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Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know...
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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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E.O. Wilson: Science, Not Philosophy, Will Explain the Meaning of Existence - YouTube

Biologist E.O. Wilson, a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, discusses his most recent book on the meaning of existence. "Philosophy," says Wilson, is ...
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Stars Travelling Close to the Speed of Light Could Spread Life Through the Universe, say… — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Stars Travelling Close to the Speed of Light Could Spread Life Through the Universe, say… — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new mechanism for accelerating stars to enormous speeds could have profound implications for astrobiology
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Infinities in literature and mathematics

Infinities in literature and mathematics | The virtual life | Scoop.it
by Jorge Alejandro Laris Pardo During this past month, I was having a conversation with a couple of friends who study Latin-American Literature, and I noticed that they were having a hard time unde...
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Ask Ray | Living in virtual worlds as an avatar | KurzweilAI

Ask Ray | Living in virtual worlds as an avatar | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Second Life avatars can interact and change personality in virtual worlds. (credit: Linden Lab) Dear Mr. Kurzweil, I'm in seventh grade, taking a
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Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky | Quanta Magazine

Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.
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fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain | MIT Technology Review

fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The human brain carries out many tasks at the same time, but how many? Now fMRI data has revealed just how parallel gray matter is.
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Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination | MIT Technology Review

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered how to extract the template images that the human mind uses to recognise objects, such as balls, cars and people.
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Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
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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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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New theories suggest the big bang was not the beginning, and that we may live in the past of a parallel universe
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A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos | Quanta Magazine

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.
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Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI

Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: IMAX Corporation) Put rats in an IMAX-like surround virtual world limited to vision only, and the neurons in their hippocampi* seem to fire
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Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure | KurzweilAI

Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This artist's impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that
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19 November 2014 - CERN: LHCb experiment observes two new baryon particles never seen before

19 November 2014 - CERN: LHCb experiment observes two new baryon particles never seen before | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Book Discussion on [Superintelligence]

Book Discussion on [Superintelligence] | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Nick Bostrom talks about his book, [Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies], in which he posits a future in which machines are more intelligent than humans and questions whether intelligent…
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Last Things: Cold Comfort in the Far Future | GREGORY BENFORD

Last Things: Cold Comfort in the Far Future | GREGORY BENFORD | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction author, books for hard Sci-Fi fans and YA.
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In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds? | Quanta Magazine

In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds? |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Testing the multiverse hypothesis requires measuring whether our universe is statistically typical among the infinite variety of universes. But infinity does a
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How Entanglement-Generating Satellites Will Make the Quantum Internet Global | MIT Technology Review

How Entanglement-Generating Satellites Will Make the Quantum Internet Global | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Sending entangled photons to opposite sides of the planet will require a small fleet of orbiting satellites, say physicists.
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When parallel worlds collide, quantum mechanics is born

When parallel worlds collide, quantum mechanics is born | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Parallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of science fiction. But are they real?
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