Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors and a major controversy whose outcome could rewrite human history.In January Roberto Macchiarelli, a professor of human paleontology, accused his colleague Michel Brunet of totally misrepresenting an important piece of evidence in the story of human evolution.But if it turns out not to be a hominin, evolutionary history shifts once more.Asians originated from the Asian Homo erectus, Europeans from the neanderthal man, and Africans from the African Homo heidelbergensis.Genetic analysis showed that this trait of the incisors was merely a side effect of adaptation to a cold environment.The gene that controls for the shovel-like incisors also coincidentally decreases the number of sweat glands and enriches mothers’ milk with fat.
The ad will star an Alexa-like personal digital assistant that is heartbroken over the fact that it cannot taste Pringles.Like last year’s effort (Pringles’ first commercial foray into the game), this year’s spot will be themed around “Flavor Stacking,” the practice of combining two or more varieties of Pringles to create whatever flavor the consumer desires.Introducing the concept in 2018 was comedian Bill Hader who, with the help of two daffy assistants, created “Jalapeno Barbecue Pizza” by sandwiching three chips with those respective flavors.Speculation over what celebrity may star in this year’s ad may have been laid to rest with the appearance of an Alexa-like device that volunteers its lament over the fact that Pringles are a delight that only homo sapiens can enjoy.“This year’s ad imagines the extreme sadness one would feel if they couldn’t enjoy the taste of Pringles,” Pringles vice president of marking AnneMarie Suarez-Davis explained in a statement.Of course, a digital assistant can’t really feel true sadness either, but suspension of disbelief seems key to enjoying this effort.
Entrepreneurs all know that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are hot topics of focus among startups.Recently, Founder Institute CEO Adeo Ressi sat down to discuss the future of AI and Robotics Startups and Venture Capital with a panel of renowned machine learning experts from Philips Health, Uber ATC, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Robotics Hub.You can also view the complete Future of Artificial Intelligence Startups and Venture Capital webinar video here, or listen to the conversation in full on the Founder Insights Podcast.When an investor sees artificial intelligence or machine learning referenced in a pitch deck, the first question they will always ask is,What kind of algorithm is your solution actually using here?According to featured panelist Jeff Schneider (Engineering Lead at Uber ATC & Professor at Carnegie Mellon), entrepreneurs should be driven by results and not simply driven to employ any particular technology,
(Philipp Gunz (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0))The shape of your brain may say a lot about the Neanderthal in you.New research has found that modern humans carrying certain genetic fragments from our closest extinct relatives may have more oblong brains and skulls than other people.Modern humans possess unique, relatively globular skulls and brains.Previous research had suggested these contrasting skull shapes might reflect differences in the size of various brain regions in modern humans and Neanderthals, and how these brain areas were wired together."However, brain tissue doesn't fossilize, so the underlying biology has remained elusive," co-lead study author Philipp Gunz, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, told Live Science.
EDMONTON (December 13, 2018, 9am MST)-- Challenge any modern human to go a day without a phone or computer, and you'd be hard pressed to get any takers.Our collective obsession with all things electronic is driving a dramatic daily drain on the world's power.In fact, according to studies from the Semiconductor Research Corporation, if we continue on pace with our current ever-increasing energy consumption, by the year 2035, we will use all of the world's energy to run our computers - an impossible/unsustainable situation.To combat this looming energy crisis, enter Robert Wolkow.The University of Alberta atomic physicist has devoted his career to developing greener, faster, smaller technology.Research published by his lab this week points to tangible solutions that technology developers can implement now to save society's power for the next generation.
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Weighing up to 7,700 pounds, Elasmotherium sibiricum—an extinct hairy rhino popularly known as the “Siberian unicorn”—was thought to have disappeared as long as 200,000 years ago.An updated fossil analysis suggests this formidable species was still around some 39,000 years ago, and that Ice Age conditions, not human hunters, contributed to its demise.Palaeontologists know of around 250 rhino species, of which only five still exist today.Among the most spectacular of these rhinos was Elasmotherium sibiricum—the Siberian unicorn.For the Neanderthals and modern humans who lived alongside and possibly hunted this massive creature in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, it must have been an impressive and deeply intimidating sight.The extinction of the Siberian unicorns, therefore, can now be connected to the late Quaternary megafaunal extinction, an event that witnessed the end of the woolly mammoth, Irish elk, and sabre-toothed cat.
Elon Musk talked to Axios about his neuroscience and AI company Neuralink, which he hopes will achieve "symbiosis" between AI technology and humans.Elon Musk told "Axios on HBO" about his AI company Neuralink, and its efforts to develop technology that creates a symbiosis between humans and AI to try and curb the possibility of an existential threat to humanity.Neuralink is Musk's neuroscience company, which is trying to develop an interface for AI technology with the human brain.He describes it as "electrode to neuron interface at a micro level," or in layman's terms "a chip and a bunch of tiny wires" that goes in your brain.Musk said the long-term goal is to achieve "symbiosis with artificial intelligence."He also hopes it would stop governments and corporations from monopolising the technology.
