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Month: March 2021

Deep Learning Isn't Deep Enough Unless It Copies From the Brain – IEEE Spectrum

Lately, we’ve been considering how we could improve AI voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri, which many people now use as everyday aides. We anticipate that they’ll soon be deployed in cars, hospitals, stores, schools, and more, where they’ll enable more personalized and meaningful interactions with technology. But to achieve their potential, such voice assistants will require a major boost from the field of
affective computing. That term, coined by MIT professor Rosalind W. Picard in a 1997 book by the same name, refers to technology that can sense, understand, and even simulate human emotions. Voice assistants that feature emotional intelligence should be more natural and efficient than those that do not.

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GPT-3 Powers the Next Generation of Apps

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Nine months since the launch of our first commercial product, the OpenAI API, more than 300 applications are now using GPT-3, and tens of thousands of developers around the globe are building on our platform. We currently generate an average of 4.5 billion words per day, and continue to scale production traffic.
Given any text prompt like a phrase or a sentence, GPT-3 returns a text completion in natural language. Developers can “program” GPT-3 by showing it just a…… Read more...

Difference between Virus and Bacteria

Think about the current situation – particularly where you may be able to get a sample of the pathogen.  The Lab Technician is available in the main lab (you will need to have one representative leave this room to go and request a test from her – don’t worry, you will be able to get back in afterwards).

Make sure you are very specific about the type of test you want e.g. the location where you want the sample taken from – because the Lab Tech will do exactly the test you request – not necesarily the test you need.

Use the information from the table above – and your lab test results to decide what kind of pathogen you are dealing with.

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Headed for a Collapsing Debt Bubble

A $1.9 trillion stimulus package was recently signed into law in the United States. Can such a stimulus bill, plus packages passed in other countries, really pull the world economy out of the downturn it has been in since 2020? I don’t think so.

The economy runs on energy, far more than it operates on growing debt. Our energy problems don’t appear to be fixable in the near term, such as six months or a year. Instead, the economy seems to be headed for a collapse of its debt bubble. Eventually, we may see a reset of the world financial system leading to fewer interchangeable currencies, far less international trade and falling production of goods and services.… Read more...

Focus on… Utopias and Dystopias

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In perhaps the most highbrow mother-in-law joke ever, it is said that John Milton started work on ‘Paradise Lost’ (1667) when his wife’s mother moved in with him, and on ‘Paradise Regained’ (1671) shortly after she moved out.(1) The first poem, as is obvious from the title deals with the loss of Paradise, due to Original Sin. Eden, the very first Utopia was destroyed by our own very human failings.

What’s in a word?

Writers and other creatives have had a fascination with both ideally good and ideally bad places for as long as human creativity has existed.

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A New Theory Links Consciousness to Bioelectricity – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Bioelectricity is the electricity produced by living organisms as they go about the business of moving, breathing, digesting, etc. Bioelectric currents differ from electric currents that power machines because they consist of ions (molecules that carry an electric charge) rather than electrons. (Encyclopedia.com). But it is still electricity. So what’s the link with consciousness?

Evolutionary biologist and lawyer Tam Hunt argues,

Nature seems to have figured out that electric fields, similar to the role they play in human-created machines, can power a wide array of processes essential to life. Perhaps even consciousness itself. A veritable army of neuroscientists and electrophysiologists around the world are developing steadily deeper insights into the degree that electric and magnetic fields—“brainwaves” or “neural oscillations”—seem to reveal key aspects of consciousness.

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Review – Living Complexity – Ludogogy


Living Complexity is described by its author, Luca Minudel, as a catalogue of practices for use within teams, with an eye also at the broader organisation. The readers who will probably find most value here will have an interest in Agile, but there is plenty here for all. Anyone who found interest in Ludogogy’s Systems Thinking issue will find in these pages plenty of models and frameworks to expand and inform their own knowledge and practice

The book is divided into three parts, logically taking us through the process of first, creating teams who will be equipped to deal with complexity, then identifying, assessing and adapting to complexity, and finally the practice of co-creation as a strategy to address complexity in a project, delivery initiative and in the whole organisation.

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Multimodal Neurons in Artificial Neural Networks

We’ve discovered neurons in CLIP that respond to the same concept whether presented literally, symbolically, or conceptually. This may explain CLIP's accuracy in classifying surprising visual renditions of concepts, and is also an important step toward understanding the associations and biases that CLIP and similar models learn.
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Contents

Multimodal Neurons in CLIP
Absent Concepts
How Multimodal Neurons Compose
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Why we should worry about computer suffering – IAI

The possibility and promise of conscious Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be approaching. But can we know for sure that the experience of any conscious AI will not be one full of extreme suffering? Will AI’s exponentially heightened intelligence lead to equally exponentially heightened suffering? The AI beings of the future deserve our ethical concern and immediate action – most importantly, a ban on all AI research until we can ensure our post-biotic peers will not have hellish lives, writes Thomas Metzinger. Read Tim Crane’s reply here.

Today, the self-conscious machines of the future have no representation in the political process of any country.

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