Building BabyX

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The company Soul Machines, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has a unique approach to creating virtual humans. Their hyper-realistic “BabyX” is not merely the result of advanced 3D digital rendering.

Rather, BabyX has been built layer by layer—brain with bloody eyeballs attached, full neural system, and so on. The brain itself is structured to mimic a human brain—possessing a basal ganglia, an amygdala, the thalamus, and so on. Taking a more granular view, the brain chemistry operates on the interaction of virtual serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.

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Sean Parker: Tech Innovations Will Create “Class of Immortal Overlords”

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Welcome to your Facebook utopia

Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so…I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]
—Sean Parker

You know, when somebody as “insidery” as Sean Parker—who was the 1st president of Facebook—predicts that the world will be run in the future by a “class of immortal overlords,” you should really pay attention.

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The Effect Of Smartphones On Dream Quality And Recall

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Here’s a personal observation I’ve made over numerous occasions…but I didn’t even want to believe the conclusion. And that is: sleeping either listening to my iPhone (you know, to meditative music or a podcast) or having my iPhone even near me (by the pillow/on the bed) greatly messes up my dream quality and recall. I mean: messes them up to the point where it almost “bleaches” them out completely.

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Key Self-Driving Car Bill Passes U.S. House Of Representatives

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It is my belief that #1, Industry wants self-driving cars, #2, the U.S. Government wants self-driving cars, and #3 America will see self-driving cars become an everyday way of life much sooner than we think.

Case in point, the “Self Drive Act,” which has just passed with a bipartisan unanimous vote today in the U.S. House Of Representatives. The basic gist of the bill—and you can read it here—is to make it as easy as possible for driverless vehicles to be adopted on the roads, keeping state “interference” to a minimum.

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USA Today Article Promises: “You Will Get Chipped”

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USA Today just wants you to know, just in case you have any ideas otherwise:

You will get chipped.

Their article picks up on the aftermath of the “Chipping Event” at Three Square Market (see: “Company Implanting Microchips In Workers”), including news that there has been some online pushback against the company (1-star reviews, complaints on Facebook, and etc.).

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AI Invents Own Language (Nothing To Worry About)

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“Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”
–Alice, AI Client

Crammed between all the palace intrigue and reality-show gossip that dominates the news cycle is word that an artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook just invented its own language. That’s not Terminator-level uh-oh material, but neither is it inconsequential; it was deemed “serious” enough by the Facebook researchers to shut the AI down.

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