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Ars on your lunch break: Nothing is real except for object impermanence

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Enlarge / “There is no spoon. You have to ask the waiter to bring you one.” (credit: Warner Bros.)

Below you’ll find the second installment of the After On podcast interview in which UC Irvine quantitative psychologist Don Hoffman presents his wildly counterintuitive theory on the nature of reality. Please check out part one if you missed it. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player, or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

Hoffman and I open this episode by discussing his take on space-time. He refutes the notion that space itself existed at all before consciousness. “Space is something that you create right now,” he says. “It’s a data structure that you create for data compression and error correction” to maximize your understanding of fitness payoffs in your environment. The same is true of 3D objects. Hoffman essentially believes that if you’re alone in a room with a chair, that chair ceases to exist when you look away from it.

The bottom line is that the physical objects populating our world are just “icons.” As noted in yesterday’s piece, Hoffman likens them to the trashcan thumbnail on your computer desktop. That doesn’t mean you can safely step in front of an SUV on the logic that it’s a harmless visual construct. Hoffman says that while he doesn’t take our world of “icons” literally, he does take them seriously. He avoids stepping in front of cars for the same reason we all avoid putting precious work in the Trash folder and then clicking delete. Although there’s no actual blue trashcan hiding within your computer, you ignore the icon’s significance at your peril!

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Google Podcasts rolls out Cast support for everyone

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What we’re listening to: Ghibliotheque

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Pandora will use its music discovery skills to recommend podcasts

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Apple removes InfoWars podcasts from its platforms

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Ars on your lunch break: An early warning is key to kicking cancer

Enlarge / Scott wishing cancer upon Terrance and Phillip. Terrance and Phillip could have saved themselves a lot of heartache if they’d had a reliable fast-acting cancer test like the one being developed for the Cancer X Prize. (credit: Viacom)

Below you’ll find the second and final installment of the After On interview with pediatric oncologist and medical futurist Daniel Kraft. Please check out part one if you missed it. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player, or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

Today, we build on the amazing results Google attained with its experimental eye scan study and consider the unlikely things that might one day be meaningful early-warning markers for health problems. Maybe shifts in vocal tone? Tiny subtleties in sleep patterns? Social media activity? Or deep algorithms that correlate these and many other signals? Could breath become a biomarker for cancer? (Almost certainly.) Could toe size foretell wild success on the NASCAR circuit? (Don’t count on it.)

We close by talking about the Cancer X Prize, which Kraft is overseeing. It’s all about early detection. Their highly quotable target is a test, which can detect multiple cancers in under 24 hours for less than $24, anywhere from Tennessee to Tanzania.

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Ars on your lunch break: teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks

Enlarge / Google trained an AI to make inferences about a patient’s health from retinal scans. Unfortunately, even if this kind of retinal scan diagnosis were commonplace in the future, it wouldn’t have really done much to help poor MSG Apone. (credit: 20th Century Fox)

This week we’re serializing another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. Our guest is pediatric oncologist and medical futurist Daniel Kraft. We’ll run the interview in two installments, wrapping it up tomorrow (I mistakenly say it’ll be three installments in my introduction to the audio file—apologies).

Daniel founded and runs the Exponential Medicine Conference, which is one of the largest cross-disciplinary gatherings of life science researchers and innovators. He also founded and runs the medical faculty at Singularity University—an academic institution so quirky, it could only have sprouted up from Silicon Valley’s soil.

When Daniel does a presentation, he’s the opposite of that speaker we’ve all seen—the one who has to do everything possible to pad their words and slides to fill a time slot. With Daniel, I always sense that there’s an entire presentation lurking behind every slide that he puts on the screen. He just has so much surface area from his two highly complimentary jobs, which connect him to hundreds of startups and researchers every year. Daniel is particularly deep in medical devices—ranging from consumer-grade gear to tools that only turn up in research hospitals. And as an oncologist, he’s of course deeply informed about cancer.

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Ars on your lunch break, week 4: Some possible solutions to Fermi’s Paradox

I’m not saying the “I’m not saying it’s aliens, but…” guy looks like Londo Mollari, but…

Today we present the second installment of my interview with British astronomer Stephen Webb on the subject of Fermi’s paradox. Part one ran yesterday—so if you missed it, click right here. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

This time, we open by talking about the second large category of possible solutions to the paradox: that intelligent aliens are out there, but we just haven’t detected them yet. Webb’s book Where Is Everybody includes freestanding chapters on 25 such solutions, but of course we only tackle a subset here.

We then go on to the third major category—which is that we are quite alone in our galaxy, and perhaps in the entire universe. This idea tends to be a dismaying possibility to science-fiction authors like me (and is inimical to the entire premise of my first novel!). But it can also be seen as an optimistic—and indeed even relieving—interpretation. Stephen and I discuss why.

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The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 48: Computex 2018

Wrapping up Computex 2018 with discussions about AMD's Threadripper 2 with 32 cores, Intel's new limited edition Core i7-8086K, and that really odd 28-core 5 GHz demo where Intel forgot to mention it was overclocked. Also some discussion on the best of the rest of the show, including G.Skill's Royal memory, gaming smartphones, ASUS' dual screen technologies, Intel's QLC NAND, and hardware for miners.

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 48


Ian Cutress, Host
Senior Editor
Anton Shilov
News Editor

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Total Time:  1 hour 42 minutes 37 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 Introduction
01:07 Defining Extreme Workstation Processors (Intel and AMD)
02:53 AMD's Threadripper 2 announcement
10:51 Intel 28 core CPU at 5 GHz (overclocked)
33:24 Intel Core i7-8086K processor (Intel's first 5 GHz CPU)
41:59 Alva Jonathan (JagatReview) hits 7.2 GHz with LN2 on i7-8086K CPU
46:26 ASUS ROG Gaming Smartphone announced
52:13 G.Skill showcase Royal DDR4 memory
53:58 Tyan announce Ryzen with BMC
55:22 ASUS TUF Alliance going to be everywhere soon
58:14 ASUS Precog with dual screen prototype revealed and new Zenbook Pro
63:34 Intel 3D QLC and Micron 96-layer flash memory
67:10 UFS card readers: SMI, JMicron with finished designs out later in 2018
70:00 Realtek RTS 5762 SSD Controller, 3.5 Gbps read, 3 Gbps write
72:55 Plextor Quad SSD system featuring a Marvell PCIe switch
76:33 Seagate reveal Barracuda Pro 14 TB hard drive
78:32 802.11ax routers displayed from ASUS
80:05 Computex RGB focus over last few years
81:37 In Win Crown fans with rotating sub frame
83:09 Lian Li Strimer RGB PSU cable
88:06 Enermax $70 case with four RGB fans
89:18 3000 W PSUs from Afox and Qdion
96:52 Liquid-cooled mining systems, support for 16 cards per 4U rack
102:38 FIN

Edited by Gavin Bonshor

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