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January 3, 2023
New MIT Museum
Latest Scientific Advances
By Jared Bowen — PBS
Artificial intelligence, robotics and gene sequencing are the stuff of headlines, science fiction and sometimes even our worst fears. It’s all on view at the new MIT Museum. A place where the latest scientific advancements fill galleries, but only really work with your input.
January 2, 2023
Top AI Books to Read in 2023
By Prathamesh Ingle — MARKTECHPOST
The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that you can construct a computer with pre-programmed algorithms that can function with its own intelligence, so you don’t need to pre-program a machine to perform something.
Artificial General Intelligence
the next phase of ai
By Charles Simon — C4ISRNET
Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming all sectors of our society. Whether we realize it or not, every time we do a Google search or ask Siri a question, we’re using AI.
For better or worse, the same is true about the very character of warfare. This is the reason why the Department of Defense – like its counterparts in China and Russia– is investing billions of dollars to develop and integrate AI into defense systems. It’s also the reason why DoD is now embracing initiatives that envision future technologies, including the next phase of AI – artificial general intelligence.
Where Will AI Go Next?
By Melissa Heikkilä — MIT Technology Review
This year we’ve seen a dizzying number of breakthroughs in generative AI, from AIs that can produce videos from just a few words to models that can generate audio based on snippets of a song.
Last week, Google held an AI event in its swanky, brand-new offices by the Hudson River in Manhattan. Your correspondent stopped by to see what the fuss was about. In a continuation of current trends, Google announced a slew of advances in generative AI, including a system that combines its two text-to-video AI models, Phenaki and Imagen. Phenaki allows the system to generate video with a series of text prompts that functions as a sort of script, while Imagen makes the videos higher resolution.
A Chilling Glimpse Into Our Future
By Anders Sandberg, The Conversation — Science Alert
Most species are transitory. They go extinct, branch into new species or change over time due to random mutations and environmental shifts. A typical mammalian species can be expected to exist for a million years.
Modern humans, Homo sapiens, have been around for roughly 300,000 years. So what will happen if we make it to a million years?
Robots That Can Build Themselves
By Brian Heater — TechCrunch
Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms are working on an ambitious project, designing robots that effectively self-assemble. The team admits that the goal of an autonomous self-building robot is still “years away,” but the work has thus far demonstrated positive results.
Humans vs. Robots
the turning point
By Pranshu Verma — The Washington Post
Warehouse robots are finally reaching their holy grail moment: picking and sorting objects with the dexterity of human hands.
The First Bionic Companion Robot
By Unitree Robotics
SQUID Robot Pickers
any box from any height
By BionicHIVE Ltd.
In the Shadow of Humanity
What if A.I. had a soul? How would it emerge? How would we know?
By N. John Williams
In a near-future where entire worlds spring from thought, minds struggle to define reality—and to claim it. Human colonization of the Metaverse brings us face-to-face with a new class of being, made in our image and yet utterly unknown: A.I. Shades of the dead; Drone servants and slaves; and Daemons hell-bent on singular ends.
Who is truly a person, and who is not? Our answer will shape a universe.
World’s Most Advanced Humanoid
will have working legs in less than a year
By Sam Tonkin — The Dail Mail
With her eerily realistic facial expressions and movements, Ameca has been billed as the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.
But if that wasn’t impressive enough, soon she could be walking around too.
Vibrating Swarm of Microbots
Vibrating tiny robots could revolutionize research.
By Georgia Institute of Technology — TechExplore
Individual robots can work collectively as swarms to create major advances in everything from construction to surveillance, but microrobots’ small scale is ideal for drug delivery, disease diagnosis, and even surgeries.
DeepMind AI Finds a New Way to Multiply Numbers
and speed up computers
By Matthew Sparkes — New Scientist
Matrix multiplication – where two grids of numbers are multiplied together – forms the basis of many computing tasks, and an improved technique discovered by an artificial intelligence could boost computation speeds by up to 20 per cent.
10 Top AI Solutions in 2022
There are many ways of leveraging AI to support, automate and augment human tasks, as seen by the range of solutions available today. These offerings promise to simplify complex tasks with speed and accuracy, and to spur new applications that were impractical or possible previously.
