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Apr 5, 2017

Enlitic To Partner With Paiyipai To Deploy Deep Learning In Health Check Centers Across China

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, information science, robotics/AI

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Enlitic, a medical deep learning company, is pleased to announce that it has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Beijing Hao Yun Dao Information & Technology Co., Ltd (“Paiyipai”) to provide Enlitic’s deep learning solution to Paiyipai for diagnostic imaging in Health Check centers across China.

Paiyipai is a medical big data company. The company is a market leader in China in the analysis of individual laboratory medical test results, and the storage and distribution of user medical records.

The MOU forms the basis of collaboration for the first large-scale commercial deployment of Enlitic’s deep learning technology in China. It was executed following a successful 10,000 chest x-ray trial of Enlitic’s patient triage platform.

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Apr 5, 2017

Positively shaping development of artificial intelligence

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

This wasn’t the first such event – the agricultural revolution had upended human lives 12,000 years earlier.

A growing number of experts believe that a third revolution will occur during the 21st century, through the invention of machines with intelligence which far surpasses our own. These range from Stephen Hawking to Stuart Russell, the author of the best-selling AI textbook, AI: A Modern Approach.

Rapid progress in machine learning has raised the prospect that algorithms will one day be able to do most or all of the mental tasks currently performed by humans. This could ultimately lead to machines that are much better at these tasks than humans.

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Apr 5, 2017

Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães – A life dedicated to conquering aging

Posted by in category: life extension

Another exclusive interview with a hero of gerontology.

Dr. Joao Pedro de Magalhaes talks about aging research in this exclusive interview with LEAF.

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Apr 5, 2017

New 3D printed prosthetic arms turn heads at Moscow fashion week

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

Earlier this month, Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showcased some spectacular 3D printed prosthetic arms made by designer Nikita Replyanski and Russian prosthesis manufacturer Motorica. The 3D printed prostheses, inspired by robots and butterflies, were made using Autodesk Fusion 360.

Fashion weeks, whether they’re being held in the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world or elsewhere, tend to favor style over substance. It’s called a fashion week, after all, not a function week. But that doesn’t mean that the industry events don’t occasionally showcase items that are as sensible as they are stylish. Just have a look at what was on show at Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier this month.

While not usually an event of major global interest like Paris Fashion Week, the Russian fashion show brought together a host of top designers looking to show off their fall/winter 2017–2018 collections. Amongst those designers was Nikita Replyanski, a Russian designer and concept artist who left the computer games industry three years ago to focus on designing physical, non-virtual items. But rather than show off dresses, shoes, hats, Replyanski was presenting something totally different: 3D printed prosthetic arms.

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Apr 5, 2017

Before humans can settle on Mars, planetary scientist Philip Metzger says we need to figure out these three key technologies

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Apr 4, 2017

The factories of the future could float in space

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, solar power, space, sustainability

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts.

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Apr 4, 2017

How Smart Robots On The Moon Could Soon Supply Earth With Electricity

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

For some of us: ‘Come Together’ is merely the opening track on the famous Beatles album Abbey Road. However, didn’t you ever wonder why humanity doesn’t come together to solve at least some of its problems on Earth? How about ‘solving’ something like the electricity supply once and for all?

The global headcount is always increasing and we might crack the 8 billion mark as we speak. So the need for electricity is growing with it.

Small nations like Costa Rica show us what can be done to get rid of fossil fuels and go for Renewables instead. Scaling up the combination of wind, solar or geothermal energy to satisfy the massive demand is hard, though.

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Apr 4, 2017

Controlling forces between atoms, molecules, promising for ‘2-D hyperbolic’ materials

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

A new approach to control forces and interactions between atoms and molecules, such as those employed by geckos to climb vertical surfaces, could bring advances in new materials for developing quantum light sources.

“Closely spaced and in our environment are constantly interacting, attracting and repelling each other,” said Zubin Jacob, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. “Such interactions ultimately enable a myriad of phenomena, such as the sticky pads on gecko feet, as well as photosynthesis.”

Typically, these interactions occur when atoms and molecules are between 1 to 10 nanometers apart, or roughly 1/10,000th the width of a human hair.

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Apr 4, 2017

Fly Me to the Moon and Then to Mars, Boeing: Defense Firm Expands Space Plans

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

Boeing, the world’s second-largest defense firm, has detailed the hardware it thinks humanity will need to stage a piloted mission to Mars — and outlined plans for lunar bases, which will serve as a jumping off point for deep space missions, and assist in exploration of the Moon.

Boeing, and five other companies, are already collaborating with NASA to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), which it is hoped will power a trip to Mars. Now, the firm has offered up conceptual designs for other accessories it will be useful for the mission, and a more general vision of how it could be achieved — and made easier on repeat visits. Of particular note are a deep space habitat design, and transport vehicle.

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Apr 4, 2017

Electronic synapses that can learn: towards an artificial brain?

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

One of the goals of biomimetics is to take inspiration from the functioning of the brain in order to design increasingly intelligent machines. This principle is already at work in , in the form of the algorithms used for completing certain tasks, such as image recognition; this, for instance, is what Facebook uses to identify photos. However, the procedure consumes a lot of energy. Vincent Garcia (Unité mixte de physique CNRS/Thales) and his colleagues have just taken a step forward in this area by creating directly on a chip an artificial synapse that is capable of learning. They have also developed a physical model that explains this learning capacity. This discovery opens the way to creating a network of synapses and hence intelligent systems requiring less time and energy.

Our brain’s learning process is linked to our synapses, which serve as connections between our neurons. The more the synapse is stimulated, the more the connection is reinforced and learning improved. Researchers took inspiration from this mechanism to design an artificial synapse, called a memristor. This electronic nanocomponent consists of a thin ferroelectric layer sandwiched between two electrodes, and whose resistance can be tuned using voltage pulses similar to those in neurons. If the resistance is low the synaptic connection will be strong, and if the resistance is high the connection will be weak. This capacity to adapt its resistance enables the synapse to learn.

Although research focusing on these is central to the concerns of many laboratories, the functioning of these devices remained largely unknown. The researchers have succeeded, for the first time, in developing a able to predict how they function. This understanding of the process will make it possible to create more complex systems, such as a series of interconnected by these memristors.

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