AI could be first ‘resident’ of Mars, hints Musk
Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk want to establish a base on Mars, and he has indicated the first resident on the planet could be Artificial Intelligence (AI). Responding to a tweet that asked Musk what his thoughts were on the first Martian being an intelligent machine rather than a human, he replied: “30%. “How Musk came up with this percentage remains a mystery, however, many people are wondering what this AI “resident” could look like, according to the Geek.”It’s possible that it could be a rover-like bot that explores the planet, or a stationary device that makes observations and conducts experiments without human assistance,” the Geek report added.
China’s lunar rover lands on the far side of the moon
A Chinese lunar rover successfully landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, becoming the world’s first spacecraft to survey the moon’s uncharted mysterious side, a giant leap in cosmic exploration and a major boost to the Communist giant’s quest to become a space superpower. The lunar explorer Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon and has already sent back its first pictures from the surface, which were shared by state media. The probe, comprising a lander and a rover, landed at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the far side of the moon at 10:26 am (local time), China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.
Facebook ads may help reduce cancer deaths: Study
Advertisements on Facebook and other popular social media platforms can encourage people to get a cancer screening, which would help patients spot the disease early enough to get timely treatment, scientists say. According to researchers, even with the recommendation of a primary care physician, people tend to procrastinate or simply forget to schedule an appointment for cancer screening — a simple step that could save many lives. “The idea was to start a text messaging campaign for cancer prevention,” said Andrea Dwyer, of the University of Colorado in the US.
Australian ODI squad to face India announced
The Australian ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against India has been picked during lunch on day 2 of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia at the SCG. The 14-member squad has quite a few surprises as the selectors have recalled off-spinner Nathan Lyon, batsman Usman Khawaja and veteran pacer Peter Siddle for the ODI series and have decided to leave out Chris Lynn, Travis Head, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Nathan Coulter-Nile and the Australian pace trio in Tests, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. While the Aussie pace trio in Tests has been rested keeping the future assignments in mind, the likes of Lynn, Head, Short, and McDermott have been dropped from the side. Coulter-Nile, who was Australia’s best batsman, yes, in their last ODI assignment, which was against South Africa before the commencement of India’s tour of Australia, has been given a rest as he is recovering from a back injury.
China’s “Unstoppable Decline” In Population Set For 1.44 Billion In 2029
China’s population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of “unstoppable” decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday.
The world’s most populous country must now draw up policies to try to cope with a declining labour force and a rapidly ageing population, according to the summary of the latest edition of the “Green Book of Population and Labor” published by the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Growth in the working population had now stagnated, the report said, and the rising number of elderly people will have a far-reaching impact on the social and economic development in the country, especially if fertility rates remain low. “From a theoretical point of view, the long-term population decline, especially when it is accompanied by a continuously ageing population, is bound to cause very unfavourable social and economic consequences,” it said.
Foreign Students From Top US Colleges Should Stay On, Help Us, Says Trump
Ruing that talented foreign students are leaving the United States after studying in the country’s best educational institutions, President Donald Trump has said he wants people with merit to stay in America and help the growth of companies. Addressing a press conference on Friday, Trump said the US is “losing out on great minds” as the country has a “ridiculous” immigration policy. He reiterated his wish to end loopholes in the legal immigration system so as to attract more people based on merit. Trump said his administration wants people to come into the country legally and on merit.
Indian Science Congress 2019: Time capsule buried, to be opened after 100 years
A laptop, a smartphone, a drone and VR glasses were among 100 items buried Friday as part of a Time Capsule during the ongoing 106th Indian Science Congress by three Nobel Laureates — Avram Hershko, F Duncan M Haldane and Thomas Christian Sudhof. The Capsule, which will remain buried for 100 years, was developed with an objective to “capture” the current technological essence for future generations. The capsule was buried on the campus of Lovely Professional University (LPU), which is hosting the event, in Jalandhar’s Phagwara at a depth of 10 ft. According to university officials, it will be unearthed and opened on January 3, 2119. “Some other products that will be preserved include solar panels, a hard disk with latest movies and current science books being used for teaching class XII students, and a mirror-less camera. The items were selected on the basis of an internal poll among the students,” an official of the university said.