChatGPT is an AI platform that represents the forefront of what we can achieve when we infuse natural language with AI.

But as humans continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, we are also turning our attention to another frontier: decoding the languages of animals. This article will explore the latest progress in this research, the potential opportunities it could unlock, and the possible risks it could unleash.

Jan 27, 2023

What is Atomic AI?

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

Is RNA next frontier in drug discovery?

Jan 27, 2023

Rogue AI ‘could kill everyone,’ scientists warn as ChatGPT craze runs rampant

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, robotics/AI

They’re warning of a global AI-pocalypse.

While artificial intelligence systems might make lives exponentially easier, they could also have a sinister side effect — making us go extinct. That’s right, researchers are deeming rogue AI an “existential threat to humanity” that needs to be regulated like nuclear weapons if we are to survive.

Jan 27, 2023

AI’s Grandmaster Status Overshadows Chess Scandal

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Last week Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, directly accused Hans Niemann, a U.S. grandmaster, of cheating during their game at the Sinquefield Cup, in St. Louis, Mo. He thus made plain an accusation he had been hinting at for weeks.

Carlsen has so far provided no evidence to back up his charge, nor has he specified how the cheating took place. Everyone agrees, however, that if there was cheating, then it must have involved computers, because nothing else could dismay Carlsen, whose rating of 2,856 is higher than that of any other player. And everyone seems to have chosen sides.

Jan 27, 2023

Exploring Technocracy: Preface

Posted by in categories: ethics, governance, habitats

While many have claimed to fix politics, very few even came close. Centuries have come and gone with their empires and ideals. Despite the many attempts to reform and improve the political landscape, the issues at hand remain largely unchanged. Corruption, inequality, and moral decay continue to plague governments around the world. It is clear that simply implementing new systems or electing the same leaders is not enough to address these longstanding issues. To truly reform and reverse the decay we see will need more. It will take a multifaceted approach that involves both systemic changes and individual actions, and some radical new ideas.

Many people find themselves today in countries that are repeating history. Inflation that only taxes the working class. Scandals from politicians that care not for the country nor the people they claim to represent. Lies of taxing the wealthy while continuing to burden all others with the shackles of debt. Fear and alarm echoed through every channel of state media that does nothing but leave the public despondent and hopeless about their future. Constant pandering and pilfering by people who see the nation they reside in as nothing but a sinking ship to be looted and left.

Fixing political systems has been a problem prominent in my mind for a long time. With the current order and systems of governance collapsing globally many have begun to ponder this as well. Unfortunately for the simple-minded, I foresee the rise of autocracy, be it communism, socialism, republicanism, or fascism. Such a thing cannot be averted and in fact, many people I doubt would even want it to be. The world has cried out far too long for order, and sooner or later every society will heed that call. Proof enough of this observation would be the nationalist movements that have gained widespread traction in 2022. While I won’t name them such parties and movements have spawned in virtually every western nation. The reason for this is painfully simple: democracy has failed in many people’s lives. It has failed to increase wages or lower housing costs, or even provide reasonable public services.

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