1. Poetry and AI
Now AI systems can generate - as in create - and not just search for poems! All of those constraints, plus the linguistic choices and styles of individual writers, collectively yield the actual text produced by human writers — which accumulates as electronic data available for AI systems.
2. The love for Aliens!
Humans have one big question that seems to have remained unanswered for scientists - whether were alone in the Universe?
As of now, only Earth shows definitive signs of life past or present. Scientists have discovered more than 5,000 exoplanets over the past 30 years, identifying many Earth-sized, potentially inhabited worlds among them. Still, none of them have revealed themselves as actually inhabited, although the prospects for finding extraterrestrial life in the near future are tantalizing. And finally, the scientists have begun searching directly for any signals from space that might indicate the presence of an intelligent, technologically advanced civilization, through endeavors such as SETI the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and Breakthrough Listen.
3. Doomsday Seed Banks
In the event of a doomsday agricultural crisis in the driest environments of the world, how will humanity recover? The seed bank in Morocco. Seeds from this bank will be used to restock the harvests. Located in the university hub of Irfane in Rabat, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, hosts the largest collection of seeds in North Africa. 76 institutions with seeds from 223 different countries and territories have made deposits in the vault. The largest number of seeds come from India at 95 million.
4. Genes and Addiction to Smoking and Alcohol
Scientists have identified nearly 4000 thousand genetic variants that may predispose people to alcohol and tobacco use, according to a study in in Nature. A person’s smoking and drinking habits may be influenced by their environment, as well as their genetic makeup, research suggests.
5. Beauty, Neurons, Brains and Love
Neuroscientist Robert Desimone, the director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, is researching on what it takes to predict whether two people are going to fall in love or not.
I asked Desimone if he thought that brain scientists of the future might be able to predict whether two people would someday fall in love, given a full readout of their neurons. Desimone replied with a boyish grin: “I’m a reductionist. So yes,” he told me. He allowed that, at the moment, our models are only probabilistic. They would say, “There’s a 70 percent probability you’ll fall in love with Mary, and a 40 percent chance you’ll fall in love with Alice.”
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