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Bytemarks Café: Humanity In AI

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As AI algorithms play a bigger role in decision making, how do qualities like ethics, compassion, and inclusion get programmed into the code? On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk about the gathering of thought leaders in Hawai'i to discuss how to move the technology agenda. The event is called TechForce 2019, and its aim is to bring together leaders from key sectors to accelerate tech readiness in our islands. On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion about a novel new project that projects a 3D hologram from Hawaii to American Samoa. The project is called Holo Campus, and is the delivery of University of Hawai'i lectures over the trans-Pacific fiber optic broadband network to the Pacific Islands.


If footage of this ethereal jellyfish doesn't calm you, nothing will

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A cosmic jellyfish floats through the sea in a new video from an underwater robotic craft tasked with exploring the deep ocean off the coast of American Samoa and Samoa. The Okeanos Explorer ship -- operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -- caught sight of the jellyfish on Feb. 21 during a dive in the Utu seamount, a previously unexplored area, according to the agency. The researchers who caught sight of the jellyfish noted that it has two sets of tentacles and the yellow glowing structures dotting the outside of the jelly appear to be reproductive organs, with its red digestive system in the middle. "It's a really beautiful jellyfish," one of the scientists said on a NOAA website. The jellyfish wasn't the only creature seen during the dive deep into Utu.


Only Robots Can Visit Deep-Sea Vents. Now You Can--In Glorious VR!

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The promise of virtual reality is that it can transport you to places you'd prefer not to go: the tops of the highest mountains, for instance, or the mosh pit of Norwegian party metal concert. Then there are the impossible places, like the roiling vents at the bottom of the deepest oceans, where crushing pressures and searing heat make an environment fit only for robots. In March, one of those robots, the straightforwardly-named Remotely Operated Vehicle for Ocean Sciences, spent a staggering 150 hours exploring an undersea volcano near Samoa. Not only were researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute able to capture VR video and upload it to YouTube so regular folk can explore the action themselves (check it out below), but they 3-D mapped a so-called black smoker vent so scientists around the world can study the phenomenon independently. But this wasn't all an exercise in delayed gratification.


Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

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While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with his search for the tiny insect. He told me his goal was to discover a new species of ant, in hopes it might be named after him one day. Whenever I look up at the stars at night pondering the cosmos, I think of my ant collector friend, kneeling in the jungle with a magnifying glass, scouring the earth. I think of him, because I believe in aliens--and I've often wondered if aliens are doing the same to us.


Why haven't we met aliens yet? Because they've evolved into AI. - RBLS.

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While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with his search for the tiny insect. He told me his goal was to discover a new species of ant, in hopes it might be named after him one day. Whenever I look up at the stars at night pondering the cosmos, I think of my ant collector friend, kneeling in the jungle with a magnifying glass, scouring the earth. I think of him, because I believe in aliens--and I've often wondered if aliens are doing the same to us.