Letter from Utopia: Talking to Nick Bostrom 2017-11-25T22:19:48.345Z
Asgardia - The Space Kingdom 2017-11-18T20:17:50.326Z
Ethical priorities for neurotech and AI - Nature 2017-11-15T09:08:38.309Z
Why Competition in The Politics Industry Is Failing America -pdf 2017-10-31T23:26:30.324Z
Lucid dreaming technique and study 2017-10-20T03:18:39.019Z
Work and income in the next era 2017-09-30T22:02:46.806Z
We've failed: paid publication , pirates win. 2017-09-16T21:53:17.851Z
Researchers studying century-old drug in potential new approach to autism 2017-05-27T21:16:34.780Z
Learning Deep Learning the EASY way, with Keras 2017-05-21T19:48:16.625Z
Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind - The Future of Prediction 2017-05-13T20:59:35.254Z
Moral Robots: Making sense of robot ethics. News aggregator 2017-04-29T21:51:17.589Z
Statcheck: Extract statistics from articles and recompute p values 2017-04-24T23:07:39.135Z
Men without work,or prospects 2017-04-03T20:14:56.918Z
The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices 2017-03-31T17:43:59.538Z
Get full-text of research papers as you browse 2017-03-23T19:56:11.150Z
New method predicts who will respond to lithium therapy 2017-03-20T20:46:20.889Z
Win $1 Million For Your Bright Idea To Fix The World 2017-03-18T22:12:59.392Z
"Field Patterns" as a new mathmatical construct. 2017-02-24T23:56:38.064Z
On the statistical properties and tail risk of violent conflicts 2017-02-23T03:46:22.671Z
DARPA Perspective on AI 2017-02-23T03:27:15.985Z
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause clathrate gun - report 2017-02-19T22:47:20.680Z
Mobile users learning faster, in smaller bytes 2017-02-14T21:03:06.756Z
Basic Income. org 2017-02-11T00:01:46.863Z
UNU swarm intel picks SB exact score 2017-02-06T23:38:27.768Z
Civil resistance and the 3.5% rule 2017-02-02T18:53:09.467Z
"What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash"? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins 2017-01-30T23:57:12.519Z
A century of research following gifted kids. 2017-01-30T23:44:01.533Z
new study finds performance enhancing drugs for chess 2017-01-27T00:04:39.039Z
Funding the Reproducibility Crises as effective giving 2017-01-24T23:05:41.837Z
Self medicating for Schizophrenia with - cigarettes ? 2017-01-24T00:08:02.738Z
Another UBI article, this one on costs and benefits to society 2017-01-23T23:21:54.299Z
Deep Learning twitter list 2017-01-16T23:59:47.077Z
The Mind of an Octopus,Adapted from Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness 2017-01-16T21:07:08.768Z
The trolleycar dilemma, an MIT moral problem app 2017-01-16T19:32:20.170Z
Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech 2017-01-14T23:07:58.380Z
Offenders' deadly thoughts may hold answer to reducing crime 2017-01-13T23:25:43.882Z
Robotics and AI enabling autonomous defense.Technology Foresight research program 2017-01-13T19:15:30.902Z
Light activates amaglyda triggering hunting in mice 2017-01-12T23:44:45.538Z
pplapi is a virtual database of the entire human population. 2017-01-12T02:33:34.414Z
Project: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Weapons, and Meaningful Human Control 2017-01-09T23:25:10.960Z
X risk update, Gliese 710 will pass thru Oort in 1.35 my 2017-01-08T19:58:31.727Z
Dares are social signaling at its purest 2017-01-03T22:48:24.473Z
Off-switch for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system discovered 2016-12-29T22:08:37.871Z
diabetes medication Metformin and hypertension drug syrosingopine treat cancers. 2016-12-27T23:39:21.498Z
50 things I learned at NIPS AI and machine learning conference 2016 2016-12-26T20:50:02.222Z
Frequent sauna bathing protects men against dementia 2016-12-17T03:15:54.041Z
This one equation may be the root of intelligence 2016-12-10T23:23:13.258Z
The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think 2016-12-06T22:42:27.326Z
Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified 2016-12-03T23:49:21.597Z
What if jobs are not the solution, but the problem 2016-11-29T23:21:17.298Z


