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Aug 13, 2021

See if you can spy this Mars Easter egg snapped

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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter takes an aerial photo that let’s viewers hunt for the Perseverance rover on the ground as the rover itself hunts for ancient life.

Aug 13, 2021

Innovative New Material Inspired by Chain Mail Transforms from Flexible to Rigid on Command

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Engineers at Caltech and JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network. JPL implements programs in planetary exploration, Earth science, space-based astronomy and technology development, while applying its capabilities to technical and scientific problems of national significance.

Aug 13, 2021

Samsung Has Its Own AI-Designed Chip. Soon, Others Will Too

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Synopsys, which sells software for designing semiconductors to dozens of companies, is adding artificial intelligence to its arsenal.

Aug 13, 2021

Codex, an AI system that translates natural language to programming code

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence research company OpenAI has announced the development of an AI system that translates natural language to programming code—called Codex, the system is being released as a free API, at least for the time being.

Codex is more of a next-step product for OpenAI, rather than something completely new. It builds on Copilot, a tool for use with Microsoft’s GitHub code repository. With the earlier product, users would get suggestions similar to those seen in autocomplete in Google, except it would help finish lines of code. Codex has taken that concept a huge step forward by accepting sentences written in English and translating them into runnable code. As an example, a user could ask the system to create a web page with a certain name at the top and with four evenly sized panels below numbered one through four. Codex would then attempt to create the page by generating the code necessary for the creation of such a site in whatever language (JavaScript, Python, etc.) was deemed appropriate. The user could then send additional English commands to build the website piece by piece.

Codex (and Copilot) parse written text using OpenAI’s language generation model—it is able to both generate and parse code, which allowed users to use Copilot in custom ways—one of those ways was to generate programming code that had been written by others for the GitHub repository. This led many of those who had contributed to the project to accuse OpenAI of using their code for profit, a charge that could very well be levied against Codex, as well, as much of the it generates is simply copied from GitHub. Notably, OpenAI started out as a nonprofit entity in 2,015 and changed to what it described as a “capped profit” entity in 2019—a move the company claimed would help it get more funding from investors.

Aug 13, 2021

ThirdAI raises $6M to democratize AI to any hardware

Posted by in categories: mathematics, robotics/AI

Houston-based ThirdAI, a company building tools to speed up deep learning technology without the need for specialized hardware like graphics processing units, brought in $6 million in seed funding.

Neotribe Ventures, Cervin Ventures and Firebolt Ventures co-led the investment, which will be used to hire additional employees and invest in computing resources, Anshumali Shrivastava, Third AI co-founder and CEO, told TechCrunch.

Shrivastava, who has a mathematics background, was always interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning, especially rethinking how AI could be developed in a more efficient manner. It was when he was at Rice University that he looked into how to make that work for deep learning. He started ThirdAI in April with some Rice graduate students.

Aug 13, 2021

Archaeologists figured out why Stonehenge’s sandstone boulders have lasted for millennia

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An analysis of one of Stonehenge’s sandstone sarsens shows the boulder is made up of interlocking rock crystals that make it almost indestructible.

Aug 13, 2021

Shockingly Realistic AI Robot Dog “Jennie”

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Aug 13, 2021

A chemical in plastic is tricking hermit crabs into thinking trash is food

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It’s hard to avoid garbage when you’re chemically attracted to it. But such is the life of a hermit crab.

Aug 13, 2021

A Specific Example of How AlphaFold 2 From DeepMind Could Help Us Achieve Immortality

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I think SENS did this last year but now AlphaFold2 will make it easier and faster.

Hey it’s Han from WrySci HX discussing how breakthroughs in the protein folding problem by AlphaFold 2 from DeepMind could combine with the SENS research foundation’s approach of allotopic mitochondrial gene expression to fight aging damage. More below ↓↓↓

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Aug 13, 2021

How computer vision works

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, food, robotics/AI

It’s no secret that AI is everywhere, yet it’s not always clear when we’re interacting with it, let alone which specific techniques are at play. But one subset is easy to recognize: If the experience is intelligent and involves photos or videos, or is visual in any way, computer vision is likely working behind the scenes.

Computer vision is a subfield of AI, specifically of machine learning. If AI allows machines to “think,” then computer vision is what allows them to “see.” More technically, it enables machines to recognize, make sense of, and respond to visual information like photos, videos, and other visual inputs.

Over the last few years, computer vision has become a major driver of AI. The technique is used widely in industries like manufacturing, ecommerce, agriculture, automotive, and medicine, to name a few. It powers everything from interactive Snapchat lenses to sports broadcasts, AR-powered shopping, medical analysis, and autonomous driving capabilities. And by 2,022 the global market for the subfield is projected to reach $48.6 billion annually, up from just $6.6 billion in 2015.