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  1. The dawn of artificial intelligence May 7, 2015 Powerful computers will reshape humanity’s future. How to ensure the promise outweighs the perils "“THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears that the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, may be the biggest existential threat humanity faces. Bill Gates urges people to beware of it. Dread that the abominations people create will become their masters, or their executioners, is hardly new. But voiced by a renowned cosmologist, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder of Microsoft—hardly Luddites—and set against the vast investment in AI by big firms like Google and Microsoft, such fears have taken on new weight. With supercomputers in every pocket and robots looking down on every battlefield, just dismissing them as science fiction seems like self-deception. The question is how to worry wisely. You taught me language and... The first step is to understand what computers can now do and what they are likely to be able to do in the future. Thanks to the rise in processing power and the growing abundance of digitally available data, AI is enjoying a boom in its capabilities (see article). Today’s “deep learning” systems, by mimicking the layers of neurons in a human brain and crunching vast amounts of data, can teach themselves to perform some tasks, from pattern recognition to translation, almost as well as humans can. As a result, things that once called for a mind—from interpreting pictures to playing the video game “Frogger”—are now within the scope of computer programs. DeepFace, an algorithm unveiled by Facebook in 2014, can recognise individual human faces in images 97% of the time. Crucially, this capacity is narrow and specific. Today’s AI produces the semblance of intelligence through brute number-crunching force, without any great interest in approximating how minds equip humans with autonomy, interests and desires. Computers do not yet have anything approaching the wide, fluid ability to infer, judge and decide that is associated with intelligence in the conventional human sense. snip A link to the (the article) mentioned above Rise of the Machines Artificial intelligence scares people—excessively so Seems more and more like "The Matrix" to me. Now IF there were no devious people on earth, we might have nothing to be concerned about, but we all know that is not the way it is.
  2. Let me say that since this is The Chani Project, I think it only fair to start with the Chani entity's statements regarding China. All of those statements can be found in Neo's parts 1 and 3 found at the following link. Lots has been happening regarding China, which seems to determine the need for a specific thread, so hold on, as this is going to be long. I hope all will be ok with my swiping of info from other posts on Chani while trying to draw some sort of a picture. Presenting China. 3/15/08 what cern but playing dark matter, things not good play fire get burning peoples use same eye shape, war china everywere snip 3/16/08 things happen b4 15 may u stay china brown cheat and go with putin and china then brown putin china war against japan tiwan poeple with same eye shape 9/23/08 snip helo sun not wite sun yelow now when sun become orange yor line time go 2 and 3 ok me say probability sun go orange 27 october yor line time when cern go proper china make big problem 4 yor leaders october 10 yor line time china know time of orange ok 10/3/08 snip me tel u be4 sun make change sun make some yeast go piosen sun make some milk go piosen like china melamin piosen from sun yor vitamen d go poisen with melamin stay out of strong sun til after cosmosonicboom ok 10/23/08 china did make big move october 10 me not always calculate rite me cee things hapen but me make mistake sometime when u wil cee it What do we know about China?: History of China History of China The Chinese are Buying Land on Every Continent: The Chinese are Coming What's Behind China Life Insurers Buying Up American Real Estate? They have Built Huge Cities in China that sit Empty: "Enough empty floor space to cover Madrid": so why are China's ghost cities still unoccupied? China - Mining: Copper Glut Fades on Mine Cuts as China Buys Stockpiles Coal mine keeps Australia sweet with China China secures licence to explore for (rare earth) minerals in western Pacific seabed Another Week, Another Chinese Gold Mine China Disputes over Islands: China's Territorial Disputes China - BRICS - Finances: China is Driving the BRICS Train China in BRICS: A Threat to US Power? Gold Reserves and GDP: China is Playing Liar’s Poker China Strategy: Buy Precious Metals Chinese Technology: History of science and technology in China Science and technology in China The Advanced Technology of Ancient China China vs the World: Whose Technology Is It? Facts about China: TECHNOLOGY, INTERNET & MEDIA Supercomputing in China: National Supercomputing Center of Tianjin China - Space: China: The Next Space Super Power? China National Space Administration Latest News About China's Space Program China - Military: Behind the scenes: A secret Navy flight over China's military buildup 8 reasons to worry about the Chinese military build-up in the South China Sea China Military Strength China Japan Relations War - WW11: World War II Second Sino-Japanese War Japanese invasion of Manchuria I wanted to give some information about the complexity that is China, on all fronts.
