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Dec 29, 2016

MIT Researchers Measure the Quantum Universe –“From the Planck Scale to Life”

Posted by in category: quantum physics

“We know that very small things act quantum, but then big things like you and me don’t act very quantum,” says William Burton, with the MIT physics department. “So we can see how far apart we can stretch a quantum system and still have it act coherently when we bring it back together.”

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Dec 29, 2016

Quantum exhibit soon leaves Kitchener for nationwide tour

Posted by in categories: futurism, quantum physics

KITCHENER — Just a few days are left to see Themuseum’s quantum exhibit before it packs up to tour the country.

Quantum: The Exhibition is at the downtown Kitchener museum until Jan. 1.

“It’s a really cool exhibit,” said David Marskell, Themuseum’s chief executive officer.

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Dec 28, 2016

Inside the sprawling robot-infested warehouse that powers the world’s largest online grocery store

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

Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences will help deliver your food faster.

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Dec 28, 2016

How machine learning Is revolutionizing the diagnosis of rare diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Well before the family came in to the Batson Children’s Specialty Clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, they knew something was wrong. Their child was born with multiple birth defects, and didn’t look like any of its kin. A couple of tests for genetic syndromes came back negative, but Omar Abdul-Rahman, Chief of Medical Genetics at the University of Mississippi, had a strong hunch that the child had Mowat-Wilson syndrome, a rare disease associated with challenging life-long symptoms like speech impediments and seizures.

So he pulled out one of his most prized physicians’ tools: his cell phone.

Using an app called Face2Gene, Abdul-Rahman snapped a quick photo of the child’s face. Within a matter of seconds, the app generated a list of potential diagnoses — and corroborated his hunch. “Sure enough, Mowat-Wilson syndrome came up on the list,” Abdul-Rahman recalls.

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Dec 28, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Gained Consciousness in 1991

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Jürgen Schmidhuber is the most important A.I. engineer and thinker you don’t know about.

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Dec 28, 2016

Scientists say radio signals from deep space could be aliens

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Scientists may have found proof that E.T. really is phoning home — in the form of powerful radio signals, which have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space.

Astronomy experts with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have discovered six new fast radio bursts (FRBs) emanating from a region far beyond our Milky Way galaxy, according to a recent report in the Astrophysical Journal.

The discovery — made in the direction of the constellation Auriga — is significant considering the fact that at least 17 FRBs have now been detected in this area. It is also the only known instance in which these signals have been found twice in the same location in space.

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Dec 28, 2016

IBM is working on a robot that takes care of elderly people who live alone

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

To address the world’s incoming senior citizens, IBM is developing a robot that can help the elderly live alone without sacrificing safety.

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Dec 28, 2016

AI Wrote a Sci-Fi Screenplay for a London Film Festival, and Humans Directed It

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Actors try to make sense out of an AI-written screenplay in the movie Sunspring.

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Dec 28, 2016

Shailesh Prasad Photo 5

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Dec 28, 2016

The lie-detecting security kiosk of the future

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

When you engage in international travel, you may one day find yourself face-to-face with border security that is polite, bilingual and responsive—and robotic.

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) is currently being tested in conjunction with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to help border security agents determine whether travelers coming into Canada may have undisclosed motives for entering the country.

“AVATAR is a , much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,” said San Diego State University management information systems professor Aaron Elkins. “However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.”

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