For those of you wondering what the difference between Sci-fi Wednesdays and living in the future Thursdays is its actually pretty simple. Sci-Fi wednesdays highlights breakthroughs that are on the horizon, things that may or may not happen. Living in the future Thursday is all about breakthroughs that have already happened. Yes I realize its not a huge difference, but its my Blog dad-gumit and I maketh the rules!
First up in something both unbelievably cool and unutterably terrifying. There is an A.I. that is currently playing poker against some of the top players in the world. And at least at the moment, its winning. Deep Blue’s victory against Garry Kasparov was one thing. Chess is exactly the kind of game computer’s have an advantage in. But poker requires the ability to bluff, and to determine when your opponent is bluffing. It requires a level of creativity and spontaneity that is very difficult for a machine intelligence to replicate. The scariest thing is, you can actually watch the beginning of the Inevitable A.I. Takeover live. Yo, Dean Wesley Smith, as a sci-fi writer and professional poker player I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. (as if a man whose written hundreds of books and writes at PULP SPEED reads this little blog.)
In much more heartwarming news, researchers in London may have managed to cure two babies of Leukemia
Doctors in London say they have cured two babies of leukemia in the world’s first attempt to treat cancer with genetically engineered immune cells from a donor.
The experiments, which took place at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, raise the possibility of off-the-shelf cellular therapy using inexpensive supplies of universal cells that could be dripped into patients’ veins on a moment’s notice.
I saw “may have” because
Although the cases drew wide media attention in Britain, some researchers said that because the London team also gave the children standard chemotherapy, they failed to show the cell treatment actually cured the kids. “There is a hint of efficacy but no proof,” says Stephan Grupp, director of cancer immunotherapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who collaborates with Novartis. “It would be great if it works, but that just hasn’t been shown yet.”
As Insty would say “Faster please”
Finally I give you, The Deathstar Moon!!!!! Yes. I know. It only vaguely resembles the Deathstar but considering how many “news” outlets I’ve seen calling it that I couldn’t help it. Can you blame me?
All hyperbole aside though, its amazing what folks can do when they work together and try aint it?