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Apr 5, 2016

Nano-technology patch could help manage diabetes, treat allergies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes is growing. Every third American adult will develop type 2 diabetes within the next 35 years. But there may be a new way to manage the illness.

A new device might make managing your insulin levels or even treating allergies virtually painless. We know Western New York is becoming a hub for nano-medicine. Now a local organization is on the front lines of whats called nano- patch technology.

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Apr 5, 2016

Say Goodbye to Washing Machines

Posted by in categories: materials, nanotechnology

New nanostructure material that self cleans. No more need for washing clothes and other fabrics.


A spot of sunshine is all it could take to get your washing done, thanks to pioneering nano research into self-cleaning textiles.

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Apr 5, 2016

Federal legislation to jumpstart space solar power

Posted by in categories: climatology, economics, food, government, law, nuclear energy, security, solar power, space, sustainability

The United States is transitioning from a primary reliance on fossil fuels to greater use of sustainable natural and nuclear energy sources. There are two reasons for this transition. The first reason is that the abnormally high and increasing level of atmospheric carbon dioxide has created scientific uncertainty and concern as to the detrimental impact this may have on the environment and, consequentially, human civilization. Almost certainly, this abnormal level is due to anthropogenic causes linked to the tremendous expansion in the human population since the early 1700s, the growth of human civilization (e.g., agriculture and industrialization), and the increasing use of fossil fuels. Although fossil fuels have enabled worldwide progress in elevating the standard of living, most of the world’s nations have reached the conclusion that the world should transition entirely to sustainable energy by 2100 (see “The Paris climate agreement and space solar power”, The Space Review, February 29, 2016). It is, however, very important to manage this transition carefully to avoid economic hardship or energy deprivation.

While the United States has large remaining fossil fuel resources, only some are technically recoverable with current safe, legal, and profitable extraction methods. The remaining known and yet-to-be-discovered domestic technically recoverable fossil fuels are inadequate to sustain US fossil fuel energy needs to the end of this century, especially given likely continued immigration-driven US population growth (see “US fossil fuel energy insecurity and space solar power”, The Space Review, March 7, 2016). While the United States has an ethical environmental obligation to end its use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the reality of having inadequate oil and natural gas resources makes the urgency of transitioning successfully to new sustainable energy sources a clear matter of national energy security. This warrants federal government leadership and strong American private sector engagement.

Unfortunately, due to its large and growing population and per capita energy needs, the United States lacks sufficient suitable land to utilize terrestrial renewable energy to replace fossil fuels. (see “US terrestrial non-fossil fuel energy vs. space solar power”, The Space Review, March 14, 2016). While the United States will utilize terrestrial domestic renewable energy to the extent it is politically acceptable, many factors will likely limit their scale-up. The expansion of nuclear fission energy is also not a satisfactory approach, given the large number of reactors needed. These factors lead to the conclusion that only space-based sustainable energy, such as space solar power, will enable the United States to practically transition away from fossil fuels.

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Apr 5, 2016

Sydney’s Future Zoo Wants To Use Augmented Reality, Robots And Drones

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, drones, robotics/AI

Western Sydney University (WSU) and Sydney Zoo are collaborating with the goal to deliver “one of the most technologically advanced wildlife experiences in the world” with the assistance of a hackathon.

Speaking with Gizmodo Don Wright, Manager of WSU’s “Launch Pad” program and Zoo Hackathon Coordinator, revealed the possibilities for technology use within the zoo. We’re talking everything from augmented reality to cheetahs chasing drones.

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Apr 5, 2016

Virtual Reality is going to revolutionize real estate

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

I will be surprised if no one isn’t already adopting this technology in the commercial & residential real estate industry as well as for REITs especially for enabling investors & insurers to assess property remotely. We’re already seeing the technology leveraged in the hospitality & travel industry currently.


The realization of Virtual Reality (VR) is set to have a big impact on real estate, offering buyers a revolutionary new way to view properties they’re interested in.

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Apr 5, 2016

Nvidia Unveils New Supercomputers and AI Algorithms

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, space travel, supercomputing, virtual reality

Big day for Nvidia with announcements on AI and VR.


The first day of the company’s GPU Technology Conference was chock full of self-driving cars, trips to Mars, and more.

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Apr 5, 2016

International Petition against Autonomous Weapons

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, drones, engineering, robotics/AI

Stuart Russell received his B.A. with first-class honours in physics from Oxford University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1986. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where he is Professor (and formerly Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics. He has published over 150 papers on a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, and global seismic monitoring. His books include “The Use of Knowledge in Analogy and Induction”, “Do the Right Thing: Studies in Limited Rationality” (with Eric Wefald), and “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach” (with Peter Norvig).

Abstract:

Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans. LAWS might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate enemy combatants in a city, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics communities face an important ethical decision: whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).

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Apr 5, 2016

How artificial intelligence will impact the role of security pros

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI, security

Granted AI performs well at identifying, predicting how to respond through analyzing patterns and information, etc. However, AI is not completely hacker proof at this point. AI still requires close monitoring by humans. The bottom line is until the existing net infrastructure and digital platforms are Quantum based; it will be hard to make AI hacker proof and fully autonomous due to the risks with the existing digital technology.


In the new battle between man and machine, how does artificial intelligence impact the security professional?

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Apr 5, 2016

IBM Watson is Working to Bring AI to the Blockchain

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing, finance, internet, quantum physics, robotics/AI, security

I consider this as a nice interim step in maturing the digital platform environment for financial services. However, once Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet, etc. is available to the masses such as in China, etc. this solution will fail in protecting financial data and other PPI related information as recent research is showing us.

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IBM is currently attempting to merge artificial intelligence and the blockchain into a single, powerful prototype.

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Apr 5, 2016

Here’s how Nvidia is powering an autonomous, electric race car

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

Could we see race car driver careers become all AI? Nvidia is testing the concept.


Formula E is going completely autonomous with the all-new Roborace series slated for the upcoming race season. At its GTC developer conference, Nvidia announced these autonomous, electric race cars will be powered by Nvidia Drive PX 2, a supercomputer built for self-driving cars.

Drive PX 2 is powered by 12 CPU cores and four Pascal GPUs that provides eight teraflops of computer power. The supercomputer-in-a-box is vital to deep learning and trains artificial intelligence to adapts to different driving conditions, including asphalt, rain and dirt.

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