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Feb 11, 2016

Faster Than Thought: DARPA, Artificial Intelligence, & The Third Offset Strategy

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

ARLINGTON: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing artificial intelligence that can help humans understand the floods of data they unleashed 50 years ago with the Internet and make better decisions, even in the heat of battle. Such “human-machine collaboration” — informally known as the centaur model — is the high-tech holy grail of the Defense Department’s plan to counter Russian and Chinese advances, known as the Third Offset Strategy.

“We’ve had some great conversations with the deputy,” said DARPA director Arati Prabhakar, referring to the chief architect of Offset, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. “In many of our programs you’ll see some of the technology components” of the strategy. But it’s more than specific technologies, however exotic: It’s about a new approach to technology.

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Feb 11, 2016

Five women making strides in the science world

Posted by in category: science

Michelle Simmons is Australia’s answer to Canada’s Geordie Rose (CTO of D-Wave) — Simmons and four other female scientists are recognized.


Meet five Australian women at the top of their game on the first UN day honouring female contributions to the world of science.

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Feb 11, 2016

Compound Semiconductor — News

Posted by in category: futurism

Very nice.


Compound Semiconductor Magazine provides the latest news, features and analysis within the compound related industry sector.

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Feb 11, 2016

Collaborative Minds Bringing Sounds to Brain Data in Yearlong Project

Posted by in categories: computing, life extension, neuroscience

Very huge step forward for brain sensory mapping.


Data from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have provided eye-popping pictures of the way the brain is wired, and allowed neuroscientists and laypeople alike to view intricate anatomical and functional connections between regions of the brain. But what if a new tool could be applied to MRI and other data, to listen to the way the brain works and how it is forged with connections?

An emerging effort to “sonify” imaging data is taking root at UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity, in the lab of Dr. Gagan Wig. The approach, now funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), allows data to be represented by sounds from which a trained listener might be able to discern patterns of brain connectivity not readily seen in available visualization strategies.

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Feb 11, 2016

UK lawmakers slam government plan to scoop up data

Posted by in category: privacy

UK cracking down on their government’s eaves dropping efforts.


The British government’s bill that calls for far-reaching data collection powers gets slammed in parliament. Critics say it would be most intrusive collection regime among Western democracies.

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Feb 11, 2016

DNA breaks in nerve cells‘ ancestors cluster in specific genes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

Researchers have discovered breaks in nerve cells tied to varous genetically related neurological disorders.

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Feb 11, 2016

Scientists have discovered how to ‘delete’ unwanted memories

Posted by in categories: education, neuroscience

A new documentary from PBS reveals how cutting edge science enables us to ‘edit’ memories — and create new ones from scratch.

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Feb 11, 2016

Mannequins of the Future Are Headless Robots

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Here is a thought; could we see a future where runway models are robots? What about the Victoria Secret fashion show? Or, could all models (men and women) be replaced for the perfect robot? Maxim has already been known for using artificial models in print.


Shape-shifting dummies, the mannequins of the future, could change garment fitting in a big way.

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Feb 11, 2016

NASA uses virtual reality for robot control

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, virtual reality

This is an excellent use of both VR and Robotics together to evolve and improve technology for NASA & space travel.


NASA and Sony are working on a virtual reality system that will replicate real life challenges when controlling a robonaut.

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Feb 11, 2016

Scientists adapt next-gen solar cell materials for a different purpose

Posted by in categories: materials, nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

Making Nanowire Lasers


Feb. 11, 2016 — Scientists have found a simple new way to produce nanoscale wires that can serve as bright, stable and tunable lasers — an advance toward using light to transmit data.

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