  3. New Quantum Liquid Crystals May Play Role in Future of Computers April 20, 2017 Caltech Whitney Clovin These images show light patterns generated by a rhenium-based crystal using a laser method called optical second-harmonic rotational anisotropy. At left, the pattern comes from the atomic lattice of the crystal. At right, the crystal has become a 3-D quantum liquid crystal, showing a drastic departure from the pattern due to the atomic lattice alone. "Physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal—a new state of matter that may have applications in ultrafast quantum computers of the future. "We have detected the existence of a fundamentally new state of matter that can be regarded as a quantum analog of a liquid crystal," says Caltech assistant professor of physics David Hsieh, principal investigator on a new study describing the findings in the April 21 issue of Science. "There are numerous classes of such quantum liquid crystals that can, in principle, exist; therefore, our finding is likely the tip of an iceberg." Liquid crystals fall somewhere in between a liquid and a solid: they are made up of molecules that flow around freely as if they were a liquid but are all oriented in the same direction, as in a solid. Liquid crystals can be found in nature, such as in biological cell membranes. Alternatively, they can be made artificially—such as those found in the liquid crystal displays commonly used in watches, smartphones, televisions, and other items that have display screens. In a "quantum" liquid crystal, electrons behave like the molecules in classical liquid crystals. That is, the electrons move around freely yet have a preferred direction of flow. The first-ever quantum liquid crystal was discovered in 1999 by Caltech's Jim Eisenstein, the Frank J. Roshek Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. Eisenstein's quantum liquid crystal was two-dimensional, meaning that it was confined to a single plane inside the host material—an artificially grown gallium-arsenide-based metal. Such 2-D quantum liquid crystals have since been found in several more materials including high-temperature superconductors. These are materials that conduct electricity with zero resistance at around –150 degrees Celsius, which is warmer than operating temperatures for traditional superconductors. John Harter, a postdoctoral scholar in the Hsieh lab and lead author of the new study, explains how 2-D quantum liquid crystals behave in strange ways. "Electrons living in this flatland collectively decide to flow preferentially along the x-axis rather than the y-axis even though there's nothing to distinguish one direction from the other," he says." read more at
  4. New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars May 21, 2017 Courtesy: ABC news "WELLINGTON – New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States. If the plans of the California-based company Rocket Lab work out. Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company was last week given official approval to conduct three test launches from a remote peninsula in the South Pacific nation. Rocket Lab is planning the first launch of its Electron rocket sometime from Monday, depending on conditions. “So far, it’s only superpowers that have gone into space,” said Simon Bridges, New Zealand’s economic development minister. “For us to do it, and be in the first couple of handfuls of countries in the world, is pretty impressive.” Rocket Lab sees an emerging market in delivering lots of small devices, some not much bigger than a smartphone, into low Earth orbit. The satellites would be used for everything from monitoring crops to providing internet service." snip
  5. The A.I. Economy, An Open Secret: “Why The Market Never Crashes” Marc Slavo March 11, 2017 "How are they keep this dying patient, the economy, together? Perhaps we are long past the point of an organic, “real” economy. Instead, autotrading and artificial intelligence appears to be auto-investing into the stock market and other parts of the economy in order to keep it afloat. Meanwhile, the individual will be increasingly barred from using cash, and forced onto a digital, tracking system. Matthew McKinley of Texas Shrugged Books explains why he thinks that the system hasn’t crashed yet in spite of overwhelming systemic problems, and plenty of room for crisis. Basically, everything is rigged, and we are at the mercy of a more organized, data-loving computer. Economic Collapse - A NEW THEORY On Why It Never Melts Down! via Texas Shrugged Books: "I am sick of the talking heads who all swore up and down that 2016 would be the year of collapse, and of course, it didn’t happen. All of these talking heads are so arrogant, they can never admit they were wrong. Saying “I was wrong” allows one to stop running down the wrong path, reassess, and find the right track. In my opinion some form of A.I. and supercomputer is injecting the system with “printed” money so nothing really fails. I am not just talking about banks. I think, at this point, “regular industry” of a certain size is also getting these magic funds. This is almost the only way to explain how nothing has really failed since 2009. This magic show will go on for as long as the rest of the world still covets our fake monopoly money painted green. So, if no group of countries begin using real money or any other way of rejecting the dollar by bartering locally for example, this system will go on that long. It could be another decade I just don’t know at this point, but it cannot go on forever. A system based on lies, manipulation, and fakery can’t go on forever." So, is a supercomputer running the economy? Is that the big secret as to why things stay afloat – ultimately making the system more and more dominated by technology. Things have been awfully shaky, and as McKinley argues, it only makes sense that a different kind of manipulation is taking place to keep things afloat." snip
