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Jan 21, 2016

Now a robot can serve coffee to your hotel room

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The perfect cup of coffee each morning.


Created by Californian company Savioke, Relay has made 11,000 guest deliveries at five hotel brands. Its cargo? Starbucks coffee.

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Jan 21, 2016

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, computing, neuroscience

In a computational reconstruction of brain tissue in the hippocampus, Salk and UT-Austin scientists found the unusual occurrence of two synapses from the axon of one neuron (translucent black strip) forming onto two spines on the same dendrite of a second neuron (yellow). Separate terminals from one neuron’s axon are shown in synaptic contact with two spines (arrows) on the same dendrite of a second neuron in the hippocampus. The spine head volumes, synaptic contact areas (red), neck diameters (gray) and number of presynaptic vesicles (white spheres) of these two synapses are almost identical. (credit: Salk Institute)

Salk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far higher than common estimates. The new work also answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy efficient, and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also conserve energy.

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Jan 21, 2016

Here come the robots: Davos bosses brace for big technology shocks

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, internet, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Leaders at Davos are bracing for huge technology shocks.


Implantable mobile phones. 3D-printed organs for transplant. Clothes and reading-glasses connected to the Internet.

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Jan 21, 2016

Scientist dismisses Stephen Hawking’s doomsday predictions

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

Yuste v. Hawkins — battle of the brains.


Renowned neuroscientist Rafael Yuste on Wednesday dismissed the latest doomsday predictions of Stephen Hawking, saying the British astrophysicist “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

In a recent lecture in London, Hawking indicated that advances in science and technology will lead to “new ways things can go wrong,” especially in the field of artificial intelligence.

Yuste, a Columbia University neuroscience professor, was less pessimistic. “We don’t have enough knowledge to be able to say such things,” he told Radio Cooperativa in Santiago, Chile.

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Jan 21, 2016

Five Couples Tied The Knot at a Chinese Robot Factory

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A robot wedding.


Five couples sealed the deal at a robot factory in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China, in one of the most unique wedding venues in recent news.

On Wednesday, robots of all forms serviced the entire wedding for the couples and guests alike. Some robots were merely appendages, holding candles out along the aisle. Others had a more humanoid form with bright, pixilated smiles. These robots served wine and greeted guests at the door. A few special ones even served as ring-bearers or flower girls.

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Jan 21, 2016

Buckingham Palace And Great Barrier Reef Now In VR

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

I cannot wait until I finally equip my home theater with a VR experience — imagine watching a Terminator Movie “Terminator 3 rise of the machines” — it would be scary.


Google released a couple of virtual reality tour locations for its Expeditions Pioneer Program which are Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Jan 21, 2016

VR-powered theme park rides will blow you mind later this year

Posted by in categories: materials, space, transportation, virtual reality

More VR Theme Parks and attractions opening this year. We have the Void opening this summer in Pleasant Grove, UT; a new VR roller coaster in UK’s Alton Towers that opens in April; there is real opportunity for entrepreneurs in the VR space to launch their own portable VR amusement/ entertainment centers for corporate events, parties, etc.


Virtual reality and theme parks may not seem like an obvious match, but these planned attractions may change your mind. Starting this spring we’ll start to see rides that take advantage of VR to offer new and exciting experiences.

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Jan 20, 2016

Bill Gates and Elon Musk Will Save the World from AI?

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, employment, habitats, robotics/AI, transportation

I must admit; I got a little laughter from reading the beginning of this article. However, there is a potential longer term concern around jobs and an even larger concern around data (including IP) when it comes to AI. So, I truly hope folks are strategically planning, designing, and implementing appropriate safeguards around their AI architecture and systems; especially if we look at hacking, etc.


Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have all done their part in warning the world of the true power of artificial intelligence. All three men were actually awarded the 2015 Luddite Award, which is given by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Because of their honest assessment on the power of new technology, these three men have been called alarmists who spread horror. There were 10 total nominees to the prices, and all three received them after getting more 3,680 votes.

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Jan 20, 2016

Report: Blockchain Record-Keeping System Too Costly for Vermont

Posted by in category: bitcoin

1st Bitcoin and now this on Blockchaining record keeping in VT.


The cost of using the blockchain for a public records system would outweigh any benefits, a report prepared for Vermont’s legislature concludes.

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Jan 20, 2016

Lagarde: The end of cash could happen within a decade

Posted by in categories: economics, evolution, finance

Ok, my one world currency comsipracy friends; here is a story for you.


Cash could become history within a decade, thanks to new financial instruments, including virtual currencies, some of the world’s leading bankers said during the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (20 January).

The impact of technology, the overarching theme of this year’s meeting, will be very significant.

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