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Aug 28, 2022

Inside Tesla’s Innovative And Homegrown “Dojo” AI Supercomputer

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, space travel, supercomputing

How expensive and difficult does hyperscale-class AI training have to be for a maker of self-driving electric cars to take a side excursion to spend how many hundreds of millions of dollars to go off and create its own AI supercomputer from scratch? And how egotistical and sure would the company’s founder have to be to put together a team that could do it?

Like many questions, when you ask these precisely, they tend to answer themselves. And what is clear is that Elon Musk, founder of both SpaceX and Tesla as well as a co-founder of the OpenAI consortium, doesn’t have time – or money – to waste on science projects.

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Aug 23, 2022

Can We Merge With Artificial General Intelligence? — The AGI Symbiosis

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, existential risks, military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, singularity

Artificial General Intelligence — Short for AGI is a trending and recent topic of debate among AI researchers and computer scientists. A pressing issue for AI or artificial Intelligence is the AI alignment problem. The AI control problem could be the most important task for humanity to solve. There have been many suggestions from AI researchers to avoid the dangers of artificial general intelligence or a digital super-intellgience. It seems among the best solutions to this problem has been a merging scenario with AGI. Elon Musk has suggested we regulate artificial intelligence and we should proceed very carefully if humanity collectively decides that creating a digital super-intelligence is the right move. Elon Musk is the founder of many high tech companies, including Neuralink. Which develops implantable brain–machine interfaces. Elon Musk warns that AI is probably the biggest existential threat for humanity. AGI is probably even more dangerous than nuclear warheads and nobody would suggest we allow anyone to build nuclear weapons if they want. The pressing issue for a potential AGI development and eventually the creation of a digital super-intelligence is going to be increasingly relevant in the coming years. Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO & Founder, of SingularityNET Foundation, is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence. According to him these reactions are probably going to look very silly to people a few decades from now, as they go about their lives which have been made tremendously easy and happy and fascinating compared to 2020 reality, via the wide rollout of advanced AGI systems to handle manufacturing service, and all the other practical jobs that humans now spend their time doing. Elon musk suggested, the merge scenario with A.I. is the one that seems like probably the best,” or as he put it on the Joe Rogan Experience. “If you can’t beat it, join it.

#AGI #AI #Artificialintelligence.

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Aug 15, 2022

For 15 Years, America’s Secret Nuclear Launch Codes Were “00000000”

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear weapons

I heard they changed it to 80085.


By Wes O’Donnell Managing Editor, InMilitary.com and InCyberDefense.com. U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Speaker and Veteran Advocate.

Some say that truth is often stranger than fiction. According to a 2004 memo by Dr. Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman missile launch control officer, the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) once intentionally set the launch codes at all Minuteman nuclear missile silos in the U.S. to a series of eight zeroes.

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Jun 15, 2022

INL’s MARVEL engineer develops nuclear test reactor at lightning speed

Posted by in category: nuclear weapons

Yasir Arafat is a MARVEL superhero. No, he’s not a Marvel Comics superhero. Rather, he’s a nuclear engineer leading development of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Microreactor Applications Research Validation and Evaluation (MARVEL) project at Idaho National Laboratory.

And from concept to construction, MARVEL is coming together at lightning speed.


By donna kemp spangler, INL communications & outreach.

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Jan 26, 2022

Building technological tools for nuclear disarmament

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, nuclear weapons, physics, treaties

Associate Professor Areg Danagoulian credits mentorship with helping him establish a path through nuclear physics.

Mentorship has played a central role in the twists and turns of Associate Professor Areg Danagoulian’s life.

“Verification of nuclear disarmament is very important, because a treaty without verification is worse than no treaty at all,” Danagoulian says, citing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty that was proposed in the 1950s but not fully adopted until 1996, in part because scientists lacked the technology to reliably differentiate underground testing from seismic events. has played a central role in the twists and turns of Associate Professor Areg Danagoulian’s life.

Jan 5, 2022

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

Posted by in categories: existential risks, geopolitics, military, nuclear weapons, treaties

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.

We reaffirm the importance of addressing nuclear threats and emphasize the importance of preserving and complying with our bilateral and multilateral non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control agreements and commitments. We remain committed to our Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations, including our Article VI obligation “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”

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Jun 15, 2021

American honey contains traces of radioactive fallout from nuclear tests

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Apr 21, 2021

American Honey Still Contains Radioactive Fallout From Nuclear Tests Decades Ago

Posted by in categories: food, military, nuclear weapons

As expected, various samples of fruits, nuts, and other foods revealed very faint traces of cesium-137 when measured with a gamma detector, but even Kaste wasn’t prepared for what happened when he ran the same test with a jar of honey from a North Carolina farmer’s market.


Traces of radioactive fallout from nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s can still be found in American honey, new research reveals.

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Nov 26, 2020

Nuclear prohibition: Changing Europe’s calculations

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, law, military, nuclear weapons, treaties

In October, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reached the 50 ratifications needed to become international law. Beatrice Fihn and Daniel Högsta look at how European governments can use the TPNW to advance nuclear disarmament.

Nov 10, 2020

Kosta Tsipis, MIT physicist and prominent voice for nuclear disarmament, dies at 86

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear weapons, physics, treaties

In arguing against nuclear war, Dr. Tsipis said he came « to believe that reason must prevail. »


A curious boy who gazed at the stars from his mountainside Greek village and wondered how the universe came to be, Kosta Tsipis was only 11 when news arrived that the first atomic weapon had been dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

“After the bomb went off, I sent away for a book because I wanted to understand it,” he told the Globe in 1987.

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