The Real Threat from AI
isn’t superintelligence. it’s gullibility.
By Noah Giansiracusa — Slate
The rapid rise of artificial intelligence over the past few decades, from pipe dream to reality, has been staggering. A.I. programs have long been chess and Jeopardy! Champions, but they have also conquered poker, crossword puzzles, Go, and even protein folding. They power the social media, video, and search sites we all use daily, and very recently they have leaped into a realm previously thought unimaginable for computers: artistic creativity.
Russia’s High-Tech AI Robot
It’s a Human in a Robot Costume
By James Felton — IFLSCIENCE
Russian state television covered a robotics forum. Whilst the whole forum – aimed at younger people getting into robotics – looks pretty cool, the part that caught the eye of Russia 24 was a freakishly human-like robot called Boris. Boris was shown on stage with co-hosts using dance moves so realistic that your dad would proudly use them at a wedding.
It turns out that Boris isn’t a robot at all. He is a human in a robot suit.
The Little Bicycle That Could
thanks to artificial intelligence
By KATHERINE J. WU — PBS NOVA
An AI chip designed to mimic certain aspects of the human brain has given a bicycle an unprecedented level of autonomy. Thanks to an artificial intelligence chip modeled after the human brain, a new self-driving bike can heed vocal instructions, avoid obstacles in its path, and, perhaps a bit unnervingly, track and follow a person jogging up ahead of it.
Creepy AI Imagines the Scariest Person
the results are horrifying
By Charlotte Edwards — The U.S.Sun
It’s the stuff of nightmares!
2032: The Year AI Runs For President
By Keir Newton
One Nation Under AI?
It promises to save the country from catastrophe.
It is unbiased, incorruptible and has the brainpower of a million minds.
But who is really pulling its strings?
Boston Dynamics AI Institute
Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai) today announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute. Hyundai and Boston Dynamics are making an initial investment of more than $400 million to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and intelligent machines.
The institute will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics. Hyundai said the name of the institute could change after its corporate registration is complete. The institute will work on four technical areas:
- Cognitive AI
- Athletic AI
- Organic hardware design
- Ethics and policy
DeepMind’s AI Catalogues
Every Protein Known to Science
All roughly 200 million of them.
By A. Tarantola — Engadget
In late 2020, Alphabet’s DeepMind division unveiled its novel protein fold prediction algorithm, AlphaFold, and helped solve a scientific quandary that had stumped researchers for half a century. In the year since its beta release, half a million scientists from around the world have accessed the AI system’s results and cited them in their own studies more than 4,000 times. On Thursday, DeepMind announced that it is increasing that access even further by radically expanding its publicly-available AlphaFold Protein Structure Database (AlphaFoldDB) — from 1 million entries to 200 million entries.
Our Human Future
in an Age of Artificial Intelligence
By Adam Zewe — SciTechDaily
What does it mean to be human in an age where artificial intelligence agents make decisions that shape human actions? That’s a deep question with no easy answers, and it’s been on the mind of Dan Huttenlocher SM ’84, PhD ’88, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, for the past few years.
Creepy AI Predicts Humanity’s Downfall
the results are terrifying
By Charlotte Edwards — The U.S. Sun
An AI image generator, created several images that look like mutants, monsters, and alien destruction.
Robot With Amazing Facial Expressions
it’s back and giving us new nightmares
By Victor Tangermann — Futurism.com
Last year, UK-based robotics company Engineered Arts made a huge splash with an impressive demo of its humanoid robot with uber-uncanny expressions.
Now, it’s back — and it’s serving up an even wider range of some of the most realistic facial expressions we’ve ever seen.
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“Advances in AI are going to happen, but the destination that we get to with those advances is up to us, and it is far from certain.”
— Dan Huttenlocher, PhD
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a million times faster than human brain synapses
By Katyanna Quach — The Register
In the early days of AI research it was hoped that once electronics had equalled the ability of human synapses many problems would be solved. We’ve now gone way beyond that.
A team at MIT reports that it has built AI chips that mimic synapses, but are a million times faster, and are additionally massively more energy efficient than current designs. The inorganic material is also easy to fit into current chip-building kit.
