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Jan 31, 2018

The future of war

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

At least the world knows what it is like to live in the shadow of nuclear weapons. There are much bigger question-marks over how the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning will affect the way wars are fought, and perhaps even the way people think of war. The big concern is that these technologies may create autonomous weapons systems that can make choices about killing humans independently of those who created or deployed them.

War is still a contest of wills, but technology and geopolitical competition are changing its character, argues Matthew Symonds.

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Jan 30, 2018

Ford patents driverless police car that ambushes lawbreakers using artificial intelligence

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

Imagine a police car that issues tickets without even pulling you over.

What if the same car could use artificial intelligence to find good hiding spots to catch traffic violators and identify drivers by scanning license plates, tapping into surveillance cameras and wirelessly accessing government records?

What if a police officer tapping on your car window asking for your license and registration became a relic of transportation’s past?

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Jan 30, 2018

Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A significant hangup on the way to portable artificial intelligence has been the neural synapse, which has been particularly tricky to reproduce in hardware. Until now.

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Jan 30, 2018

This incredible map shows the undersea cables that keep the internet alive — and security services are worried Russia could cut them

Posted by in categories: internet, military

US and UK military personnel, a think tank and a former GCHQ director have warned that the world’s intricate web of undersea internet cables is at risk.

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Jan 30, 2018

An electric Harley-Davidson is coming in 2019

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The new electric motorcycle, based on the Project Livewire concept, should be ready to go on sale in the next 18 months, Harley-Davidson said.

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Jan 30, 2018

China Wants to Create the Chips to Power the Future of AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

China is hoping to ride the wave of the AI development boom to increase the country’s role in building the chips that will power future AI devices.

China’s increasingly vested interest in developing artificial intelligence (AI) is breathing new life into the country’s semiconductor industry. A new report from MIT Technology Review explains how China’s dedication to becoming a global leader in AI development is giving Chinese chipmakers a new opportunity to reclaim territory in the burgeoning field of hardware development.

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Jan 30, 2018

CES 2018: The Smart Home of the Future Is Here

Posted by in category: futurism

Get ready for the smart home of the future, because it’s already here.

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Jan 30, 2018

We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart

Posted by in category: energy

Lasers powerful enough to tear the fabric of matter itself are being developed in a special laboratory in China, potentially giving scientists the chance to create and study experimental environments unlike anything we have on Earth.

The stats behind these lasers are impressive: One has already reached a peak of 5.3 million billion watts or petawatts (PW), which is around 500 times the power of all the world’s electrical grids combined. There are plans to double that figure before 2018 is out, and yet these intense bursts of light last less than one trillionth of a second.

Meanwhile a new 100-PW laser is on the drawing board that could produce a pulse of light capable of ripping electrons and positrons (the antimatter counterparts to electrons) right out of empty space, showing that matter and energy are interchangeable – as Einstein so famously proposed with E=mc^2.

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Jan 30, 2018

The End Of Root Canals: Stem Cell Fillings Trigger Teeth To Repair Themselves, Research Study Claims

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

What if damaged teeth could heal themselves without the need of a root canal? Apparently, that’s what Harvard and the University of Nottingham are trying to figure out. They believe they can create stem cell stimulated fillings.

Worldwide, dentists treat hundreds of millions of cavities each year by drilling out the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. According to Popular Science, the problem is up to 15 percent of those procedures will fail, which will lead to a root canal to remove the tooth’s pulp, a soft tissue in the center of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The downside is, following a root canal, the tooth’s strength is weaker and could eventually need to be removed.

Adam Celiz is a therapeutic biomaterials researcher who believes that stem cells could help reduce the number of root canals and the need for dentures. Celiz and his team developed a new kind of filling that is made from stem cells that can help your tooth heal. Just like regular fillings, the biomaterial stem cells are injected into the tooth and hardened with ultra-violet light.

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Jan 30, 2018

Forget Self-Driving Cars, Robot Delivery Vans Are Here

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, transportation

A secretive startup has unveiled its new grocery-getter, one of many automakers that are leaving people out of the equation.

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