Three aspects of Krishna's Teaching (lecture) V.Antonov Translated by T.Danilevich Bhagavad Gita, one of the books of the ancient Indian epos "Mahabharata" features the dialogue between the prince Arjuna and Divine Krishna through whose mouth Ishvara (God-Father) expounded His Teaching. This Teaching can be divided into three components: 1. 2. 3. There are three components of man's spiritual evolution [1,3]. Ethics of Bhagavad Gita Ethics is composed of three components: a) man's attitude towards other people and the whole of the environment within prakriti and purusha (that is within matter and spirit in a collective sense except God in the aspect of the Creator); b) attitude towards the Creator; c) attitude towards one's Path to Perfection. I shall cite Krishna's words on each of these three divisions of ethic teaching. a) On attitude towards people and the environment Krishna suggests that everything existing in the Universe is regarded as manifestation of God in the aspect of the Absolute. 7:8. 7:9. 7:11. 7:12. 12:15. 17:15. 1.
Mind-controlled robotic arm achieves 'unprecedented performance' Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have achieved an "unprecedented" amount of fine motor control from a robotic arm manipulated by the human brain. Doctors implanted two sensors in the motor cortex portion of a 52-year-old paralysed woman's brain, with each sensor picking up electrical impulses from around 200 brain cells. The woman was then able to control the robotic arm using her thoughts after just two days of training, with her skill steadily increasing over time. The team says that after three months of use, the woman's task completion rate rose to 91.6 percent - she was also able to complete tasks up to 30 seconds faster than when she first began. Mind-controlled robotic arms aren’t new by any means, but the level of dexterity and coordination attained with this latest development is extremely impressive. The video demonstrates it best: the arm successfully picks up a small cube of wood without too much difficulty, and even tosses a ball from one cup to another.
The AI-Box Experiment So far, this test has actually been run on two occasions. On the first occasion (in March 2002), Eliezer Yudkowsky simulated the AI and Nathan Russell simulated the gatekeeper. The AI's handicap (the amount paid by the AI party to the gatekeeper party if not released) was set at $10. On the second occasion (in July 2002), Eliezer Yudkowsky simulated the AI and David McFadzean simulated the gatekeeper, with an AI handicap of $20. Results of the first test: Eliezer Yudkowsky and Nathan Russell.  Results of the second test: Eliezer Yudkowsky and David McFadzean.    Both of these tests occurred without prior agreed-upon rules except for secrecy and a 2-hour minimum time. Protocol for the AI: The AI party may not offer any real-world considerations to persuade the Gatekeeper party. Protocol for the Gatekeeper: The Gatekeeper must actually talk to the AI for at least the minimum time set up beforehand. Protocol for Both Parties: Suggestions: Recommendations from readers:
The American Monk - Life. Enlightened. - Theamericanmonk.com Drone boat upgraded for Atlantic crossing A year ago, Greg Holloway set out to build an ocean drone, based on the tiny Raspberry Pi $35 computer.Wired covered the start of the project, called FishPi, last summer, as Holloway was working on a Proof of Concept Vehicle (POCV), which at that time was essentially an upturned lunch container on the hull of a model ship. Now that he’s approaching the one-year anniversary, the initial testing and research is paying off, and with collaborator Al Gray he’s revealing plans for the final design to the FishPi community.“When I began the project I had the optimistic expectation of being on the high seas by now,” says Holloway. “FishPi will cross the Atlantic, it might just take a bit longer than I expected!” What the FishPi looks like now.“The Proof-Of-Concept Vehicle (POCV) is finished, just about,” says Holloway. What the FishPi looked like in June.Meanwhile, Holloway has been working towards a design for the prototype.
02002-02029 (27 years): By 2029 no computer - or "machine intelligence" - will have passed the Turing Test. - Long Bets The Significance of the Turing Test. The implicit, and in my view brilliant, insight in Turing's eponymous test is the ability of written human language to represent human-level thinking. The basis of the Turing test is that if the human Turing test judge is competent, then an entity requires human-level intelligence in order to pass the test. The human judge is free to probe each candidate with regard to their understanding of basic human knowledge, current events, aspects of the candidate's personal history and experiences, as well as their subjective experiences, all expressed through written language. To the extent that the "AI" chooses to reveal its "history" during the interview with the Turing Test judge (note that none of the contestants are required to reveal their histories), the AI will need to use a fictional human history because "it" will not be in a position to be honest about its origins as a machine intelligence and pass the test. Why I Think I Will Win.
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Urine could be the answer to cheaper electricity (PhysOrg.com) -- Urine can be an abundant fuel for electricity generation, according to British scientists in the first study of its kind. Researchers from the University of the West of England, Bristol, have described a way of directly producing electricity from urine using Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs). Their research is published in the latest Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The aims of the team included investigating whether untreated urine can produce electricity through MFCs and to calculate the energy yield from urine when utilised in MFCs. Three MFCs made from acrylic with 25ml anode and cathode chambers were used in the experiments. Prior to an injection of 25ml of urine, the MFC was producing 0.9 milliampere per metre squared (mA/m²), which increased to 2.9 mA/m² after one hour from the point of injection. The scientists showed that an addition of 25ml of fresh urine took three days to be utilised in a single 25ml volume MFC. Quick facts: