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Old 07-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #286
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Zhao’s goal is to use those machines to examine the genetic underpinnings of genius like his own. He wants nothing less than to crack the code for intelligence by studying the genomes of thousands of prodigies, not just from China but around the world. He and his collaborators, a transnational group of intelligence researchers, fully expect they will succeed in identifying a genetic basis for IQ. They also expect that within a decade their research will be used to screen embryos during in vitro fertilization, boosting the IQ of unborn children by up to 20 points. In theory, that’s the difference between a kid who struggles through high school and one who sails into college.

Some people are smarter than others. It seems like a straightforward truth, and one that should lend itself to scientific investigation. But those who try to study intelligence, at least in the West, find themselves lost in a political minefield. To be sure, not all intelligence research is controversial: If you study cognitive development in toddlers, or the mental decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, “that’s treated as just normal science,” says Douglas Detterman, founding editor of Intelligence, a leading journal in the field. The trouble starts whenever the heritability of intelligence is discussed, or when intelligence is compared between genders, socioeconomic classes, or—most explosively—racial groupings.

For the most part, an IQ test—the most common of which today is called the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—is a series of brainteasers. You fit abstract shapes together, translate codes using a key, sort numbers or letters into ascending order in your mind. It’s a weirdly playful exercise, the sort of test you would expect to have no bearing on anything else. But studies make it clear that IQ is strongly correlated with the ability to solve all sorts of abstract problems, whether they involve language, math, or visual patterns. The frightening upshot is that IQ remains by far the most powerful predictor of the life outcomes that people care most about in the modern world. Tell me your IQ and I can make a decently accurate prediction of your occupational attainment, how many kids you’ll have, your chances of being arrested for a crime, even how long you’ll live.

I am very excited at the convergence of so many scientific advances that will eventually clean our planet of this infestation known as 'Mankind'.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #287
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Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human… and a rat.

Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat’s tail. This is one of the most important steps towards BBIs that allow for telepathic links between two or more humans — which is a good thing in the case of friends and family, but terrifying if you stop to think about the nefarious possibilities of a fascist dictatorship with mind control tech.

In recent years there have been huge advances in the field of brain-computer interfaces, where your thoughts are detected and “understood” by a sensor attached to a computer, but relatively little work has been done in the opposite direction (computer-brain interfaces). This is because it’s one thing for a computer to work out what a human is thinking (by asking or observing their actions), but another thing entirely to inject new thoughts into a human brain. To put it bluntly, we have almost no idea of how thoughts are encoded by neurons in the brain. For now, the best we can do is create a computer-brain interface that stimulates a region of the brain that’s known to create a certain reaction — such as the specific part of the motor cortex that’s in charge of your fingers. We don’t have the power to move your fingers in a specific way — that would require knowing the brain’s encoding scheme — but we can make them jerk around.



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Old 08-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #288
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LOL, it was all the robots fault!

But a team of Swiss scientists yesterday demonstrated a robot that could do just that. They tapped into the brain of partial quadriplegic Mark-Andre Duc, who was in a hospital 60 miles away, the AP reports. A laptop decoded the electrical signals his brain was emitting almost instantaneously, then transmitted his commands to the bot.
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Just think of all the possible unintended consequences.

"I am in a very boring meeting. This guy just wont stop talking. I daydream about getting up and punching this guy in his face.

Crash! My robot kicks in the conference room door and punches the guy in his face instantly killing him.

I say ****, Im going to jail and have instant thoughts about being butt raped in prison. My robot interprets my mental image as a command and proceeds to fulfill command .."

wait a minute. this will never happen. Robots in I-robot were programmed to never accept an order that would endanger another human being .. problem solved.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:50 PM   #290
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This is why some people will be excluded from technological advances once I'm in charge.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #291
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Just think of all the possible unintended consequences.

"I am in a very boring meeting. This guy just wont stop talking. I daydream about getting up and punching this guy in his face.

Crash! My robot kicks in the conference room door and punches the guy in his face instantly killing him.

I say ****, Im going to jail and have instant thoughts about being butt raped in prison. My robot interprets my mental image as a command and proceeds to fulfill command .."

wait a minute. this will never happen. Robots in I-robot were programmed to never accept an order that would endanger another human being .. problem solved.
Well, like you said there's inadvertent thoughts. "Officer, I really don't know why my robot tried to have sex with that woman over there." (guiltily bows head as everybody glares at me.)

