Synthetic Minds: From biocomputing to screenless AI

Synthetic Minds: From biocomputing to screenless AI

'Synthetic Minds', formerly known as the f(x)=e^x, serves as a mirror to the multifaceted, synthetic elements that are beginning to weave into the fabric of our society. The name acknowledges the blend of artificial and human intelligence that will shape our collective future, posing incredible opportunities and ethical dilemmas.

Biological Computing: Harnessing Life's Code to Power the Future

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Imagine a world where computers think like humans and data storage spans millennia, not years. Welcome to the dawn of biological computing!

We're standing on the brink of a revolution, one where the very fabric of life – DNA – becomes the cornerstone of technological advancement. In biological computing, we're not just processing information but redefining what it means to compute.

But with great power comes great responsibility. Ethical stewardship is paramount as we navigate this brave new world of biocomputing. How do we protect genetic privacy? How do we secure bioengineering advancements? These are the questions we must answer as we forge ahead.

In our quest for innovation, remember that our actions today will echo through generations. Let’s shape a future where technology and ethics walk hand in hand, where biological computing enhances lives and safeguards our essence.

The future isn't just about machines but the harmony between silicon and DNA. Let's embrace this journey with wisdom, foresight, and an unwavering commitment to the ethical principles that define us.

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Synthetic Snippets: Weekly Bytes for Your Synthetic Mind

Quick, curated insights to feed your quest for a better understanding of our evolving synthetic future.

1. Say hello to your new AI sidekick.

OpenAI's new GPTs are set to be the Siri of the AI world but with a PhD in personalisation. They'll read, write, and even paint their way into every niche, turning the app economy on its head—no coding required. The upcoming "GPT Store" could be the next gold rush for revenue-sharing AI creators. Meanwhile, GPT-4 Turbo flexes with a 128K context window at bargain prices, promising to make the tech world's wildest dreams a coding-free reality. (OpenAI)

2. Clip-on AI: a virtual buddy to take everywhere, no screens needed.

Humane's AI Pin is like a sidekick clipped to your shirt, minus the screen. At $699, it's a screenless wonder with a $24/month brain, promising to turn your gestures into commands and your outfit into a tech statement, all while whispering sweet nothings in "personic" sound. (The Verge)

3. Privacy's price tag: $10 or just log off.

Meta's new 'privacy' model turns ad-free scrolling into a monthly splurge, making me wonder if it's cheaper to just hit delete, which I did years ago. With Europe's hefty fines looming over its head, Meta’s “pay-or-let's-play-with-your-data” gamble might just be its priciest 'like' yet. (Wired)

4. News as gossip: Gen Z's latest trend.

Kelsey Russell makes headlines by treating them as gossip for Gen Z's TikTok feeds, turning the news cycle into the latest buzz. With her novel approach, newspapers are getting a fresh, dramatic spin, captivating nearly 100,000 followers who now see current affairs as their daily dose of drama. It's a curious blend of the day's serious events with the entertaining flair of celebrity scandal, and it's got Gen Z hooked on what might just be the oldest form of social media: the newspaper. (Fast Company)

Universe's new code: ruliad or bust.

Wolfram's latest TED talk serves up a cosmic quest to uncover the universe's computational backbone. Forget math and logic; it's all about the 'ruliad', where even space-time bends to the will of computational rules. If you're into mental gymnastics, this is your Olympics, and the prize could be unlocking the secrets of everything. But hey, no pressure. (TED)

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