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Feb 28, 2016

Solar Electric Propulsion: NASA’s engine to Mars and Beyond

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

NASA is hard at work developing Solar Electric Propulsion engines for future space missions to Mars and beyond.

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Feb 27, 2016

Tim Cook hinted that Apple is gearing up for a buying spree of smaller technology companies

Posted by in category: futurism

Not just Apple. 2016 could prove to be a year of acquisitions leading into 2017. With investors pulling back and some great start ups around; could prove a great year for M&A in tech.

Apple is giving strong hints that it sees the current landscape as a buyer’s market for technology companies.

“In times when equity values are falling there’s great opportunity to” purchase companies, Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting, held in Cupertino, California on Friday.

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Feb 27, 2016

Astronomers Create Largest-Ever Catalog Of Cosmic Voids

Posted by in category: space

We might not think it, but we live in a pretty crowded part of the universe. But more than half our cosmos is made up of largely empty voids where there’s virtually nothing for hundreds of millions of light years of spacetime. At great distances, we still aren’t sensitive to dwarf galaxies that may lie within such voids. But even in the midst of such emptiness, these voids do have a few luminous elliptical galaxies not unlike the one seen here. Kudos to the team that crafted this new catalog map of these empty spots in our cosmos.

Astronomers have released the largest and most extensive catalog of cosmic voids ever generated — extending out some 8 billion light years in an area covering a quarter of the sky, mostly observable from the Northern hemisphere.

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Feb 27, 2016

How CPCG Embeds Hard Problems into a Quantum Annealing Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Improving problem solving on Quantum.

1QBit has identified a new faster and more scalable method of embedding problems into a quantum annealing processor. Here’s how the Cartesian product of complete graphs, or CPCG, embedding method works to harnesses the power of quantum computing.

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Feb 27, 2016

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Very basic approach & points in how to think about machine learning — very simplistic.

What is machine learning? See how it works with our animated data visualization.

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Feb 27, 2016

Why Stephen Hawking is more afraid of capitalism than robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Professor Hawking’s take on Capitalism with AI.

Robot workers may bring utopia, if greed doesn’t get in the way.

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Feb 27, 2016

Are Quantum Dots the Silicon Wafers of the Future?

Posted by in categories: electronics, quantum physics

I cannot wait until Q-Dot technology is commercially available to industries. When we start releasing Q-Dots to the commercial sector we’re going to see some real magic happen and possibly even able to improve many things that are refined, or created today.

Silicon wafers have long been the go-to for all things electronic. First appearing in the ‘50s, they quickly made it as THE connectors, basically singlehandedly kickstarting the silicon revolution. A team of researchers from the Cornell University have discovered something they consider to be the next big step in quantum electronics. They are quite certain of the answer to the question “Are Quantum Dots the Silicon Wafers of the Future?”.

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Feb 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher conducts painful group therapy for robots

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

As funny as this commercial is; if the ramp up of robotics continue for the next 30 years we could see humanoid robots needing counseling. However, like AI of our past, we’ll go through a 10 yr peiod of hype and interests, and when consumers, industries, and government do not see value or advance improvements beyond walking, lifting 20lbs boxes, being part of an assembly, etc. robotics will again fall again into the background.

Technically Incorrect: A new IBM ad, released to coincide with Sunday’s Oscars broadcast, shows Fisher entirely in her element, and robots who have a lot of problems.

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Feb 27, 2016

An engineer replaced his 4 monitors with Meta glasses — and it might be the future of work

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, futurism, virtual reality

I see VR & AR changing how the entire back office and front office interact with their applications, network, and platforms. In HR for example, VR will enable HR a new way to view candidates & the candidate’s video resume, with AR glasses/ contact lenses capabilities no longer does a person have to locate their tablet or laptop to entire changes/ideas/ etc. because with VR they can efficiently capture information on the spot, the list goes on. The bottom line is with VR/ AR, companies are more efficient in its operations.

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Feb 27, 2016

Researchers upgraded their smart glasses with a low-power multicore processor to employ stereo vision and deep-learning algorithms, making the user interface and experience more intuitive and convenient

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, energy, engineering, information science, internet, mobile phones, wearables

K-Glass, smart glasses reinforced with augmented reality (AR) that were first developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014, with the second version released in 2015, is back with an even stronger model. The latest version, which KAIST researchers are calling K-Glass 3, allows users to text a message or type in key words for Internet surfing by offering a virtual keyboard for text and even one for a piano.

Currently, most wearable head-mounted displays (HMDs) suffer from a lack of rich user interfaces, short battery lives, and heavy weight. Some HMDs, such as Google Glass, use a touch panel and voice commands as an interface, but they are considered merely an extension of smartphones and are not optimized for wearable smart glasses. Recently, gaze recognition was proposed for HMDs including K-Glass 2, but gaze is insufficient to realize a natural user interface (UI) and experience (UX), such as user’s gesture recognition, due to its limited interactivity and lengthy gaze-calibration time, which can be up to several minutes.

As a solution, Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo and his team from the Electrical Engineering Department recently developed K-Glass 3 with a low-power natural UI and UX processor to enable convenient typing and screen pointing on HMDs with just bare hands. This processor is composed of a pre-processing core to implement stereo vision, seven deep-learning cores to accelerate real-time scene recognition within 33 milliseconds, and one rendering engine for the display.

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