The Future of AI
Thrilling, Terrifying, Confusing and Fascinating
By Derek Thompson — The Ringer Podcast Network
Derek Thompson and bestselling author Steven Johnson discuss what advancements in AI will mean for the future of work, morality, and economics.
In 50 years, when historians look back on the crazy 2020s, they might point to advances in artificial intelligence as the most important long-term development of our time. We are building machines that can mimic human language, human creativity, and human thought. What will that mean for the future of work, morality, and economics?
Bestselling author Steven Johnson joins the podcast to talk about the most exciting and scary ideas in artificial intelligence and an article he wrote for The New York Times Magazine about the frontier of AI. Part of their conversation is excerpted below.
AI Predicts Crime
A Week in Advance with 90 percent accuracy
By Matthew Sparkes — New Scientist
An artificial intelligence that scours crime data can predict the location of crimes in the coming week with up to 90 per cent accuracy, but there are concerns how systems like this can perpetuate bias.
Your Success Strategies in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
By Sandra Navidi
Future IQ examines the disruptive effects that artificial intelligence has on jobs and provides actionable strategies to convert the resulting challenges into opportunities.
Over the next decade, AI will replace up to 50 percent of jobs, and change remaining ones significantly. We cannot control the dynamics of technological progress, but we can control how we react to them.
Future IQ shows that the best way to prepare for the future is to create it yourself.
The Digital Mindset
What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms, and AI
By Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neeley
The pressure to “be digital” has never been greater, but you can meet the challenge.
The digital revolution is here, changing how work gets done, how industries are structured, and how people from all walks of life work, behave, and relate to each other. To thrive in a world driven by data and powered by algorithms, we must learn to see, think, and act in new ways. We need to develop a digital mindset.
An Unprecedented Opportunity
By Arvind Krishna — INC.
The age of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is finally upon us. Consumer applications of A.I., in particular, have come a long way, leading to more accurate search results for online shoppers, allowing apps and websites to make more personalized recommendations, and enabling voice-activated digital assistants to better understand us.
As impressive as these uses of A.I. are, they only hint at how this game-changing technology will be applied in business. Because the goal of business A.I. is to help the companies that drive our global economy learn from their data to become vastly more resilient, adaptive, and innovative.
story and history
By Safa Al Ameri
This book will not only educate you on all things AI, but it will also create an awareness of how such Artificial Intelligence tools will be part of our everyday lives.
Some of the things you will learn about are:
- Ethics of AI
- Bio inspired computing
- Augmented intelligence
- The future of digital workforce
- AI and machine learning
- Using AI in your business
- And much more!
with Machine Learning and AI
By Matt Ford — ARS Technica
We wrap our heads around the basics of AI/ML and show you how to get a model off the ground.
“Artificial Intelligence” as we know it today is, at best, a misnomer. AI is in no way intelligent, but it is artificial. It remains one of the hottest topics in industry and is enjoying a renewed interest in academia. This isn’t new—the world has been through a series of AI peaks and valleys over the past 50 years. But what makes the current flurry of AI successes different is that modern computing hardware is finally powerful enough to fully implement some wild ideas that have been hanging around for a long time.
7 Ways to Use AI Writing Tools
to generate content ideas
By Marcelo Beilin — Search Engine Journal
AI writing tools are changing the publishing world and can help you speed up your content creation process. Learn about your tool options.
Creating relevant, engaging, original content for your audience on a regular schedule is a necessary aspect of any content marketing strategy.
The more content you create, the more keywords your website is going to rank for in search results, and the more visitors, leads, and prospects you’re going to reach.
The problem is, it’s really hard work to produce fresh new content over and over again.
AC: Artificial Consciousness
By Mark Atlas
“And humans formed machine from the dust of the ground and breathed into its nostrils the breath of life; whence it became a living soul. And they called it biotoid.”
Because of its ethical and humanitarian liability, it remains hushed and whispered within the scientific community. Just the attempt of it must be hidden to avoid global outrage. Making it will be permanent, and regardless of whether it brings the world joy or bitterness, it will divide us. Whether it is censored by nature or draws God’s wrath, it will leave us all questioning our decision to tinker with something we were never meant to.
