It's been a big year for Exoplanets who are hypothesized as inhabitable by life. So we thought we'd give our own solar system one last try to impress us.
None of us are astrophysics, astronomers, astronauts or rocket scientist (if you are please feel free to join us). Taking a trip to our solar system was not very easy. But thanks to high resolution images from telescopes, probes and satellites we have managed to play astronauts from the comfort of a computer. And while David Bowie may wonder "is there life on mars" we really want to know "whose shed is laying in the middle of the mars landscape?".
Pictures from JPL education NASA and Will Gater's Moon imagery
A seriously non serious disclaimer: This blog is fully aware of the scientific fallacy of the statements about to be presented and that years of geological changes, cosmic impacts and image distortion is probably accountable for observations. However, if life is found on any of the following planets due to our very thorough examinations we would like to be given at least partial credit.
What happens on Mars stays on Mars, or does it? After careful browsing of the Rover footage, this fellow was found.
JUPITER MOON EUROPA
Above Icy rocks on Europa below an Earth city. Can you spot someone waving on the moon of Jupiter?
Disney is slowly taking over the surface if Mercury
As young students studying the basics of cognitive science, we are often introduced to artificial intelligence paradigms and developments. At the time of my schooling simpler chatbot AI algorithms such as the one used for ELIZA were available. Though AI is so much more than a talking avatar, in fact most of the machines we use today have some AI features; the AI-humanoids were the ones that attracted my attention the most.
From R2D2 in Star Wars and Gerty in Moon to David in Prometheus, a cognition which we program, has always fascinated us one way or another and is an important feature in any scifi story, fantasy saga or visualisation of the future.
When first doing the Turing test in 2004, the “who was non-human” was clearly obvious. The language of the chatbot was simple and the algorithm wasn’t as sophisticated, hence it took one philosophical question and you’d know if it was a computer or a human making the remarks. My first try was playing around with ELIZA. Today, software such as the Cleverbot score a 59.3% human on the ratings, compared to 63% scored by actual humans. That is enormously good as results above 50% rating is considered a success.
Though some clues emerge, there is always a sense of doubt.
"I often ask myself if it is because the humanoids are becoming more elegantly programmed to learn smarter or if humans are just simply getting, let’s just say, less elegantly programmed when we utter ourselves on the internet."
Most of us have seen the popular video of two chatbots talking to each other on youtube.
What struck me was how two algorithms produced a more intelligent conversation than most humans I’ve heard converse out in public. What a leap from poor old ELIZA. If you haven’t talked to her, please do. You will find statements such as “Tell me more” and “Why do you think there is moon tonight” and let’s not forget the classic “We were talking about you, not me” every time you try to make it personal. So, in sciphi lab spirit, the first experiment to reach this level of conversation was performed (with some modification to original procedure).
A simple chatbot called Evie was set up to talk to another Evie. Two questions were chosen "what is time" and "what is intelligence" asked in two separate sessions. One Evie's answer was typed in to the other ones chat window, eliminating human interaction out of the equation of “intelligence”. We could just let them say hello to each other, but that has already been explored.
They were allowed to chat for 5 minutes and no editing is done to the video to disclose the entire procedure, hence the slow pace.
The algoritms were good. They learn from us, and with one million conversations logged, their verbal range is wider than many other chatbots. Until they started counting....(then they loose much credibility). In conclusion, I don't think we need to worry about Terminators roaming the planet keeping us as slaves quite yet. But if they do, perhaps the conversations will be interesting. //AOT
AND OTHER CHATBOTS ON THE RISE....
Already as we speak a number of medical companies have realized that we use our phones probably more often than we use any other device in our everyday life. And what better way to both make money and make people’s lives easier than making the very thing they already use, even more useful, and eliminating carrying extra items around.
Notably not the first, but the most creative of such recent devices is an app and appendix to your iPhone that measures blood sugar. Making the lives of many Type 1 and 2 diabetics much more flexible (when you leave your house, you are bound to forget your phone less often than your blood sugar monitor).
More and more biotech companies are realizing that they too, in the future, are going to have to be mobile. Some may fear a loss of market, but what they don’t realize is that the evolution of products is on its way, with or without their participation.
Many have been reluctant to approve and even conceive such possibility due to fear of too little medical literacy among the potential users. But that is exactly what was said about home pregnancy tests, and no birthing and health care apocalypse was witnessed upon its introduction to the market. And though the fear is very legitimate as health is something we don't want people to experiment with, most people are, believe it or not, capable of understanding medical information. Sometimes those with chronic diseases are even more informed than their caregivers given that they live with their conditions 24/7 while they only spend a small fraction of that time being in professional care. If we inform, clearly and thoughtfully, information and user will unite.
So, I predict in the next 10 and 20 years, (IF apps and iPhones are still around and the way to make these viable); you will be poking yourself with your phone. Here are three small examples.
Ovulation and Pregnancy measurement
An extra small little device which you pee on, analysing hCG values and determining if you are pregnant or not as well as monitoring hCG levels throughout the first 12 weeks.
Another device, but same app can track ovulation hormones.
Measure your vitamins!
Just a prick and the results are in! What are you lacking, what are you in abundance of. A lot of the times fatigue and bad immunity can just be a result of lack of D-vitamin or one of his close friends responsible for many of the building blocks of your DNA and function.
Knowing when you are going to die is never scientifically viable, but knowing how your cells are living and dying might be worth monitoring. Measuring telomere length is no walk in the park, and in the end it can only tell us so much. But wouldn’t you like to know what your longevity may look like? If there is some form of stress and beginning of perhaps something worse to come in your body? And wouldn’t you want to know if you are lengthening or shortening it with your lifestyle? Hopefully in the future you will.
In no particular order here is a throwback to 2012 science discoveries that made us scratch our heads and once again be amazed about all that we still are not cognizant about. Click on the titles for full articles.
1 First-ever monkey-chimera grown from cells taken from different embryos.
2 We're getting closer to a language (not mind) reading MRI procedure
3 3D printer makes human jaw replacement
4 Drug removes pathology of Alzheimer's in only 72 hours in AD mice
5 Higgs Boson may have been discovered
6 A fly species, kept in complete darkness for 57 years (1,400 generations) becomes altered and gives supportive evidence to evolution
7 A rectangular galaxy is discovered
8 Chinese Physicists Smash Distance Record For Teleportation
10 American scientists create an artificial jellyfish out of silicone and lab-grown heart cells
11 Brain implants to enhance cognitive function in rhesus monkeys successful
12 Artificial muscles are stronger than superman?
13 Analysis of 6,515 exomes reveals the recent origin of most human protein-coding variants
14 American scientists use a particle accelerator to send a coherent neutrino message through 780 feet of rock.
15 Scientists successfully develop synthetic DNA compounds, dubbed "XNA"
16 New brain scanner helps paralysed people spell words
17 XX an XY unlikely to be replaced with a common W chromosome, male sex will not be extinct.
18 German physicists develop the world's first universal quantum computing network
19 The Antiparticle may have been found
20 American researchers demonstrate a rewritable DNA memory capable of storing digital data.