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Defeat Any Chatbot in a Turing Test with ASCII Art

Simply stated, we know the Turing Test can be easily defeated and is an inadequate test of human level intelligence. Although academics will continue the debate, I hope to share with you here how an ancient and arcane art, ASCII art to be precise, shows how Turing’s idea was not sufficient to capture the full range of human level intelligence.

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Facebook Experiment Demonstrates Transfer of Emotional States via Social Media

Facebook is the subject of a heated debate for a psychological experiment the company has conducted on nearly 700,000 people without their knowledge. The Facebook experiment was carried out in 2012 and was related to the manipulation of content on users’ newsfeeds to analyze the effect on the user’s sentiment.

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Review: Alpha Brain Nootropic Blend

Alpha Brain is one of the most famous nootropic blends that sparked debate and controversy in many communities. Produced by Onnit Labs since 2010, Alpha Brain has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the Joe Rogan Experience. Many nootropics users question the validity, price, and efficacy of Alpha Brain for cognitive enhancement, but few provide a full analysis of their complaints, biases, and / or compliments.

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V.N. Anisimov: Russian Optimist on Longevity

Last March, I wrote a column entitled Reality Check, featuring the work of Stephen Spindler. Spindler is a veteran researcher at UCRiverside, and perhaps the world’s foremost expert in the design and execution of longevity studies in mice. But Steve is a glass-half-empty kind of guy. And ever since I wrote that column, I’ve been thinking that I need to write about Spindler’s opposite number in Russia: Vladimir Anisimov is a veteran gerontologist at the Petrov Institute in St Petersburg, who has also been testing longevity potions on mice through a long career. Anisimov is a glass-half-full kind of guy. His best contribution to anti-aging medicine may be epithalamin, a treatment that has been hiding in plain sight for over thirty years.