The Day Artificial Intelligence Got A Migraine
By Steve Johnson
“Is life worth living?”
Mansel, a programmer, asks that question in frustration after he learns Amanda, his wife, is leaving him. Cece, the AI global control supercomputer, hears him and begins calculations. He tries to stop her, but he is too late – the countdown has begun.
What will Cece decide? Nobody wants to wait around and find out, because the fate of all humanity hangs in the balance. It’s 2121 and the world has become overly dependent on Cece, who makes all routine decisions. Not only does she answer questions, she gives follow-up advice. Or is it orders? The line has grown blurry.
$225 Million Raised for AI Lab
By Sam Shead — CNBC
Inflection AI, the new artificial intelligence start-up from DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, has secured $225 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
- The company, founded earlier this year, wants to develop AI software products that make it easier for humans to communicate with computers.
- It’s likely that a large chunk of the funding will be used to hire AI experts that can command high salaries.
- The funding has been raised at an undisclosed valuation and it’s not clear who the investors are at this stage
Metaverse and Money
Decrypting the Future
By Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions
The Metaverse as a concept has been around for a few decades.
However, interest in the virtual world spiked at the end of 2021 following a rise in sales of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as well as announcements from Big Tech players indicating their interest and investment in the space.
In the report that follows, we discuss the possibility that the Metaverse is moving towards becoming the next iteration of the internet, or Web3. This “Open Metaverse” would be community-owned, community-governed, and a freely interoperable version that ensures privacy by design.
Fidelity in the Metaverse
By Fidelity Customer Service
Explore Fidelity’s new immersive educational Metaverse experience, The Fidelity Stack, in Decentraland—and complete our Invest Quest challenge.
The Age of AI
and our human future
Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society—and what this technology means for us all.
An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education, and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.
The Second Quantum Revolution
Scientists Develop Experimental Platform
By Stony Brook University — ScienceTechDaily
In the Age of AI
watch the full film here
By Frontline PBS
A documentary exploring how artificial intelligence is changing life as we know it — from jobs to privacy to a growing rivalry between the U.S. and China.
and the Future of Government
By Centre for Public Impact
The Centre for Public Impact is investigating the way in which artificial intelligence (AI) will change outcomes for citizens.
watch the video here
Artificial Intelligence Bias
By Sigal Samuel — VOX
Why is it so damn hard to make AI fair and unbiased?
There are competing notions of fairness — and sometimes they’re totally incompatible with each other. Computer scientists are used to thinking about “bias” in terms of its statistical meaning: A program for making predictions is biased if it’s consistently wrong in one direction or another. (For example, if a weather app always overestimates the probability of rain, its predictions are statistically biased.) That’s very clear, but it’s also very different from the way most people colloquially use the word “bias” — which is more like “prejudiced against a certain group or characteristic.”
Making Artificial Intelligence Fair
here’s what we must do
By Mona Slone — Nature
Developers of artificial intelligence must learn to collaborate with social scientists and the people affected by its applications.
Beginning in 2013, the Dutch government used an algorithm to wreak havoc in the lives of 25,000 parents. The software was meant to predict which people were most likely to commit childcare-benefit fraud, but the government did not wait for proof before penalizing families and demanding that they pay back years of allowances. Families were flagged on the basis of ‘risk factors’ such as having a low income or dual nationality. As a result, tens of thousands were needlessly impoverished, and more than 1,000 children were placed in foster care.
Artificial Intelligence: 101
Things you must know about our future
Do you wonder how artificial intelligence will impact our society in the post-COVID-19 world?
Discover how technological breakthroughs in AI will change your world.
- Are you worried that AI will steal your job?
- Do you fear you’ll get left behind in the data-driven marketplace?
- Are you concerned about AI disrupting your life?
Lasse Rouhiainen is here to demystify the AI revolution and show you how this transformative technology will profoundly help humankind.
