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#145 – December 15, 2022

Early Artificial Intelligence Projects

According to John McCarthy, the man that coined the term, “[Artificial Intelligence] is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs” where “intelligence is the computational part of the ability to achieve goals in the world.”

What enabled the big boost in fusion energy announced this week?

Two megajoules of laser yielded three megajoules of fusion energy.

Predicting the tide with an analog computer made from Lego

Inspired by a great video by Veritasium about analog computers and Andrew Carol’s Lego Antikythera mechanism I decided to try to build Sir William Thomson’s tide predicting machine out of Lego. Before I get into the details, here is a video of it running.

How a secret software change allowed FTX to use client money

In mid-2020, FTX's chief engineer made a secret change to the cryptocurrency exchange’s software.

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