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Feb 1, 2019

IRobot Finally Announces Awesome New Terra Robotic Lawnmower

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Since the first Roomba came out in 2002, it has seemed inevitable that one day iRobot would develop a robotic lawn mower. After all, a robot mower is basically just a Roomba that works outside, right? Of course, it’s not nearly that simple, as iRobot has spent the last decade or so discovering, but they’ve finally managed to pull it off.

More than 10 years in the making, Terra wants to do for your lawn what Roomba has done for your floors.

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Feb 1, 2019

What’s Better Than 40 GPU-based Computers? A Computer With 40 GPUs

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

At the IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture in February, Illinois computer engineering associate professor Rakesh Kumar and his collaborators will make the case for a wafer-scale computer consisting of as many as 40 GPUs. Simulations of this multiprocessor monster sped calculations nearly 19-fold and cut the combination of energy consumption and signal delay more than 140-fold.

Engineers aim to use “silicon interconnect fabric” to build a computer with 40 GPUs on a single silicon wafer.

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Feb 1, 2019

Healbot-T Rehabilitation Robot

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

Robots are being used in plenty of medical facilities to help patients recover faster. The Healbot-T Rehabilitation Robot is a treadmill type walking assist robot for stroke patients. It has 14 degrees of freedom to support natural walking motion.

More like this ➡️ here.

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Feb 1, 2019

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook’s Code

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, employment, engineering, robotics/AI

To make its developers’ jobs more rewarding, Facebook is now using two automated tools called Sapienz and SapFix to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps. Sapienz runs the apps through many tests to figure out which actions will cause it to crash. Then, SapFix recommends a fix to developers, who review it and decide whether to accept the fix, come up with their own, or ignore the problem.

Engineers began using Sapienz to review the Facebook app in September 2017, and have gradually begun using it for the rest of the company’s apps (which include Messenger, Instagram, Facebook Lite, and Workplace). In May, the team will describe its more recent adoption of SapFix at the International Conference on Software Engineering in Montreal, Canada (and they’re hiring).

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Feb 1, 2019

Smart Blinds with Solar Panels

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Window blinds that have solar panels. Solargaps is elegant decision that let you generate energy while keeping your home cool.

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Feb 1, 2019

The future of in-space manufacturing

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Hoisting heavy machinery into space is cumbersome and expensive. Soon, however, it won’t be a problem. Cathal O’Connell reports.

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Feb 1, 2019

At-home DNA testing company gives the FBI access to its database

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Family Tree DNA has agreed to team up with the FBI, but it says feds won’t be able to see more information than any other user can.

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Feb 1, 2019

‘Mutant’ coyotes in California with piercing blue eyes stun scientists

Posted by in category: futurism

Last year, a wildlife photographer spotted a “one in a million” coyote with captivating blue eyes while out on a walk in California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.

The sighting quickly became national news and prompted an investigation by National Geographic, which confirmed the coyote’s eye color was indeed rare — as coyotes’ irises are almost always some shade of gold. At the time, Juan Negro, a senior researcher at the Spanish Council for Research in Spain, told the publication he hadn’t seen something like that in the 25 years he’d been studying animal coloration.

“Deviants, or strange colors, arise from time to time as mutants,” Negro suggested back in June.

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Feb 1, 2019

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company to help Telesat take on Elon Musk in internet satellite race

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

Telesat picked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Glenn rocket to launch its satellites into space.

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Feb 1, 2019

The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

DAVOS, Switzerland — They’ll never admit it in public, but many of your bosses want machines to replace you as soon as possible.

I know this because, for the past week, I’ve been mingling with corporate executives at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. And I’ve noticed that their answers to questions about automation depend very much on who is listening.

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