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Sep 13, 2017

Robots finds a welcome reception among China’s finance and tax services

Posted by in categories: business, finance, robotics/AI

In addition to Deloitte, the other remaining big-four accounting firms – including EY, KPMG and PwC – have introduced the technology-driven services in China to businesses ranging from banking, technology, and consumer services.

Mainland based accountants are embracing automation to lower office administration costs and enhance efficiency, moves which are opening the door to a wider embrace of artificial intelligence (AI).

Delixi Electric, a manufacturer of low-voltage electrical products, is banking on robotics to trim time needed for tax invoice issuance by 75 per cent. The Zhejiang province-based company needs to issue more than 5,000 value-added-tax invoices to more than 600 clients nationwide monthly.

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Sep 12, 2017

Is CRISPR really such a big deal?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Put simply: Yes. Here’s why, and the nitty gritty of how the gene-editing tool works.

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Sep 12, 2017

Department of Transportation releases new self-driving vehicle guidelines

Posted by in categories: government, policy, robotics/AI, transportation

Today, U.S. Depart of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released the DoT and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s new guidelines for automated driving systems. This is version 2.0 of a federal policy on self-driving cars, and Chao said it’s a “living document,” with plans already for version 3.0 to arrive in 2018.

These guidelines are called “A Vision for Safety 2.0,” which Chao says reflects their importance in terms of addressing the rising rate of traffic deaths in the U.S. Chao cited the most recent stats, which include the stat that 94 percent of serious motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. are due to human error, in presenting the new guidelines at an event today.

The new guidelines are designed to unify development of automation features, including full autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and to help unify industry, local, state and federal government efforts to that end. It’s voluntary guidance, but it focuses on SAE Levels 3 through 5 automation, and it clarifies that companies don’t need to wait to begin testing and deploying their automated driving systems, and streamlines the self-assessment process for companies and organizations.

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Sep 12, 2017

Autonomous Robots Plant, Tend, and Harvest Entire Crop of Barley

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Proof that traditional farms can be 100% automated already.

This is as autonomous as farming gets, without any humans having to get themselves dirty, or even go outside.

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Sep 12, 2017

Glowing Crystal Has the Quantum Internet Within Reach

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

And the key element is already found in fluorescent lights and old TVs.

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Sep 12, 2017

Google’s AI AlphaGo Is Beating Humanity At It’s Own Games (HBO)

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Go is an ancient, aristocratic Chinese board game that’s reputed to have as many possible moves as there are atoms in the universe. And Google recently trained an artificial intelligence computer to play against one of the best human players in the world. The computer won.

At Google’s Future of Go Summit, 19-year-old Chinese Go prodigy Ke Jie was defeated by the AI AlphaGo in a three-match series.

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Sep 12, 2017

Monster Solar Flare Marks 7th Powerful Sun Storm in 7 Days

Posted by in categories: energy, space

The sun fired off yet another powerful solar flare yesterday (Sept. 10), its seventh in seven days.

The flare, which peaked at 12:06 EDT (1606 GMT), covered North and South America in high-energy light. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) released a statement that warned of strong, high-frequency radio blackouts and navigation-system disruption, potentially lasting up to an hour.

Like the six other flares observed since Sept. 4, this one came from a sunspot known as Active Region (AR) 2673, which is currently turning away from Earth and will soon be out of sight.

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Sep 12, 2017

Franklin Foer’s ‘World Without Mind’ argues that Silicon Valley will lead us to our doom

Posted by in category: futurism

Is big tech a savior or an insidious and dangerous force? A new book argues the latter.

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Sep 12, 2017

‘Inspirational’ robots to begin replacing teachers within 10 years

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

R obots will begin replacing teachers in the classroom within the next ten years as part of a revolution in one-to-one learning, a leading educationalist has predicted.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said intelligent machines that adapt to suit the learning styles of individual children will soon render traditional academic teaching all but redundant.

The former Master of Wellington College said programmes currently being developed in Silicon Valley will learn to read the brains and facial expressions of pupils, adapting the method of communication to what works best for them.

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Sep 12, 2017

Brain Dead Patients Could Be Brought ‘Back to Life’ in Groundbreaking Stem Cell Therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

This is not about creating zombies-those so-called living (or walking) dead that are very popular and make a really great theme for TV shows and movies.

Even the Game of Thrones has its version of the living dead with them nasty creatures called White Walkers and Wights.

But then again, that’s only science fiction, isn’t it? Well, maybe not. In fact, this science-fiction plot could soon play out in real life. Read on.

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