  6. Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer By AMIR MIZROCH June 26, 2015 The computer program ended the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Getty Images "Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know more about morality… Machine: I don’t know what ethics is. Human: Okay, I need to know how I should behave morally… Machine: I don’t know how to tell you. Human: Is morality and ethics the same? Machine: Yes, sir. Human: What are the things that I do to be immoral? Machine: I don’t know. Human: Give me some examples of moral actions… Machine: I’m not a moralist. Human: Alright, morality? Machine: Integrity. Human: What is integrity? Machine: I’m sorry; I don’t know what else to say. Human: Be moral! Machine: Be a man! Human: I really like our discussion on morality and ethics… Machine: And how I’m not in the mood for a philosophical debate. Human: What do you like to talk about? Machine: Nothing." snip The paper: A Neural Conversational Model
  7. New Li-Fi Internet Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-FiBen Taub November 24, 2015 photo credit: Li-Fi uses flickering LED lights to transmit data at extremely high speeds. Alphaspirit/Shutterstock "The inventor of the electric lightbulb could hardly have imagined that one day his creation would be used not only to illuminate homes around the world, but also to transmit data that would enable people to download information from satellites in space to small hand-held devices. However, with the introduction of Li-Fi, household lighting could soon double as a form of data transmission that’s up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Li-Fi, which was first invented by Harold Haas of the University of Edinburgh in 2011, usesvisible light communication (VLC) to send data at extremely high speeds. Essentially, this works like an incredibly fast signal lamp, flashing on and off in order to relay messages in binary code (1s and 0s). In previous lab-based experiments, the technology was able to transmit up to 224 gigabits per second. To put this in perspective, Wi-Fi is capable of reaching speeds of around 600 megabits per second. The technology has now been deployed in real-life situations for the first time, thanks to the work of Estonian start-up Velmenni, which has begun trialling Li-Fi in offices and other industrial settings in Tallinn. In these environments, they were able to achieve connection speeds of around one gigabit per second. Aside from its superior speed, Li-Fi also boasts a number of other benefits over Wi-Fi. For instance, the fact that the signal is carried by optical light means that it cannot travel through walls, therefore enhancing the security of local networks. Obviously, this produces a number of limitations as well, since it suggests that connection will be lost if a user leaves the room, representing a major hurdle that must be overcome if the technology is to be successfully implemented. However, if this barrier can be surmounted, then the use of the visible spectrum could allow Li-Fi to send messages across a much wider range of frequencies thanWi-Fi, which operates between the frequencies of 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz. snip
  8. Secret to living forever? Tech Company Reveal Way to Bring You Back After Death November 26, 2015 Kirsty McCrum "Humai are hopeful that their science fiction work may become science fact in just 30 years from now" Humai "A technology company says it's working on a project which would allow a human's consciousness to be transferred to an artificial body after their death. In what sounds like a plot from a science fiction blockbuster, tech company Humaiare working on human resurrection through artificial intelligence. They're hopeful that the technology - bionics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence - will be ready in just three decades. Creating an imprint of people to remain after they go , Humai is using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how bodies function. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. The science as they explain it means using cloning technology, they will be able to restore the brain as it matures. Their website explains: "Humai is an AI company with a mission to reinvent the afterlife. We want to bring you back to life after you die." snip
