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Feb 28, 2016

IARPA seeks info on biometric attack detection tech

Posted by in categories: government, privacy, security

Reminder to everyone who loves hearing about what NextGen Technologies that US Government has been working on: March 11th, US IARPA is hosting a conference on “Odin” (detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity.)

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to hold a conference related to a biometric presentation attack detection programme called Odin.

The conference, to be held on 11 March in Washington, will be to provide information on Odin and the research problems the program aims to address, the agency noted.

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Feb 28, 2016

New Hyproline System Capable of High-Speed Mass Customization of Metal 3D Printed Parts

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

At the end of last year, Davide Sher predicted that 2016 would see metal 3D printing move from a technology capable of producing small batches to a fully-automated method for serial manufacturing. Davide cited a number of machines in development that herald the age of serial metal 3D printing, but he may have left one system out: the Hyproline platform.

TNO Hyproline PrintValley metal 3D printer

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Feb 28, 2016

Your Next Phone Might Have 256GB of Storage Thanks to Samsung’s New Chip

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

I love high capacity things. So when Samsung announced it’s producing 256 GB flash storage that can be used in mobile devices, I swooned. The memory is two times faster than the previous generation of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory, meaning that phones will not only have greater storage capacities, but also breeze reading and writing operations.

Nonetheless, there are probably still a lot of you thinking this isn’t a huge deal. You might say that the most popular Android phones already support microSD expandable memory, or that Android 6.0 Marshmallow supports adoptive memory, making it easier for your phone to read and write to expandable storage. But that would be missing the point.

Expandable storage has always been a bandage on a much greater problem plaguing Android phones: the cost of high capacity flash memory was too high and the size was too bulky to include in older smartphones. Plus, expandable memory has never performed nearly as well as internal UFS memory. Although Android 6.0 Marshmallow supports a new adoptive memory feature that basically treats external memory as internal memory, neither of Android’s two biggest vendors, LG or Samsung, support the feature in their new smartphones.

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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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