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Jun 10, 2016

Sunspring | A Sci-Fi Short Film Starring Thomas Middleditch

Posted by in categories: entertainment, neuroscience, robotics/AI

AI escreveu este curta metragem e é surpreendentemente divertido.
Todo o roteiro do filme é o trabalho de uma rede neural treinada em scripts de sci-fi.

Fonte: Singularity Hub

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Jun 10, 2016

Your iPhone Weighs 200 Pounds

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Everything is getting easier, faster and lighter. The world as we know it, is dematerializing.

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Jun 10, 2016

Bluetooth 5 will be announced next week with four times the speed and double the range

Posted by in categories: energy, internet

The next version of the Bluetooth standard is called Bluetooth 5, and will be formally announced next week, Bluetooth Special Interest Group executive director Mark Powell has revealed. Bluetooth 5 is expected to be a significant upgrade over the current version of the wireless standard, offering double the range and four times the speed of current low-energy Bluetooth transmissions, but the Bluetooth SIG says it will also offer much more support for connectionless services — things like beacons that can help people navigate inside buildings or out in the open.

The roadmap for the next version of Bluetooth was sketched out last year, but the SIG — which has tech giants like Apple, Intel, and Microsoft as backers — will officially lift the lid on Bluetooth 5 on June 16th in London. The group explains that it chose the name to simplify its marketing and make the wireless standard easier to understand for users. That change should be beneficial as our homes get smarter and more connected, with many Internet-of-Things devices relying on Bluetooth to connect to your control devices, and each other.

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Jun 10, 2016

Autonomous synthetic nanomotors powered by proteins and chemicals

Posted by in categories: biological, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Researchers at the University of Manchester, UK have made the first autonomous chemically powered synthetic small-molecule motor. The new device, which is very much like the protein motors found in biological cells, might be used to design artificial molecular machines similar to those found in nature. Such machines could be important for applications such as synthetic muscles, nano- and micro-robots and advanced mechanical motors.

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Jun 10, 2016

NASA Funds Aerospace Corporation for Superlight Debris Removing MiniSats

Posted by in category: space travel

[Via Satellite 06–009-2016] NASA has awarded The Aerospace Corporation a grant to investigate the possibility of developing an extremely thin spacecraft that would wrap around debris and remove it from Earth’s orbit. The concept, called Brane Craft, is a 1-square meter spacecraft that is less than half the thickness of a human hair. The Brane Craft would only weigh about 50 grams, significantly less than even a standard CubeSat weight of about 1 kg. The 30-micron-thick spacecraft would have a very high thrust-to-weight ratio, and would be capable of travelling long distances, which opens up other possibilities beyond just the removal of space debris.

“The Brane Craft concept is based on the one-dimensional compression of a complete spacecraft and upper stage into an essentially two-dimensional object in order to maximize power-to-weight and aperture-to-weight ratios,” said Siegfried Janson, Aerospace Corporation’s senior scientist of the microsatellite systems department and the lead investigator on the project.

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Jun 9, 2016

Lenovo’s flexible phone

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Forget curves. Check out Lenovo’s concept flexible phone.

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Jun 9, 2016

We are ‘almost definitely’ living in a Matrix-style simulation, claims Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Space X, Tesla and Paypal, has told an interviewer there is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.

Speaking at San Francisco’s Code Conference this week, Musk said that he has had “so many simulation discussions it’s crazy”, and that it got to the point where “every conversation [he had] was the AI/simulation conversation”.

He also claimed that, if we’re not living in a simulation, we could be approaching the end of the world.

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Jun 9, 2016

Hosted bare metal emerges as alternative to IaaS cloud

Posted by in category: futurism

Interesting perspective by Forrester.


For users who push their infrastructure to the max, public cloud virtual machines sometimes aren’t enough, so a new class of hosted bare metal infrastructure has emerged.

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Jun 9, 2016

Google team predicts quantum computing supremacy over classical computing around 2018 with a 40 qubit universal quantum computer

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

Google is to trying to combine the Adiabatic Quantum computing AQC method with the digital approach’s error-correction capabilities.

The Google team uses a row of nine solid-state qubits, fashioned from cross-shaped films of aluminium about 400 micrometres from tip to tip. These are deposited onto a sapphire surface. The researchers cool the aluminium to 0.02 degrees kelvin, turning the metal into a superconductor with no electrical resistance. Information can then be encoded into the qubits in their superconducting state.

The interactions between neighboring qubits are controlled by ‘logic gates’ that steer the qubits digitally into a state that encodes the solution to a problem. As a demonstration, the researchers instructed their array to simulate a row of magnetic atoms with coupled spin states — a problem thoroughly explored in condensed-matter physics. They could then look at the qubits to determine the lowest-energy collective state of the spins that the atoms represented.

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Jun 9, 2016

This short film was written by a sci-fi hungry neural network

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Remember when we played with Google’s Deep Dream neural network to create trippy visuals that featured a whole lot dogs? The creators behind the short film Sunspring do. Instead of Google’s product, however, they turned to a neural network named “Jetson” to do all the heavy lifting. The result? A bizarre nine minutes that you’ll remember for quite some time.

Starring Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and directed by Oscar Sharp, the short features a special script compiled by the neural network that even wrote a song unique to the film. After being fed scripts like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Watchmen and Aliens (as well as tons of others) it produced a nonsensical mess that actually works quite well in practice. It’s terrible. But then again, it’s so intense it’s entertaining. The film was shot and edited in 48 hours, which is a feat considering how polished it looks in practice.

As one character says “Well, I don’t know anything about any of this, so…” You might get that feeling after viewing the film, but it’s just like watching the insane ramblings of porn stars in Vernon Chatman’s Final Flesh. They’re both eerily similar in tone, though Sunspring is far more incoherent. Check it out for yourself below.

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