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Dec 30, 2019

Amazon employees struggle with ‘nerve-racking’ robot co-workers

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

“When you’re out there, and you can hear them moving around, but you can’t see them, it’s like, ‘Where are they going to come from?’,” she said. “It’s a little nerve-racking at first.”

Amazon is increasingly requiring warehouse employees to get used to working with robots. The company now has more than 200,000 robotic vehicles it calls “drives” that are moving goods through its delivery-fulfillment centers around the U.S. That’s double the number it had last year and up from 15,000 units in 2014.

Its rivals have taken notice. Many are adding their own robots in a race to speed up productivity and bring down costs.

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Dec 29, 2019

Amelie Schreiber

Posted by in categories: business, quantum physics, robotics/AI, singularity

Read writing from Amelie Schreiber in Towards Data Science. CEO & Founder of The Singularity: Quantum Machine Learning Hiring, Business Integration, and R&D Consultant.

Dec 29, 2019

Calculating the time it will take spacecraft to find their way to other star systems

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

A pair of researchers, one with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the other with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CIT, has found a way to estimate how long it will take already launched space vehicles to arrive at other star systems. The pair, Coryn Bailer-Jones and Davide Farnocchia have written a paper describing their findings and have uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.

Back in the 1970s, NASA sent four unmanned probes out into the solar system—Pioneer 10 and 11, and Voyager 1 and 2—which, after completion of their missions, kept going—all four are on their way out of the or have already departed. But what will become of them? Will they make their way to other star systems, and if so, how long might it take them? This is what Bailer-Jones and Davide Farnocchia wondered. To find some possible answers, they used the Gaia space telescope. It was launched by the European Space Agency back in 2013 and has been stationed at a point just outside of Earth’s orbit around the sun. It has been collecting information on a billion stars, including their paths through space. The latest dataset was released just last year on 7.2 million stars.

With data describing the paths of the four and data describing the paths of a host of stars in hand, the researchers were able to work out when the paths of the four spacecraft might approach very far away .

Dec 28, 2019

Microsoft proposes AI that improves when you smile

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft researchers propose an approach to training AI that uses smiles as a reward signal. They say it achieves superior efficiency.

Dec 28, 2019

Emerging technologies securing the cloud

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

So, what can businesses do to address this? A big part of the answer lies in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, which will drive new ways of securing the cloud in 2020 and beyond.

Dec 28, 2019

Thieves are now using AI deepfakes to trick companies into sending them money

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, law, robotics/AI

That might explain things…


There may soon be serious financial and legal ramifications to the proliferation of deepfake technology. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a UK energy company’s chief executive was tricked into wiring €200,000 to a Hungarian supplier because he believed his boss was instructing him to do so. Instead, it was a thief using deepfake tech.

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Dec 27, 2019

Sorry Truckers, Volvo’s Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

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

To start, Volvo’s Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden. But more Veras will eventually mean fewer trucking jobs.

Dec 26, 2019

Finally, machine learning interprets gene regulation clearly

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

In this age of “big data,” artificial intelligence (AI) has become a valuable ally for scientists. Machine learning algorithms, for instance, are helping biologists make sense of the dizzying number of molecular signals that control how genes function. But as new algorithms are developed to analyze even more data, they also become more complex and more difficult to interpret. Quantitative biologists Justin B. Kinney and Ammar Tareen have a strategy to design advanced machine learning algorithms that are easier for biologists to understand.

The algorithms are a type of artificial neural network (ANN). Inspired by the way neurons connect and branch in the brain, ANNs are the computational foundations for advanced machine learning. And despite their name, ANNs are not exclusively used to study brains.

Biologists, like Tareen and Kinney, use ANNs to analyze data from an experimental method called a “massively parallel reporter assay” (MPRA) which investigates DNA. Using this data, quantitative biologists can make ANNs that predict which molecules control in a process called gene regulation.

Dec 26, 2019

Russia to track EARTH-THREATENING asteroids from robot-inhabited nuclear-powered polar Moon base

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy, robotics/AI, solar power, space, sustainability

Moon’s southern pole will be a good spot for an observatory that together with space-based telescopes help find dangerous asteroids. Russia plans to build one as part of an ambitious lunar base project.

Conquering the moon is on the Russian space agency’s to-do list for the not-so-distant future. Roscosmos is currently working on a comprehensive plan that the Russian government wants to see before allocating any money for it. Part of a permanent Russian base envisioned on the Moon will be given to an observatory that will serve as part of a “global system for tracking asteroid and comet threats,” a senior Roscosmos official said in a recent interview.

“The location selected for the base is southern pole of the moon. It has favorable relief and conditions: enough light for solar panels, constantly shadowed craters with ice reserves for fuel and raw material,” Aleksandr Bloshenko explained.

Dec 26, 2019

Scientists harness AI to reverse ageing in billion-dollar industry

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI

Race on to find proven ways to help people live longer, healthier lives.

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