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Mar 19, 2023

A Leaning Tower of Pisa-Sized Asteroid Will Sweep

Posted by in category: existential risks

A newly discovered asteroid called 2023 DW has generated quite a buzz over the past week due to an estimated 1-in-670 chance of impact on Valentine’s Day 2046. But despite a NASA advisory and the resulting scary headlines, there’s no need to put an asteroid doomsday on your day planner for that date.

The risk assessment doesn’t have as much to do with the probabilistic roll of the cosmic dice as it does with the uncertainty that’s associated with a limited set of astronomical observations. If the case of 2023 DW plays out the way all previous asteroid scares have gone over the course of nearly 20 years, and further observations will reduce the risk to zero.

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Mar 19, 2023

Artificial Organs — How Close Are We to Having Manmade Replacements

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Imagine waking up in a bathtub full of ice with a fresh surgical scar where your kidney used to be. This scenario could be avoided if we had artificially created organs in a lab. Learn about the progress in artificial organ transplantation since the 1990s, including the challenges and breakthroughs in this fascinating video.

Mar 19, 2023

OpenAI CEO cautions AI like ChatGPT could cause disinformation, cyber-attacks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Society has a limited amount of time “to figure out how to react” and “regulate” AI, says Sam Altman.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has cautioned that his company’s artificial intelligence technology, ChatGPT, poses serious risks as it reshapes society.

He emphasized that regulators and society must be involved with the technology, according to an interview telecasted by ABC News on Thursday night.

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Mar 19, 2023

Artificial leaf can produce 40 volts of electricity from wind or rain

Posted by in categories: climatology, health, robotics/AI

This process of harvesting energy from rain is new.

Researchers in Italy have engineered an artificial leaf that can be embedded within plants to create electricity from raindrops or wind. It functions extremely well under rainy or windy conditions to light up LED lights and power itself, according to a report by IEEE Spectrum.

Fabian Meder, a researcher studying bioinspired soft robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, Italy, told the science news outlet that the system could be practical for agricultural applications and remote environmental monitoring in order to observe plant health or monitor climate conditions.

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Mar 19, 2023

World’s first solar panel ‘carpet’ on railway tracks may generate electricity

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

The Swiss startup’s pilot project will focus on the Western public rail system and cost around $437,240.

European startup Sun-Ways has devised a mechanical device to deploy removable solar panels along railway tracks.

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Mar 19, 2023

UK to invest over $3 million in Rolls Royce’s Moon nuclear reactor

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy, space travel

Rolls-Royce is now aiming to “have a reactor ready to send to the Moon by 2029.”

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) said on Friday it would invest a significant amount in Rolls-Royce’s project to produce nuclear power on the moon.

The government agency will now invest £2.9 million (around $3.52 million) in the project in order to “deliver an initial demonstration of a UK lunar modular nuclear reactor.”

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Mar 19, 2023

European Space Agency’s Hera to inspect DART asteroid impact debris

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

The recent observations prove that not all asteroids are boring objects simply hanging out in space.

Gone are the days when we believed asteroids to be just large rocks hanging out in space. As space exploration has progressed, we have come to note that they are much more complex than that.

A great example of this is the asteroid Didymos, which according to a new study published on Monday, is literally spitting rocks into outer space due to the excessive speeds at which it is spinning.

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Mar 19, 2023

FCC agrees on a new framework for satellite coverage for smartphones

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, space

The framework will enable satellite access for smartphone users in emergency situations.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intends to establish a new regulatory framework to enable connections between satellite operators and wireless firms to connect smartphone users in isolated or underserved regions worldwide.

FCC stated in a release that it aims to “create clear and open protocols to facilitate supplemental coverage from space.”

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Mar 19, 2023

COQUI : A Generative AI Speech Innovation Will Revolutionize This Market

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Since the recent announcements of OpenView’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and Baidu’s ChatBot, the industry has been in a frenzy advancing Generative AI products and solutions. Brainy Insights estimates that the generative AI market will grow from USD $8.65 billion in 2022 and reach USD 4188.62 billion by 2032. This translates to over 36% CAGR making generative AI one of the next hottest areas to elevate AI innovations. The software segment will account for the highest revenue share of 65.0% in 2021 and is expected to retain its position over the forecast period.

What is Generative AI?

Generative AI is a form of AI that produce various types of content including text, imagery, audio and synthetic data. The recent buzz around generative AI has been driven by the simplicity of new user interfaces for creating high-quality text, graphics and videos in a matter of seconds. Although not a new technology, the introduction of generative adversarial networks, or GANs which is a type of machine learning algorithm has advanced the innovations in using this form of AI.

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Mar 19, 2023

Nvidia GTC Highlights The Physical Side Of AI

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, mobile phones, robotics/AI, security

ChatGPT launched a tide wave of interest in AI. For many consumers, AI is finally living up to long overdue expectations. The accomplishments of ChatGPT in a short period of time are phenomenal. But what is yet to come when AI is combined with robotics will change everything.

I have been promoting the advances in robotics for several years. I even called 2022 the year of robotics, partially because of the growing need to overcome shortages in labor and to handle tasks beyond the physical or mental capability of humans, and partially because of the continued advances that AI, accelerated processing, semiconductor, sensors, wireless connectivity, and software technologies are enabling to develop advanced, autonomous machines. Robots are no longer just for the manufacturing floor. They are hazardous material handlers, janitors, personal assistants, food preparers, food deliverers, security guards, and even surgeons that are increasingly autonomous. Essentially, they are AI in the physical world. As a result, robot competitions are heating up from middle schools to Las Vegas.

As seen at CES, robotics technology is advancing rapidly with advances in technology. My favorite examples were the multi-configurable Yarbo outdoor robot and the John Deere See & Spray. Yarbo can be a mower, a leaf blower, or a snow blower. If it could dispose of animal excrement and the annoying neighbor, it would be perfect yard tool. On the other end of the spectrum was the John Deere See & Spray Ultimate, a tractor with up to a 120-foot (36.6m) reach that uses AI/ML to detect weeds smaller than the size of a smart phone camera and spray herbicide accordingly. John Deere also offers self-drive tractors.

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