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Nov 18, 2020

Majority of APAC firms pay up in ransomware attacks

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Despite expert advice against paying up, most victims of ransomware attacks in the region, including 88% in Australia and 78% in Singapore, have paid the ransom in full or in part, and the number of such attacks is only going to keep climbing amidst accelerated digital transformation efforts and remote work.

Nov 18, 2020

IBM is Giving Out $800 Worth of Data Science and AI Courses For Free

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” — Benjamin Franklin

On November 24th, IBM is running a free, online Data & AI Conference for India and the Asia Pacific region, covering four tracks:

Nov 18, 2020

Expect the Unexpected: Frontiers of Mathematics, Computation, Systems and Design

Posted by in categories: government, mathematics, robotics/AI, security, surveillance

AI designed to be aware of it’s own competence.

Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador interviews Dr. Jiangying Zhou, DARPA program manager in the Defense Sciences Office, USA.

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Nov 17, 2020

Robotic dogs to start patrolling Florida military base

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

Fido, meet F1d0.

Newly developed robotic K9s will soon be prowling Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, to enhance security and surveillance patrolling, WMBB-TV reported Monday.

The 325th Security Forces Squadron, which handles security for the base, said the robo-dogs are weatherproof, four-legged, unmanned patrolling drones that have two-way communication abilities and high-tech sensors that cost about $100,000 a pop, the outlet reported.

Nov 17, 2020

Iconic Boston Dynamics Robots Seek Stable Employment

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Boston Dynamics getting dumped again. The dog robot was ideal as a replacement for guard dogs, someone else is already filling that void. The Atlas robot no where near ready for market. Probably down hill from here.

A sale to Hyundai could hasten the company’s shift from research to commercialization.

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Nov 17, 2020

Quantum tunneling pushes the limits of self-powered sensors

Posted by in categories: energy, quantum physics

Shantanu Chakrabartty’s laboratory has been working to create sensors that can run on the least amount of energy. His lab has been so successful at building smaller and more efficient sensors, that they’ve run into a roadblock in the form of a fundamental law of physics.

Sometimes, however, when you hit what appears to be an impenetrable roadblock, you just have to turn to and tunnel through it. That’s what Chakrabartty and other researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis did.

The development of these self-powered quantum sensors from the lab of Chakrabartty, the Clifford W. Murphy Professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Systems & Electrical Engineering, was published online Oct. 28 in the journal Nature Communications.

Nov 17, 2020

With 11 Million Cases in the U.S., the Coronavirus Has Gotten Personal for Most People

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

What was once a health crisis that Americans feared has evolved into one virtually everyone has experienced up close. That will affect behavior, but in many different ways.

Nov 17, 2020

Orbits of ancient stars prompt rethink on Milky Way evolution

Posted by in categories: evolution, physics, space

Theories on how the Milky Way formed are set to be rewritten following discoveries about the behavior of some of its oldest stars.

An investigation into the orbits of the Galaxy’s metal-poor stars—assumed to be among the most ancient in existence—has found that some of them travel in previously unpredicted patterns.

“Metal-poor stars—containing less than one-thousandth the amount of iron found in the Sun—are some of the rarest objects in the galaxy,” said Professor Gary Da Costa from Australia’s ARC Center of Excellence in All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) and the Australian National University.

Nov 17, 2020

The new space rush: Avoiding the hidden costs of profiting in space

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, geopolitics, space travel, treaties

There is some precedent for international treaties regarding the exploration of other worlds, most-notably the Outer Space Treaty of 1976 or the Artemis Accords. But these amount to little more than non-aggression pacts. The COSPAR convention came closer to what is needed by declaring the inherent hazards to science and terrestrial life that go with exploring other worlds. However, at present, such documents merely recommendations to governments and industry. There are no current means for enforcing the guidelines.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, talks with Commercial Crew astronauts and the current NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine. The merger between the public and private sectors of the aerospace industry is seen clearly with the partnership between NASA and SpaceX, as it was the first private company to bring American astronauts to the International Space Station.

Nov 17, 2020

Searching Symbols for the Rules of Change

Posted by in category: futurism

Bryna Kra searches for the patterns in sequences of numbers that explain how complicated dynamical systems evolve over time.