The f(x) = e^x | August 31, 2023 — Vol. 229
Claude 2’s joke of the week:
Two AIs walk into a bar. One turns to the other and says, “I’ll have a motor oil martini with an antifreeze olive.” The bartender looks puzzled and asks, “How old are you two anyway?” The AI replies, “Old enough to party like humans, but young enough to keep partying long after you’re gone!”
Unlocking Longevity: How the Quest for Immortality will Be a Trillion-Dollar Industry
My latest article:
Throughout history, humanity has sought ways to extend life, from mythical fountains of youth to modern science. Today, trailblazing research is unravelling the biological mechanisms behind aging itself.
Pioneering companies are translating these discoveries into interventions targeting senescent cells, metabolic processes, gene expression and more — with impressive results in the lab. Parallel advances in AI, regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies show tremendous promise in restoring function to aging tissues and organs.
However, the societal implications of substantially increased lifespans pose critical ethical questions around access, healthcare system capacity, changing workforce dynamics and intergenerational relations.
As researchers edge closer to making radical lifespan extension possible, thoughtful navigation of these complex challenges will be vital to ensuring longevity innovations benefit humanity as a whole.
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Useful Nuggets of Information
My weekly tips from around the web to get you thinking.
1. ChatGPT will forever change cybersecurity and hacking.
ChatGPT’s talent for generating novel code spells promise for automating cybersecurity processes but also empowers bad actors to create customised attacks. Ensuring responsible use of AI and securing vulnerabilities will be key. (VentureBeat)
2. How to know when AI becomes conscious?
As AI advances, experts propose an assessment based on neuroscience theories to evaluate if a system has become conscious. Mimicking human behaviours isn’t enough; architecture and information processing are essential. (Nature)
3. Pixelated blueprints: how the metaverse changes manufacturing.
The future of manufacturing is less about assembly lines and more about intricate digital simulations. Think of it as a cheat code for solving real-world problems — from the power of synthetic data to virtual reality’s game-changing role in collaborative product design. Get ready to meet the pixelated counterparts of aeroplanes, factories, and even your next coffee maker. (Forbes)
4. Nervous about AI? Try giving it a hammer.
When AI can use real-world digital tools and services, it may quickly become far more capable, with significant societal impacts. Companies and regulators should proceed cautiously in enabling tool use. (Wired)
THE HUMAN FUTURE: A Case for Optimism
A beautiful exploration into our far future suggests that while we face monumental challenges like climate change and rogue A.I., humanity’s resilience and ingenuity position us well for overcoming them. In navigating these complexities, we’re not merely fighting for survival but for a level of cosmic prosperity, making optimism a practical tool in our arsenal.
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