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Aug 17, 2016

Ultrasound Implants

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Doctors are now using ultrasound implants to treat brain tumors.

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Aug 17, 2016

How Today’s Jungle of Artificial Intelligence Will Spawn Sentience

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, robotics/AI, transportation

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published August 10, 2010. We hope you enjoy it!

You don’t have a flying car, jetpack, or ray gun, but this is still the future. How do I know? Because we’re all surrounded by artificial intelligence. I love when friends ask me when we’ll develop smart computers…because they’re usually holding one in their hands. Your phone calls are routed with artificial intelligence.

Every time you use a search engine you’re taking advantage of data collected by ‘smart’ algorithms. When you call the bank and talk to an automated voice you are probably talking to an AI…just a very annoying one. Our world is full of these limited AI programs which we classify as “weak” or “narrow” or “applied.”

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Aug 17, 2016

Broadcasting Startup NextVR Grabs $80 Million in Funding

Posted by in category: virtual reality

NextVR Targets International Growth and Global Partnerships with $80 Million Series B Funding Round.

Proud to be a part of this amazing team!

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Aug 17, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Will Redesign Healthcare

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence has an unimaginable potential. Within the next couple of years, it will revolutionize every area of our life, including medicine. I am fully convinced that it will redesign healthcare completely – and for the better. Let’s take a look at the promising solutions it offers.

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Aug 17, 2016

MIT and Microsoft Research made a ‘smart’ tattoo that remotely controls your phone

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

A group of PhD students from the MIT Media Lab and researchers from Microsoft Research have come up with the ultimate wearable: a temporary tattoo that can turn into a touchpad, remotely control your smartphone, or share data using NFC.

The technology, which is described on MIT’s website and will be presented in full at a wearables symposium next month, is called DuoSkin. The researchers say you can design a circuit using any graphic software, stamp out the tattoo in gold leaf (which is conductive to electricity), and then apply other commodity materials and components that would make the tattoo interactive.

The paper presents three key use cases for the tattoo: you could use it to turn your skin into a trackpad, design it to change color based on temperature, or pull data from the tattoo. In one photo shared by MIT the tattoo even includes LED lights, creating a kind of glowing display on the skin.

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Aug 17, 2016

DNA Storage Is Coming, And It’s Going To Revolutionize The Way We Share Data

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A single gram of DNA can hold unimaginable amounts of data. Say hello to genetic storage.

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Aug 17, 2016

How to Build Your Own Starter House in Just 5 Steps — for $25,000

Posted by in categories: education, habitats

If you’re interested in one day creating your own eco-house using open source tech, this kit is great place to start:

Picture this: you own a small piece of land. Nothing fancy — just a small plot. A group of people shows up, sets up a workshop in your shed, and within five days, using materials available at your local hardware store or made from the raw resources of your land, builds you a small starter house kitted out with state-of-the-art eco features for less than $25,000.

Sound crazy? Well, open source advocate and maker Catarina Mota and inventor Marcin Jakubowski (see their TED Talks, “Play with smart materials” and “Open-sourced blueprints for civilization,” respectively), are making the dream of accessible, affordable eco-housing come true with their Open Building Institute Eco-Building Toolkit. They’ve already built several prototypes and tested the concept through a series of educational builds.

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Aug 16, 2016

Automatic Colorizing Bot Tries to Colorize a Black and White Video

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Classic tv will never be the same.

Remember that amazing automatic colorizing algorithm we told you about back in March? It was just put to an interesting test. As a fun “what if?” hobbyist Amir Avni tried the neural network-powered colorizer on a B&W video.

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Aug 16, 2016

Parking-ticket bot will now help homeless people get benefits

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Stanford computer science student Joshua Browder, whose DoNotPay bot helps you fight parking tickets in London and New York (it’s estimated to have overturned $4M in tickets to date) has a new bot in the offing: a chatbot that helps newly homeless people in the UK create and optimise their applications for benefits.

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In austerity-wracked Britain, where the Tories have made things easier than they’ve ever been for landlords and harder than they’ve ever been for workers, repossessions and evictions are at an all-time high. So Browder — who was born in the UK — decided to add a homelessness navigation aid to his bot, which had already been expanded to handle fight-delay reimbursement applications. He’s also researching adding New York City homelessness form-completing to the bot’s repertoire.

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Aug 16, 2016

Bot-Run Company of the Future Gets Hacked: New at Reason

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, futurism, robotics/AI

They have been warned in the past; and chose to ignore. Bot operated company gets hacked.

A funny thing happened on the way to a post-capitalist, crypto-anarchist utopia.

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