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Nov 26, 2020

AI trained on the bible spits out bleak religious prophecies

Posted by in categories: existential risks, information science, robotics/AI

Code Unto Caesar

Durendal’s algorithm wrote scripture about three topics: “the plague,” “Caesar,” and “the end of days.” So it’s not surprising that things took a grim turn. The full text is full of glitches characteristic of AI-written texts, like excerpts where over half of the nouns are “Lord.” But some passages are more coherent and read like bizarre doomsday prophecies.

For example, from the plague section: “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; When they saw the angel of the Lord above all the brethren which were in the wilderness, and the soldiers of the prophets shall be ashamed of men.”

Nov 26, 2020

Telesat to Merge With Loral Space to Form Public Company

Posted by in categories: finance, space

Telesat Canada is combining with major shareholder Loral Space & Communications to form one public company to finance its Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation.

Telesat Canada and its co-owners Loral Space and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) revealed Tuesday that Telesat Canada and Loral will become subsidiaries of Telesat Corporation, a new publicly traded Canadian incorporated and controlled company. The company will be headquartered in Ottawa and led by Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg.

“Following the closing of the transaction, Telesat will have access to the public equity markets, providing increased flexibility and optionality to support our promising investment opportunities, including Telesat LEO, which will bridge the digital divide both at home in Canada and around the world, and give our customers the competitive advantage they need to be successful,” Goldberg commented in the news release.

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Nov 26, 2020

PlanetSolar completes first solar-powered boat trip around the globe

Posted by in category: sustainability

Circa 2012

Nov 26, 2020

The last covid-free places on earth have something in common: Travel shutdowns

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Now those islands are some of the only remaining corners of the globe where the coronavirus doesn’t exist, thanks to their total suspension of inbound tourism and other nonessential travel.

These 8 countries are accepting American travelers for remote-work trips

The islands of Samoa, which include the U.S. territory of American Samoa, closed to nonessential travel in March and have not recorded any confirmed coronavirus cases. To enter, U.S. citizens must hold permanent residency and request permission from the Samoan Health Ministry to travel on a commercial flight to Samoa through Auckland, New Zealand, before quarantining for 14 days.

Nov 26, 2020

X-Ray Scans of Ancient Egyptian Mummy Reveal a Surprising Discovery

Posted by in category: futurism

An Egyptian mummy that was decorated with a woman’s portrait contained a surprise – the body of a child who was only 5 years old when she died.

Now, scientists have learned more about the mysterious girl and her burial, thanks to high-resolution scans and X-ray “microbeams” that targeted very small regions in the intact artifact.

Computed X-ray tomography (CT) scans of the mummy’s teeth and femur confirmed the girl’s age, though they showed no signs of trauma in her bones that could suggest the cause of her death.

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Nov 26, 2020

Scientists Decipher the Sun’s Nuclear Fusion for the First Time

Posted by in category: particle physics

The discovery “reinforces our confidence that we understand how stars work.”


New Life

Scientists had already found neutrinos given off when the Sun fuses hydrogen into helium, a hallmark process of lighter stars that gives off 99 percent of the sun’s energy. The new discovery not only extended the lifespan of the Borexino detector — which was scheduled to be decommissioned next month — but also revitalized scientists’ understanding of the cosmos.

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Nov 26, 2020

These Futuristic Business-Class Seats Aim to Bring You More Privacy—and Hygiene

Posted by in categories: business, climatology

Designed to fit in existing aircraft interiors, the Air Lair allows for climate control, privacy and heightened sanitation for each passenger.

Nov 26, 2020

YouTube is testing AI-generated video chapters

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The feature could save YouTube creators from having to manually add chapters to the descriptions of their videos.

Nov 26, 2020

16 thoughts on “Hyperbaric Hyperbole”

Posted by in category: life extension

An Israeli study came out last week that has been described as rejuvenation via hyperbaric oxygen. I’m not taking it very seriously, and I owe you an explanation why.

Nov 26, 2020

Intelligent Life Really Can’t Exist Anywhere Else

Posted by in categories: evolution, futurism

Hell, our own evolution on Earth was pure luck.


In newly published research from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, scientists study the likelihood of key times for evolution of life on Earth and conclude that it would be virtually impossible for that life to evolve the same way somewhere else.

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