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The primary goal of artificial intelligence research and an important topic for science fiction writers and futurists is Strong AI: "artificial general intelligence" or as the ability to perform "general intelligent action". Science fiction associates strong AI with such human traits as consciousness, sentience, sapience and self-awareness.
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AGI-2011: Conference Schedule (4th Conference on Artificial General Intelligence)

AGI-2011: Conference Schedule (4th Conference on Artificial General Intelligence) | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
The original goal of the AI field was the construction of “thinking machines”, that is, computer systems with human-like general intelligence. For the last few decades, however, the majority of AI researchers have focused on what can be called “narrow AI” – systems with intelligence limited to specific, highly constrained tasks. In recent years more and more researchers have recognized the necessity – and feasibility – of returning to the original goals of the field. Increasingly, there is a call for confronting the more difficult issues of human-level intelligence, and more broadly “artificial general intelligence” (AGI).
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Complex Value Systems Are Required to Realize Valuable Futures: SAIA Breakthrough

Complex Value Systems Are Required to Realize Valuable Futures: SAIA Breakthrough | AI Revolution | Scoop.it

The NEW! paper by Eliezer Yudkowsky is online on the SIAI (Singularity Institute of  Artificial Intelligence) publications page, “Complex Value Systems are Required to Realize Valuable Futures”

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How to Predict Reaction Time

How to Predict Reaction Time | AI Revolution | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have discovered how the brain plans for and executes movements in reaction to a “go” signal.Their model allows us to predict with four times greater accuracy what the reaction time of any single arm...

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Free "Intro to AI" (Artificial Intelligence) Course at Stanford University

Free "Intro to AI" (Artificial Intelligence) Course at Stanford University | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Stanford University’s CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Fall quarter 2011 is now available, for free, Stanford has announced.You can take this online course from professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, along with several hundred...
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Human Skin Cells Transmuted Directly into Functional Neurons

Human Skin Cells Transmuted Directly into Functional Neurons | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Schematic of the conversion from adult skin fibroblasts to human-induced neuronal cells. Top panels show phase contrast images of human skin fibroblast (left) or hiN cell (right) cultures.
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Webcam Tool Improves Posture of Office Workers

Webcam Tool Improves Posture of Office Workers | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Screen shots of the pop-up screen (credit: Meirav Taieb-Maimon, et al.,/Applied Ergonomics)A multidisciplinary team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed a new training method using a desktop webcam to improve ergonomic posture and...
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Mailpool: The Quadrillion Dollar Solution to the Global Economy

Mailpool: The Quadrillion Dollar Solution to the Global Economy | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
After years of floundering in the general-intelligence (Genifer) group, I have been attempting to coordinate a real effort to develop AGI. I thought there might be some interest in the AGI group too.
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How Aging Affects Neuron Activity, and How You Can Improve It

How Aging Affects Neuron Activity, and How You Can Improve It | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Average activity for the brain networks that subserve working memory (credit: Min Wan et al./Nature)The neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones, Yale...
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Bionic Micro-Robot Walks on Water: The Perfect Spybot

Bionic Micro-Robot Walks on Water: The Perfect Spybot | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
New bionic microrobot mimics the amazing water-walking movements of the water strider (credit: American Chemical Society)A new aquatic microrobot that mimics the water-walking abilities of the water strider has been developed by researchers at the...
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AGI Ethics

AGI Ethics | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
If we get morality formalized, a dreamfull life can be achieved.
Imagine a world in which labour of living beings would be fully
rooted out. No work, no hunger or thirst, no lack of goodies
which divide poor from rich, and at the end, no sane motivation
for a crime.
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Graphene Nanocomposites: Materials for Awesome Batteries

Graphene Nanocomposites: Materials for Awesome Batteries | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Alternating layers of graphene and tin are used to create a nanoscale composite for renewable lithium ion batteries (credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created...
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OpenCog Developers Confident that Current Design Will Achieve AGI

OpenCog Developers Confident that Current Design Will Achieve AGI | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
"However, I believe there is a lot to be learned from working with and extending the current codebase on single powerful machines, or small networks of distributed machines. I think we can potentially get all the key cognitive algorithms of OpenCog working together in this way, which is really the main problem in the way of achieving AGI (IMO).... Once this is done, we may or may not wish to re-code various portions (or the whole thing), for use on distributed or parallel processors or for other reasons based on what we've learned by that point... But for now, I really feel the current codebase is quite appropriate for getting to the point of demonstrated human-like cognition in various simple situations, via cognitive synergy between learning algorithms associated with different memory types..."
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Chernobyl Chernobyl-induced radiation in the Black Sea peaked at about 1,000 becquerels per cubic meter, By contrast, the radiation level o...

Chernobyl Chernobyl-induced radiation in the Black Sea peaked at about 1,000 becquerels per cubic meter, By contrast, the radiation level o... | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Large amounts of radioactive materials were released in the ocean offshore, but are staying contained, from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan.

The word from the land is bad enough. As my colleague Hiroko Tabuchi reported on Saturday, Japanese officials have detected elevated radiation levels in rice near the crippled reactors. Worrying radiation levels had already been detected in beef, milk, spinach and tea leaves, leading to recalls and bans on shipments.

