Is it time to give up on consciousness as ‘the ghost in the machine’?

While it’s clear that both the experience and content of consciousness are real, we argue that, from a science explanation, they are epiphenomenal: secondary phenomena based on the machinations of the physical brain itself. In other words, our subjective experience of consciousness is real, but the functions of control and ownership we attribute to that experience are not.

Source: Is it time to give up on consciousness as ‘the ghost in the machine’?

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence • The Register

We’re told Google has used this AI system to produce the floorplan of a next-generation TPU – its Tensor Processing Unit, which the web giant uses to accelerate the neural networks in its search engine, public cloud, AlphaGo and AlphaZero, and other projects and products.

In effect, Google is using machine-learning software to optimize future chips that speed up machine-learning software.

Source: Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence • The Register

Japan will send a transforming robot ball to the moon to test lunar rover tech | Space

“The transformable lunar robot will be an ultra-compact and ultra-lightweight robot that can traverse in the harsh lunar environment,” JAXA stated. The robot’s diminutive size and small mass of 250 grams, JAXA added, “contributes to a reduction in volume during transportation to the moon. Therefore, it is expected to play active roles in future lunar exploration missions as well.”

Source: Japan will send a transforming robot ball to the moon to test lunar rover tech | Space

New Stent-like Electrode Allows Humans to Operate Computers With Their Thoughts – IEEE Spectrum

“The quality of the signals is sacrificed a little by the electrodes being in a blood vessel, rather than directly on brain tissue. But it’s good enough to allow the two participants in the study to accurately type up to 20 characters per minute with predictive text disabled, and do online shopping and banking, all without lifting a finger or using voice commands. “

Source: New Stent-like Electrode Allows Humans to Operate Computers With Their Thoughts – IEEE Spectrum

Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time | New Scientist

EPR involves rapidly cooling a person to around 10 to 15°C by replacing all of their blood with ice-cold saline. The patient’s brain activity almost completely stops. They are then disconnected from the cooling system and their body – which would otherwise be classified as dead – is moved to the operating theatre. A surgical team then has 2 hours to fix the person’s injuries before they are warmed up and their heart restarted.

Source: Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time | New Scientist

New Artificial Intelligence System Automatically Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship | College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

The researchers developed a tool called Geneva (short for Genetic Evasion), which automatically learns how to circumvent censorship. Tested in China, India and Kazakhstan, Geneva found dozens of ways to circumvent censorship by exploiting gaps in censors’ logic and finding bugs that the researchers say would have been virtually impossible for humans to find manually.

Source: New Artificial Intelligence System Automatically Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship | College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

The world’s first Gattaca baby tests are finally here – MIT Technology Review

Handed report cards on a batch of frozen embryos, parents can use the test results to try to choose the healthiest ones. The grades include risk estimates for diabetes, heart attacks, and five types of cancer.

According to flyers distributed by the company, it will also warn clients about any embryo predicted to become a person who is among the shortest 2% of the population, or who is in the lowest 2% in intelligence.”

Source: The world’s first Gattaca baby tests are finally here – MIT Technology Review

Check Your Halloween Candy For Malicious Payloads | Hackaday

We are living in the future.

“[MG] has produced a large quantity of these small devices, packaging them in anti-static wrappers. The wrappers contain a note instructing children to insert them into their parent’s work computers to access “game codes”, and to share them with their friends while hiding them from adults.”

Source: Check Your Halloween Candy For Malicious Payloads | Hackaday