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Mar 8, 2016

The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million “Apollo Project of the Brain”

Posted by in categories: computing, government, information science, military, neuroscience, robotics/AI

US Government’s cool $100 mil in brain research. As we have been highlighting over the past couple of months that the US Government’s IARPA and DARPA program’s have and intends to step up their own efforts in BMIs and robotics for the military; I am certain that this research will help their own efforts and progress.

Intelligence project aims to reverse-engineer the brain to find algorithms that allow computers to think more like humans.

By Jordana Cepelewicz on March 8, 2016.

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Mar 8, 2016

Travellers Expect Robots on Their Holidays

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Interesting set of survey results on travel and robotics. However, like many things in life; things in moderation have more stayong poor v. going overboard. And, robots are not exception to this. It is inate for humans to have and need human interaction especially in personable service space.

LONDON, March 9, 2016 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — A survey of more than 6,000 travellers in Asia, Europe, North America and South America reveals nearly 80% of respondents expect robots to play a big part in their lives by 2020, with three quarters believing they will make their lives significantly better. Almost two thirds of respondents would be comfortable with robots being used in the travel industry. (Logo: )

Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global media commerce company, conducted the research as part of its Future of Travel project exploring consumer acceptance of robots in the travel and tourism industry. Richard Singer, Travelzoo’s European President, will make a keynote speech on the findings at this year’s ITB Berlin – Europe’s largest travel trade show. On March 11, Mr. Singer will share the stage with Toshiba’s Chihira Kanae – one of the world’s most human-looking robots, who will make her European debut at the event.

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Mar 8, 2016

Quantum revolution: what the future holds

Posted by in categories: futurism, quantum physics

In simple terms.

When Thomas Edison first passed an electric current through a filament in vacuum to produce light, he could not have imagined the global revolution he was to unleash. Physicists at Sydney Uni’s new Nanoscience Hub feel the same about the coming quantum revolution.

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Mar 8, 2016

Sydney University to open Nanoscience Hub for the quantum technologies of the future

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing

Australia’s more investment into Quantum technology.

The coming scientific revolution will make today’s supercomputers seem sluggish.

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Mar 8, 2016

Gates thinks quantum computing in the cloud may come in a decade

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, materials, quantum physics

I don’t believe that we’re a decade away given the advancements around Quantum infrastructure work such the Quantum Internet and Platform. Too much progress is showing me within the next 7 to 8 years is a possibility especially with the race that we’re all in.

Bill Gates did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit Tuesday and said that there’s a chance within six to ten years that “cloud computing will offer super-computation by using quantum.”

“It could help users solve some very important science problems, including materials and catalyst design,” Gates wrote.

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Mar 8, 2016

Blue Origin planning human test flights to space

Posted by in category: space

Private space company Blue Origin expects it will launch its first human test flights into space in 2017.

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Mar 8, 2016

Terraforming Mars: Turning the Red Planet Green

Posted by in categories: engineering, environmental, space

Here’s how scientists think we could turn Mars into Earth 2.0…

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Mar 8, 2016

China ‘Clone Factory’ Scientist Eyes Human Replication

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The researcher says he is only holding off cloning people for fear of the public reaction.

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Mar 8, 2016

WATCH: Big surprise!

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

As BMW celebrates its 100th birthday in Munich, the company decided to unveiled its futuristic self-driving #VisionNext 100 concept car!

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Mar 8, 2016

Ford hopes you’ll watch movies in self-driving cars

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

If and when self-driving cars become a practical reality, you’ll probably want something to do during your journeys besides chatting with passengers or checking your phone. Thankfully, Ford might have an answer. It recently obtained a patent for an “autonomous vehicle entertainment system” that would let you watch videos when you’re hands-free. Kick your vehicle into self-driving mode and a projector system could swing into action, complete with its own screen — yes, you could watch a movie while you’re on the way to visit family. Think of it as in-flight entertainment, just grounded.

As with most patents, there’s no certainty that Ford will ever use this. While the car maker is serious about autonomous vehicles, it could just as easily resort to flat-panel displays and other less dramatic hardware. There are some safety concerns, too. Do you really want the driver to be completely oblivious to road hazards? For this to work, driverless car tech will have to advance to the point where it’s truly reliable — where you can watch a 2-hour flick without worrying that your car might plow into a bus.

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