Comment by morganism on March 2018 Media Thread · 2018-03-19T20:36:20.098Z · LW · GW

Artificial data give the same results as real data — without compromising privacy

"“Once we model an entire database, we can sample and recreate a synthetic version of the data that very much looks like the original database, statistically speaking,” says Veeramachaneni. “If the original database has some missing values and some noise in it, we also embed that noise in the synthetic version… In a way, we are using machine learning to enable machine learning.”

Comment by morganism on March 2018 Media Thread · 2018-03-16T19:53:02.887Z · LW · GW

SRI Report Independently Verifies Brillouin LENR Reactions (report included)

Brillouin’s LENR technology includes a proprietary method of electrical stimulation of nickel metal conductors using its Q-Pulse™ control system. The process stimulates the system to produce LENR reactions, which generate excess heat. Other than the heat output, there are no (zero) toxic or CO2 bi-product emissions of any kind.

Comment by morganism on An alternative way to browse LessWrong 2.0 · 2018-03-08T10:45:38.779Z · LW · GW

Wow, thanks. I don't see anything at LW 2.0, so nice to be able to read articles again.

Comment by morganism on Open thread, Sep. 12 - Sep. 18, 2016 · 2017-12-23T22:52:21.945Z · LW · GW

"Destroyed Worlds" --Cause Star's Strange Dimming (VIDEO)

"A team of U.S. astronomers studying the star RZ Piscium has found evidence suggesting its strange, unpredictable dimming episodes may be caused by vast orbiting clouds of gas and dust, the remains of one or more destroyed planets."

Comment by morganism on December 2017 Media Thread · 2017-12-23T22:44:44.795Z · LW · GW

73% of developers who don't use AI plan to learn how in 2018

Comment by morganism on December 2017 Media Thread · 2017-12-16T23:27:19.447Z · LW · GW

Courtroom science primers launched today

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-30T23:46:41.336Z · LW · GW

Wrong number fone tones, to get spam callers and robo callers will auto hang up,Special_information_tone

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-26T21:19:04.057Z · LW · GW

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?

"We suggest that our personal awareness does not create, cause or choose our beliefs, feelings or perceptions. Instead, the contents of consciousness are generated “behind the scenes” by fast, efficient, non-conscious systems in our brains. All this happens without any interference from our personal awareness, which sits passively in the passenger seat while these processes occur. "

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-25T22:21:34.981Z · LW · GW

SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

"The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working."

Comment by morganism on Letter from Utopia: Talking to Nick Bostrom · 2017-11-25T22:20:16.366Z · LW · GW

"Here Bostrom and I discuss applications of his book across any number of fields — from history to philosophy to public policy to practices of everyday life (both now and in millennia to come)."

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-25T00:07:29.157Z · LW · GW

Brain wiring differences in people and crows vs. primates

Comment by morganism on Asgardia - The Space Kingdom · 2017-11-18T20:20:12.924Z · LW · GW

there are volunteer openings. They just launched a cubesatt to ISS, so they want to be considered a space-faring nation by the UN.

Vacancies in the Civics Division

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-18T20:09:34.384Z · LW · GW

Hibernating ground squirrels provide clues to new stroke treatments.

" A treatment to help brain cells survive a stroke-induced lack of oxygen and glucose could dramatically improve patient outcomes, but no such neuroprotective agents for stroke patients exist."

"ebselen - was found to both boost SUMOylation in rat cells and keep them alive in the absence of oxygen and glucose."

This is also important for space travel to the Belt and beyond. There is some research on-going on hibernation for humans.

and this, reverses brain trauma injury in mice.

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-17T23:18:00.121Z · LW · GW
Ask HN: How can I use my web development skills for space exploration/tech?

Hate to just post up HN, but there are some good employment ideas in this post. You can also go out to the Mojave Space Port if you have mech skills.

