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Choice Conversations: The AI Peril with James Barrat – Artificial Intelligence Series Part 5

For the fifth installment of the Artificial Intelligence Series, Darrell Becker and I interview James Barrat.  James is a film maker, public speaker, and an author.   His book, Our Final Invention, masterfully presents the case for why you should be worried about the singularity. 
 
How is AI different from other multi-use technologies?  What are the basic drives that an AI will have?  Can’t we just program ethics into AIs and alleviate our worries?  How does James feel about AI depictions in popular media?  We cover all of these questions and more in this delightful conversation!
 
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http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-moon-is-a-harsh-mistress-book-review-artificial-intelligence-series-part-2
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/transcendence-movie-review-artificial-intelligence-series-part-2
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/real-agi-with-peter-voss-artificial-intelligence-series-part-4
 
 
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Reprogramming the oocyte

(Phys.org)-Among other things, the egg is optimized to process the sperm genome. The cytoplasmic factors that make this possible also give the egg the ability to reprogram the nuclei from other kinds of cells if these nuclei are swapped into the egg. Although this ‘somatic cell nuclear transfer’ is a handy way to generate pluripotent cells (cells very similar to embryonic stem cells, or even clones like Dolly), there is significant logistical and ethical overhead to the procedure. The alternative is to take the ‘transcription factor’ or iPSC reprogramming approach which attempts to induce a pluripotent state from only partial knowledge of the full method used by the egg

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"Spookiness" Confirmed by the First Loophole-free Quantum Test

FQXi catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

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Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering ‘virus alert’

Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system “virus alert” that may one day boost cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells’ ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system.

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“Spookiness” Confirmed by the First Loophole-free Quantum Test

FQXi catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

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Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering 'virus alert'

Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system “virus alert” that may one day boost cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells’ ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system.

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Jimmy Carter and His ‘Breakthrough’ Cancer Drug

Former president Jimmy Carter, who announced Thursday he has melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain, is being treated with two cutting-edge therapies that offer new hope to the 76,000 Americans diagnosed annually with this type of cancer. Carter, 90, explained in a news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta that melanoma – most commonly occurring as skin cancer, but which can also cause internal tumors – had formed a mass in his liver, as well as …

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Jimmy Carter and His ‘Breakthrough' Cancer Drug

Former president Jimmy Carter, who announced Thursday he has melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain, is being treated with two cutting-edge therapies that offer new hope to the 76,000 Americans diagnosed annually with this type of cancer. Carter, 90, explained in a news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta that melanoma – most commonly occurring as skin cancer, but which can also cause internal tumors – had formed a mass in his liver, as well as …

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Wired for habit

Research from MIT shows that habit formation in primates is driven by neurons that weigh the cost of a habit, as well as the reward. The research provides insights into neuropsychiatric disorders that involve problems with repetitive behavior, such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder.