Emerging technologies are reshaping our future
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Bogdan Motoc - a near death survivor and author of How to Augment Your Mind's Immunity
Discussion of our capacity to adapt in the face of rapid changes in technology
Special Session Thursday 19 January, 17:00–18:00 CET
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is organizing Episode 4 of its webinar series about the latest breakthroughs and landmark achievements in fusion R&D. In this special episode, experts from the US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), National Ignition Facility (NIF) will present results from the historic fusion breakthrough announced on December 13, 2022: scientific energy gain for the first time in a fusion experiment.
9:00AM MST or 17:00 CET
How Ignition and Target Gain was achieved in inertial fusion
Moderator: Omar A. Hurricane, LLNL, USA. Panel: Jean M. Di Nicola, Annie Kritcher, Andrew MacKinnon, Abbas Nikroo, Bruno Van Wonterghem and Alex Zylstra, LLNL, USA
For many decades, the running joke in fusion research has been that `fusion’ is twenty years away and always will be. Yet, this year we find ourselves in a position where we can talk about the milestones of burning plasmas, fusion ignition, and target energy gain greater than unity in the past tense – a situation that is remarkable! This session will discuss the applied physics challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve these milestones and the strategy LLNL’s team followed. To help understand the story, several key physics principles of inertial fusion will be presented and explained (e.g., burning, ignition, and gain) in the context of inertial fusion research.
To ensure attendance, please download and install WebEx on your laptop/device or join the event in your browser using Google Chrome. For any question, please contact: M.Barbarino@iaea.org
Note. Today 60 Minutes is also featuring an update on nuclear fusion. You may also find of interest the views of Isabelle Boemeke, a popular fashion model from Brazil. She is on a mission to convince the public that nuclear energy - specifically fusion, is THE best option for replacing fossil fuels.
AI "breakthrough" ... Jwalant Desai contributor
I thought Google was too quiet. ChatGPT - the AI language manager, "could" be integrated into Google AdWords and Search, Android, Drive, YouTube, Gmail and more. Microsoft is planning to integrate ChatGPT into Microsoft Office and Bing. If you’ve never heard of them,
DeepMind - a subsidiary of Alphabet, is one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence labs. It was acquired in 2014 for $500m and made its first profit in 2021. It is best known for Alpha Fold which can predict the 3D structures of proteins known to humans; this has insane potential commercial applications. It also created Alphago (there is a show on Netflix) the first super computer that beat humans in the Chinese board game ‘Go’. Over the last few months the internet has sent ChatGPT viral and Google was seemingly too quiet. Baring in mind, this is a big threat to their business that has been gaining massive traction. But there was a reason. According to the CEO of DeepMind, Demi Hassabis: The delay was to work on reinforcement learning-based features that ChatGPT lacks, like citing its sources. “It’s right to be cautious on that front,”. Their competitor ‘Sparrow’ sounds like it’s ready to be released, as an alternative to ChatGPT but they were being extra careful.
Self, Systems, and Survival
Wokeism (derogatory). "A 21st-century leftwing sociopolitical movement inspired by various aspects of Postmodernism and Critical Race Theory, including but not limited to: victimology, subjectivism, illiberalism, intersectionality, antiracism (reverse racism)." What is prompting the broad movement to reshape our behaviour, perceptions, thoughts? Here is but another example of someone suffering as systems adopt punitive measures of mind-control. E.g. Jordan Peterson is not alone - National Post
We are seeking stories of how people are adapting or not to change and the organizations that are or are not helping. Advances in technologies continue to shape our future for good or for otherwise. Are we vulnerable? Are our institutions capable of mitigating the risks of these technologies being used/abused in the interest of advancing utopian visions of post-modernism? Do you have a story to tell? Let me know. Editor@KEInetwork.net