On Strong AI & Robotics

Miscellaneous #20

Curated Links of the Peculiar and the Prodigious

Vitamin D deficit is associated with accelerated brain aging in the general population

Wolfram|Alpha as the Way to Bring Computational Knowledge Superpowers to ChatGPT

ChatGPT/LLM Errors Tracker

Startup Uses AI Chatbot to Provide Mental Health Counseling and Then Realizes It ‘Feels Weird’

Class action lawsuit against Microsoft GitHub and OpenAI on Copilot violating open-source licenses

Class action law­suit chal­leng­es that Sta­ble Dif­fu­sion “vio­lates the rights of artists”

The forgotten mistake that killed Japan’s software industry

Inside Japan’s long experiment in automating elder care: The country wanted robots to help care for the elderly. What happened?

Five-Decade Decline in Fatal Police Shootings

2022 Ranked Choice Voting Year in Review

UAPs are the new UFOs, and we have a new agency in America to deal with them: the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO). Here’s their 2022 annual report.

Coal Use Hits New Record

Marine cloud brightening “This would produce a cooling, which general circulation model (GCM) computations suggest could—subject to satisfactory resolution of technical and scientific problems identified herein—have the capacity to balance global warming up to the carbon dioxide-doubling point”

A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate

Chemists cook up brand-new kind of nanomaterial

Two Wild Soviet Personal Computers of the 1980s

All of the bases in DNA and RNA have now been found in meteorites

The Spaceballs Argument for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)

Pre-Columbian monkey tools

Prehistoric population once lived in Siberia, but mysteriously vanished, genetic study finds

confirmation for predictions about early, rapid, galaxy formation

‘Disruptive’ science has declined

Why are antennas popping up all over the foothills? Salt Lake City seeks to solve mystery

Why Archeologists Are Too Scared To Open The Tomb Of China’s First Emperor

The vampire who created the modern world

Southern Ring Nebula [public domain: NASA / STScI]