Marc Andressen’s Techno Optimist Manifesto

Marc Lowell Andreessen is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser with a graphical user interface, co-founder of Netscape, co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He co-founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is also a co-founder of Ning, a company that …

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Sebastien Makes the Start of AGI Case for GPT-4

Sebastien Bubeck makes the case that intelligence has emerged with the trillion parameter generative AIs. He says there are internal representations and learning algorithms inside the systems. Sebastien is a Sr. Principal Research Manager in the Machine Learning Foundations group at Microsoft Research (MSR). He says the generative systems can be used to explain itself. …

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Deep Mind Assert Reinforcement Learning Could Solve Artificial General Intelligence

Powerful reinforcement learning agents could constitute a solution to artificial general intelligence. They hypothesise that intelligence, and its associated abilities, can be understood as subserving the maximisation of reward. Accordingly, reward is enough to drive behavior that exhibits abilities studied in natural and artificial intelligence, including knowledge, learning, perception, social intelligence, language, generalisation and imitation. …

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Master Coach Discusses Knowledge and Skill Acquistion

A great philosopher and MMA coach John Danaher discusses training for knowledge and skill acquisition. Repetition of technique has diminishing returns. Danaher discusses the goal of having the goal in each training session of improving or acquiring skills and knowledge. Drilling is a cooperative dance between two partners. The goal is to make each other …

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Human Gene Editing of Embryos Will Be Safe and Effective Within Two Years

Safe production of gene-edited babies could be possible in just one or two years, and the head of China‚Äôs leading genetic research program says the need is now urgent for international regulations. Professor Yang Hui said his team had achieved a major breakthrough, tripling the efficiency of a new gene editing tool that can modify …

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Support for Human Gene Editing to Fix Diseases in Latest Poll

There is about 70% support among Americans to use human gene editing to cure or correct diseases. The support among people in China for using human gene editing to cure disease was similar in a recent poll. The US support has increased about ten percent from a 2016 Pew Research poll. The Chinese poll of …

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Theoretically Possibility That Gene Edited Twins Received a Tiny Intelligence Enhancement

The question and answer interview of He Jianku conference presentation has the most interesting parts of this debate about human gene editing of embryos. The interview starts at about 1 hour and 28 minutes of the record. The formal presentation showed that the scientist He has taken appropriate scientific care to perform the work. He …

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1,016 new intelligence related genes identified

More than 10% of the variance in intelligence can be predicted by multipolygenic scores derived from GWAS of both intelligence and years of education. This accounts for more than 20% of the 50% heritability of intelligence. The heritability of IQ for adults is between 58% and 86%. More recent studies have 80-86% heritability of IQ …

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China Province of Jiansu will genome sequence one million people within two years

The government in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu has unveiled a plan to sequence the genomes of 1 million people for a large DNA sequencing platform and biomedical big data analysis center in Nanjing as well as a genetic information database for Chinese. 1 million genome sequences can crack problems like the genetic basis …

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