  9. Espionage & Brain-Computer Interfaces Reverse Engineering The Technology - The Radar - Modern Warfare Series Deep_thought October 18, 2015 "In the technical overview of this article I discussed briefly the radar platform that is used to enable remote neural monitoring. Today, we will take a deeper dive into the technology and physics. From this information, we should get a good sense of the capabilities of a modern radar platform that most, even those who work with high-end gear in modern militaries, have probably never heard of, let alone operated. Radar Physics I'm not going to provide a tutorial on radar platforms. A site already exists that will provide a good overview of the various technologies and principles of operation. You can view that here: Modern radar platforms have come a long way since the days of providing basic range and altitude information. From complex anti-jamming capability, multiple beams to object identification and material analysis, modern military radars are some of the most complex technology to be found in operation today. The most advanced radars make use of a technique known as 'Atomic dielectric Resonance'. snip A New Radar With this new way of employing radio beams, we can now envisage a new way to construct a radar and given modern radar approaches, communication platforms. Rather than illuminate an entire area, we can used a single collaminated beam and scan an area to achieve the same effect. Even better, we can scan and produce real-time 3D imagery of underground tunnels, bases, cities, etc. Remote hacking of electronic devices and spot jamming of WIFI, or cellular phones, becomes straight forward. We can also place survivable communications kilometers below the Earth and still have it communicate with satellites. Even Mount Everest wouldn't block a signal and tracking a common house fly through a city would be trivial. Given the nature of a low power collaminated beam, most of the energy is returned via the path of delivery resulting in a very low probability of discovery. The big challenge in all of this is similar to laser technology, appropriate optics. Depending on the requirements, solutions come in many forms from meta-materials to electronically controlled plasmas. In this sense, optics and beam steering are most likely unified processes. From here, it is a matter of scaling it up to an array and iteratively improving upon components to reduce both form factor and power consumption. The end result is a mutli-role imagery/communications radar that can be driven as a software defined system and re-purposed as required on the fly. With such a platform, a single standard satellite can be developed all feeding back to a strong AI, which is connecting the dots in intelligence from all available sources. But what happens when we point such a radar at the human body? ADR allows us to bypass the traditional absorption of skin and tissue to deliver radio energy accurately to any portion of the body. Such delivery of energy causes neurons to be stimulated by the exact same principle that causes peripheral nerve stimulation in MRI. It also returns information in the reflected beam that can be used to decode neural activity. This is the technology that gives rise to Remote Neural Monitoring and the current US human experimentation program that is employing these radar to manipulate human thought processes and physical control the human body remotely. It should be crystal clear now that this technology is certainly a WMD. It doesn't take much to kill a human with such tech and a single satellite with 200-1000 beams would make a nuclear bomb seem like a potato gun in comparison. Whilst satellites are beyond many nations, tanks are not. A system such as this mounted to a tank can theoretically create an exclusion (read genocide) zone of 60km where no form of cover will provide protection for infantry. This is something well with the capabilities of many smaller nations. Given this, we require urgent political intervention to update the laws of war and Geneve conventions to ban the deployment of such technology in any capacity beyond read capability. Tx Reddwolf Now I can't help but think of lots of incidences taking place, such as riots, etc.
  10. Woman becomes first person to get compensation for being ‘allergic to WiFi’ Oliver Whaeton September 1, 2015 "Rather than a Terminator-style battlefield, the war between robots and humans might be fought with… allergies. A French woman has won a landmark court case which has resulted in the government paying her €800 (£588) a month in disability allowance for three years. The reason? Martine Richard is apparently allergic to WiFi. Richard claims she has been forced to quit her job and move to a rural farm with no internet connectivity due to suffering from headaches, nausea and dizziness for years. Science claims that WiFi allergy (also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity or EHS) doesn’t exist, but Richard is far from the first person to claim they suffer from it. What makes this case different is that Richard is the first person to have her ‘allergy’ recognised as a disability by the government." snip As per unity's shout, and the thought that this is very important as all of us are exposed to WIFI on a daily basis. Thank you, unity.