Off the coast, the early results indicate that very large amounts of radioactive materials were released, and may still be leaking, and that rather than being spread through the whole ocean, currents are keeping a lot of the material concentrated.

Most of that contamination came from attempts to cool the reactors and spent fuel pools, which flushed material from the plant into the ocean, and from direct leaks from the damaged facilities.

Japanese government and utility industry scientists estimated this month that 3,500 terabecquerels of cesium 137 was released directly into the sea from March 11, the date of the earthquake and tsunami, to late May. Another 10,000 terabecquerels of cesium 137 made it into the ocean after escaping from the plant as steam.

Chernobyl-induced radiation in the Black Sea peaked in 1986 at about 1,000 becquerels per cubic meter, he said in an interview at his office in Woods Hole, Mass. By contrast, the radiation level off the coast near the Fukushima Daiichi plant peaked at more than 100,000 becquerels per cubic meter in early April. 

While Mr. Buesseler declined to provide details of the findings before analysis is complete and published, he said the broad results were sobering.

“When we saw the numbers — hundreds of millions of becquerels — we knew this was the largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen,’’ he said. ‘‘We still don’t know how much was released.’’

Mr. Buesseler took samples of about five gallons, filtered out the naturally occurring materials and the materials from nuclear weapon explosions, and measured what was left.

The study also found that the highest cesium values were not necessarily from the samples collected closest to Fukushima, he said, because eddies in the ocean currents keep the material from being diluted in some spots farther offshore.

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LinkedIn Scams Users into Privacy Hemorrhage in a Zuckerbergian Facebook-style Stunt

LinkedIn Scams Users into Privacy Hemorrhage in a Zuckerbergian Facebook-style Stunt | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
LinkedIn has become the latest social networking site to decide that new features can be added and switched on by default, and users don’t have to be notified.The new feature — hidden in the “Manage Social Advertising” option — allows LinkedIn to...
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How Computer Exposure Impacts Our Brains | Susan Greenfield

How Computer Exposure Impacts Our Brains | Susan Greenfield | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStockphoto)Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield cited evidence that digital technology is having an impact on our brains:A recent paper, Microstructure abnormalities in adolescents with internet addiction disorder, in the journal PLoS (free...
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What is the Shape of Knowledge? Hierarchy vs. Heterarchy

What is the Shape of Knowledge?  Hierarchy vs. Heterarchy | AI Revolution | Scoop.it

"This left me wondering about two things, 1) what does knowledge really look like, 2) why are we always creating hierarchies in nature? The empirical evidence seems to defy us whenever we attempt that."

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OpenCog 3D Virtual Learning Environment

OpenCog 3D Virtual Learning Environment | AI Revolution | Scoop.it

It’s been a while since the last update, but be assured we’ve been very busy working away on the embodiment code and developing our virtual learning environment. With AGI-11 now in progress at the Googleplex, we’ve put together a few videos to give an outline of what we’re working on. There isn’t any overly advanced learning going on yet, but it gives you a feel for where the project is going.

 

First up is a video demonstrating a human controlled player navigating and interacting with the world. This world is built in Unity3D, so eventually we’ll be able to put this environment online, make it an iPad app, or whatever else, and let you guys interact and teach OpenCog directly.

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Can We All Live Forever? Granting Immortality to Everyone -- Not Only the Elite

Can We All Live Forever?  Granting Immortality to Everyone -- Not Only the Elite | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Can We Live Forever?” — Through the Worm Hole Season 2, narrated by Morgan Freeman — will air on Science Channel starting Wednesday, July 27, 10 p.m.Michio Kaku, Thermodynamics; Greg Fahey, Cryogenic Preservation;Aubrey de Grey, Forever Young;...
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How the Brain’s "Workspace" Supports Multitasking

How the Brain’s "Workspace" Supports Multitasking | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Cognitive neuroscientist Robert H. Logie at the University of Edinburgh has found that a “workspace” in the brain allows us to do something while other functions operate in the background or to apply ourselves to a single task involving more than...
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Building a Subversive Grassroots Network

Building a Subversive Grassroots Network | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Hackers are creating a way for citizens to build their own communication networks from the ground up, using computers, cellphones, and wireless routers. Such networks — called mobile ad hoc networks, or MANETs — would circumvent centralized communication hubs, enabling users to talk and share information in the face of a shutdown.
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Engineers "Print" the World’s First Aircraft

Engineers "Print" the World’s First Aircraft | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
SULSA is the world's first "printed" aircraft (credit: University of Southampton)Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first “printed” aircraft, which could revolutionize the economics of aircraft design,...
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New Tools Accelerate Mapping Human Brain’s Connectome

New Tools Accelerate Mapping Human Brain’s Connectome | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
A reconstruction of 114 rod bipolar nerve cells from a piece of mouse retina.
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New NASA Data Challenges Climate Change Alarmism

New NASA Data Challenges Climate Change Alarmism | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
Volcanic particles in upper atmosphere slow down global warming, says NASA (credit: USGS)NASA satellite data show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, according to...
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Blogger Experiments with Lying to Test Reader Reactions

Blogger Experiments with Lying to Test Reader Reactions | AI Revolution | Scoop.it
+1 for everyone who saw through my lie.
I thought it would be interesting to say stuff not aligned with what I believe to see the reaction.
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