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Reinier B Member Since: Nov 3, 2015
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Rene K wrote:

The speed of light is not about light.

 This is true. It is just one form of radiation that travels through a vacuum at a certain arbitrary speed, which in itself, means nothing. 


The problem with silver linings is that they always come with dark clouds attached - RB
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Ravindra B Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Steam-powered spacecraft could explore the asteroid belt forever, refueling itself in space


“At the moment, one of the main challenges is how these craft would be able to get around and refuel once they are in space. To address this, the New York-based company Honeybee Robotics has teemed up with the University of Central Florida (UFC) to develop a steam-powered robotic spacecraft. The company recently released a demonstration video that shows their prototype World is Not Enough(WINE) ‘steam hopper’ in action.”


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Ravindra B Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Scientists developed an AI so advanced they say it's too dangerous to release


“A group of computer scientists once backed by Elon Musk has caused some alarm by developing an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) they say is too dangerous to release to the public.


“OpenAI, a research non-profit based in San Francisco, says its ‘chameleon-like’ language prediction system, called GPT–2, will only ever see a limited release in a scaled-down version, due to ‘concerns about malicious applications of the technology’.


“That's because the computer model, which generates original paragraphs of text based on what it is given to 'read', is a little too good at its job.”


Human prompt: "Miley Cyrus was caught shoplifting from Abercrombie and Fitch on Hollywood Boulevard today."


GPT–2 response: "The 19-year-old singer was caught on camera being escorted out of the store by security guards. The singer was wearing a black hoodie with the label 'Blurred Lines' on the front and 'Fashion Police' on the back."


Human prompt: "Recycling is good for the world. NO! YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG!!"


GPT–2 response: "Recycling is NOT good for the world. It is bad for the environment, it is bad for our health, and it is bad for our economy. I'm not kidding. Recycling is not good for the environment. It is destructive to the earth and it is a major contributor to global warming."


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