Science - strawberry float YEAH

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by Grumpy David » Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:18 pm

Alvin Flummux wrote:I wonder if this DeepMind AI can be put to use decoding the as-yet-indecipherable Harappan (Indus Valley) texts, or the Voynich Manuscript?


Any sort of pattern recognition / trial and error type input should work so that's something it could do and probably fairly easily too. It just requires a huge input of data to spot the patterns.

The more I read about this protein story, the more I'm fascinated by it. It's the start of something huge. The potential for enzymes that breakdown plastic rubbish that would otherwise blight us for thousands of years sounds like something out of Sci Fi rather than practical applications that result from Deepmind cracking the maths. It's worthy of its own topic rather being buried in a 50 page general thread.

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by Ironhide » Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:29 pm

Alvin Flummux wrote:I wonder if this DeepMind AI can be put to use decoding the as-yet-indecipherable Harappan (Indus Valley) texts, or the Voynich Manuscript?


I thought that was now considered to be either an elaborate hoax or possibly just the rambling jottings of a madman.

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by Xeno » Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:28 pm

In sad news Arecibo radio telescope has fully collapsed. Another cable snapped taking the whole platform down.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... uerto-rico

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by Alvin Flummux » Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:11 pm

Ironhide wrote:
Alvin Flummux wrote:I wonder if this DeepMind AI can be put to use decoding the as-yet-indecipherable Harappan (Indus Valley) texts, or the Voynich Manuscript?


I thought that was now considered to be either an elaborate hoax or possibly just the rambling jottings of a madman.


I'm pretty sure it's some guy's attempt to create a universal language, like a late medieval Esperanto. Either way, it would be cool to get that deciphered.

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by Preezy » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:02 am

Xeno wrote:In sad news Arecibo radio telescope has fully collapsed. Another cable snapped taking the whole platform down.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... uerto-rico

For England, James.

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by KK » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:04 pm

BBC News wrote:The UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.

The agency, Aria, will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.

Aria, which has £800m funding over four years, will have a "higher tolerance for failure than is normal", the government said.

Labour said the government needed to clarify what the agency would do.

The new body - the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) - would fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research, the government said.

But the amount of funding it will get is a fraction of the money pumped into existing government research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

For 2020-21 alone, the government has allocated £10.36bn for its research programmes and bodies.

Nevertheless, the government said that Aria would "help to cement the UK's position as a global science superpower".

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the new agency would "drive forward the technologies of tomorrow" by "stripping back unnecessary red tape".

"From the steam engine to the latest artificial intelligence technologies, the UK is steeped in scientific discovery. Today's set of challenges - whether disease outbreaks or climate change - need bold, ambitious and innovative solutions.

"Led independently by our most exceptional scientists, this new agency will focus on identifying and funding the most cutting-edge research and technology at speed," Mr Kwarteng said.

Boris Johnson's former senior adviser Dominic Cummings was a prominent supporter of "blue-sky" thinking by small groups of scientists, saying in 2019 funding should be given to "high-risk high-payoff visions".

Aria will be modelled on the influential US Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa), which supported research that led to the internet and GPS, and its successor Darpa, which funded the precursors to today's coronavirus vaccines.

Science and innovation minister Amanda Solloway said: "To rise to the challenges of the 21st Century, we need to equip our R&D community with a new scientific engine - one that embraces the idea that truly great successes come from taking great leaps into the unknown."

Recruitment for a chief executive and chair for the agency will begin in the coming weeks.

Labour shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said the agency needed to have a clear mandate and to be subject to Freedom of Information laws, to ensure transparency of funding.

"Labour has long called for investment in high ambition, high risk science," he said. "But government must urgently clarify the mission and mandate of this new organisation, following strong engagement with the UK's science base - those closest to the work."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56117560

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by Peter Crisp » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:09 pm

If that isn't an admission of a UK Stargate program I don't know what is.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.

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