  11. NASA to test flying saucer spacecraft over Hawaii Brook Hays June 3, 2014 "Regardless of the outcome, we know we will learn many important things about this technology," said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology An artistic rendering of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator in flight. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) "HONOLULU, June 3 (UPI) --A flying saucer is expected to appear in the skies above Hawaii later this week. Its controllers won't be little green men, but NASA engineers on the ground at mission control headquarters. NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, or LDSD, is a saucer-like prototype -- the type of vehicle astronauts could eventually use on a mission to Mars. The space agency plans to test the craft on Thursday. The saucer will be carried up to the stratosphere by a hot air balloon. Once at 120,000 feet, LDSD will be dropped. Four small rocket motors will then kick in, generating the saucer's signature spin. Once stabilized by the rotation, the craft will be launched toward space by its solid-fuel booster rockets." snip
  12. ​iPad glitch affects dozens of American Airlines flightsApril 29, 2015 "An issue with the software on Apple iPads used by American Airlines pilots affected dozens of flights on Tuesday evening, representatives for the airline say. “Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” the Texas-based airline explained on Twitter late on Tuesday after passengers began complaining about delays. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible,” Andrea Huguely, a spokesperson for American Airlines, later clarified to the Verge. The airline didn’t give specific numbers, but another spokesperson told the Verge that “a few dozen flights” had been affected by the issue. According to updates posted to Twitter by a husband and wife who had planned to fly from Dallas to Austin, they heard that American’s entire fleet of Boeing 737s had been grounded over the issue." snip
  13. World first commercial wave power station switched on in Australia Feb. 18, 2015 "The world’s first wave energy power station has been switched on after being connected successfully to Western Australia’s electricity grid. The station will provide electricity and desalinated water for Australia’s biggest naval base. “This is the first array of wave power generators to be connected to an electricity grid in Australia and worldwide,” said Ivor Frischknecht from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. “During the testing phase, the first 240kW peak capacity CETO 5 wave unit operated successfully for more than 2,000 hours.” An opening ceremony was held on Wednesday in the presence of Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane and Australian Renewable Energy Agency representatives. Developed by Carnegie Wave Energy, the project is based in Perth. The station will provide renewable electricity for Stirling, Australia's largest naval base on Garden Island." snip World first commercial wave power station switched on in AustraliaWorld first commercial wave power station switched on in Australia
  14. India triumphs in maiden Mars mission, sets record in space race September 24, 2014 By Aditya Kalra "(Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars entered orbit on Wednesday, making it the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet, all for less than the budget of the Hollywood space blockbuster "Gravity". The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, cost $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million the U.S. space agency NASA spent on its newly arrived MAVEN Mars mission. "History has been created today," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bursting into applause along with hundreds of scientists at the Bangalore command centre of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near-impossible." India joins the United States, Russia and Europe in successfully sending probes to orbit or land on Mars. In 2011 a Chinese spacecraft destined for Mars failed to leave Earth's orbit after a botched Russian launch." snip
  15. Windowless Airplanes Of The Future Look Exciting... And Terrifying Ed Mazza October 28, 2014 Video at link Image: Nikhil Sonnad via twitter "There's some new concept art out showing a possible airplane of the not-too-distant future. And depending on how you feel about flying, these images will either be exhilarating or terrifying. The new aircraft design concept from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) does away with tiny airplane windows, thus allowing for a thinner and lighter fuselage. But if you're afraid of heights, don't celebrate just yet because the interior walls themselves would become video displays for cameras mounted outside, essentially turning the entire aircraft into one giant window. You will see more in the video at link snip not so sure what I think about this "new" technology, hmmm
  16. World on a string: Breakthrough fiberoptic cable 2,500X faster than fastest internet October 28, 2014 "Imagine downloading your favorite flick in 31 thousandths of a second. Such insane internet speeds are now a reality, with researchers rolling out a 255 terabits per second fiberoptic network which could transport the entire Internet on a single cable. The cable, the joint effort of Dutch and US scientists, is 2,550 times faster than the fastest single-fiber links in commercial operation today. In real terms, it could transfer a 1 GB movie in 0.03 milliseconds or the entire contents of your 1 terabit hard drive in about 31 milliseconds. At this speed, a single fiber optic cable could theoretically carry the all the data on the internet at peak times. But how does it work? Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida employed a well-known but still cost-prohibitive technology; multi-mode fiber." snip image from Ultra-high-density spatial division multiplexing with a few-mode multicore fibre