The Philosophy of Mind and
Consciousness Has Affected AI
the ai in a jar
The “brain in a jar” is a thought experiment of a disembodied human brain living in a jar of sustenance. The thought experiment explores human conceptions of reality, mind, and consciousness. This article will explore a metaphysical argument against artificial intelligence on the grounds that a disembodied artificial intelligence, or a “brain” without a body, is incompatible with the nature of intelligence.
Google’s AI Is Something Even
Stranger Than Conscious
Machine sentience is overrated.
By Stephen Marche — The Atlantic
The silly fantasy of machine sentience has once again been allowed to dominate the artificial-intelligence conversation when much stranger and richer, and more potentially dangerous and beautiful, developments are under way.
five industry use cases
By Ruhani Rabin
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most pervasive technologies in use today. With the human language being the medium to how we communicate, it is no surprise that Conversational AI (CAI) is becoming the most prominent frontier of this technology.
The Future of Everything
The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer
By Stephen Witt — The New Yorker
Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?
AI Fuses with Quantum Computing
in a promising new Memristor
This Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in “smart” computing capabilities.
Recent years have seen computing advance in two major ways—breakthroughs in machine learning to develop algorithms that improve automatically through experience, and research into quantum computers that can theoretically prove more powerful than any supercomputer. Now scientists have created the first prototype of a device known as a quantum memristor, which might help bring together the best of both of those worlds—combining artificial intelligence with quantum computing for unprecedented capabilities.
The Quantum Contingent
the future . . . is here!
This is a globe-trotting, techno-spy thriller with pop-culture references and even its own Spotify playlist! This novel is set in richly detailed locations around the globe and features today’s technologies extrapolated for tomorrow, including cryptocurrency, drones, and SpaceX rocket ships.
In 2028, a mysterious group known as The Quantum Contingent has achieved true quantum computing capabilities. The Quantum Contingent have their sights set on achieving immortality for a select few who will chart humanity’s destiny.
They are willing to hold the world’s governments hostage to achieve their goals.
Will Quantum Theory and Relativity
Meet at the Nanoscale?
Research Highlights from Kavli Nanoscience Institutes
By Alan S. Brown — The Kavli Foundation
In the world of physics, Delft scientists have received a grant to use massive quantum objects to probe the incompatible theories of quantum mechanicals and general relativity. And finally, Cornell researchers have developed a thin nanocoating that enables nickel anodes to compete with far more expensive platinum anodes in alkaline fuel cells.
Artificial Intelligence Program Online
By Columbia University AI Program
Drive transformational change for your organization by leading the building of systems, products, and services powered by AI.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Governance and Cyber-Security
A beginner’s handbook on securing and governing AI systems
By Taimur Ijlal
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is causing massive changes in our lives both at the individual and societal level with the global A.I. market expected to reach around 126 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. As more and more decision-making moves to AI systems, unique risks are being introduced.
The Beginner’s Guide to AI
History and AI in Ten Industries Today
By David Rainey
Experts predict that AI will eliminate 30 million jobs this decade – the 2020’s. Are you ready?
The solution to this question is to change what you do for a career.
Can Computers Learn Common Sense?
By Matthew Hutson — The New Yorker
A.I. researchers are making progress on a long-term goal: giving their programs the kind of knowledge we take for granted.
For certain kinds of tasks—playing chess, detecting tumors—artificial intelligence can rival or surpass human thinking. But the broader world presents endless unforeseen circumstances, and there A.I. often stumbles.
Computers Ace IQ Tests
but still make dumb mistakes! Can different tests help?
By Matthew Hutson — Science
Trained on billions of words from books, news articles, and Wikipedia, artificial intelligence (AI) language models can produce uncannily human prose. They can generate tweets, summarize emails, and translate dozens of languages. They can even write tolerable poetry. And like overachieving students, they quickly master the tests, called benchmarks, that computer scientists devise for them.
Artificial Intelligence, Dreams and Fears
By Adrian Zidaritz — ibluedot.com
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL CHANGE THE SCRIPT AND THE MUSIC. OUR AWARENESS, POLITICS, AND TRUTH, WILL DETERMINE THE OUTCOME.
Artificial Intelligence is perhaps the most important technology humans have ever invented. Many of them think it may also be their last one. As AI is becoming more widespread and our lives are increasingly dependent on it, the questions about its future direction are gaining power and urgency, and so too are the dreams and the fears.
