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Dec 31, 2021

A look back at recent AI trends — and what 2022 might hold

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

2021 was an eventful year for AI. With the advent of new techniques, robust systems that can understand the relationships not only between words but words and photos, videos, and audio became possible. At the same time, policymakers — growing increasingly wary of AI’s potential harm — proposed rules aimed at mitigating the worst of AI’s effects, including discrimination.

Meanwhile, AI research labs — while signaling their adherence to “responsible AI” — rushed to commercialize their work, either under pressure from corporate parents or investors. But in a bright spot, organizations ranging from the U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the United Nations released guidelines laying the groundwork for more explainable AI, emphasizing the need to move away from “black-box” systems in favor of those whose reasoning is transparent.

As for what 2022 might hold, the renewed focus on data engineering — designing the datasets used to train, test, and benchmark AI systems — that emerged in 2021 seems poised to remain strong. Innovations in AI accelerator hardware are another shoo-in for the year to come, as is a climb in the uptake of AI in the enterprise.

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Dec 30, 2021

China lays out path to become robotics powerhouse by 2025

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Beijing sets sights on 20%-plus annual growth and world-class innovation.


BEIJING — China will work to become a leading global player in robotics by 2025 under a five-year plan announced Tuesday as it ramps up efforts to build a high-tech manufacturing sector resilient to American sanctions.

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Dec 29, 2021

Big Boost To China’s Hypersonic Technology; Engineers ‘Crack Codes’ Of A Highly Innovative, ‘Miracle’ Engine?

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

Chinese scientists are celebrating the success of a new hypersonic engine, according to reports. The past few months have been important for China in terms of the success of its hypersonic technologies.

Not only did the country get a new wind tunnel ready for tests of hypersonic weapons but it is also developing a hypersonic passenger plane. The fact that the country is in possession of a nuclear-capable hypersonic weapon system that is orbital in nature was also revealed less than a month ago.

Now, the successful testing of this engine will pave way for more advanced developments in components used for hypersonic flight, SCMP reported.

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Dec 29, 2021

Seizing Qatar’s Wealth of Opportunity

Posted by in categories: finance, innovation

Qatar’s status as an investment destination is on the rise, boosted by the efforts of the innovative Qatar Financial Centre.

Dec 28, 2021

Why Are Humans the Only Animals That Cry When They’re Sad?

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

The propensity to cry emotional tears is uniquely human. Of all the claims to human exceptionality—consciousness, intelligence, innovation—it is the liquid that falls from our eyes when we are sad, happy, jealous, angry, and grateful, more than anything else, that we can call ours, and ours alone.

And yet the act of emotional crying is poorly understood. There is remarkably little consensus about the purpose of crying, its underlying physiology, and its impact on our moods. “What intrigued me about crying is how few people in the world have been studying it,” said Lauren Bylsma, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. “You would think with such a ubiquitous and important behavior, there would be more known about it.”

Dec 27, 2021

Tokamak Energy Has Just Made a Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

Posted by in categories: innovation, nuclear energy

Magnets could be the ‘secret sauce’ required for viable nuclear fusion.

Tokamak Energy, a company working on nuclear fusion technology, has recently announced a major breakthrough in its research and development. Testing of its cryogenic power electronic technology for its superconducting magnet’s high-efficiency operation was, by all accounts, a big success.

The company’s bid to provide the world with near-limitless energy uses a combination of spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets. According to reports, tests of the new power electronics showed twice the efficiency of previous systems.

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Dec 20, 2021

Efficiency breakthrough cuts cost of fusion power

Posted by in categories: innovation, nuclear energy

Tokamak Energy has announced a more efficient design for the cryogenic electronics in fusion reactors. This provides a 50% reduction in the power needed for the cooling of high-temperature superconducting magnets.

Dec 19, 2021

MIT Breakthrough Gives Insect-Sized Drones a Carrying Capacity Nearly Three Times Their Own Weight

Posted by in categories: drones, innovation

A new approach to building the soft actuators, which drive the drones’ wings boosts the lift-to-weight ratio to 3.7 to 1.

Dec 17, 2021

A Bill Gates-Backed ‘Breakthrough’ Initiative Raised $65 Million for Reusable Rockets

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Bill Gates’ multibillion-dollar clean-tech initiative Breakthrough Energy Ventures has completed a $65 million funding round for the reusable rocket developer called Stoke Space, according to a Wednesday press release.

So don’t look away, because you might miss the makings of humanity’s future.

Dec 11, 2021

Researchers discovered space-time warping bubble for the first time

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

A team from the Limitless Space Institute (LSI), funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and led by Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, a former NASA specialist, pioneer in warp drive or warp drive, has reported that he has discovered a veritable warp bubble in the real world. The event marks a breakthrough for scientists trying to develop a spacecraft capable of going faster than light.

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