On Strong AI & Robotics

Miscellaneous #6

“According to the results, 42 percent of Autopilot users, and 53 percent of Super Cruise users were confident in treating their vehicles as fully self-driving, even though the manufacturers of these vehicles make no such claims.” says Mark Allinson reporting on a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A long, cold winter is here for self-driving cars: “It’s no secret that autonomous driving technology can’t really handle snowy conditions yet. That’s why all the self-driving car prototypes are being tested in sunny places like Arizona and (sometimes sunny) San Francisco…But winter is coming for self-driving technology—metaphorically, at least. The once red-hot autonomous technology sector that spawned a parade of startups and acquisitions is suddenly looking like it’s lost its way.”

Yo Dawg, I heard you like Minecraft so they put Minecraft in Minecraft:

How? Minecraft has a magic mineral thing called redstone dust. Using redstone dust and associated blocks, you can build basic logic and wires, and therefore computers. And that’s what these people did—they built a computer of ridiculous size inside Minecraft, and made a display inside Minecraft and programmed it to play Minecraft. It’s very slow, so they sped it up to make their demonstration video. They are threatening to get DOOM running next…

Segue into…DOOM “running” in Notepad:

Comparative genomics of mortal and immortal cnidarians unveils novel keys behind rejuvenation

Aging is already solved in vitro. What comes next?

Our moon has been slowly drifting away from Earth over the past 2.5 billion years

These LA Area Startups Want to Be The First to Create a Commercial Space Station

Why ‟controlling for a variable” doesn’t (usually) work

I have no capslock and I must scream

The Intriguing Disappearance of Silphium

What was the first invention to break the sound barrier? And the answer: bullwhip.