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May 12, 2016

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence — By John Markoff | The New York Times

Posted by in categories: defense, military

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“In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology — artificial intelligence.”

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May 12, 2016

Faint blue galaxy could possess Big Bang clues

Posted by in category: space

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., May 12 (UPI) — Researchers say a faint blue galaxy 30 million light-years away may offer insights into the birth of the universe.

The galaxy, discovered by astronomers at Indiana University, is small, faint and relatively unassuming. Its chemical contents, however, make it quite unusual. Researchers found surprisingly few heavy chemical elements inside the galaxy, which they dubbed Leoncino, or “little lion.”

In fact, Leoncino boasts the fewest metals of any observed gravitationally bound star system.

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May 12, 2016

Experiment suggests it might be possible to control atoms entangled with the light they emit

Posted by in category: particle physics

Flick a switch on a dark winter day and your office is flooded with bright light, one of many everyday miracles to which we are all usually oblivious.

A physicist would probably describe what is happening in terms of the particle nature of light. An atom or molecule in the fluorescent tube that is in an excited state spontaneously decays to a lower energy state, releasing a particle called a . When the photon enters your eye, something similar happens but in reverse. The photon is absorbed by a molecule in the retina and its energy kicks that molecule into an excited state.

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May 12, 2016

MMTP — Major Mouse Testing Program — Interview with Brian Kennedy

Posted by in categories: health, life extension

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May 12, 2016

Recommendation Engines Yielding Stronger Predictions into Our Wants and Needs

Posted by in categories: computing, disruptive technology, economics, information science, innovation, internet, machine learning, software

If you’ve ever seen a “recommended item” on eBay or Amazon that was just what you were looking for (or maybe didn’t know you were looking for), it’s likely the suggestion was powered by a recommendation engine. In a recent interview, Co-founder of machine learning startup Delvv, Inc., Raefer Gabriel, said these applications for recommendation engines and collaborative filtering algorithms are just the beginning of a powerful and broad-reaching technology.

Raefer Gabriel, Delvv, Inc.

Raefer Gabriel, Delvv, Inc.

Gabriel noted that content discovery on services like Netflix, Pandora, and Spotify are most familiar to people because of the way they seem to “speak” to one’s preferences in movies, games, and music. Their relatively narrow focus of entertainment is a common thread that has made them successful as constrained domains. The challenge lies in developing recommendation engines for unbounded domains, like the internet, where there is more or less unlimited information.

“Some of the more unbounded domains, like web content, have struggled a little bit more to make good use of the technology that’s out there. Because there is so much unbounded information, it is hard to represent well, and to match well with other kinds of things people are considering,” Gabriel said. “Most of the collaborative filtering algorithms are built around some kind of matrix factorization technique and they definitely tend to work better if you bound the domain.”

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May 12, 2016

Is Zika How Humanity Ends?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

It’s absolutely insane to go ahead with the summer Olympics in light of this horrid mess. It’s unlikely to end us. but it could hurt us all, badly. No disease of this kind could ask for a better opportunity to spread around the world than that which the Olympics are about to give it. It’s insane.


Probably not, but pathogens that damage brains may earn a special place in cosmic hell.

By Caleb A. Scharf on May 11, 2016.

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May 12, 2016

This five-fingered robot hand is close to human in functionality

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, food, robotics/AI, singularity

You are really starting to see the shape of the Singularity, ever more clearly, in the convergence of so many engineering and scientific discoveries, inventions, and philosophical musings.

I can say, without a doubt, that we are all living in truly extraordinary times!

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May 12, 2016

DARPA aims to bring cutting edge to the tactical edge

Posted by in category: government

Ramping up for US Fed. government contract season with DARPA.


DARPA is working to get troops high-tech tools that see beyond walls and automatically provide targets, among other emerging technologies.

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May 12, 2016

DARPA’s Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Does Everything

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

MAY 12, 2016, WASHINGTON (Army News Service) – “This is the most advanced arm in the world. This one can do anything your natural arm can do, with the exception of the Vulcan V,” said Johnny Matheny, using his right hand to mimic the hand greeting made famous by Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy. “But unless I meet a Vulcan, I won’t need it.”

Matheny was at the Pentagon, May 11, 2016, as part of “DARPA Demo Day,” to show military personnel the robotic arm he sometimes wears as part of research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.

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May 12, 2016

NVIDIA Brings Virtual Reality to Materials

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, business, habitats, neuroscience, virtual reality

When I look at technology and other things; my brain just dissolves all boundaries/ scope of the technology was originally defined for. For me, this is and has always been in my own DNA since I was a toddler. When I first looked at VR/ AR, my future state vision just exploded immediately where and how this technology could be used, how it could transform industries and daily lives, and other future technologies. So, I am glad to see folks apply AR and VR in so many ways that will prove valuable to users, companies, and consumers.


NVIDIA is working with various companies in different sectors such as automotive, manufacturing, and medical to bring AR benefits in their business. It is working with Audi, General Motors (GM), and Ford (F) to create a VR application where the consumer can design a car by changing its wheels, paint, or seat leather. NVIDIA is also working with European (IEV) furniture manufacturer IKEA to build a virtual reality application that allows the user to design their own rooms and homes.

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