Page 8161

Jan 30, 2018

China Wants to Create the Chips to Power the Future of AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

China is hoping to ride the wave of the AI development boom to increase the country’s role in building the chips that will power future AI devices.

China’s increasingly vested interest in developing artificial intelligence (AI) is breathing new life into the country’s semiconductor industry. A new report from MIT Technology Review explains how China’s dedication to becoming a global leader in AI development is giving Chinese chipmakers a new opportunity to reclaim territory in the burgeoning field of hardware development.

Read more

Jan 30, 2018

CES 2018: The Smart Home of the Future Is Here

Posted by in category: futurism

Get ready for the smart home of the future, because it’s already here.

Read more

Jan 30, 2018

We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart

Posted by in category: energy

Lasers powerful enough to tear the fabric of matter itself are being developed in a special laboratory in China, potentially giving scientists the chance to create and study experimental environments unlike anything we have on Earth.

The stats behind these lasers are impressive: One has already reached a peak of 5.3 million billion watts or petawatts (PW), which is around 500 times the power of all the world’s electrical grids combined. There are plans to double that figure before 2018 is out, and yet these intense bursts of light last less than one trillionth of a second.

Meanwhile a new 100-PW laser is on the drawing board that could produce a pulse of light capable of ripping electrons and positrons (the antimatter counterparts to electrons) right out of empty space, showing that matter and energy are interchangeable – as Einstein so famously proposed with E=mc^2.

Continue reading “We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart” »

Jan 30, 2018

The End Of Root Canals: Stem Cell Fillings Trigger Teeth To Repair Themselves, Research Study Claims

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

What if damaged teeth could heal themselves without the need of a root canal? Apparently, that’s what Harvard and the University of Nottingham are trying to figure out. They believe they can create stem cell stimulated fillings.

Worldwide, dentists treat hundreds of millions of cavities each year by drilling out the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. According to Popular Science, the problem is up to 15 percent of those procedures will fail, which will lead to a root canal to remove the tooth’s pulp, a soft tissue in the center of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The downside is, following a root canal, the tooth’s strength is weaker and could eventually need to be removed.

Adam Celiz is a therapeutic biomaterials researcher who believes that stem cells could help reduce the number of root canals and the need for dentures. Celiz and his team developed a new kind of filling that is made from stem cells that can help your tooth heal. Just like regular fillings, the biomaterial stem cells are injected into the tooth and hardened with ultra-violet light.

Continue reading “The End Of Root Canals: Stem Cell Fillings Trigger Teeth To Repair Themselves, Research Study Claims” »

Jan 30, 2018

Forget Self-Driving Cars, Robot Delivery Vans Are Here

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

A secretive startup has unveiled its new grocery-getter, one of many automakers that are leaving people out of the equation.

Read more

Jan 30, 2018

Ways AI Will Fight the Cybersecurity Battles of the Future

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

Cybersecurity risks are on the rise. While the high-profile breaches at Target and Yahoo! captured our attention, they have also distracted us from the prevalence of cybersecurity risks in everyday life. The number of cyber-security breaches has more than doubled over the past few years. In the third quarter of 2016, over 18 million new forms of malware were discovered. That is nearly a quarter of a million new types of malware every single day.

Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable companies are those that are least equipped to address these concerns. Industry experts estimate that 45% of all cyber-attacks are launched against small businesses. Almost half of all small businesses have been attacked, although most of them don’t know it. Nearly 70% of small businesses are forced into bankruptcy within six months of a particularly severe cyber-attack.

Despite the risks, small businesses are under greater pressure to cut costs. They can’t always afford top-tier protection.

Continue reading “Ways AI Will Fight the Cybersecurity Battles of the Future” »

Jan 30, 2018

Volvo Becomes the First Premium Car Maker to Go All Electric

Posted by in categories: business, transportation

“Volvo cars is taking a bold step forward,” the company explained in a video on Volvo’s official Twitter account, “heralding the end of an era for the pure internal combustion engine.”

While other companies have yet to take the leap, Volvo knows investing in electric car production makes good sense from a business perspective: “This is about the customer,” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Car Group’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs.”

Continue reading “Volvo Becomes the First Premium Car Maker to Go All Electric” »

Jan 30, 2018

Reduced Gbp1 causes mitochondrial dysfunction and cellular senescence in macrophages

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We have talked about the polarization of macrophages in a number of previous articles, but, in short, macrophages can have multiple behavioral profiles that determine what roles they play; this is known as polarization. A new study has identified a regulatory protein that controls this process.

Macrophage Polarization

For the purposes of this article, we are interested in the M1 and M2 polarization. The M1 type is pro-inflammatory and aggressive towards invading pathogens, while the M2 type of macrophage is anti-inflammatory in nature, suppressing inflammatory responses and facilitating tissue repair.

Read more

Jan 30, 2018

Two ex-Google engineers built an entirely different kind of self-driving car

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Nuro is focused on last-mile deliveries with its completely driverless prototype.

Read more

Jan 30, 2018

These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

Posted by in categories: education, employment, robotics/AI

We’ve all read the headlines: the robots are coming, and they will take our jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of tasks workers perform can be automated using current technology, let alone future forecasts.

However, there is a side of this story that is often overlooked: while emerging technologies will destroy many jobs, they will also create many new ones. In fact, over half of the jobs current middle school students will be doing in the future do not even exist today. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to exciting new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.

More often than not, we have used our imaginations to envision dystopian futures where we submit to robots that leave us feeling jobless and purposeless. But we can also imagine an exciting parallel future in which technology has created even more opportunities for the workforce.

Continue reading “These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future” »