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Mar 15, 2016

DARPA Calls For Creative Individuals to Weaponize Common Items

Posted by in categories: entertainment, internet, terrorism

Is this another strategy to fight terrorism by seeing from techies and others the various ways terrorists can take every day items to create weapons?

Do you want to be a MacGyver and turn everyday household items into Decepticons? Then DARPA’s new Improv program wants you.

This sounds like a Transformers movie. Or a MacGyver episode. Heck, this could even be a precursor to Skynet and future Terminators. OK, that last one may not apply, but a new DARPA program wants people who can weaponize a toaster.

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Mar 15, 2016

Can Army Cyber Command change the military’s way of thinking?

Posted by in category: military

Definitely needed.

The Army’s cyber chief is optimistic about an institutional change in thinking.

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Mar 15, 2016

Artificial intelligence has become a religion

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, robotics/AI

To me; it’s all common sense. If you step back look at the technology landscape as a whole along with AI; you start to see the barriers that truly spolights where we have way too much hype around AI.

Example, hacking. If we had truly advance AI at the level that it has been promoted; wouldn’t make sense that researchers would want to solve the $120 billion dollar money pit issue around Cyber Security and make billions to throw at their emerging AI tech plus ensure their AI investment wouldn’t incur pushback by consumers due to lack of trust that AI would not be hacked? So, I usually tread litely on over hype technologies.

I do see great possiblities and seen some amazing things and promise from Quantum Computing; however, we will not truly realize its impact and full potential until another 7 years; I will admit I see more promise with it than the existing AI landscape that is built off of existing traditional digital technology that has been proven to be broken by hackers.

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Mar 15, 2016

Artificial Intelligence May Be Amazing One Day, But It Currently Still Sucks

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

The science fiction world is full of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but AI reality is still far away. According to an article featured in Technology Review, technology is still suffering and nowhere near the expectations of AI.

Senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review, Will Knight wrote, “For all the remarkable progress being made in artificial intelligence, and warnings about the upheaval this might bring, the smartest computer would still struggle to make it through the eighth grade.”

Knight relates how programmers competed in an Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) contest. The programmers were challenged to write computer programs that could take a science test that was eighth-grade level. During the annual Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) meeting, the winner was announced.

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Mar 15, 2016

Watch a single sheet of atoms fold up for the first time

Posted by in category: particle physics

Watch a single sheet of atoms fold up for the first time

More Videos by New Scientist.

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Mar 15, 2016

BMW unveiled a new shape-shifting concept car

Posted by in category: transportation

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Mar 15, 2016

Looking forward to Horizon: The Immortalist

Posted by in categories: entertainment, life extension

The film, produced and directed by Tristan Quinn, will be shown on BBC Two at 20:00 on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

2045 Initiative's photo.

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Mar 15, 2016

NIST Creates Fundamentally Accurate Quantum Thermometer

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Better thermometers might be possible as a result of a discovery at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where physicists have found a way to calibrate temperature measurements by monitoring the tiny motions of a nanomechanical system that are governed by the often counterintuitive rules of quantum mechanics.

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Mar 15, 2016

The Visual Microphone

Posted by in categories: computing, privacy

MIT successfully reconstructed audio from the video of minute vibrations of a potato chip bag.

This could represent a whole new method of surveillance.

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Mar 15, 2016

Fish and insects guide design for future contact lenses

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, electronics, information science, materials

Making the most of the low light in the muddy rivers where it swims, the elephant nose fish survives by being able to spot predators amongst the muck with a uniquely shaped retina, the part of the eye that captures light. In a new study, researchers looked to the fish’s retinal structure to inform the design of a contact lens that can adjust its focus.

Imagine a that autofocuses within milliseconds. That could be life-changing for people with presbyopia, a stiffening of the eye’s that makes it difficult to focus on close objects. Presbyopia affects more than 1 billion people worldwide, half of whom do not have adequate correction, said the project’s leader, Hongrui Jiang, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. And while glasses, conventional contact lenses and surgery provide some improvement, these options all involve the loss of contrast and sensitivity, as well as difficulty with night vision. Jiang’s idea is to design contacts that continuously adjust in concert with one’s own cornea and lens to recapture a person’s youthful vision.

The project, for which Jiang received a 2011 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (an initiative of the NIH Common Fund) funded by the National Eye Institute, requires overcoming several engineering challenges. They include designing the lens, algorithm-driven sensors, and miniature electronic circuits that adjust the shape of the lens, plus creating a power source — all embedded within a soft, flexible material that fits over the eye.

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