physics

Some Snake Oil

http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-accidentally-discovered-a-process-that-turns-co2-directly-into-ethanol

 

 

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gardening

Frictionites

Often during large landslides, rocks are melted due to the friction between the ground and the bottom layer of the landslide. This is a well studied geological phenomenon and you can find those frictionites (rocks once melted by friction) everywhere on the globe.

But does it have to be a landslide? Maybe a larger earthquake should be enough to warm up some rocks to the melting point? Of course, it happens every day.

Therefore a large collapsing iceberg should also boil some water if all the circumstances are right.  I think I saw some fog during those spectacular Youtube clips of Perito Moreno or some other glacier.

It’s kind of sad watching all that mechanical energy converting into useless heat. But then again, it can be very spectacular. There are many glaciers to play with in this world. To watch how a million tons of ice fall into the ocean. If you have triggered the collapse, it’s even better. And so many mountains are also just waiting to be demolished spectacularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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artificial intelligence

Instrumental AI Subgoals

It’s a consensus in certain circles, that if you give a task to an advanced AI, such as calculating as many primes as possible, then you die.

Because the AI (advanced enough) will develop the so called instrumental subgoals to achieve its main (single) goal. Like using the entire Solar system and beyond for co-processing in prime numbers generating.

This magic is real and it would work in reality, given an AI powerful enough.

Fortunately however, this goes both ways. You can ask for as many primes as possible while everything outside the AI’s box has to remain unspoiled as much as possible.

There will be much less primes at the 100 hours, when the box is recycled to a hard disk with a lot of primes written there – but that was the goal given to our advanced AI.

Do your job inside an arbitrary container and then just die gracefully, AI!

 

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