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May 14, 2017

This guy designed a hologram virtual assistant that actually works — just watch

Posted by in categories: business, holograms, robotics/AI

Many of us have already come to know the disembodied voices of personal assistants like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, but now a software engineer has finally put a face to a name.

Jarem Archer, who works as a consultant through his business, unt1tled, created a hologram device to match Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant from Windows 10. She’s just like Cortana the Halo character, which Microsoft based its own on — she’s a slightly translucent, blue-light babe with a hip-waist-bust ratio that exposes her origins in the world of gaming. But Archer’s Cortana is 3D and paces around inside a pyramid prism that rests on a table. In his demo video, he asks Cortana if he’ll need an umbrella, and she then pulls up a graphic with the temperature and assures him that it’s “probably not necessary.”

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May 14, 2017

How to create the ‘perfect’ AI-driven bot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Imagine the perfect personal assistant.

This partner would understand your needs — often before you’ve even expressed them — and know exactly how to deliver what you’re asking for. They would make helpful suggestions without becoming intrusive, and keep you from missing appointments and opportunities. Most importantly, this personal assistant would be someone you can trust implicitly.

Now, how do you embody those traits in an artificial intelligence-powered service? Our experience creating our travel assistant app, Mezi, illustrates key principles of AI regarding the ongoing role of human involvement and how to draw the dividing line between valued assistance and unwelcome intrusion. Here’s what we’ve learned recently.

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May 14, 2017

Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute network have reported the results in the journal Science Advances.

Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and is an integral part of almost all organic compounds. Molecules and sections of macromolecules are connected to one another via , an interaction known as hydrogen bonding. These interactions play an important role in nature, because they are responsible for specific properties of proteins or nucleic acids and, for example, also ensure that water has a high boiling temperature.

To date, it has not been possible to conduct a spectroscopic or electron microscopic analysis of hydrogen and the in single molecules, and investigations using have also not yielded any clear results.

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May 14, 2017

Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Could this be a viable alternative to open heart surgery?

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May 14, 2017

3D Body Scanner

Posted by in category: electronics

Can this 3D body scanner help you get fit?

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May 14, 2017

Lab-Grown Meat Is Healthier. It’s Cheaper. It’s the Future

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

The price of lab-grown meat keeps dropping.

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May 14, 2017

The Solution to Oil Spills

Posted by in category: innovation

A breakthrough solution to oil spills!

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May 14, 2017

Scientists Uncover Genes That May Help Combat Aging and Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

These specialized genes could help us prevent aging.

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May 14, 2017

Chemists Are One Step Closer to Manipulating All Matter

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists want to control individual molecules so precisely they could snap them together like Lego pieces. Now they’re a little bit closer.

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May 14, 2017

Watch a single autonomous car stop a traffic jam from happening

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Intelligent Machines

A single autonomous car has a huge impact on alleviating traffic.

Even intelligent cruise control systems could be used to clear up congestion.

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