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Oct 30, 2016

Context, Language, and Reasoning in AI: Three Key Challenges

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The next phase in the AI revolution calls for advances in how the technology addresses and processes data from the non-vision world.

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Oct 30, 2016

What Do People — Not Techies, Not Companies — Think About Artificial Intelligence?

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

They’re worried about their jobs but otherwise optimistic.

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Oct 30, 2016

Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent

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

Florida-headquartered Magic Leap has set up a company in Helsinki to gain access to Finland’s vast, Nokia- and gaming-driven reservoir of VR and AR talent.

In July, Magic Leap registered a company in Helsinki with CFO Scott Henry as the chairman of the board. The company did not return my request for a comment.

The Finnish VR and AR companies I spoke with would not confirm or deny working with the company dubbed one of the most secretive startups in the world. But considering the country’s strong know-how in technologies (especially in optics, hardware, and software) that are all highly relevant in the quest for VR/AR domination, it’s no surprise that multinational giants and hot startups are courting the country’s talent pool.

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Oct 30, 2016

What Would a Machine as Smart as God Want?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The field of “scientific theology” ponders the ultimate purpose of mind.

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Oct 30, 2016

Neuroscientists Discover an Ignition Switch for Consciousness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

What’s the Latest?

When Francis Crick, the English scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, died in 2004, he and a colleague were in the midst of researching the potential existence of an on-off switch for consciousness located somewhere deep within the brain. Crick’s hypothesis likened the proposed switch to an orchestra conductor “to bind all of our different external and internal perceptions together.” Researchers at George Washington University in Washington DC believe they may have found Crick’s conductor. As it happens, it’s located in the exact part of the brain Crick had initially guessed: the claustrum.

What’s the Big Idea?

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Oct 30, 2016

IBM’s Watson AI Recommends Same Treatment as Doctors in 99% of Cancer Cases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

In Brief:

  • Watson recommended treatment plans that matched suggestions from oncologists in 99 percent of the cases it analyzed and offered options doctors missed in 30 percent of them.
  • AI could be revolutionary for healthcare as it can process many more research papers and case files than any human doctor could manage.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is about more than just the promise of a robot butler — it can actually save lives. AI’s contribution to the healthcare industry and in medical research could be hugely significant. IBM sees that and wants Watson, its AI technology, at the forefront of this development.

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Oct 30, 2016

Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon — The Motley Fool

Posted by in categories: drones, military

With pinpoint accuracy, this electronic warfare drone can black out opposing forces at will.

Bds Champ Boeing’s “CHAMP” (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) is a one-missile, flying blackout. Image source: Boeing.

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Oct 29, 2016

Scientists want to teach computers how to imagine; so they can learn like human babies

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Oct 29, 2016

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla’s New ‘Solar Roof’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, habitats, sustainability, transportation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mUJnKI3ipI&feature=youtu.be

Energy independent housing. Here you go.


Filmed on Oct 28, 2016.

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Oct 29, 2016

Where does Jeff Bezos foresee putting space colonists? Inside O’Neill cylinders

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, habitats, space travel

SpaceX’s Elon Musk wants to put millions on Mars, but fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos envisions having them in rotating space habitats.

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