If we get that far technologically while I'm alive, I hope there's some filter or manual on/off control available. Otherwise, like you said, oh the possibilities for all kinds of stuff to go wrong.
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If we get that far technologically while I'm alive, I hope there's some filter or manual on/off control available. Otherwise, like you said, oh the possibilities for all kinds of stuff to go wrong.
No worries, we'll have the Thought Crimes Police for that.
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Science Is Not Your Enemy

An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians

One would think that writers in the humanities would be delighted and energized by the efflorescence of new ideas from the sciences. But one would be wrong. Though everyone endorses science when it can cure disease, monitor the environment, or bash political opponents, the intrusion of science into the territories of the humanities has been deeply resented. Just as reviled is the application of scientific reasoning to religion; many writers without a trace of a belief in God maintain that there is something unseemly about scientists weighing in on the biggest questions. In the major journals of opinion, scientific carpetbaggers are regularly accused of determinism, reductionism, essentialism, positivism, and worst of all, something called “scientism.” The past couple years have seen four denunciations of scientism in this magazine alone, together with attacks in Bookforum, The Claremont Review of Books, The Huffington Post, The Nation, National Review Online, The New Atlantis, The New York Times, and Standpoint.
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U.S. reports malaria vaccine breakthrough - CNN.com

ive been praying for a vaccine, looks like the man upstairs is gonna deliever
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:05 PM   #295
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Using the latest in 360-degree scanning and 3-D printing technologies, Twinkind, a new company based in Hamburg, Germany, will turn you, your loved ones, or your pets into a marvelously detailed little statues. It might seem a bit gimmicky if the results weren’t so stunning. The final figurines, which can range in size from roughly 6″ (around $300) to 13″ (around $1,700), are strikingly, maybe even a little unsettlingly realistic, capturing everything from poses and facial expressions down to hair styles and the folds in clothes, all in full, faithful color.

So I'm guessing that Matty and SS have spent the server funds on 24 karat gold versions of themselves, Lotus has one made of unicorn horn (or Sasquatch fur), FD went with melted down fleshlights and JR's is made of the hearts of puppies and kittens. Who did I forget?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:44 PM   #296
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And better yet.....

Surge of brain activity may explain near-death experience, study says

Scientists from the University of Michigan recorded electroencephalogram (EEG) signals in nine anesthetized rats after inducing cardiac arrest. Within the first 30 seconds after the heart had stopped, all the mammals displayed a surge of brain activity that had features associated with consciousness and visual activation. The burst of electrical activity even exceeded levels during a normal, awake state.

In other words, they may have been having the rodent version of a near-death experience.

“On a fundamental level, this study makes us think about the neurobiology of the dying brain,” said senior author and anesthesiologist George A. Mashour. It was published Monday online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


More superstitious nonsense can be flushed away. As the great Richard Dawkins stated, "Science, bitches!"
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The Sports Gene - David Epstein

What’s wrong with the 10,000-hour rule? In part, Mr. Ericsson’s research was oversimplified by Mr. Gladwell in “Outliers,” leading everyone from sports athletes to Wall Street hedge-fund managers to employ it in their explanations of success. (The supposedly triumphant example in “Outliers” was the Beatles, who Mr. Gladwell claims owed their success largely to the 10,000 hours they played in dingy nightclubs in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany—selectively ignoring the thousands of garage bands who put in their 10,000 hours and still stink.) As Mr. Epstein notes, 10,000 hours is an average. What is more revealing is the range. A 2007 study on chess players, for example, found that the average number of hours logged to make it to the level of “master” was 11,000 hours, but the range spanned from 3,000 hours for one player to 23,000 hours for another. Even more telling, several players in the study put in more than 25,000 hours of practice and study and never made it to the master level. That is the mystery that The Sports Gene explains so well.

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The Sports Gene is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice. But the science says that it just ain’t so. Not even 10,000 hours of wishful thinking will change nature.

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rat - i think i learn more here than anywhere else. thank you. of course i do not accept what is posted as 100% true but its a good way to stretch the brain in the thoughts and possibilities.
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Great website about robots being developed. LINK

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