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-17T21:41:41.189Z · LW · GW

and how to do low budget Sci-Fi right

The Drift

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-17T21:17:45.293Z · LW · GW

Pulse - 1988

A movie "loosely" based on the 84 story by John Varley called " Press Enter []". X Files also did a take-off on it, but all i remember was a "defense" satellite targeting a hide out trailer. I believe both of those were based on an un-freindly AI, but the Pulse movie was just a bit o' evil in the lines.

Some fabulous macro photog of electronic components overheating,and the play out of circuit boards to city streets is reminiscent of Tron.

An exemplary display of how important music and audio are to make suspenseful and tense tableau. Acting just adequate, and decent S.E. of elect discharge don't date it to bad.

Press Enter [] , Hugo and Nebula for Novella story, originally in Asimov's SF mag.

Pulse -

Pulse - Utube-

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-17T06:41:41.679Z · LW · GW

3d app that brings galleries into your living room

The app, called ArtPassport, also provides detailed information about individual artists and their works for newcomers to the art world. They’ve provided virtual tours of recent exhibitions including Haroon Mirza and Jake and Dinos Chapman at the Frieze art fair in London this year."

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-17T05:46:59.869Z · LW · GW

The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Looks like it makes you feel tougher, but didn't affect illness days.

Wonder if this is the same folks that did the sauna protects from alzheimers and heart failure....

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-16T09:21:58.388Z · LW · GW

What is the computational power of the universe?

" Jordan does not imagine what we could learn if humanity somehow converted the entire cosmos into a vast computing device, he asks, now that the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature, can we use what we see through our telescopes to gain insights into difficult computational problems? "

Comment by morganism on Military AI as a Convergent Goal of Self-Improving AI · 2017-11-13T23:11:24.416Z · LW · GW

Seems to me at 3.4, the first stage is to bring down all competing nations electric grids, thereby slowing trade, transportation, and hampering retaliation. Think of non-lethal mines. The side effects would be instantaneous, and lethal. And the military could easily see it as a defensible and deniable action.

this would be trivial to anything hooked into the net, and has access to SCADA coding and grid diagrams.

It would also behoove the local "friendly" AI , to interupt communications in it's home base, to keep outside influences from retaliating against it's base. So you would likely get a comms blackout , except when the AI wanted to communicate it's orders. It would also make sense to set up new frequency hopping algo's on existing lines where that would be possible (i.e. not old POTS lines?)

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-13T22:43:06.046Z · LW · GW

Grilled Cheese Academy

A cooking site that i wish i had found years ago. Sponsored by Wisconsin , and has a big prize for annual winners.

Bachelor heaven !

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-10T23:23:42.638Z · LW · GW

Sage - Administrative AI , and ethical coding statement. PDF

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-09T18:00:50.558Z · LW · GW

Kiss your car goodbye,

"Everyone will have five years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap or trade it on a module."

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-09T17:55:53.707Z · LW · GW

NK3 by Michael Tolkin

a SF tale of a bioengineered weapon that destroys reasoning and memories, rendering humanity unable to do science or maintain tech.

Comment by morganism on November 2017 Media Thread · 2017-11-02T20:51:58.000Z · LW · GW

Arctic Methane Release - interview w Sharkova.

Top russian researcher in the game.

Comment by morganism on Beauty as a signal (map) · 2017-10-31T22:51:42.808Z · LW · GW

Should Women Give Up the Power that Comes With Being Objectified?

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-29T23:05:17.553Z · LW · GW

Notepad and scheduling app, tiddlywiki

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-28T20:53:25.646Z · LW · GW

Eocene thermal spike, CO2 was only 1000ppm

Burial-induced oxygen-isotope re-equilibration of fossil foraminifera explains ocean paleotemperature paradoxes

This may mean most climate models are at the low end of speed of warming increase

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-28T20:49:15.975Z · LW · GW

GSA meeting- Journey Into The Chicxulub Crater

Session Link:

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-26T19:55:45.628Z · LW · GW

Hurricane Maria Damage Assessment - PR NWS - drone footage

and the US weather service is losing personell

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-26T09:26:23.921Z · LW · GW

Outer Planets Assessment Group - meeting Sept 2017 presentations

Allen Stern update on New Horizons interesting.