  17. Liquid Benzene Squeezed to Form Diamond Nanothreads By Julia Calderone September 26, 2014 Rings of six carbon atoms bind together to form the core of the diamond nanothread Credit: John Badding lab, Penn State Univeristy "The classic Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” may have a new meaning. Scientists announced they have likely discovered the strongest, stiffest diamond-based nanomaterial to date. Its properties suggest it could have important industrial applications, such as in transportation or aerospace manufacturing, and it might revive the idea of building elevators to space. A team led by chemist John Badding of Pennsylvania State University took an approach reminiscent of the way Superman squeezed coal into diamond in comic books. The researchers found that isolated, liquid-state benzene molecules, which consist of rings of carbon atoms, assemble into surprisingly neat and orderly chains after enduring slow, alternating cycles of pressure. The resulting thread, merely three atoms across and thousands of times thinner than a strand of hair, appears to have a zigzagging arrangement of rings of carbon atoms in the shape of a triangular pyramid—a formation similar to diamond’s. Such a structure, which scientists didn’t know was possible until now, could be the strongest and most durable nanomaterial ever made. Badding says that the team’s discovery was serendipitous: “Honestly, it was just an accident.” Thomas Fitzgibbons, a graduate student in Badding’s lab, wanted to study materials made by the organic chemical compound benzene. When isolated, benzene molecules can react in interesting ways to form unique structures. To study these structures using conventional techniques, however, Fitzgibbons needed large quantities of the product. He brought a sample of liquid benzene to a machine called a Paris-Edinburgh device at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and put the molecules into a high-pressure cell. In general, when a liquid is squeezed under intense pressure, it transforms into a solid. “It essentially freezes,” Badding says. Once frozen, benzene molecules align into predictable patterns of stacked columns." snip again carbon based hmmm why did I think about graphite again
  18. New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything Michelle Ma June 12, 2014 "In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online and know how to search for it. Or, the opposite problem can occur – we can look up anything on the Internet, but how can we be sure we are finding everything about the topic without spending hours in front of the computer? Some of the many variations the new program has learned for three different concepts. Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept. Called Learning Everything about Anything, or LEVAN, the program searches millions of books and images on the Web to learn all possible variations of a concept, then displays the results to users as a comprehensive, browsable list of images, helping them explore and understand topics quickly in great detail. “It is all about discovering associations between textual and visual data,” said Ali Farhadi, a UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering. “The program learns to tightly couple rich sets of phrases with pixels in images. This means that it can recognize instances of specific concepts when it sees them.” The research team will present the project and a related paper this month at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition annual conference in Columbus, Ohio." snip LEVAN: Learning EVerything about ANything LEVAN Published June 11, 2014
  19. First Vine Video from Space Posted by NASA Astronaut Megan Gannon June 9, 2014 "An astronaut in space has just taken the social video-sharing Vine app into the final frontier. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman created a 6-second time-lapse video[/size] with the mobile app Vine, showing a never-setting sun from 240 miles (386 kilometers) above Earth on the International Space Station. He shared the clip with the world on June 6. "1st Vine from space! Single Earth orbit. Sun never sets flying parallel w/terminator line," Wiseman wrote in a message that accompanied the video. [Amazing Space Photos by NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman] Because the crewmembers aboard the space station travel[/size] around Earth at 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) every 92 minutes, they might see up to 16 sunrises and sunsets each day. But the sun never seems to rise or set when the station is aligned with the terminator line — the boundary where the darkness of night meets the sunlight of dusk and dawn." snip Video on the site or this one here from you tube Astronaut releases first Vine video from space CBS This Morning Published on Jun 7, 2014 NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman sent the first Vine video from earth orbit out to his Twitter followers. The brief time-lapse video showed an entire trip around the earth from the International Space Station. Anthony Mason reports.
