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Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time

Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from.
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The Believers

The Believers | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The hidden story behind the code that runs our lives.
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In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory | Quanta Magazine

In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
physics, mathematics, string theory, quantum gravity, theory of everything, M-theory, AdS/CFT correspondence, Michael Green, John Schwarz, Brian Greene, Tom
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Human Face Recognition Found In Neural Network Based On Monkey Brains | MIT Technology Review

Human Face Recognition Found In Neural Network Based On Monkey Brains | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A neural network that simulates the way monkeys recognise faces produces many of the idiosyncratic behaviours found in humans, says computer scientists.
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Daden Limited :: Daden Chatbot Significantly Passes Modified Turing Test in a Virtual World

Daden Limited :: Daden Chatbot Significantly Passes Modified Turing Test in a Virtual World | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed

Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions -- that it's not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by physicists used partially entangled atoms -- identical to the qubits in a quantum computer -- to demonstrate more precisely than ever before that this is true: to one part in a billion billion.
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Living In A Virtual World (Philip Rosedale) - Exponential Finance 2014 - YouTube

As we saw with the $2B acquisition of Oculus Rift, virtual reality (VR) is big business. In this session, Philip Rosedale, one of the pioneers of VR, as well...
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Virtual Reality vs. Real Life: How Brain Neurons Light Up

Virtual Reality vs. Real Life: How Brain Neurons Light Up | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Space-mapping brain neurons do not “light up” in scans when exposed to the virtual reality (VR) at work in kids’ video games, the way they do in the “real world.” The neurons—found in the hippocampus—only mirror the “reality” state some 50 percent of the time.
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The Beauty of Code

The Beauty of Code | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An excerpt from Vikram Chandra’s “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.”
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The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation by Peter Ulric Tse (MIT Press, 2013) | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network

The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation by Peter Ulric Tse (MIT Press, 2013) | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Is String Theory About to Unravel?

Is String Theory About to Unravel? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pull
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Deep Neural Networks Rival the Representation of Primate IT Cortex for Core Visual Object Recognition

Deep Neural Networks Rival the Representation of Primate IT Cortex for Core Visual Object Recognition | The virtual life | Scoop.it
PLOS Computational Biology is an open-access
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RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots | MIT Technology Review

RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
If you have a question, you can ask Google or Bing or any number of online databases. Now robots have their own knowledge database
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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
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The Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics | Sean Carroll

The Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics | Sean Carroll | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Quantum parallelism and scientific realism | OUPblog

Quantum parallelism and scientific realism | OUPblog | The virtual life | Scoop.it
By Paul Cockshott The philosopher Althusser said that philosophy represents ideology, in particular religious ideology to science, and science to ideology. As science extended its field of explanation, a series of 'reprise’ operations were carried out by philosophers to either make the findings of science acceptable to religion or to cast doubt on the relative trustworthiness of science compared to the teachings of the church.
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Why AI?

Why AI? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
I have come to believe that the reason is that AI engages some of our deepest existential hopes and fears and forces us to look at ourselves in novel, unsettling ways. Even though the ways in which we are forced to face our humanity are new, the issu...
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A New Mathematical Proof Shows How Some Spaces Can't Always Be Divided

A New Mathematical Proof Shows How Some Spaces Can't Always Be Divided | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The mathematics of leftovers.
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NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI

NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A screen shot from OnSight, a software tool developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with Microsoft. OnSight uses real rover data to
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Huge ultra-realistic outdoor 3D displays without glasses planned for next year | KurzweilAI

Huge ultra-realistic outdoor 3D displays without glasses planned for next year | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: TriLite Technologies) Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) physicists have designed a radical autostereoscopic (“glasses-free”) laser
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Do viruses make us smarter?

Do viruses make us smarter? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain, researchers say. They have found that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when.
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Astronomers simulate the universe with realistic galaxies | KurzweilAI

Astronomers simulate the universe with realistic galaxies | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Part of a simulated galaxy, with magnified views (credit: Joop Schaye et al.) An international team of astronomers has developed a simulation of the
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We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI

We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It would require a different way of thinking about the timing of the Singularity, says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, PhD. Rather than a predictive exercise, it
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It might be possible to restore lost memories | KurzweilAI

It might be possible to restore lost memories | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Synapse (credit: Curtis Neveu/Wikimedia Commons) New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored, offering hope for patients in the early
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We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Body

We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Body | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A wheeled Lego robot may not look like a worm, but it
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A robot controlled by an uploaded worm brain and you can even download it! http://www.openworm.org/

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This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It could liberate biologists from relying too much on a Darwinian explanation.
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