Software pioneer: The nature of intelligence forbids general artificial intelligence 

This post went viral yesterday at Mind Matters:The 2014 science fiction film Transcendence featured a scientist who uploaded his consciousness into an AI program. Many people talk as though things like that are just around the corner. But industry pros say it isn’t really possible. Why not?Fra

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Suzan Mazur asks: How far have we gotten in understanding the mechanome? 

The mechanome is the underresearched “ the set of proteins or molecular entities that sense or respond to forces” within the cell (Allen Liu). Our earlier stab at the subject here at UD garnered 354 comments, so there’s no shortage of interest. The mechanome (and mechanobiology in general) plays a k

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Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change — ScienceDaily

New research has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. The analysis found the effects of climate change are altering the rainforest’s composition of tree species but not quickly enough to keep up with the changing environment.

Source: Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change — ScienceDaily