“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”–Albert Schweitzer
Ah memory. How fleeting and ephemeral–as well as inaccurate–it can be. Apparently, now, it can be transferred or even implanted falsely. Westworld may be closer than we think.
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Neuroscience/Memory–A team of UCLA scientists claims to have successfully transplanted memory from one snail to another. I’m not exactly sure what the point is, but I hope the little buggers protected their ATM PIN numbers.
—If fake news isn’t bad enough, it appears that UC Berkeley scientists have figured out how to implant fake memories in the human mind using holographic images. While this could have constructive uses in physical therapy and psychotherapy, it’s also ripe for abuse.
Space Colonization–Getting there is less than half the battle. Maintaining a colony on Mars is replete with challenges, and a new study says having babies maybe one of the biggest ones.
Artificial Intelligence–Demand for artificial intelligence engineers continues to outstrip supply. In response, Carnegie Mellon has created the first undergraduate program specializing in such.
—INTEL has it’s own A.I. plans, at least in the hardware department. It’s Lohi chip, planned for release next year, will have the equivalent of 100 billion synapses–about the number in the brain of a mouse.
—DARPA may be a step closer to the quantum leap that will enable artificial general intelligence. As advanced as we may think today’s A.I. is, it still only does tasks it is initially designed for. But DARPA’s L2M initiative is making strides toward developing a system that can adapt to new situations outside their initial programming–a major step towards achieving strong A.I.
SpaceX/Elon Musk–Elon continues to work overtime on ambitious transport projects of all kinds. The latest is a scheme, combining the joint efforts of SpaceX and Hyperloop, to create a transport system that will enable 1-hour travel time to almost anywhere on earth.