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Feb 2, 2019

‘AI Farms’ Are at the Forefront of China’s Global Ambitions

Posted by in categories: climatology, information science, robotics/AI, sustainability

AI farms are well suited to impoverished regions like Guizhou, where land and labor are cheap and the climate temperate enough to enable the running of large machines without expensive cooling systems. It takes only two days to train workers like Yin in basic AI tagging, or a week for the more complicated task of labeling 3D pictures.

A battle for AI supremacy is being fought one algorithm at a time.

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Feb 1, 2019

Israeli cyberexpert detects China hack in Ottawa, warns against using Huawei 5G

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, engineering, government, internet

OTTAWA — A Chinese telecommunication company secretly diverted Canadian internet traffic to China, particularly from Rogers subscribers in the Ottawa area, says an Israeli cybersecurity specialist.

The 2016 incident involved the surreptitious rerouting of the internet data of Rogers customers in and around Canada’s capital by China Telecom, a state-owned internet service provider that has two legally operating “points of presence” on Canadian soil, said Yuval Shavitt, an electrical-engineering expert at Tel Aviv University.

Shavitt told The Canadian Press that the China Telecom example should serve as a caution to the Canadian government not to do business with another Chinese telecommunications giant: Huawei Technologies, which is vying to build Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless communications networks.

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Feb 1, 2019

The world’s smallest computer is so tiny that it makes a grain of rice look gigantic

Posted by in category: computing

The University of Michigan has come up with a temperature sensing “computer” measuring just 0.3mm — so small it beats the one developed by IBM.

It is about a tenth the size of IBM’s former record-setter, and so sensitive that its transmission LED could instigate currents in its circuits.

The term “computer” is used loosely by the university, as it continues to question what exactly a computer is. It does have a processor, but unlike a full-sized computer, it loses all data when it loses power.

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Feb 1, 2019

Forget everything you know about 3D printing — the ‘replicator’ is here

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Rather than building objects layer by layer, the printer creates whole structures by projecting light into a resin that solidifies. Rather than building objects layer by layer, the method creates whole structures by projecting images onto a resin that solidifies.

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Feb 1, 2019

Explainer: What is a quantum computer?

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

How it works, why it’s so powerful, and where it’s likely to be most useful first.

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Feb 1, 2019

Co4Robots — Milestone 2 Demonstrator

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Now, this is awesome. A stationary robot, two mobile robots, and a human cooperating to perform a task. The humanoid robot also interprets human gestures and obeys those commands.

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Feb 1, 2019

Bringing artificial limbs to patients who need them

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, military

Johnny Matheny demonstrates how a modular prosthetic limb works during DARPA Demo Day 2016 at the Pentagon, May 11, 2016. Matheny is a test subject with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab8.

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Feb 1, 2019

Unshackling Robots: Self-Aware Machines

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

Another step forward in robotics self-awareness. This robot learns it’s own kinematics without human intervention and then learns to plot solution paths.

Columbia Engineering researchers have made a major advance in robotics by creating a robot that learns what it is, from scratch, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Once their robot creates a self-simulation, it can then use that self-model to adapt to different situations, to handle new tasks as well as detect and repair damage in its own body.

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Feb 1, 2019

Outdoor Autonomous Flying of Flying-LASDRA with Onboard Sensing

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

A saying from one of my favorite movies is, “Tie two birds together and even though they have four wings they cannot fly.” Can’t say the same about flying drones.

“We perform outdoor autonomous flying experiment of f-LASDRA, constructed with multiple ODAR-8 links connected via cable with each other. Each ODAR-8 can compensate for its own weight, rendering f-LASDRA scalable. Utilizing SCKF with IMU/GNSS-module on each link and inter-link kinematic-constraints, we attain estimation accuracy suitable for stable control (5cm: cf. 1-5m w/ GNSS).”

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Feb 1, 2019

This bacteria-fighting protein also induces sleep

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A bacteria-fighting protein also lulls fruit flies to sleep, suggesting links between sleep and the immune system.

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