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Jun 2, 2023

No one has done AR or VR well. Can Apple?

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, information science, virtual reality

On Monday, Apple is more than likely going to reveal its long-awaited augmented or mixed reality Reality Pro headset during the keynote of its annual WWDC developer conference in California. It’s an announcement that has been tipped or teased for years now, and reporting on the topic has suggested that at various times, the project has been subject to delays, internal skepticism and debate, technical challenges and more. Leaving anything within Apple’s sphere of influence aside, the world’s overall attitude toward AR and VR has shifted considerably — from optimism, to skepticism.

Part of that trajectory is just the natural progression of any major tech hype cycle, and you could easily argue that the time to make the most significant impact in any such cycle is after the spike of undue optimism and energy has subsided. But in the case of AR and VR, we’ve actually already seen some of the tech giants with the deepest pockets take their best shots and come up wanting — not for lack of trying, but because of limitations in terms of what’s possible even at the bleeding edge of available tech. Some of those limits might actually be endemic to AR and VR, too, because of variances in the human side of the equation required to make mixed reality magic happen.

The virtual elephant in the room is, of course, Meta. The name itself pretty much sums up the situation: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg read a bad book and decided that VR was the inevitable end state of human endeavor — the mobile moment he essentially missed out on, but even bigger and better. Zuckerberg grew enamored by his delusion, first acquiring crowdfunded VR darling Oculus, then eventually commandeering the sobriquet for a shared virtual universe from the dystopian predictions of a better book and renaming all of Facebook after it.

Jun 2, 2023

Long-Lost “Earth Monster” Olmec Head Found in Denver, Now Destined for Mexico

Posted by in category: habitats

😗😁 Very interesting findings around the olmec statues.

In a March 31 tweet confirming its recovery, Ebrard referred to the massive stone carving as “the Olmec piece most sought after by Mexico. … It’s about to return to its home, from where it should never have been stolen.”

Mexican officials found out earlier this year that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquity Trafficking Unit had recovered the piece, which is roughly five feet wide, six feet tall and carved out of a slab of stone weighing nearly one ton.

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Jun 2, 2023

Turning Lead Into Gold

Posted by in categories: chemistry, particle physics

Year 2021 😗😁

They were indeed correct that lead could be turned into gold — even if they were dead wrong about how it could be done. Now, modern science routinely takes us far beyond even the wildest dreams of the alchemists.

One of the most famous stories of nuclear transmutation comes from the 1970s, when nuclear chemist and Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory alongside colleague Walt Loveland and then-graduate student Dave Morrissey. The scientists were using a super-heavy ion linear accelerator to bombard atoms with ions as heavy as uranium at relativistic speeds. “Among the ones we bombarded was lead-208,” Loveland says.

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Jun 2, 2023

Technion ‘mines’ gold crystals in lab

Posted by in category: innovation

Year 2015 😗😁

The Technion researchers’ success in growing a porous crystal in the lab is based on an innovative process developed by Pokroy and Koifman-Khristosov – thermal treatment of thin layers of gold.

Jun 2, 2023

A new holographic microscope allows scientists to see through the skull and image the brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Year 2022 😗😁

Copyright © 2023 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Jun 2, 2023

AI Camera Proves Reality Is No Longer Real

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Jun 2, 2023

President Biden warns artificial intelligence could ‘overtake human thinking’

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Over Take Us, AI Friends!

WASHINGTON − President Joe Biden on Thursday amplified fears of scientists who say artificial intelligence could “overtake human thinking” in his most direct warning to date on growing concerns about the rise of AI.

Biden brought up AI during a commencement address to graduates of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. while discussing the rapid transformation of technology that he said could “change the character” of future conflicts.

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Jun 2, 2023

MIT Multi-Robot Mapping Sets New “Gold Standard”

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI

This article is part of our exclusive IEEE Journal Watch series in partnership with IEEE Xplore.

Does your robot know where it is right now? Does it? Are you sure? And what about all of its robot friends—do they know where they are too? This is important. So important, in fact, that some would say that multirobot simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is a crucial capability to obtain timely situational awareness over large areas. Those some would be a group of MIT roboticists who just won the IEEE Transactions on Robotics Best Paper Award for 2022, presented at this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2023), in London. Congratulations!

Out of more than 200 papers published in Transactions on Robotics last year, reviewers and editors voted to present the 2022 IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award to Yulun Tian, Yun Chang, Fernando Herrera Arias, Carlos Nieto-Granda, Jonathan P. How, and Luca Carlone from MIT for their paper Kimera-Multi: Robust, Distributed, Dense Metric-Semantic SLAM for Multi-Robot Systems.

Jun 2, 2023

NASA detects large thermonuclear explosion in space caused by pulsar

Posted by in category: cosmology

NASA recently made an extraordinary discovery of a large thermonuclear explosion in space, caused by a pulsar, which is the remains of a star that did not explode to form a black hole. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was able to detect the explosion thanks to the strong beam of X-rays sent out by the burst, which was picked up by the agency’s orbiting observatory NICER.

This discovery serves as a potent reminder of the dangers that lurk in space. According to a study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in August, the burst released as much energy as the sun does in ten days in just twenty seconds.

The leader of the study and astrophysicist, Peter Bult, said in a statement from NASA, “This burst was great.” Bult also added that the study revealed a two-step change in brightness that they believe was caused by the ejection of separate layers from the pulsar’s surface. These features provide significant information to understand how these events work.

Jun 2, 2023

Conversations About AI — Part 1: Overcoming Technophobia Through Education

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

Overcoming AI Technophobia

Currently, there is a public surge of interest in AI topics, especially in Large Language Models, like ChatGPT. This is not a random development.

AI is here to stay and will have huge social and economic implications, seen as both a blessing and a curse. In view of its potential dangers, many AI scientists have expressed concern over AI developments that border on technophobia. But there is a means of defending ourselves from the dark side of AI as expressed in dystopian science fiction.

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