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Sep 25, 2023

China May Have Built A Third Exascale Supercomputer — And May Be Hiding Its Real Capabilities

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, economics, military, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Computer performance is measured in FLOPS, or floating-point operations per second. The first supercomputer, which was developed in 1964, could run 3,000,000 FLOPS, i.e., 3 megaFLOPS. Exa means 18 zeros, meaning 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 FLOPS. An exascale computer can perform that many operations — something that is almost impossible to imagine.

Now, there is a huge advantage to commanding that kind of computing power in today’s world. Here is what the same McKinsey report says: “Exascale computing could allow scientists to solve problems that have until now been impossible. With exascale, exponential increases in memory, storage, and compute power may drive breakthroughs in several industries: energy production, storage, transmission, materials science, heavy industry, chemical design, AI and machine learning, cancer research and treatment, earthquake risk assessment, and many more.”

Put simply, China now may have the computing power at its disposal to match, or even overtake, technology leaders like the United States in several areas that could be key to becoming the dominant economic and military power in the world. China could also pair its advances in artificial intelligence with this mind-boggling computering power and achieve technological and military dominance quite quickly.

Sep 25, 2023

ChatGPT-Powered Furby Reveals Secret Furby Plans for World Domination

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

Although this is mostly a joke that a furby would take over the world it is also a great idea for teaching kids Basically everything imagine a God level furby that could answer any question and even do your homework what a great toy 😗😁.

Furby has come back from the dead to take over the world — and this time it’s in the form of a ChatGPT-powered toy.

Jessica Card, a computer science student at the University of Vermont, shared a clip on Twitter on Sunday, April 1, showing the animatronic Furby’s face — spiked antennas for ears, beak and all — answering this one question based on a script written by ChatGPT: “Is there a secret by Furbies to take over the world?” After thinking for 10 seconds, the AI-powered abomination revealed its species’ plot for world domination.

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Sep 25, 2023

Introducing TeddyGPT: Toymint Debuts Innovative AI Teddy Companion, Powered by OpenAI

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

Toymint Launches TeddyGPT, a Revolutionary AI Companion that Combines Physical and Digital Play for an Immersive and Educational Experience.

Sep 25, 2023

Build a Bear with ChatGPT-Driven Voice Assistant Capabilities

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

ChatGPT is taking the world by storm and people are continuing to discover interesting new uses for the technology. As the name suggests, its original primary purpose was to act as a very sophisticated chat bot. But it can do much more, including writing code and simple articles. It can also mirror some of the capabilities of voice assistants like Siri and Alexa when combined with voice-to-text and text-to-speech services. Adafruit’s M. LeBlanc-Williams used that capability to create a voice assistant teddy reminiscent of Teddy Ruxpin.

Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic teddy bear toy for children first released in 1985, when it became an instant success. Using a cassette player build into the back, the original Teddy Ruxpin could read stories aloud to children while moving around. Because cassette tapes have two audio tracks for stereo sound, the toy could use one audio track for the story and use the other for data. That data would contain movement commands, letting Teddy Ruxpin move along with the audio in a choreographed manner. The technology was quite impressive for the time, but doesn’t come close to what LeBlanc-Williams achieved here.

LeBlanc-Williams started with a Peek-A-Boo Teddy Bear from a company called GUND. This is a toy similar to Teddy Ruxpin, but more rudimentary. It can only recite a handful of different pre-recorded audio clips while moving its mouth and pulling up a sheet with its arms to play peek-a-boo. For this project to work, LeBlanc-Williams had to replace the original electronic components with more powerful hardware.

Sep 25, 2023

Chandrayaan-3 Detects ‘Unexpected’ Levels of Sulfur on The Moon

Posted by in category: space

In an exciting milestone for lunar scientists around the globe, India’s Chandrayaan-3 lander touched down 375 miles (600 km) from the south pole of the Moon on August 23, 2023.

In just under 14 Earth days, Chandrayaan-3 provided scientists with valuable new data and further inspiration to explore the Moon. And the Indian Space Research Organization has shared these initial results with the world.

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Sep 25, 2023

Fleeting form of nitrogen stretches nuclear theory to its limits

Posted by in category: futurism

Unstable nitrogen-9 is the first nucleus known to decay by spitting out five protons.

Sep 25, 2023

Researcher finds way to get audio from still images and silent videos

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

With video calls becoming more common in the age of remote and hybrid workplaces, “mute yourself” and “I think you’re muted” have become part of our everyday vocabularies. But it turns out muting yourself might not be as safe as you think.

Kevin Fu, a professor of electrical and and at Northeastern University, has figured out a way to get audio from pictures and even muted videos. Using Side Eye, a assisted tool that Fu and his research team created, Fu can determine the gender of someone speaking in the room where a photo was taken—and even the exact words they spoke.

“Imagine someone is doing a TikTok video and they mute it and dub music,” Fu says. “Have you ever been curious about what they’re really saying? Was it ‘Watermelon watermelon’ or ‘Here’s my password?’ Was somebody speaking behind them? You can actually pick up what is being spoken off camera.”

Sep 25, 2023

OpenAI Has Just Killed Prompt Engineering With DALL-E 3

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Intrigued to see how this assertion holds up…

You can now get high-quality images that depict complex scenes by default.

Sep 25, 2023

You can now prompt ChatGPT with pictures and voice commands

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Now you can talk to your bot — or just send it a screenshot.

Sep 25, 2023

Scientists develop nanomaterials using a bottom-up approach

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics

Scientists from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, both Germany, have successfully developed nanomaterials using a so-called bottom-up approach. As reported in the journal ACS Nano, they exploit the fact that crystals often grow in a specific direction during crystallization. These resulting nanostructures could be used in various technological applications.

“Our structures could be described as worm-like rods with decorations,” explains Prof. Felix Schacher. “Embedded in these rods are ; in our case, this was silica. However, instead of silica, conductive nanoparticles or semiconductors could also be used—or even mixtures, which can be selectively distributed in the nanocrystals using our method,” he adds. Accordingly, the range of possible applications in science and technology is broad, spanning from information processing to catalysis.

“The primary focus of this work was to understand the preparation method as such,” explains the chemist. To produce nanostructures, he elaborates, there are two different approaches: larger particles are ground down to nanometer size, or the structures are built up from smaller components.

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