March 21, 2019

    Let's hack the brain and create a superintelligence to beat the AI. Image credit: GerryShaw, EnCor Biotechnology.
    Let's hack the brain and create a superintelligence to beat the AI. Image credit: GerryShaw, EnCor Biotechnology.
    Bryan Johnson and his company Kernel are developing brain augmentation tools. The vision is to download our brains onto chips and find ways to enhance its functioning very much similar to the company launched by Elon Musk in 2017. This will then pose the new dilemma to distinguish between humans and machines.

    Read full story: https://www.cnet.com/news.

    May the force be with you - But does it actually exist? - Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    May the force be with you - But does it actually exist? - Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    The protagonist of Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, Rey, seeks to understand the FORCE, which brings us to a real scientific question- do we have something in quantum physics which might resemble it. Quantum mechanics does describe a concept where two objects are truly connected to each other and affecting one has a ripple effect on the other. This so-called entanglement has been shown to be real in modern physics experiments.

    Read full story: https://www.livescience.com/61177-could-star-wars-force-exist.html

    Plants emitting light powered by their own energy metabolism.
    Plants emitting light powered by their own energy metabolism. - life science news
    A team of MIT researchers with funding from US Department of Energy have developed plants that emit light which is powered by their own energy metabolism. They used the enzyme luciferase, which is the same enzyme which makes fireflies glow. If things go as plan, maybe someday plants emitting light could illuminate entire living rooms and sidewalks. How cool would that be?

    Read the full story: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbz78j/researchers-are-working-on-bioluminescent-plants-that-glow

    Play a game build a quantum computer. Image by: Pixabay.com
    Play a game build a quantum computer
    Quantum physics is confusing enough, rest alone quantum computers which look like highly complex messy machines from the future. However, Piotr Migdal, a Polish programmer has released The Quantum Game making building of a quantum computer a fun-filled experience. Players have several 'levels' in which they are presented with a grid in which they can assemble several parts to create a virtual quantum computer.

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    Cryptocurrencies were mined using customers laptops using Starbucks wifi © pixabay.com
    Cryptocurrencies were mined using customers laptops using Starbucks wifi
    Visiting Starbucks for his daily caffeine dose, Stensul CEO Noah Dinkin realized that his laptop power was being used to mine cryptocurrencies via a hacked WiFi network. However, Starbuck's spokesperson has stated that the incident was restricted to the Buenos Aires location and has been resolved. It was further stated that the problem was with the service provider and not within the control of Starbucks.

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    AI porn is here and it's scarry
    Artificial inteligence porn is here and it's scarry
    A person who goes by the handle DEEPFAKES, has developed an AI algorithm in which he could seamlessly superimpose the faces of famous Hollywood actresses like Gal Gadot on hardcore porn videos. This is making it scarily simple to make believable videos of people who might have never been involved in the activity. DEEPFAKES claims that his algorithm is similar to the one used by Nvidia in which they could instantly turn a summer video into a winter one.

    Read the full story: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gydydm/gal-gadot-fake-ai-porn

    Using old tires as energy source to mine Cryptocurrencies
    Using old tires as energy source to mine Cryptocurrencies
    The major concern with cryptocurrencies is that they require a tremendous amount of energy for operations. An American company based in North Carolina, Standard American Mining has partnered with PRTI a tire thermal demanfacturing company have partnered to solve this problem. They intend to use the energy generated from PRTI to power mining several cryptocurrencies like Ethereum.

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