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Oct 30, 2016

NASA’s New ‘Intruder Alert’ System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

A space rock zips by earth Sunday night. Astronomers know it doesn’t pose a threat, in part thanks to a new automated warning program called Scout.

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Oct 30, 2016

HoloLens gets more battlefield use

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, military, security

We have already seen the HoloLens mixed reality headset put to military use by the Israeli Defense Force for advanced battlefield planning.

Now Ukrainian company LimpidArmor has shown off a new application for the augmented reality device on the actual battlefield to improve the field of view of tank commanders without exposing them to additional risk. The technology was shown off at the Arms and Security show, held in Kiev from 11 to 14 October.

LimpidArmor’s hardware and software system uses a HoloLens integrated with a helmet and cameras mounted around the tank to give commanders a 360 degree view of their environment in both optical and thermal and makes this available in real-time.

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Oct 30, 2016

Nightmare Machine at CSIRO is slowly but surely learning how to terrify humans

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

Story just in time for Halloween.


The prospect of artificial intelligence is scary enough for some, but Manuel Cebrian Ramos at CSIRO’s Data61 is teaching machines how to terrify humans on purpose.

Dr Cebrian and his colleagues Pinar Yanardag and Iyad Rahwan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed the Nightmare Machine.

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Oct 30, 2016

Harley-Davidson Says Artificial Intelligence Drives 40% of New York Sales

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

Nice job Harley-Davidson when can I have my discount for my new wheels?


Harley-Davidson Says Artificial Intelligence Drives 40% of New York Sales Lookalike modeling is a key component of lead generation, and for motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson, the tactic now goes hand in hand with artificial intelligence (AI). In March 2016, the company began working with machine learning technology provider Adgorithms to grow its ecommerce reach and hasn’t looked back since. Asaf Jacobi, president of Harley-Davidson’s New York City division, spoke with eMarketer’s Maria Minsker about the brand’s experience with AI and discussed the results he has seen so far.

EMarketer: What are some of the business challenges that drove you to try artificial intelligence?

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Oct 30, 2016

Google’s neural networks created their own encryption method

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, information science, robotics/AI

Fortifying cybersecurity is on everyone’s mind after the massive DDoS attack from last week. However, it’s not an easy task as the number of hackers evolves the same as security. What if your machine can learn how to protect itself from prying eyes? Researchers from Google Brain, Google’s deep Learning project, has shown that neural networks can learn to create their own form of encryption.

According to a research paper, Martín Abadi and David Andersen assigned Google’s AI to work out how to use a simple encryption technique. Using machine learning, those machines could easily create their own form of encrypted message, though they didn’t learn specific cryptographic algorithms. Albeit, compared to the current human-designed system, that was pretty basic, but an interesting step for neural networks.

To find out whether artificial intelligence could learn to encrypt on its own or not, the Google Brain team built an encryption game with its three different entities: Alice, Bob and Eve, powered by deep learning neural networks. Alice’s task was to send an encrypted message to Bob, Bob’s task was to decode that message, and Eve’s job was to figure out how to eavesdrop and decode the message Alice sent herself.

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Oct 30, 2016

We still don’t have energy-positive fusion yet, but MIT just got close

Posted by in category: energy

Their defunded tokamak achieved a world record in plasma pressure, right before it got shut down for good.

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Oct 30, 2016

Quantum Liquid on Bismuth Crystal Could Lead to Faster Electronics

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

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In Brief:

  • Researchers have demonstrated how electrons travel on different elliptical paths by using a quantum crystal kept at low temperatures.
  • The discovery could lead to a new class of microchips far beyond the capabilities of today’s silicon chips.

New developments from Princeton University and the University of Texas-Austin have revealed odd behavior in electrons that could lay the foundation for a new generation of faster microchips, according to a study published in Science.

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Oct 30, 2016

Soon fixing your robot will be as easy as fixing your car

Posted by in categories: 4D printing, robotics/AI, transportation

Soon, we see Legos that self assemble from 4D printers, printers that can recycle robots & devices and produce a more improved robot and/ or devices. The days of manually working on equipment, autos, etc. will be gone except for the eccentric hobbyist.


Open-source hardware could democratize the future of robots.

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Oct 30, 2016

4 Trivia Questions about the Early Days of the Internet

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

I remember working on data transfer and experimental apps on the NET in 1990 to 1995. And, did it ever change during just those 5 years. I cannot even imagine 1969.


On October 29th, 1969, the internet got its start when the first host-to-host connection was made between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. See how much you know about the invention that would change the world with some trivia questions…

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Oct 30, 2016

German Students Develop Improved 3D Printable Bio-Ink

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, chemistry

Bioprinting is becoming more sophisticated daily. Students from Munich, Germany, hacked an Ultimaker 2+ to 3D print biomaterials even more efficient. Without a doubt, the yearly iGEM challenge is one of the yearly highlights for students in the field of biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology.

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