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May 21, 2019

General Motors designs a new “brain and nervous system” for its vehicles

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The new electronic vehicle platform supports up to 10Gb/s and over-the-air updates.

May 21, 2019

Scientists Are Building a Quantum Computer That “Acts Like a Brain”

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

A new research project aims to harness the power of quantum computers to build a new type of neural network — work the researchers say could usher in the next generation of artificial intelligence.

“My colleagues and I instead hope to build the first dedicated neural network computer, using the latest ‘quantum’ technology rather than AI software,” wrote Michael Hartmann, a professor at Heriot-Watt University who’s leading the research, in a new essay for The Conversation. “By combining these two branches of computing, we hope to produce a breakthrough which leads to AI that operates at unprecedented speed, automatically making very complex decisions in a very short time.”

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May 21, 2019

‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is

Posted by in categories: government, military

Featuring a Russian spy murder, a self-immolation, gun-toting government thugs and other fanciful plot devices, “Project Blue Book,” History’s popular new series on the Air Force’s program to investigate and debunk U.F.O.s, is not your historian’s Project Blue Book.

We viewed the first six episodes from the standpoint of writers who have long worked on the serious side of U.F.O.s. We broke the December 2017 New York Times exclusive on a secret Pentagon program investigating the phenomenon, with our colleague Helene Cooper. Leslie Kean wrote the Times 2010 best-seller “U.F.O.s: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record.” Ralph Blumenthal has written about U.F.O.s for Vanity Fair as well as The Times.

So, despite the embellishments, we were interested to discover parallels between the TV version and the historical and current reality.

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May 21, 2019

Raytheon Says Laser Weapon Will Blast Nuclear Missiles From Sky

Posted by in category: military

Getting defensive measures in place could serve as a nuclear deterrent.

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May 21, 2019

‘Spidey senses’ could help autonomous machines see better

Posted by in categories: drones, engineering, robotics/AI

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling “spidey senses” of Spider-Man?

They might actually detect and avoid objects better, says Andres Arrieta, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, because they would process faster.

Better sensing capabilities would make it possible for drones to navigate in dangerous environments and for cars to prevent accidents caused by human error. Current state-of-the-art sensor technology doesn’t process data fast enough—but nature does.

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May 21, 2019

The U.S. Has a Fleet of 300 Electric Buses. China Has 421,000

Posted by in category: sustainability

The rest of the world will struggle for years to match China’s rapid embrace of electric transit.

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May 21, 2019

A method to determine magnon coherence in solid-state devices

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A team of researchers at Utrecht University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Konstanz has recently proposed a new method to determine magnon coherence in solid-state devices. Their study, outlined in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, shows that cross-correlations of pure spin currents injected by a ferromagnet into two metal leads normalized by their dc value replicate the behavior of the second-order optical coherence function, referred to as g, when magnons are driven far from equilibrium.

“Consider a big room full of people having a party,” Akash Kamra, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “These people can either behave as in a night club, bumping into each other in an uncoordinated way and with chaotic movements, or the party people might be directed by a common host, such as at a wedding party. Such a ‘condensed’ crowd of people moves swiftly without bumping into each other.”

Kamra draws an analogy between the party situations he described and magnons, that correspond to a specific decrease in magnetic strength, traveling as a unit through a magnetic substance. In his analogy, an uncoordinated “party” would occur if magnons are in a “thermal” state, while a coordinated one if they are in a “coherent” or “condensed” state. The coordinated movement of guests in the second type of party, on the other hand, would correspond to a superfluid flow, which is a manifestation of a remarkable state of matter: the condensate.

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May 21, 2019

New Quantum Device Can “Generate All Possible Futures”

Posted by in categories: futurism, quantum physics

…our techniques may enable quantum enhanced AIs to learn the effect of their actions much more efficiently.

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May 21, 2019

It’s Time To Rock And Roll

Posted by in category: futurism

Sounds like holy hell up there!!!!! 👏 👏 👏.

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May 21, 2019

AI Is Rapidly Augmenting Healthcare and Longevity

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI


As Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has stated, “Software ate the world, but AI is going to eat software.” Extrapolating this statement to a more immediate implication, AI will first eat healthcare, resulting in dramatic acceleration of longevity research and an amplification of the human healthspan.

Next week, I’ll continue to explore this concept of AI systems in healthcare.

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