Category: Futuristic

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Reseachers Use Minecraft To Test Artifical Intelligence

Behavioral psychologists have begun using mazes to study memory and learning in artificial intelligence. Junhyuk Oh and colleagues at the University of Michigan have begun experimenting with artificial intelligence machines by using mazes constructed in the 3D world of Minecraft. Oh and his team have created a set of mazes in which they set their AI algorithms increasingly complex tasks, ensuring that there is not always a clean line of site to the blocks and that the algorithm must coördinate its movement and vision to explore. The team says the best performing AI system uses deep reinforcement learning enhanced with additional memory,...

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Brain To Brain Communication Now A Reality

An incredible new breakthrough is being perfected, as researcher have now confirmed brain to brain communication is possible. Getting its start in 1998, Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian researcher working at Duke University, started experimenting with the brains of rats, measuring the electrical output of a single neuron at a time, and in recording the information, discovered that to make their bodies move. Then moving up to the evolutionary ladder, trained monkeys to play a video game using a joystick, and found that after having recorded the brain patterns that resulted from the movement, the team took the joystick away and the...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 9th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio  Is The Universe Just One Mass Graveyard? Although roughly 8.8 billion habitable, Earth-size planets exist in our galaxy, we have yet to discover any other trace of extra terrestrial beings and a new study suggests that that is because they have all since died. Co-authors Aditya Chopra and Charley Lineweaver of the Australian National University based their study on the assumption they had barely had time to evolve stating “We argue that early extinction could be the cosmic default for life in the universe,” and even go so far as to speculate that they never lived...

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Big News To Be Officially Announced In September By Elon Musk

Although many details still remain shrouded in mystery, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has hinted that he will conducting a series of missions starting in 2018,  leading up to the first crewed mission to the Mars by 2024. In an on-stage interview at the Code Conference, Musk confirmed that he would announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The basic game plan is that we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said. “The launches will...

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The Mapping Of Jupiter

Astronomers have now been able to observe the wavelengths of radio waves coming through Jupiter’s atmosphere, allowing them to gather enough detail to map the ammonia flows that lay beneath. A  team, led by astronomer Imke de Pater from the University of California, Berkeley are working with the Very Large Array, radio telescope located in New Mexico to penetrate roughly 60 miles into the planet’s atmosphere. Team member Robert Sault, from the University of Melbourne in Australia explained “Jupiter’s rotation once every 10 hours usually blurs radio maps, because these maps take many hours to observe, but we have developed...

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Mars Is Getting Closer By The Year

The US Federal Aviation Administration has just announced that they are in the process of reviewing an application to have an MX-1 lander launch to the Moon next year, land and conduct a series of analyses that will help pave the way to Mars. Moon Express, a California-based space company, hopes to launch by 2017 via a Los Angeles-based company Rocket Lab’s brand new Electron rocket, using the MX-1 lander which is powered by sunlight and hydrogen peroxide rocket fuel to explore the surface of the Moon over a two-week period in 2017. Moon Express co-founder Bob Richards says, “the coffee table-sized...

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The X Files Has Done It Again

In a story line that came right out of the popular 90s drama, scientists now believe they may have solved a possible life-saving mystery DNA process, that could be used for cancer treatment and to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria. In a scene played out by Gillian Anderson, Agent Scully suspected aliens inserted branched DNA into her blood and now researchers at the University of Sheffield have used this theory to  reveal how branch DNA molecules are removed from the iconic double-helical structure – a process that is essential for all life forms. Though Agent Sully believed that DNA was added...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 7th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio More Reports Of Mysterious Fireballs Sailing Across The Sky Dozens of new claims have been flooding in across the Midwest, all of which report seeing a  bright flash that fell from the sky and disappeared a couple hundred feet above the horizon. The American Meteor Society received 77 reports of a fireball seen over Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. One witness claims “I saw a streak of white light followed by a burst of yellow/orange before the object disappeared,” while another stated “it looked like a white flash traveling down quickly and ended...

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Warning Against AI Issued As New Human Genome Project Is Unveiled

A new warning has just been issued to those involved in the creation of artificial intelligence to consider the “profound implications” involved. Philosopher Nick Bostrom, points out that “intelligence is what has lifted humans to their current dominion over many aspects of nature, so we need to consider the safety measures needed now, so that we can plan for the eventuality of an intelligence superior to our own. He backs up his claim with the very strong case of human domination over the rest of the animal kingdom, stating “Chimpanzees are strong…pound for pound, a chimpanzee is about twice as strong as...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 6th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Recently Uploaded Videos Show Two Separate Possessions A woman named Camela can be seen straining back and forth on a stretcher as she is being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Camela’s eyes can be seen rolling into the back of her head, as a friend, speaking in Spanish tries to calm her, but the most terrifying moment coming as the woman replies in a hoarse voice, that stated “This girl doesn’t exist now. It doesn’t exist.” The demon spirit shakes Camela violently as friends desperately look on, helpless to aid her. No explanation as to...

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Could Gravitational Waves Prove String Theory?

Since the first direct evidence of gravitational waves was detected earlier this year, two physicists in Spain are now using this discovery to test out the scientific hypothesis of string  theory. Gravitational waves are like ripples that expand after a major event in space, such as two black  holes merging or the explosion of a massive star and now physicists Isabel Fernandez-Nunez and Oleg Bulashenko of the University of Barcelona are hoping these gravitational waves could help uncover the cosmic strings believed to be incredibly long and thin defects in the curvature of space and time formed right after the...

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Fireball Lights Up Arizona Sky

Reports have been pouring in to NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, as an extremely bright fireball lit the pre-dawn sky over much of Arizona. Eyewitness reports placed the object above the Tonto National Forest east of the town of Payson,  moving almost due south. Based on the latest data, the small asteroid was estimated at 5 feet in diameter, with a mass of  a few tons and a kinetic energy of approximately half a kiloton entering Earth’s atmosphere at an estimated 40,200 miles per hour. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said “There are no reports of any damage...