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Feb 13, 2016

Artificial intelligence startup Diffbot raises $10 million for ambitious project

Posted by in categories: business, internet, robotics/AI

I cannot wait to see the results.


Palo Alto-based Diffbot has proclaimed itself the “leading arms dealer in coming AI wars” after raising $10 million in Series A funding.

Diffbot has developed a robot that is working to organize information from all over the Web into the world’s largest database of knowledge. The robot, which works without human oversight, recognizes, reads, understands and monitors product pages, news articles, discussion forums, videos, pictures and more, according to the company. Businesses can gain access to this data when they sign up for Diffbot plans, ranging from $299 to $3,999 per month.

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Feb 13, 2016

Artificial intelligence will allow people to find lasting love with machines

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Computer scientists say as cloud computing allows machines to become more life-like, robots may become the ‘perfect companion’ and people may even go to court in a bid to marry their robots.

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Feb 12, 2016

Space and Technology Review: The Race to the Moon and Mars

Posted by in category: space travel

It’s an exciting time for space exploration. NASA, private companies, and several countries are all racing to colonize space. Soon we hope to become a multi-planetary species. But why?

This post explores why we’re racing to the Moon and Mars and who will get there and when.

This is Part 2 of our Space GGC Series focused on important issues facing us now:

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Feb 12, 2016

Video Friday: NOVA’s Rise of the Robots, Gecko-Toe Grippers, and Why They Automate

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos.

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Feb 12, 2016

Female scientists who changed history

Posted by in category: futurism

Women In Technology — Remembering Women who Innovated and Changed History.


An author, an actress and more than one whose work was ripped off by men. On the first United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, take a look at six female scientists who helped shape history.

Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Keisler)

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Feb 12, 2016

US highway authorities concede that artificial intelligence can legally ‘drive’ a car

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI, transportation

In a major step forward for self-driving cars and the industry seeking to manufacture them, US highway authorities have informed Google that its autonomous vehicle systems could qualify as a “driver” in the eyes of the law.

A letter addressed to the company from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week suggests that if self-driving vehicles (SDVs) can satisfy a number of safety standards, the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) is controlling the car – in the absence of any human controls – would not be a barrier to the car legally driving on US roads.

“We agree with Google its SDV will not have a ‘driver’ in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years,” writes chief counsel for the NHTSA, Paul A. Hemmersbaugh. “If no human occupant of the vehicle can actually drive the vehicle, it is more reasonable to identify the ‘driver’ as whatever (as opposed to whoever) is doing the driving. In this instance, an item of motor vehicle equipment, the [SDS Self-Driving System], is actually driving the vehicle.”

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Feb 12, 2016

Dancer takes performance to Southern Ocean extremes in quest to mix science and art — By Pablo Finales | ABC News Online

Posted by in categories: media & arts, science

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“James Batchelor believes science and art can work together, and he has hitched a ride to one of the most inhospitable places on the planet to prove it.”

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Feb 12, 2016

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity, transportation

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.

At least, not until now.

Helsinki might seem like an unlikely potential birthplace for this new era of intelligent machines. Yet it’s there — on a side street blocks from the central train station — that a team of roboticists, neuroscientists, and graphics programmers planted the seed that would become the new artificial intelligence software developer, The Curious AI Company.

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Feb 12, 2016

This Magical Door Lets You Explore The Virtual World Without Putting On A Headset

Posted by in category: futurism

There’s a chasm between our physical and virtual worlds. This captivating installation offers one way to bridge them.

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Feb 12, 2016

This Mixed Reality Educational App Gives You X-Ray Goggles and Takes You Into the Human Body

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

When I was a kid I remember being a member of Ms. Frizzle’s classroom. We went on adventures under the ocean, into the rainforest, out to the stars, and even to the center of the Earth and it was amazing.

Of course I am talking about my time on the Magic School Bus.

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