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-24T23:13:19.536Z · LW · GW

America Has a Monopoly Problem—and It’s Huge

"This increase in market power helps explain simultaneously the slowdown in productivity growth, the sluggishness of the economy, and the growth of inequality—in short, the poor performance of the American economy"

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-24T23:05:55.974Z · LW · GW


wonderful descriptions of environments, interesting ideas on bio-printing and big pharma, with IP having its own intl police force.

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-21T21:26:53.166Z · LW · GW

confirmation of a disappearing star, search for failed supernovae

"The researchers used new observations made with HST, shown above, which shows that N6946-BH1 is no longer there in the visible spectrum, but a faint signal in the near-infrared is present.

Based on the data and models, the scientists believe the data points toward the formation of a black hole, with the thermal emission being created by accretion material entering the black hole."

Comment by morganism on Lucid dreaming technique and study · 2017-10-21T21:26:25.064Z · LW · GW

Maybe tape a note on ceiling with " I A D" on it to remind yourself as you drift off again.

Comment by morganism on Lucid dreaming technique and study · 2017-10-20T03:21:17.778Z · LW · GW

"The MILD technique works on what we call 'prospective memory' - that is, your ability to remember to do things in the future. By repeating a phrase that you will remember you're dreaming, it forms an intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember that you are dreaming, leading to a lucid dream,"

  1. reality testing - which involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you're dreaming.

  2. wake back to bed - waking up after five hours, staying awake for a short period, then going back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur.

  3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) - which involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then developing the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: "The next time I'm dreaming, I will remember that I'm dreaming." You also imagine yourself in a lucid dream.

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-20T03:07:22.794Z · LW · GW

Suicide molecules kill any cancer cell (in mice)

"Peter found that a large number of these small RNAs derived from certain genes did not, as expected, only suppress the gene they were designed against. They also killed all cancer cells. His team discovered these special sequences are distributed throughout the human genome, embedded in multiple genes as shown in the study in Cell Cycle.

When converted to siRNAs, these sequences all act as highly trained super assassins. They kill the cells by simultaneously eliminating the genes required for cell survival. By taking out these survivor genes, the assassin molecule activates multiple death cell pathways in parallel."

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-20T03:01:59.399Z · LW · GW

Peace Processes and Durable Returns

" What the Balkans can teach other states in conflict

Research at the University of Kent into how areas like the Balkans have developed ways to address the challenges of their past -- including ethnic cleansing -- offers a toolkit for others facing similar conflict"


Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-20T02:40:02.594Z · LW · GW

Chaos reigns even in simple electronics

"Chaotic behavior is so complex that to this day there are no methods to effectively design electronic circuits of this type." Even in electronic circuits containing only one or two transistors, chaos is ubiquitous! The predictable and always the same reactions of electronic devices that we all use on an everyday basis do not reflect the nature of electronics but the efforts of designers"

Of particular interest was one of the found oscillators, which generated voltage spikes resembling stimuli typical for neurons. The similarity of impulses was striking here, but not complete.

"Our artificial neuron analogue proved to be much faster than its biological counterpart: pulses were produced thousands of times more often! If it were not for the lack of criticality and multi-fractality, the speed of operation of this circuit would justify talking about an electronic super-neuron. Perhaps such a circuit exists, only we have not found it yet. At the moment, we have to be satisfied with our 'almost super-neuron'," comments Dr. Minati, with a smile.

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-16T23:47:06.445Z · LW · GW

Physically active white men at high risk for plaque buildup in arteries

"When these findings were stratified by race and gender, they found that white men were at the highest risk-they were 86 percent more likely to have CAC. There was no higher odds of CAC for black participants who exercised at this level, and while there was a similar trend for white women it was not statistically significant."

"High levels of exercise over time may cause stress on the arteries leading to higher CAC," said Rana, "however this plaque buildup may well be of the more stable kind, and thus less likely to rupture and causes heart attack, which was not evaluated in this study."