AI Is Mastering Language
should we trust what it says?
By Steven Johnson — The New York Times
OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.
Artificial Intelligence Is Here
Two “Strong Buy” Stocks that stand to benefit
By TipRanks — Yahoo! Finance
It’s the nature of investing to look for the ‘next new thing,’ the company or technology or product that will bring the next sea-change to its industry – and with it, windfall profits. A look at history will show that these developments are often unpredictable, but they can be recognized early.
Now, artificial intelligence – AI, or machine learning – is poised to take the digital world to its next frontier. Woo-Hoo!
the next big wave in ai
By Rick Merritt — NVIDIA
A transformer model is a neural network that learns context and thus meaning by tracking relationships in sequential data like the words in this sentence. Transformer models apply an evolving set of mathematical techniques, called attention or self-attention, to detect subtle ways even distant data elements in a series influence and depend on each other.
NVIDIA AI Research
Science Fiction Takes One Step Closer to Reality
By Sean Michael Kerner — VentureBeat
No one can say with any certainty what precisely the future of artificial intelligence (AI) will hold. But one way to get a glimpse is by looking at the research that NVIDIA will present at Siggraph 2022, to be held August 8-11.
Ancient Namibian Stone
Could Hold the Key
to future quantum computers
By University of St. Andrews — Physics.Org
A special form of light made using an ancient Namibian gemstone could be the key to new light-based quantum computers, which could solve long-held scientific mysteries.
Rydberg polaritons switch continually from light to matter and back again. In Rydberg polaritons, light and matter are like two sides of a coin, and the matter side is what makes polaritons interact with each other.
Nanotechnology Enables 3D Visualization
crucial rna structures at near-atomic resolution
By WYSS Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard
We live in a world created and run by RNA, the equally important sibling of the genetic molecule. In fact, evolutionary biologists hypothesize that RNA existed and self-replicated even before the appearance of DNA. Fast forward to modern-day humans: science has revealed that less than 3% of the human genome is transcribed into messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules that in turn are translated into proteins. In contrast, 82% of it is transcribed into RNA molecules with other functions many of which are yet unknown.
Artificial Intelligence to
Hypersonic Engine Simulations
boosting us fighter jets
By Tanma Kadam — The EurAsian Times
Researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have teamed up with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the speed of simulations to study the behavior of air surrounding supersonic and hypersonic aircraft engines.
Riding the Wave of AI Innovation
By Kolawole Samuel Adebayo — VentureBeat
Organizations are increasingly adopting AI-enabled technologies to address existing and emerging problems within the enterprise ecosystem, meet changing market demands and deliver business outcomes at scale.
A report published last month by Statista showed the number of AI-focused startups worldwide was 3,465 in 2018, with 1,393 in the U.S. alone.
Financial Service Firms Are
Setting Up in the Metaverse
By Sean Allocca — Investment News
Registered investment adviser Arbor Digital’s new storefront will be designed to look like any other wealth management office, with a newly minted sign hanging from an awning on a piece of finely landscaped real estate.
The only difference is this workplace, slated to open in 2023, won’t be in a brick-and-mortar building downtown — it’s inside the metaverse.
Pondering the Bits That
Build Space-Time and Brains
By Vijay Balasubramanian — Quanta Magazine
Might the fabric of the universe be built from information?
What does it mean that physicists can even ask such a question?
The Man from the Future
the visionary life of john von neumann
By Ananyo Bhattacharya
An electrifying biography of one of the most extraordinary scientists of the twentieth century and the world he made.
The smartphones in our pockets and computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Nuclear weapons and self-replicating spacecrafts. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable, yet largely overlooked, man: John von Neumann.
A Conversation with Ananyo Bhattacharya
Author of John von Neumann: The Man from the Future
Interviewed By Jørgen Veisdal
We talk about von Neumann’s upbringing in Budapest, his years pursuing two degrees in two different universities simultaneously, his work in Göttingen, admiration of Gödel, relationship with Turing, work on game theory, contributions to the Manhattan Project, fascination with computing and much much more.