Monthly Archives: September 2017

Physicists report new, solid observation of gravitational waves

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/gravitational-waves-28092017/?utm_source=ZME+Science+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c4914766a5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3b5aad2288-c4914766a5-242745225&goal=0_3b5aad2288-c4914766a5-242745225 Although Henri Poincaré first suggested that in analogy to an accelerating electrical charge producing electromagnetic waves, gravitational waves are tightly associated to Albert Einstein, who first predicted their existence in 1916, in his famous general theory of relativity. His … Continue reading

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What computers teach us about getting along

BY SIMON DEDEO SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 http://nautil.us/issue/52/the-hive/is-tribalism-a-natural-malfunction From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of … Continue reading

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Кен Йебсен: Наш враг – это СМИ порождающие в нас безразли

https://doveiks.lv/2017/09/29/%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%B9%D0%B5%D0%B1%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%88-%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B3-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D1%81%D0%BC%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%8E%D1% https://kenfm.de/alles-rechtsruck-oder-was/ Pareizi. Bet mūsu problēmas ir daudz, daudz plašākas. Viens no labākajiem skatījumiem ir Noam Chomsky. Bet arī šeit viens ir ieraugāms: Peļņas pacelšana vērtības līmenī noved pie tā, ka sabiedrībā izplatās, neapzināti tiek kultivēta vienaldzība, cinisms un vērtību … Continue reading

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Why political correctness fails – Why what we know ‘for sure’ is wrong

Why political correctness fails – Why what we know ‘for sure’ is wrong Myth 8. We don’t need religion; our leaders are all knowing and all powerful. What has been astounding to me, as I have looked into the situation, is that … Continue reading

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Max Tegmark: ‘Machines taking control doesn’t have to be a bad thing’

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/16/ai-will-superintelligent-computers-replace-us-robots-max-tegmark-life-3-0?utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=3171c1c64e-The_Download&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-3171c1c64e-154031673 ” development of AI is an even more pressing concern than climate change. Yet if we’re looking at creating an intelligence that we can’t possibly understand, how much will preparation affect what takes place on the other side of the … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par svarīgāko cilvēka dzīvē

Jau lasījām, ka mēs esam emociju mašīnas (skat., piemēram, Marwin Minsky, The Emotion Machine), tas nozīmē, ka galvenokārt mūsu domāšanu un rīcību nosaka vairāk vai mazāk apzināta vēlēšanās saņemt, piedzīvot pozitīvas emocijas, vai, kā tautā saka, laimi. Šī laimes sajūta … Continue reading

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What Christians believe about evolution and the supposed naivety of atheists

https://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/what-christians-believe-about-evolution-and-the-supposed-naivety-of-atheists/ It is understandable that Christian commentators want to denigrate atheists. A common tactic is to claim that atheists think that most Christians are Biblical literalists and thus only criticise fundamentalist and literalist religion. The atheist is thus painted as … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky August 14, 2017 – Surviving the 21st Century

… future generations will not forgive us for our silence …

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Мем о доброй старой Англии

http://pavel-shipilin.livejournal.com/723662.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=30_08_weekly&media Noteikti, daļa īstenības tur ir. Mēs lasām neplānotu atzīšanos, stāstu par sevi, kurā autors cenšas pastāstīt par valsti un sabiedrību, kurā dzīvojis. Bet galvenais šajā stāstījumā – autoram pašam nav tā, kam viņš iedomājas pāri stāvam. Kultūras un vērtību. I.V. 

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A Thorium-Salt Reactor Has Fired Up for the First Time in Four Decades

The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the … Continue reading

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Should You Worry About the Global Pursuit for AI Domination?

One thing is for certain: the race to achieve AI supremacy is certainly on. Russian state news organization RT reports that Vladimir Putin believes “artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind.” In fact, he went a … Continue reading

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Why Oil Prices Can’t Bounce Very High; Expect Deflation Instead

Why Oil Prices Can’t Bounce Very High; Expect Deflation Instead Reasonable, seems to be very close to reality. I.V. To, ka krīze tuvojas, redz daudzi. Tā būs neizbēgami. Vairākums ir nolemti turpināt izklaidēties, bet dažas domas tiem, kuri grib mēģināt izdzīvot.  … Continue reading

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Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-internet-of-us-knowing-more-and-understanding-less-in-the-age-of-big-data?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9a2f209cbd-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-9a2f209cbd-282047602 We used to say “seeing is believing”; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world’s information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. … Continue reading

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