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-15T19:39:39.946Z · LW · GW

Glucosamine dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

Since neural excitability in the hippocampus is a key feature of seizures and epilepsy, they hypothesized that acutely increasing protein O-GlcNAcylation might dampen the pathological hyperexcitability associated with these brain disorders.

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-14T07:57:53.187Z · LW · GW

NIST cautions of using bayes for weighting in legal forensics

"Bayesian theory does not support using an expert's opinion, even when expressed numerically, as a universal weight of evidence. Among different ways of presenting information, it has not been shown that LR is most appropriate."

Comment by morganism on A different argument against Universal Basic Income · 2017-10-11T08:40:44.421Z · LW · GW

Universal Basic Income and the Threat of Tyranny

"The World Bank gives us a list of countries ordered by what percentage of their merchandise exports comes from fuels. At 50% or more we find, in this order: Iraq, Angola, Algeria, Brunei, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Oman, Norway, Colombia, Bolivia and Bahrain. Can we notice a trend? How many of these countries provide a good set of political rights for their citizens?"

" A country that generates its wealth from its citizens has no choice but to keep those citizens happy, at least to some degree; a country that generates its wealth from oil wells, only needs to keep a handful of mercenaries happy as they guard the access to those wells."

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-08T22:47:00.973Z · LW · GW

Machine Learning for Investors: A Primer

"We’ll review the following items in this piece:

How machine learning differs from statistical methods and why it’s a big deal
The key concepts
A couple of nuts-and-bolts examples to give a flavor of how it solves problems
Code to jumpstart your own mad science experiments
A roadmap to learn more about it.
Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-07T21:43:14.117Z · LW · GW

Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

"Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet."

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ."

and this on ads and graphics

Comment by morganism on October 2017 Media Thread · 2017-10-07T21:29:06.409Z · LW · GW

Lung Collapses Are A Surprisingly Common Esports Injury

"Over the last seven years, at least six high-profile esports players have been struck with a debilitating and serious medical condition called spontaneous pneumothorax—a collapsed lung. Some had to withdraw from matches. A couple kept playing, even though it probably wasn’t a great idea. Why is this, of all injuries, common in esports?

Comment by morganism on September 2017 Media Thread · 2017-09-30T23:05:44.506Z · LW · GW

Machs Effect interstellar propellentless propulsion mission proposal at NASA NIAC

Next Steps • Publish – – One or more papers on results of our current laboratory scale test program – Additional peer-reviewed papers on theory are in preparation – Paper on IMES-1 design and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) • Upgrade test facilities and increase thrust – –Increase data rate and number of channels –Improve torsion balance – Increase thrust ~10x • Design an on-orbit test of the MEGA drive – – Our planned on-orbit test using a microsatellite (or CubeSat) is presently at TRL ~ 2 – We favor a rotational test, spinning a microsatellite up (and down) by opposing drives. This removes atmospheric drag as a major error source.

Comment by morganism on Open thread, September 25 - October 1, 2017 · 2017-09-30T23:04:06.168Z · LW · GW

are they going to post up the presentations and posters?

Comment by morganism on September 2017 Media Thread · 2017-09-30T22:28:21.585Z · LW · GW

What I Hate About Dating Women vs What I Hate About Dating Men

"There is also something a little bit socially darwinian about the whole thing. The overriding assumption with guys I date seems to be that the most valuable thing I have to contribute to my children is my DNA. My life experience and wisdom? Worthless. I mean, maybe that’s too harsh — many men do care about personality — but only after I’ve made the DNA cut. And, it’s worth mentioning, I think many men care about intelligence more than looks, so they’re not “superficial” exactly, but they view intelligence as an inheritable trait and they like me because they think my kids will get that trait from me. My primary bartering chip with men is what I was born with."

Comment by morganism on Work and income in the next era · 2017-09-30T22:13:50.776Z · LW · GW

"This article was triggered by the contemporary experiences of the authors. We were tired of hearing economists talk about how necessary growth and productivity are for well-being. We don’t believe in this story any more."