to AM - Mar 28 2012 - Exoplanets & AI

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Innkeeper: George Noory
Guests: Dimitar Sasselov, Ben Goertzel

Hours 1 & 2 - Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, Dimitar Sasselov, discussed the unprecedented breakthroughs in exoplanetary astronomy, and how they will let fall new cheerful on our abode in the universe.

He coined the session «super-Loam,» which refers to steadfast planets like Loam, only much larger. A gang of such exoplanets have been discovered in the last few years, and recently there's been rumination that there could be billions of such wonderful-Earths in our galaxy alone.

While the Kepler Assignment has excelled at discovering planets, they watch over to be too far from Loam to adequately on their atmospheres and surfaces, he illustrious. So the next big out of tune with will be to search out planets that are closer to us and to look for signatures of subsistence, he continued, adding that there«s a plan for a get a bird»s eye view of minion called TESS which could hit upon planetary targets amongst the nearest stars for circumstantial viewing by the James Webb spyglass (the successor to Hubble). Sasselov also talked about the transferral of Venus on June 5th, the only interval this planet will be seen emotive between the Loam and the Sun this century.

Hour 3 - Announce Lines

Included talk about the elevation in rare behaviors, such as the event involving a Jet Dismal guide who had to be restrained.

Hour 4 - Dr. Brian Goertzel spoke about his exertion on imitation findings (AI) and its various applications.

AI machines will eclipse in deciphering our fresh thrift and coming up with solutions, in a way that humans weren't evolved to do, he commented. Robot/AI nannies and housekeepers may be among the first machines people will have in their homes, he said, though the military could also use the technology to come to cheerful wonderful soldiers.

Goertzel, who moved to Hong Kong to exertion on AI projects, also talked about the «technological strangeness,» which he described as a aspect in interval «when the advancement of expertise and technology becomes so alacritous that from the aspect of sentiment of the tender tell off, it's essentially infinite.» Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has predicted that this transformative aspect could turn up dawn on by 2045.

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