Louis Del Monte hypothesizes that we’ll be able to create a computer smarter than all of humanity by 2040. How did he come to this conclusion? He based his predictions on Moore’s Law — the observation that computing power doubles while computer prices halve every two years. If Moore’s Law continues to stay in effect, Del Monte figures that humanity will develop hardware powerful enough to support human-like software by the 2040s.
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If you’re visiting a farm, keep an eye out for an ominous-looking bronze fog. Nitrogen tetroxide, a red-orange gas, is made by certain bacteria during fermentation when oxygen is lacking in the crop. The lack of oxygen causes the bacteria to use the nitrate within the crops, which then produces nitrogen tetroxide. Inhalation of the gas is known to cause permanent lung damage or kill people and livestock. To prevent this, farmers have started performing nitrate tests after four weeks of fermentation. Read full article here