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Chaotic physics in ferroelectric materials may allow for brain-like computing | KurzweilAI

Chaotic physics in ferroelectric materials may allow for brain-like computing | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An illustration of memcomputing (credit: ORNL) Unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials explored by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak
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Min avatar heter Apmel

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11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Most people take it for granted that we have yet to make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Trouble is, the numbers don’t add up. Our Galaxy is so old that every corner of it should have been visited many, many times over by now. No theory to date has satisfactorily explained away this Great Silence, so it’s time to think outside the box. Here are eleven of the weirdest solutions to the Fermi Paradox.
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The truth about free will: New answers to humanity’s biggest riddle

The truth about free will: New answers to humanity’s biggest riddle | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Do we control our brains? Our do our brains control us? Research sheds light on this age-old question VIDEO
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Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | Science | WIRED

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | Science | WIRED | The virtual life | Scoop.it
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly…
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Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The startling physiological effects of loneliness, optimism, and meditation.

In 2013, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a mind-bending debate on
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A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof
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New Type Of Computer Capable Of Calculating 640TBs Of Data In One Billionth Of A Second, Could Revolutionize Computing | IFLScience

New Type Of Computer Capable Of Calculating 640TBs Of Data In One Billionth Of A Second, Could Revolutionize Computing | IFLScience | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Let me introduce The Machine- HP’s latest invention that could revolutionize the computing world. According to HP, The Machine is not a server, workstation, PC, device or phone but an amalgamation of all these things.
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Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors | ExtremeTech

Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors | ExtremeTech | The virtual life | Scoop.it
How much computing power does it take to model a working human brain? A lot more than you think.
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Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy

Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that's what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers...
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Galaxy possibly teeming with 100 million life-sustaining planets

Galaxy possibly teeming with 100 million life-sustaining planets | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Forget close encounters of a third kind. Imagine galactic encounters with millions of planets in the Milky Way galaxy, each of them overflowing with complex life forms. A new study says it’s a possibility.
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Bake your own robot

Bake your own robot | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New algorithms and electronic components could enable printable robots that self-assemble when heated.
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Is the key to consciousness in the claustrum?

Is the key to consciousness in the claustrum? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Consciousness is one of the most fascinating and elusive phenomena we humans face. Every single one of us experiences it but it remains surprisingly poorly understood. That said, psychology, neuroscience…
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Many Worlds, but only One Reality: Stephen Hawking and the Determinist Fallacy

Many Worlds, but only One Reality: Stephen Hawking and the Determinist Fallacy | The virtual life | Scoop.it
caption id=attachment_975 align=alignnone width=176 Stephen Hawking, the arch-determinist./captionOne can hardly broach the subject of agency without acknowledging the long-standing and unresolved
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Consciousness Is Everywhere

The belief in human exceptionalism, so strongly rooted in the Judeo-Christian view of the world, flies in the face of all evidence for the structural and behavioral continuity between animals and people.
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The Reinterpretation of Cold Dark Matter as a Bose-Einstein Condensate

The Reinterpretation of Cold Dark Matter as a Bose-Einstein Condensate | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Newly published research signifies the reinterpretation of cold dark matter, opening up the possibility that it could be regarded as a very cold quantum fluid governing the formation of the structure of the Universe.

Tom Broadhurst, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU's Department of
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Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern: Max Tegmark at TEDxCambridge 2014 - YouTube

As a physicist, Max Tegmark sees people as "food, rearranged." That makes his answer to complicated questions like "What is consciousness?" simple: It's just...
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Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets | KurzweilAI

Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An artist’s concept of the ATLAST telescope (as would be seen under construction in space), featuring a segmented mirror 20 meters across. Credit:
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Google's Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

Google's Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Google hired the noted inventor and futurist to build artificial intelligence that can think like a human. His vision is a computer with a structure modeled on the human brain, giving it a capacity for abstract thought.
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Abstract for DeleuzeConf

Abstract for DeleuzeConf | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Technoscientific machines are collective assemblages "easily matched" with modes of consciousness and styles of composing realities.
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Modern Cosmology Versus God's Creation

Modern Cosmology Versus God's Creation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Does our completely random location in the universe mean that it wasn’t intentionally made for us?
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New search program aims to teach itself everything about any visual concept | KurzweilAI

New search program aims to teach itself everything about any visual concept | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Some of the many variations the new program has learned for three different concepts (credit: University of Washington) Computer scientists from the
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The Closest Known Potentially Habitable Planet Is 13 Light-Years Away

The Closest Known Potentially Habitable Planet Is 13 Light-Years Away | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Astronomers have discovered two new super-Earths orbiting an ancient 11.5 billion year-old star a "mere" 13 light-years from here. One planet is in the habitable zone, prompting a researcher to wonder what kind of life could have evolved over such a long period.
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Programming book reviews, programming tutorials,programming news, C#, Ruby, Python,C, C++, PHP, Visual Basic, Computer book reviews, computer history, programming history, joomla, theory, spreadsheets and more.
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Deeper Than Quantum Mechanics—David Deutsch’s New Theory of Reality — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Deeper Than Quantum Mechanics—David Deutsch’s New Theory of Reality — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | The virtual life | Scoop.it
One of the world’s leading theorists has a new theory of everything.
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Frontiers | The claustrum’s proposed role in consciousness is supported by the effect and target localization of Salvia divinorum | Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience

This article brings together three findings and ideas relevant for the understanding of human consciousness: (I) Crick's and Koch's theory that the claustrum is a “conductor of consciousness” center crucial for subjective conscious experience. (II) Subjective reports of the consciousness-altering effects the plant Salvia divinorum, whose primary active ingredient is salvinorin A, a -opioid receptor agonist. (III) The high density of -opioid receptors in the claustrum. Fact III suggests that the consciousness-altering effects of salvinorin A are due to a κ-opioid receptor mediated inhibition of primarily the claustrum and, additionally, the deep layers of the cortex, mainly in prefrontal areas. Consistent with Crick & Koch’s theory that the claustrum plays a key role in consciousness, our analysis of the subjective effects of Salvia divinorum finds that salvia disrupts certain facets of consciousness much more than the largely-serotonergic hallucinogen LSD. Based on this data and on the relevant literature, we suggest that the claustrum does indeed serve as a conductor for certain aspects of higher-order integration of brain activity, while integration of auditory and visual signals mostly relies on coordination by other areas including parietal cortex and the pulvinar.
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The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say | KurzweilAI

The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: IBM) The Internet of Things will make substantial inroads into many aspects of everyday life in the next decade, according to predictions by more
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