\nAs New Scientist Tech points out, it will soon be possible to "evolve" colonies of robots that are able to think, act and even pass on their robotic DNA to future generations:
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"Robots that artificially evolve ways to communicate with one another\nhave been demonstrated by Swiss researchers. The experiments suggest\nthat simulated evolution could be a useful tool for those designing of\nswarms of robots. Roboticists Dario Floreano,\nSara Mitri, and Stéphane Magnenat at the Swiss Federal Institute of\nTechnology in Lausanne collaborated with biologist Laurent Keller from\nthe University of Lausanne.\n\n
They first\nevolved colonies of robots in software then tested different strategies\non real bots. Both simulated and real robots were set loose in an arena\ncontaining two types of objects – one classified as "food" and another\ndesignated "poison" – both lit up red. Each bot\nhad a built-in attraction to food and aversion to poison. They also\nhave a randomly-generated set of parameters, dubbed "genomes" that\ndefine the way they move, process sensory information, and how they\nflash their own blue lights... Their "genomes"\nwere combined and randomized in a way designed to mimic mating and\nmutation and used this to create the next generation robot."
With a nod to Charles Darwin, the Swiss researchers are calling the process by which "smart" robots live and "dumb" robots die "unnatural selection."\n
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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