  20. Computer passes 'Turing Test' for the first time after convincing users it is human June 8, 2014 By Hannah Furness A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts say "A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test, experts have said. Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in central London to see if they could fool people into thinking they were humans during text-based conversations. The test was devised in 1950 by computer science pioneer and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing, who said that if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was ''thinking''. No computer had ever previously passed the Turing Test, which requires 30 per cent of human interrogators to be duped during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations, organisers from the University of Reading said. But ''Eugene Goostman'', a computer programme developed to simulate a 13-year-old boy, managed to convince 33 per cent of the judges that it was human, the university said. Professor Kevin Warwick, from the University of Reading, said: ''In the field of artificial intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test. ''It is fitting that such an important landmark has been reached at the Royal Society in London, the home of British science and the scene of many great advances in human understanding over the centuries. This milestone will go down in history as one of the most exciting.'' The successful machine was created by Russian-born Vladimir Veselov, who lives in the United States, and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko who lives in Russia. Mr Veselov said: ''It's a remarkable achievement for us and we hope it boosts interest in artificial intelligence and chatbots.'' snip a quote from that wiki entry "In the years since 1950, the test has proven to be both highly influential and widely criticized, and it is an essential concept in the philosophy of artificial intelligence." Fascinating read, yet a little frightening too, considering the implications
  21. Russia moves to prohibit the U.S. from using the ISS in 2020 May 13, 2014 "Russia's ongoing feud with the United States has hit new heights — literally. In retaliation for the sanctions the U.S. imposed on Russia during the Ukraine crisis, the country said it won't allow the U.S. use the International Space Station after 2020. The measures, which were announced today by Russia's deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, also prohibit the U.S. from using the ISS's rocket engines to launch new satellites. Although the space station is manned by a Russian and American crew, the only way to reach it is by using Russia's Soyuz spaceships." snip Russia casts doubt on US' future with the ISS over Ukraine sanctions May 13, 2014 "The head of Russia’s space program says Moscow will reject the United States’ request to use the International Space Station beyond 2020 – the latest twist in a standoff between the two countries over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who leads Russia’s defense industry, made the announcement Tuesday. He also said Russia will block Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites, according to Reuters. The moves come after the U.S. slapped sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allies -- who include Rogozin -- for Russia's intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. also denied export licenses for high-tech items that could aid Russia’s military. "These sanctions are out of place and inappropriate," Rogozin said at a news conference Tuesday. "We have enough of our own problems." Russia supplies NK-33 and RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S. "We are ready to deliver these engines but on one condition -- that they will not be used to launch military satellites," Rogozin said. A Kremlin-controlled firm that Rogozin oversees produces and supplies the RD-180 engine to American defense contractors." snip
  22. GEARTURBINE PROJECT Atypical InFlow Thermodynamic Technology Proposal Submission Novel Fueled Motor Engine Type *State of the art Innovative concept Top system Higher efficient percent. Have similar system of the Aeolipile Heron Steam device from Alexandria 10-70 AD. -New Form-Function Motor-Engine Device. Next Step, Epic Design Change, Broken-Seal Revelation. -Desirable Power-Plant Innovation. YouTube; * Atypical New • GEARTURBINE / Retrodynamic = DextroRPM VS LevoInFlow + Ying Yang Thrust Way Type - Non Waste Looses -This innovative concept consists of hull and core where are held all 8 bteps of the work-flow which make the concept functional. The core has several gears and turbines which are responsible for these 8 steps (5 of them are dedicated to the turbo stages). The first step is fuel compression, followed by 2 cold turbo levels. The fourth step is where the fuel starts burning – combustion stage, which creates thrust for the next, 5th step – thrust step, which provides power to the planetary gears and turbines and moves the system. This step is followed by two hot turbo steps and the circle is enclosed by the final 8th step – bigger turbine. All this motion in a retrodynamic circumstance effect, wich is plus higher RPM speed of self reaction motion, because is like when something go to a something is coming. Its a Rotary-Turbo-InFlow Technique principle. *8-X/Y Thermodynamic CYCLE - Way Steps: 1)1-Compression / bigger 2)2-Turbo 1 cold 3)2-Turbo 2 cold 4)2-Combustion - circular motion flames / opposites 5)2-Thrust - single turbo & planetary gears / ying yang 6)2-Turbo 2 hot 7)2-Turbo 1 hot 8)1-Turbine / bigger -With Retrodynamic Dextrogiro vs Levogiro Phenomenon Effect. / Rotor-RPM VS InFlow / front to front; "Collision-Interaction Type" - inflow vs blades-gear-move. Technical unique dynamic innovative motion mode. [Retrodynamic Reaction = When the inflow have more velocity the rotor have more RPM Acceleration, with high (XY Position) Momentum] Which the internal flow (and rotor) duplicate its speed, when activated being in a rotor (and inflow) with [inverse] opposite Turns. A very strong Novel concept of torque power thrust. -Non waste parasitic looses for; friction, cooling, lubrication & combustion. -Shape-Mass + Rotary-Motion = Inertia-Dynamic / Form-Function Wide [Flat] Cylindrical shape + positive dynamic rotary mass = continue Inertia kinetic positive tendency motion. Like a Flywheel. -Combustion 2Two continue circular [Rockets] flames. [ying yang] opposite to the other. – With 2TWO very long distance INFLOW [inside propulsion] CONDUITS. -4 TURBOS Rotary Total Thrust-Power Regeneration Power System. -Mechanical direct 2two [small] Planetary Gears at polar position. -Like the Ying Yang Symbol/Concept. -Wide out the Rotor circumference were have much more lever [HIGH Torque] POWER THRUST. -No blade erosion by sand & very low heat target signature profile. -3 points of power thrust; 1-flow way, 2-gear, 3-turbine. *Patent; Dic. 1991 IMPI Mexico #197187 All Rights Reserved. Carlos Barrera.
