End of Human Epoch –“An AI God Will Emerge to Rule the Human Species”

 

“The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else. —Eliezer Yudkowsky, research fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute”

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“Nixed?” –The Reality of Dark Energy and the Higgs Field

 

“The discovery of dark energy has greatly changed how we think about the laws of nature,” said Edward Witten,  one of the world’s leading theorists at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

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Harvard’s Avi Loeb –“Searching for Signs of Extinct Extraterrestrial Civilizations”

 

 

“Finding a civilization dead due to war or climate change will hopefully convince us to get our act together and avoid a similar fate,” observes Abraham Loeb, chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University, founding director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative. “But it would be even more remarkable if radar imaging or flyby photography near an interstellar relic within the solar system would show signs of an advanced technology that our civilization had not mastered as of yet. There is no better lesson to learn than that of civilizations that had developed advanced technologies up to the point of self-destruction.”

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“Presto!” NASA’s TESS Lights Up And Nets 73 New Stars and an Alien Planet –‘90% of the Sky is Yet to be Surveyed’

 

 

“The discovery of a terrestrial planet around a nearby M dwarf during the first TESS observing sector suggests that the prospects for future discoveries are bright. It is worth remembering that 90 percent of the sky has not yet been surveyed by either TESS or Kepler,” NASA reports.

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From the Farside –Red Planet CSI: “Who Will Solve Murders on Mars?”

 

Imagine a 2001-like scenario on the Red Planet, suggests astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz, the current chair of astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress, where, instead of HAL gone rogue, a camera-operated airlock or some other system—perhaps vital oxygen-supply gear that relies on facial-recognition algorithms—never turns on for a non-white settler. A person could be left, trapped outside her own home, unable to trigger the airlock or to obtain more oxygen, literally asphyxiating in the biases of someone else’s shoddy computer program. The effects would be both fatal and enraging.

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NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Halfway to the Red Planet –“The Next Picture We Take Will Be of the Surface of Mars”

 

As of Aug. 20, NASA’s InSight spacecraft had covered 172 million miles (277 million kilometers) since its launch 107 days ago. In another 98 days, it will travel another 129 million miles (208 million kilometers) and touch down in Mars’ Elysium Planitia region, where it will be the first mission to study the Red Planet’s deep interior. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.
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