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Sep 29, 2023

Meta targets youth with AI-powered personality chatbots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meta Platforms will showcase the new AI chatbot with distinct personalities at this week’s Meta Connect conference.

Meta announced the launch of a variety of AI-powered persona-based chatbot prototypes less than two months ago with an aim to keep up the artificial intelligence race, joining other tech giants.

Now, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is all set to release generative AI chatbots with distinct personalities across its social media applications. The roll-out announcement is expected to be made at the Meta Connect conference, which commences tomorrow from September 27 to 28.

Sep 29, 2023

Autonomous drone could help end high-speed car chases in NY

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

The drone can travel at 45 miles an hour and read license plates from 800 feet away. It can be equipped with a speaker and a spotlight. Who needs a police car for a chase now?

A new high-tech autonomous drone, unveiled by California-based company Skydio, could help New York Police end high-speed car chases. The company which has supplied drones for both military and utility purposes, is working to use drones as first responders (DFR) for the police in the US.

A decade ago, Skydio began its journey as a company that provides athletes with a ‘follow-me-everywhere’ drone that could help shoot videos from the air while on the move. Three years ago, the company made a significant pivot as it looked… More.

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Sep 29, 2023

Scientists achieve the tricky task of compressing liquids

Posted by in category: futurism

Using a metal–organic framework, researchers reduced the volume of a water-based mixture by 7%.

Sep 29, 2023

Atomic clocks on the horizon: Unveiling the power of scandium

Posted by in category: energy

An international research team has made a groundbreaking discovery at the European XFEL X-ray laser, bringing us closer to realizing the potential of atomic clocks.

They achieved this by exciting a highly promising transition in the nucleus of scandium, a readily available element, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) announced. This unique resonance demands X-rays with an energy of 12.4 kiloelectronvolts (keV), an astonishing 10,000 times the energy of visible light, with a remarkable width of only 1.4 femtoelectronvolts (feV), equivalent to one second in 300 billion years.

Ralf Röhlsberger, a DESY researcher, emphasizes the significance of this achievement: “This corresponds to one second in 300 billion years.” Such precision would redefine the boundaries of timekeeping accuracy.

Sep 29, 2023

Steven Pinker shares his “relentless optimism” about human progress

Posted by in category: life extension

Brilliant. News is about rare events, especially bad things. Massive amounts of raw data is boring — but tells a completely different story.

If you follow the news closely, chances are your view of the state of the world is not super optimistic. From war in Ukraine to a warming planet to global poverty and hunger, there’s plenty to get upset about. But what if things are actually getting…better?

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Sep 29, 2023

Enhanced and Robust Directional Propulsion of Light-Activated Janus Micromotors by Magnetic Spinning and the Magnus Effect

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

Advances in the versatile design and synthesis of nanomaterials have imparted diverse functionalities to Janus micromotors as autonomous vehicles. However, a significant challenge remains in maneuvering Janus micromotors by following desired trajectories for on-demand motility and intelligent control due to the inherent rotational Brownian motion. Here, we present the enhanced and robust directional propulsion of light-activated Fe3O4@TiO2/Pt Janus micromotors by magnetic spinning and the Magnus effect. Once exposed to a low-intensity rotating magnetic field, the micromotors become physically actuated, and their rotational Brownian diffusion is quenched by the magnetic rotation. Photocatalytic propulsion can be triggered by unidirectional irradiation based on a self-electrophoretic mechanism.

Sep 29, 2023

Tesla breaks ground on its futuristic diner with drive-in theater and Supercharger

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla has broken ground on the site of its planned futuristic diner with a drive-in theater and Supercharger station.

Yes, it sounds like that crazy project is actually happening.

This project has been in the works for a long time. In 2018, Elon Musk said that Tesla planned to open an “old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.” It was yet another “Is he joking?” kind of Elon Musk idea, but he wasn’t kidding.

Sep 29, 2023

AMD CEO Is A Non-Believer In AI ‘Moat, Says Next 10 Years To Be Very Different From The Last 10 Years

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

AMD is reportedly concerned with the pace of the developments occurring within the AI industry seeing it as a potential ‘moat’.

Sep 29, 2023

Here’s How Architects Are Breathing New Life into an Atrophying Typology

Posted by in category: space

Hongkong Land’s Yorkville – The Ring by PH Alpha Design uses a revolutionary seven-level glass botanical garden design to accommodate hundreds of gravity-defying plants, creating a truly eco-friendly commercial space. A continuous skin sweeps around the mall to cohesively integrate a “Forest of light” within the interior space, which includes gardens, generous gardens and other activities.

Read more about the project here:

Architizer Project Page

Sep 29, 2023

AI and science: what 1,600 researchers think

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

A Nature survey finds that scientists are concerned, as well as excited, by the increasing use of artificial-intelligence tools in research.

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