  23. Ethical Technology December 27, 2013 This is not exactly brand new, but thought as it is ongoing, some might still be interested "Is there another you reading this article at this exact moment in a parallel universe? Dr. Brian Greene, author of The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, believes that this freakish quirk of nature may exist; and he discusses its amazing possibilities in this 3-minute TV interview." (from February, 2011) The following piece was first published here on Nov 18, 2013, and is the #3 most viewed of the year. (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies or IEET) "A growing number of cosmologists agree with Greene that we are but one of many universes and at least one of these other worlds lies close to ours, maybe only a millimeter away. We can't see this world, because it exists in a type of space different from the four dimensions of our everyday reality. MIT's Max Tegmark believes this multiverse model of 'many universes' is grounded in modern physics and will eventually be testable, predictive and disprovable. "This is not sci-fi," he says, "its real science." As research at the CERN Large Hadron Colliderprogresses, scientists are talking increasingly of a "new physics" on the horizon, which promise to help researchers understand more of the unknowns about our universe. This new approach includes developing a better understanding of dark energy, a mystery force that some forward thinkers believe indicates that a 'sister' universe lurks in our neighborhood. Strange happenings have been observed by cosmologists such as the Andromeda galaxy, 2.2 million light-years away speeding towards the Milky Way at 200,000 mph. This phenomenon makes sense logically if gravity leaking from an invisible universe were pulling the two galaxies together. Researchers at the WMAP space telescope recently discovered a force 10,000 times larger than the Milky Way, which they believe offers powerful evidence that a parallel universe may be in the area. In another attempt to search for parallel worlds, NASAinstalled the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 at the ISS to record data that may prove the existence of other universes, some of which might even be made of anti-matter. Unraveling this cosmic mystery has attracted worldwide interest. The project draws support from most EU nations; plus Taiwan, China, Russia, and the U.S. snip
  24. Shara Tibken November 29, 2013 The chip giant is working on "perceptual computing" technology that will sense your emotions and your body language. Here's an inside look. "SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- If the next big wave in devices turns out to be gestures and eye tracking, Intel wants to be ready. Intel is the king of PCs, but it hasn't always been ahead of evolving innovations. Its processors power more than 80 percent of the world's computers and the vast majority of its servers, but Intel has made little headway in smartphones and tablets. To spur interest in PCs again, as well as persuade more mobile device makers to use its chips, Intel has devoted significant resources and efforts to something it calls "perceptual computing." Perceptual computing may sound like a jargony, marketing term, but it does just what it says -- it uses the senses to help technology interpret what's going on around it. Those features, such as gestures, facial recognition, and voice recognition, should all make devices more "natural, intuitive, and immersive," says Anil Nanduri, one of the Intel executives in charge of the company's efforts in perceptual computing. The goal is getting "sensory inputs that make [computers] more human like," Nanduri said. "Once you give computers the ability to assess depth, a lot of wonderful things can happen." Devices will be able to sense emotion and detect a person's biometric data simply using a camera. They'll be able to carry on conversations with users and understand context -- or what "play me some jazz" means -- instead of simply following commands. Computers will be able to pick out individual fingers instead of simply recognizing an entire hand or the fact that a person is present. And they'll create more immersive augmented reality, such as digital versions of children's pop-up books."
  25. By Digital Trends / Drew Prindle At any given moment there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the Web. There’s no shortage of weird, ambitious, and downright stupid projects out there. We’re here to bring you a quick roundup of the best -- but you'll find lots more cool stuff at intcmp=related#slide=1