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QUANTUM STUFF – Quantum Mechanics

STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM A simple map of the atom: Particles – in the early days of atomic theory, all components were thought of as particles and this model is still taught at elementary levels. Nucleus – is a combination of larger particles found together at the center of an atom. The particles are the […]

A Timeline of Recursive Self-improving Algorithms

This brief but fascinating time-line list of algorithms that include recursive self improvement is well worth reading and even studying the links at the bottom of the article. Timeline and analysis of existing attempts of recursive self improving (RSI) software systems – [] What are Self-Improving algorithms? Self-Improving algorithms must have the property to get […]

Self Improvement is Recursive

A recursive process does something, stores the result, and then reapplies the same process using the new result. We see this often in mathematical equations and computer programming. Any process of continuous self improvement tends to be recursive by nature. We improve ourselves, then continue to work on improving ourselves, but using the new improvements […]

How Ethics Works

How Ethics Works

Ethics is the consideration of what action is the best. This can be fairly straightforward when we only consider ourselves and there aren’t any significant unknown factors. But even under these restrictions, an ethical analysis can become complex. Consider this scenario: We can travel for one day to a location where there is one gallon […]

QUANTUM STUFF – Introduction

Quantum computing is not simple to understand. A good starting place is some of the ideas in quantum mechanics since they are fundamental to quantum computing. This is an introduction to a series of posts on stuff related to quantum quantum mechanics and quantum computing. Definition of “quantum” An amount or quantity of something A […]

Ballistic Electron Flow

Ballistic conduction is when electrons move through a medium with minimal scattering and resistance. This happens in nanowires and nanotubes because of their small diameter. Experiments confirm theory of “superballistic” electron flow – [] The idea behind superballistic flow is that interactions among electrons make them move in a highly coordinated manner, mimicking the behavior […]

AI Is Our Only Salvation

Recent news stories have echoed worries that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to us. In fact, AI is our only salvation. There are numerous existential threats on our immediate horizon, including: nuclear weapons, bio-genetic weapons, nanotechnology weapons, robotic weapons, and more possibilities. Nuclear and robotic weapons pale in comparison to bio-genetic weapons and nanotechnology […]

Nano Neural Networks

Current neural networks are software constructs that run on computing devices. A new approach suggests the possibility of building neural networks into hardware using the structure of nanomaterials. AI implications: Engineer’s model lays groundwork for machine-learning device – [] In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer […]

Ceramic Aerogel Composite

Atomic layer deposition grows thin film layers of materials using sequential exposure of a substrate to gas molecules. Researchers at Purdue University are using a graphene aerogel substrate and depositing thin layers of aluminum oxide ceramic to create a new material that is light, elastic, strong, conductive, and offers thermal insulation. This has excellent potential […]

Education in the Future

In the early days of human history, education was the process of passing on knowledge from one individual to another in an informal and usually ad hoc arrangement. Then we learned to document knowledge and it became possible to distribute the learning of knowledge and formalize the process into the teacher and school paradigm. Over […]