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Jun 1, 2016

Google’s secretive Japanese robotics division is reportedly up for sale — here’s everything we know about it

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Anyone looking to build robots; Google has a deal for U!

Nikkei reported that Google’s Schaft, a Japanese robotics division acquired in 2013, is up for sale. Here’s a closer look at what Schaft has been working on.

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Jun 1, 2016

Why Should We Ban Autonomous Weapons? To Survive

Posted by in categories: ethics, law, robotics/AI

I reported on this 3 months ago; and glad to see others seeing the light.

While debate has focused on moral and legal issues of autonomous weapons, too little attention has been paid to the material dangers of an AI-powered war.

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Jun 1, 2016

Toyota in talks to buy Waltham’s Boston Dynamics from Google’s parent, Alphabet

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Both Toyota and Honda would make sense as buyers. Toyota’s TRI has been ramping up on AI technology and Honda has been working on AI such as as Asimo for over a decade.

The car company may acquire Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics, known for a spry robot called Cheetah, and Schaft, a company working on humanoid robots, Tokyo’s Nikkei reported Wednesday. The potential acquisition would allow Toyota to make serious strides in its robotics division, while Alphabet could unload elements of its own underperforming robotics unit.

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Jun 1, 2016

DARPA Sees US Fighter Jets as First Thought-controlled Weapon

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, military, neuroscience

Imagine these fighter jets being equipped with the DARPA death laser that is being worked on. Very deadly mix.

The size of a matchstick, the stentrode can provide the “brain-machine interface” or BMI necessary for thought-controlled devices. Neural implants currently in use require invasive surgery.

Stentrodes can be attached to the brain using catheter angiography. This procedure passes the device through blood vessels in the neck and into the brain without cutting open the skull.

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Jun 1, 2016

Gamers in quest to answer quantum questions

Posted by in category: quantum physics


It turns out that playing is a great way to advance science.

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Jun 1, 2016

Solid-state physics: Probing the geometry of energy bands

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, particle physics, quantum physics

Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) have devised a new interferometer to probe the geometry of band structures.

The geometry and topology of electronic states in solids play a central role in a wide range of modern condensed-matter systems, including graphene and topological insulators. However, experimentally accessing this information has proven to be challenging, especially when the bands are not well isolated from one another. As reported by Tracy Li et al. in last week’s issue of Science (Science, May 27, 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad5812), an international team of researchers led by Professor Immanuel Bloch and Dr. Ulrich Schneider at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has devised a straightforward method with which to probe band geometry using ultracold atoms in an optical lattice. Their method, which combines the controlled transport of atoms through the energy bands with atom interferometry, is an important step in the endeavor to investigate geometric and topological phenomena in synthetic band structures.

A wide array of fundamental issues in condensed-matter physics, such as why some materials are insulators while others are metals, can be understood simply by examining the energies of the material’s constituent electrons. Indeed, band theory, which describes these electron energies, was one of the earliest triumphs of quantum mechanics, and has driven many of the technological advances of our time, from the computer chips in our laptops to the liquid-crystal displays on our smartphones. We now know, however, that traditional band theory is incomplete.

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Jun 1, 2016

What Will Electronics & Semiconductors Be Like In 100 Years?

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, information science, nanotechnology, singularity

When I 1st read this headline, I had to pause and ask myself “was the article’s author informed at all on QC?” especially given China’s own efforts much less D-Wave, Google, and University of Sydney. And, then I read the article and I still have to wonder if the author is on top of the emerging technologies such as BMI, graphene, QC, and other nanotechnology that are already being tested to go live in the next 7 to 10 years plus much of the content is very superficial at best. I am glad that the author did put the tid bit on Singularity as the endpoint state; however, that is pretty well known. Nonetheles, sharing to let you be the judge.

For decades, we relied on silicon as the semiconductor for our computer chips. But now, working at nanometer scales, it looks like physical limitations may end the current methods to include more and more processing power onto each individual chip.

Many companies are making billion-dollar investments to continue scaling down semiconductor technology. The pressures of big data and cloud computing are pushing the limits of the current semiconductor technology in terms of bandwidth, memory, processing speed, and device power consumption.

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Jun 1, 2016

The case for black holes being nothing but holograms just got even stronger

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

If anything can sum up just how little we truly know about the Universe, it’s black holes.

We can’t see them because not even light can escape their gravitational pull, we have no idea what they’re made of, and where does everything inside go once a black hole dies?

Physicists can’t even agree on whether black holes are massive, three-dimensional behemoths, or just two-dimensional surfaces that are projected in 3D just like a hologram.

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Jun 1, 2016

Aimed at the big boys, India’s “Google tax” could end up hurting the small and vulnerable — By Suneera Tandon and Manu Balachandran | Quartz

Posted by in categories: internet, law


“It’s been dubbed the Google tax, but it will likely hit every global internet company operating in India—and, in turn, the country’s fledgling startup and digital advertising ecosystems.”

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Jun 1, 2016

No more fighting over shotgun

Posted by in category: futurism

Tag a friend who would like this.

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