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Ex-OpenAI star Sutskever shoots for superintelligent AI with new company

Enlarge / Ilya Sutskever physically gestures as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman looks on at Tel Aviv University on June 5, 2023. (credit: Getty Images) On Wednesday, former OpenAI Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever announced he is forming a new company called Safe Superintelligence, Inc. (SSI) with the goal of safely building "superintelligence,"...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 18:11
How hagfish burrow into deep-sea sediment

Enlarge / A Sixgill Hagfish (Eptatretus hexatrema) in False Bay, South Africa. (credit: Peter Southwood/CC BY-SA 4.0) The humble hagfish is an ugly, gray, eel-like creature best known for its ability to unleash a cloud of sticky slime onto unsuspecting predators, clogging the gills and suffocating said predators. That's...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 16:10
From Infocom to 80 Days: An oral history of text games and interactive fiction

Enlarge / Zork running on an Amiga at the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Marcin Wichary (CC by 2.0 Deed)) You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. That simple sentence first appeared on a PDP-10 mainframe in the 1970s, and the words marked the beginning of what we now know...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 14:40
Why Americans aren’t buying more EVs

Enlarge (credit: koiguo via Getty) Clint and Rachel Wells had reasons to consider buying an electric vehicle when it came to replacing one of their cars. But they had even more reasons to stick with petrol. The couple live in Normal, Illinois, which has enjoyed an economic boost from the electric vehicle assembly plant...

Wed Jun 19, 2024 17:59
NatGeo documents salvage of Tuskegee Airman’s lost WWII plane wreckage

Enlarge / Michigan's State Maritime Archaeologist Wayne R. Lusardi takes notes underwater at the Lake Huron WWII wreckage of 2nd Lt. Frank Moody's P-39 Airacobra. Moody, one of the famed Tuskagee Airmen, fatally crashed in 1944. (credit: National Geographic) In April 1944, a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, Second Lieutenant...

Wed Jun 19, 2024 15:05
When did humans start social knowledge accumulation?

Enlarge (credit: IURII BUKHTA) A key aspect of humans' evolutionary success is the fact that we don't have to learn how to do things from scratch. Our societies have developed various ways—from formal education to YouTube videos—to convey what others have learned. This makes learning how to do things far easier than learning...

Wed Jun 19, 2024 02:15

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