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Nov 21, 2019

To Understand The Future of AI, Study Its Past

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A schism lies at the heart of the field of artificial intelligence. Since its inception, the field has been defined by an intellectual tug-of-war between two opposing philosophies: connectionism and symbolism. These two camps have deeply divergent visions as to how to “solve” intelligence, with differing research agendas and sometimes bitter relations.

Today, connectionism dominates the world of AI. The emergence of deep learning, which is a quintessentially connectionist technique, has driven the worldwide explosion in AI activity and funding over the past decade. Deep learning’s recent accomplishments have been nothing short of astonishing. Yet as deep learning spreads, its limitations are becoming increasingly evident.

If AI is to reach its full potential going forward, a reconciliation between connectionism and symbolism is essential. Thankfully, in both academic and commercial settings, research efforts that fuse these two traditionally opposed approaches are beginning to emerge. Such synthesis may well represent the future of artificial intelligence.

Nov 20, 2019

Africa is Splitting in Two, Creating Dozens of Volcanoes

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The process of rifting in Africa means that the continent is slowly breaking apart and with that comes lots of volcanoes, some with the potential for massive explosive eruptions.

Nov 20, 2019

Google Earth’s ‘creation tools’ let you make personalized maps

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Google Earth launched creation tools that allow users to produce personalized narrative stories with custom maps and virtual tours.

Nov 20, 2019

Los Angeles, ‘Blade Runner,’ and the Theory of Relativity

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The movie, which was set in November 2019, got a lot right about Los Angeles and the future–even the things it got wrong.

Nov 20, 2019

Scientists are playing with apple flour to pack cookies with fiber

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Apple pomace flour could help load baked goods with fiber and antioxidants.

Nov 19, 2019

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Nov 19, 2019

Thank you Dr. Francesca Ferrando for organizing this fantastic Posthuman event at NYU

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Thank you Dr. Francesca Ferrando for organizing this fantastic Posthuman event at NYU. What an honor to have been invited as one of the speakers among such great minds. Thank you 🙏.

An unforgettable night!

Nov 19, 2019

A paperlike LCD—thin, flexible, tough and cheap

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More information:

Yihong Zhang et al, A flexible optically re-writable color liquid crystal display, Applied Physics Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1063÷1.

Nov 19, 2019

Beyond Stem Cells: Regenerating Tissue with Our Immune System | Under 30 Summit 2019

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Researchers working on ways to accelerate the body’s healing and regeneration. But what are the limits of that science and what does its future look like?

Nov 19, 2019

Peak phosphorus

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Peak phosphorus is a concept to describe the point in time when humanity reaches the maximum global production rate of phosphorus as an industrial and commercial raw material. The term is used in an equivalent way to the better-known term peak oil.[2] The issue was raised as a debate on whether a “peak phosphorus” was imminent or not around 2010, but was largely dismissed after USGS and other organizations increased the world estimates on available phosphorus resources.[3]

Phosphorus is a finite (limited) resource that is widespread in the Earth’s crust and in living organisms but is relatively scarce in concentrated forms, which are not evenly distributed across the Earth. The only cost-effective production method to date is the mining of phosphate rock, but only a few countries have significant reserves of it. The top four are Morocco, China, Algeria and Syria. Estimates for future production vary significantly depending on modelling and assumptions on extractable volumes, but it is inescapable that future production of phosphate rock will be heavily influenced by Morocco in the foreseeable future.[4]

Means of commercial phosphorus production besides mining are few because the phosphorus cycle does not include significant gas-phase transport.[5] The predominant source of phosphorus in modern times is phosphate rock (as opposed to the guano that preceded it). According to some researchers, Earth’s commercial and affordable phosphorus reserves are expected to be depleted in 50–100 years and peak phosphorus to be reached in approximately 2030.[2][6] Others suggest that supplies will last for several hundreds of years.[7] As with the timing of peak oil, the question is not settled, and researchers in different fields regularly publish different estimates of the rock phosphate reserves.[8].

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