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Aug 15, 2017

Massachusetts takes on leadership role with new greenhouse gas-cutting regulations — By Mark Hand | ThinkProgress

Posted by in categories: environmental, governance, government

“Clean energy purchases projected to reach 80 percent by 2050.”

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Aug 15, 2017

Falling Robots Are Funny, but That’s How They’ll Learn to Take Your Job

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

New clip of ATLAS, having some problems but interesting to see.


If at first you don’t succeed, try again—and, if you’re a robot, again and again and again and again and again and again. Because it’s worth remembering that unlike many humans, automatons will keep at a task until they do achieve success.

This GIF of Boston Dynamics’s Atlas robot taking a tumble, sliced from a TED talk published Monday, has gone viral. Presumably, that’s because when humans aren’t fretting about how they’ll steal our jobs, we sure do seem to enjoy laughing at robots falling over.

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Aug 15, 2017

The Fundamental Limits of Machine Learning — By Jesse Dunietz | Nautilus

Posted by in category: machine learning

“She thought her solution was obvious. Her colleagues, though, were sure their solution was correct—and the two didn’t match. Was the problem with one of their answers, or with the puzzle itself?”

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Aug 15, 2017

CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) | Exhibition by Alejandro G. Iñárritu | LACMA

Posted by in categories: media & arts, virtual reality

“Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees.”

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Aug 15, 2017

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Wants to Clean Up the Internet — by Nicholas Thompson | WIRED

Posted by in categories: governance, internet

“To Systrom, it’s pretty simple: Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to @&#$post.”

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Aug 15, 2017

The Andromeda Study: A Femto-Spacecraft Mission to Alpha Centauri — Draft report finally published!!!

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering, physics, space

“This paper discusses the physics, engineering and mission architecture relating to a gram-sized interstellar probe propelled by a laser beam. The objectives are to design a fly-by mission to Alpha Centauri with a total mission duration of 50 years travelling at a cruise speed of 0.1c. Furthermore, optical data from the target star system is to be obtained and sent back to the Solar system. The main challenges of such a mission are presented and possible solutions proposed. The results show that by extrapolating from currently existing technology, such a mission would be feasible. The total mass of the proposed spacecraft is 23g and the space-based laser infrastructure has a beam power output of 15GW. Rurther exploration of the laser — spacecraft tradespace and associated technologies are necessary.”

https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.03556

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Aug 15, 2017

Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

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Aug 15, 2017

Welcome to the Future of Work

Posted by in categories: education, futurism

The Associated Press is launching a series of stories called Future of Work that explore how workplaces across the U.S. and the world are being transformed by technology and global pressures. As more employers move, shrink or revamp their work sites, many employees are struggling to adapt. At the same time, workers with in-demand skills or knowledge are benefiting. Advanced training, education or know-how is becoming a required ticket to the 21st-century workplace.

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Aug 15, 2017

Internet majors launch ‘AI Challenger’ platform to advance research with huge China data pool

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Three Chinese internet majors have set up what is claimed to be the one of the largest open databases for artificial intelligence (AI) in the world, aimed at helping global talent advance AI research by harnessing the huge data pool generated by China’s 750 million internet users.


The platform wants to empower AI researchers and developers to advance their research without constraints of data resources, say its backers.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 August, 2017, 5:52pm.

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Aug 14, 2017

Where there’s water, there’s probably life—just ask these robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

http://cnnmon.ie/2vyHh5D Via CNN Tech.

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