The result was a spirited discussion this past Friday night at John Jay College in Manhattan, site of the World Science Festival, now in its twelfth year. The evening's discussion, which played to a packed auditorium, was called "Making Room for Machines: Getting Ready for AGI," and moderator Daniel Sieberg, who is CEO and founder of a startup called iO, suggested that what was at stake was "What happens if we succeed or if we don't" in creating AGI and "Who are the winners and who are the losers?" … [Read more...] about Artificial general intelligence is a Rorschach Test: Perhaps we need orangutans?
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Even if humans do end up drinking Moon water instead of recycled pee, using astronaut urine for geopolymers may still not be the best choice. Instead, it might be better for growing food. Urea decomposes into ammonia and carbon dioxide, and certain types of microbes are great at converting ammonia into nitrate salts, a common type of fertilizer. This means that it could be used in a closed-loop life support system where the water from urine is recycled and the urea is used as feedstock for vegetable fertilizer. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center have been successfully growing vegetables in human urine for years. In late 2018, they launched a satellite to test a miniature version of their pee-fueled greenhouses in Earth orbit. … [Read more...] about On the Moon, astronaut pee will be a hot commodity
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Marie Rosecrans: One of the challenges that some of our very small customers are facing are they're using spreadsheets and they're using email inboxes or even paper-based systems to run their business. We really feel that one of the first technology solutions that they should be investing in is customer relationship management in order to just really better manage their customer relationships. But you know, a lot of small businesses come to us with some of the same challenges that our enterprise customers come to us with. They want to find more customers, they want to win more deals. Ultimately at the end of the day, they want to keep those customers in order to create fiercely loyal ones so that they keep on coming back. … [Read more...] about Salesforce SMB exec Marie Rosecrans shares insights on meeting the unique needs of small business