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Jun 5, 2023

Cactus Materials, a semiconductor manufacturer led by former Intel manager, opens up in Tempe

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Cactus Materials touted the emerging talent pool at local universities and the emerging ecosystem of the semiconductor industry as reasons to do business in Arizona.

The White House has designated Phoenix as a workforce hub to help meet the demand for qualified and diverse talent in semiconductors, renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Over the next five years, Cactus Materials said it intends to make further upgrades at its facility and invest up to $300 million. The company had previously been awarded grants from NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy and has applied for funding earmarked for the semiconductor sector through the CHIPS and Science Act.

Jun 5, 2023

SpaceX video shows awesome view of Falcon 9 landing

Posted by in category: space travel

Those watching SpaceX’s latest mission on Sunday were treated to a clearer-than-usual view of the first-stage booster’s spectacular landing on a barge.

Jun 5, 2023

Columbia University Research Explores the Synergy between Artificial Intelligence and the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: education, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have long drawn inspiration from the intricacies of the human brain. Now, a groundbreaking branch of research led by Columbia University in New York seeks to unravel the workings of living brains and enhance their function by leveraging advancements in AI.

Designated by the National Science Foundation as one of seven universities serving as the headquarters for a new national AI research institute, Columbia University received a substantial $20 million grant to bolster the AI Institute for Artificial and Natural Intelligence (ARNI). ARNI is a consortium comprising educational institutions and research groups, with Columbia at the helm. The overarching goal of ARNI is to forge connections between the remarkable progress achieved in AI systems and the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the brain.

Richard Zemel, a professor of computer science at Columbia, explained that the aim is to foster a cross-disciplinary collaboration between leading AI and neuroscience researchers, yielding mutual benefits for AI systems and human beings alike. Zemel emphasized that the exchange of knowledge flows in both directions, with AI systems drawing inspiration from the brain while neural networks in turn bear loose resemblances to its structure.

Jun 5, 2023

Max Tegmark interview: Six months to save humanity from AI? | DW Business Special

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, robotics/AI

A leading expert in artificial intelligence warns that the race to develop more sophisticated models is outpacing our ability to regulate the technology. Critics say his warnings overhype the dangers of new AI models like GPT. But MIT professor Max Tegmark says private companies risk leading the world into dangerous territory without guardrails on their work. His Institute of Life issued a letter signed by tech luminaries like Elon Musk warning Silicon Valley to immediately stop work on AI for six months to unite on a safe way forward. Without that, Tegmark says, the consequences could be devastating for humanity.

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Jun 5, 2023

What will stop AI from flooding the internet with fake images?

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

One novel approach — that some experts say could actually work — is to use metadata, watermarks, and other technical systems to distinguish fake from real. Companies like Google, Adobe, and Microsoft are all supporting some form of labeling of AI in their products. Google, for example, said at its recent I/O conference that, in the coming months, it will attach a written disclosure, similar to a copyright notice, underneath AI-generated results on Google Images. OpenAI’s popular image generation technology DALL-E already adds a colorful stripe watermark to the bottom of all images it creates.

“We all have a fundamental right to establish a common objective reality,” said Andy Parsons, senior director of Adobe’s content authenticity initiative group. “And that starts with knowing what something is and, in cases where it makes sense, who made it or where it came from.”

In order to reduce confusion between fake and real images, the content authenticity initiative group developed a tool Adobe is now using called content credentials that tracks when images are edited by AI. The company describes it as a nutrition label: information for digital content that stays with the file wherever it’s published or stored. For example, Photoshop’s latest feature, Generative Fill, uses AI to quickly create new content in an existing image, and content credentials can keep track of those changes.

Jun 5, 2023

A Thin Leap Forward: World’s First Functional 2D Microchip

Posted by in categories: computing, materials


The first demonstration of a functional microchip integrating atomically thin two-dimensional materials with exotic properties heralds a new era of microelectronics. The world’s first fully integrated and functional microchip based on exotic two-dimensional materials has been fabricated at KAUST.

Jun 5, 2023

Repeater Boosts Long-Range Quantum Entanglement

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Device uses two trapped ions to raise the performance of a 50-km-long entangled fiber link.

Jun 5, 2023

Scientists invent self-healing robot skin that mimics the real thing

Posted by in categories: materials, robotics/AI

The material can self-heal in just 24 hours when warmed to 158°F or in about a week at room temperature.

Stanford professor Zhenan Bao and his team have invented a multi-layer self-healing synthetic electronic skin.

This is according to a report by Fox News published on Friday.

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Jun 5, 2023

This underwater robot may soon replace divers in dangerous operations

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

It’s ideal for search and rescue missions.

Scientists at the ETH Zurich spinoff company Tethys Robotics have developed an underwater robot that can be deployed in situations that are too dangerous for human divers to undertake.

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Jun 5, 2023

This robot butler will tackle all your household chores

Posted by in category: robotics/AI


This is according to an article by Sifted published this week.

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