But a comparative analysis of the remains left behind by Neanderthals and contemporaneous humans is finally overturning this unwarranted assumption.The modern vision of Neanderthals, while vastly improved, continues to perpetuate the idea that these now-extinct hominids lead dangerous and violent lives—an assumption based on early descriptions of individual skeletons.Neanderthals, it was argued, engaged in violent social behaviour; lived a mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle in perilous Ice Age environments where opportunities for accidents were in steady supply; were prone to attacks by dangerous carnivores such as bears and cave hyenas; and, as hunters, relied on close-range weapons—such as stabbing implements and thrusting spears—to subdue their prey, which required them to come into close contact with large animals.Recent efforts have tried to be more systematic and quantitative in their approach, but Harvati said these studies were limited in scope and thus inconclusive.As such our study is the first that addresses the question of head injury rates in Neanderthal and Upper Paleolithic modern human populations.”The dataset Harvati is referring to contains over 800 specimens collected throughout western Eurasia and dated to between 80,000 and 20,000 years ago.
Just 70,000 years ago, we likely had a close encounter.Our early ancestors — and their cousins, the Neanderthals — could have looked up to see a strange red flicker in the night sky.At regular intervals, however, it was likely to have spat out immensely bright flares that would have been easily visible from Earth, astronomers believe.The alien star would have perplexed the Neanderthals who had spread across Europe and parts of Asia by this time.Now, according to research by astronomers at the Universities of Madrid and Cambridge, the erratic path of some of the most distant objects orbiting our Sun are further evidence something happened in our night skies at the dawn of humanity.They pointed the finger at Scholz’s Star — a small red dwarf with an orbiting brown dwarf (a star that failed to ignite) now some 20 light years away.
Somewhere between 2 and 3 billion years ago, what scientists call the Great Oxidation Event, or GOE, took place, causing the mass extinction of anaerobic bacteria, the dominant life form at the time.A new type of bacteria, cyanobacteria, had emerged, and it had the photosynthetic ability to produce glucose and oxygen out of carbon dioxide and water using the power of the sun.Oxygen was toxic to many anaerobic cousins, and most of them died off.In addition to being a massive extinction event, the oxygenation of the planet kicked off the evolution of multicellular organisms (620 to 550 million years ago), the Cambrian explosion of new species (540 million years ago), and an ice age that triggered the end of the dinosaurs and many cold-blooded species, leading to the emergence of the mammals as the apex group (66 million years ago) and eventually resulting in the appearance of Homo sapiens, with all of their social sophistication and complexity (315,000 years ago).I’ve been thinking about the GOE, the Cambrian Explosion, and the emergence of the mammals a lot lately, because I’m pretty sure we’re in the midst of a similarly disruptive and pivotal moment in history that I’m calling the Great Digitization Event, or GDE.And right now we’re in that period where the oxygen, or in this case the internet as used today, is rapidly and indifferently killing off many systems while allowing new types of organizations to emerge.
Writing about climate change is an exercise in managed insanity.With record-breaking superstorms ravaging coastlines at a regular clip, it’s hard to feel good about the impact that Homo sapiens has had on our leafy, temperate, Goldilocks planet.You might even go so far as to suggest that the human species is a plague, given the untold destruction we’ve wrought on this planet.Teachers hope toinspire the next great genius, maybe someone like Norman Borlaug, whose agricultural breakthroughs allowed our population to balloon on a planet with only so much arable land.Even when we should know better, because we have more than abundant science to back it up, the Trump administration prepares to obliterate regulations controlling methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.We can, and last week at the Global Climate Action Summit, many of the best minds the human species can muster gathered to right the course.
Several years ago, there was a jovial debate why Chris Messina, a former Google designer who proposed Twitter use the hashtag to sort topics, did not patent the idea and make millions off it – it turns out he might have been about 73,000 years too late.The earliest known drawing made by a human has been found in a South African cave and it looks very similar to a hashtag, the grouping and search feature made popular by the Jack Dorsey-led Twitter.It's evidently part of a larger drawing because lines reaching the edge are cut off abruptly there, researchers said."Before this discovery, Palaeolithic archaeologists have for a long time been convinced that unambiguous symbols first appeared when Homo sapiens entered Europe, about 40 000 years ago, and later replaced local Neanderthals," said University of Bergen professor Christopher Henshilwood in a statement.Henshilwood continued: "Recent archaeological discoveries in Africa, Europe and Asia, in which members of our team have often participated, support a much earlier emergence for the production and use of symbols."The 73,000 year-old drawing was found in the Blombos Cave, approximately 190 miles east of Cape Town, researchers said.