A New Direction in AI Research

Monica Anderson of Syntience Why are so many things that are so easy for humans so difficult for computers ? Computers use models Science use models people don’t So AGI should not Split things into reasoning and understanding Reasoning -conscious, logic based deliberation Understanding – subconscious intuition Conscious reasoning has been overemphasized. People receive 10 …

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Nanostructures could make RRAM memory

Researchers constructed a type of superlattice that shows “unique low-to-high and high-to-low resistance switching that may be applicable to the fabrication of an emerging memory device known as resistive random access memory,” or RRAM. RRAM (Resistive random-access memory) at wikipedia RRAM has the potential to become the front runner among other non-volatile memories. Compared to …

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Science Unable to Find Men in 20s Who Had not Seen Porn and Daily Show on Climategate

1. Telegraph UK, researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users. (H/T Instapundit) But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been seen it. “We started our research seeking …

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Japan’s Riken Advances DNA Positioning of Gold Nanoparticles

Japan’s RIKEN describe a new method to immobilize a given number of oligonucleotides (ODNs) on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in a specific arrangement directed by a geometrical template made of DNA. The basic strategy is as follows. First, a set of thiolated ODNs for immobilization and a nonthiolated template are hybridized to make a DNA nanostructure. …

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Update on China and South Africa Nuclear Reactor Construction and Wall Street Journal on Small Nuclear Reactors

1. South African nuclear technology firm PBMR plans to have its first 80 megawatt (MW) power and heat processing plant based on its pebble-fuel technology by 2018. Previously there was a target date of 2014, but the project was cancelled for a few months, but appears to be back on track. The global economic slowdown …

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