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Google uses AI on next-gen image compressing tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

Google it utilizing the near unlimited power of artificial intelligence in order to reduce the amount of data consumed with images online, using new image compressions technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution).

 

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Google's Alphabet subsidiary has been tapping AI to save data on high-res images, but and it's already here - except, it's limited to Google+ for now. Using the new RAISR technology, up to 75% of mobile data can be saved - all without any change in the image quality. How does RAISR work? The technology takes the image, analyzes it, and creates duplicates of the images using fractions of the pixels from the original image.

 

The company talked about RAISR in a recent write up, where it explained: "Doing so reduces the data cost of each image by up to 75 percent. The technique is currently being applied to more than a billion images a week, and the company says doing so has reduced users' total bandwidth by about a third".

 

Google is claiming that it is upscaling around 1 billion images per week using RAISR, but this will continue to expand as the company rolls out this new AI-powered technology deeper into Google's vast services.

$20 million raised by billionaires to protect us from AI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

Don't worry guys, Skynet is going to be born and we're not going to be slaves to the machines... if the founders of LinkedIn and eBay have anything to do with it, that is.

 

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Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's founder and the Omidyar network - a philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, are both donating $10 million towards the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund. The $20 million investment will be used by researchers to handle the ethical problems that will stirred up by AI.

 

Hoffman said: "There's an urgency to ensure that AI benefits society and minimises harm. AI decision-making can influence many aspects of our world - education, transportation, healthcare, criminal justice and the economy - yet data and code behind those decisions can be largely invisible".

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This dancing spider-robot will teach you programming

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

CES 2017 - Every year CES gathers many interesting startups and this year was no different. One of the most interesting things that caught our eyes is a little spider-robot that appeared to be dancing.

 

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The robot, named STEMI Hexapod, is a product of a Croatian startup that wanted to create a learning experience in a fun and easy way. The robot comes in parts that you can then put together on your own. You will also need an app that will let you control the robot's movement by tilting the phone.

 

By building STEMI, you will learn 3D modeling, electronics, Arduino programming and mobile app programming. Since we strongly believe that knowledge should be available to everyone, we will make the entire platform Open Access. Also, we made all the blueprints, 3D models and the source code available for everyone to use and customize.

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The best mannequin challenge so far comes from space

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 1, 2017 6:21 pm

The mannequin challenge has been spreading through social media for the last couple of months, and so far we have seen many recordings of the challenge.

 

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The latest footage, published by astronaut Thomas Pesquet, shows one of the best challenges we have seen so far, and also the only one that hasn't been recorded on Earth.

 

The video shows astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station 'frozen' in everyday poses. The only female astronaut aboard the ISS appears as if she is taking photos of her colleagues.

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NASA teases future Mars concept base, missing Matt Damon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 8:30 am

According to scientists and experts at NASA's Langley Research Center, we could be one step closer to colonizing mars with their new 'The Mars Ice Home'.

 

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The inflatable tube is lined with a shell of water ice, using materials found on Mars - with the water protecting the inhabitants from cosmic rays, and could even be repurposed as rocket fuel for the Mars Ascent Lander.

 

Right now, NASA's impressive Mars Ice Home is a concept with some issues, as experts have said it would take around 400 days to fill the shell with enough water from Mars. Robots could help, inflating and pumping the shelter while the human astronauts are on their journey from Earth to Mars. The Ice Home will continue to evolve, but this is an exciting new step.

Tesla and Panasonic will make solar cells in New York

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 29, 2016 2:26 am

Tesla has announced alongside Panasonic, that they will start production of solar cells in a factory on American soil - in Buffalo, New York.

 

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The two companies have settled on an agreement for Panasonic to pay the capital costs for the manufacturing, while Tesla has made a "long-term purchase commitment" to Panasonic - but no official figures have been thrown around. The production factory in question is under development by SolarCity Corp., a solar power company that Tesla owns.

 

The announcement said that the photovoltaic cells and modules that are used in solar panels for non-solar roof products and solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will soon be making. Production kicks off mid next year, with Tesla creating 1400 jobs in Buffalo, and 500 more jobs in manufacturing as it expands its operations in Buffalo.

 

New York state is throwing in $750 million to build and get the site up and running, whilst Solar City is investing $5 billion over 10 years in New York state. This move will see 1500 jobs created for the Buffalo plant in the next 5 years, and over 2000 more jobs for people throughout New York.

Saturn's moon Pandora looks like a... potato?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 25, 2016 4:29 pm

The Cassini space probe was launched in 1997, and after a long trip, it entered orbit around Saturn in 2004. Since then, Cassini has been sending valuable data and photos of the Saturn.

 

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The newest image, taken on December 18th, is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora. The spacecraft captured the image during its closest-ever flyby of Pandora, during the third of its grazing passes by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings.

 

The image was taken at a distance of approximately 25,200 miles (40,500 kilometers) from Pandora.

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AI will replace managers of world's largest hedge fund

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 23, 2016 4:00 am

I'd like to say that I didn't see this coming, but I can't lie to you guys - AI is taking over the world, for better or worse. Now we have the world's largest hedge fund building software that will automate their day-to-day management of the firm, with the artificial intelligence in charge of "hiring, firing and other strategic decision-making", reports The Guardian.

 

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Bridgewater Associates has assembled a team of software engineers after a request from billionaire founder Ray Dalio, who wants to see the company running towards the vision he created, even when he's not there. The Wall Street Journal reports: "The role of many remaining humans at the firm wouldn't be to make individual choices but to design the criteria by which the system makes decisions, intervening when something isn't working".

 

The company manages a mind boggling $160 billion worth of funds, with Bridgewater Associates forming a team of programmers that specialize in analytics and AI, something they have called the Systematized Intelligence Lab. This unit is led by the ex-boss of IBM's development of Watson - the supercomputer that beat humans at Jeopardy! in 2011, David Ferrucci.

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Elon Musk to dig tunnels, because traffic makes him mad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 18, 2016 6:02 am

Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, PayPal - and very soon, a company that bores tunnels underneath traffic so that Musk - and millions of others, won't have to sit in peak hour anymore.

 

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On Saturday, Musk tweeted: "Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...", and if you thought he wasn't serious, a few hours later he added: "I am actually going to do this". Musk has said some out-there things before, so we don't know if he's going to be creating a boring company, but it could happen.

NASA successfully launches satellites after delays

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 15, 2016 6:14 pm

NASA's CYGNSS spacecraft aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus rocket was successfully launched after multiple delays during the week.

 

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The initial launch was postponed because a hydraulic pump aboard the Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft, which is required to release the latches holding the Pegasus in place, was not receiving power.

 

The launch wasn't typical because the Pegasus rocket was carried aloft by Orbital ATK's Stargazer L-1011 aircraft to approximately 40,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, where it was then released. After around five seconds of free fall, the rocket ignited its first stage rocket motor. The Pegasus delivered the eight CYGNSS satellites into orbit in a little over 10 minutes.

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