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Feb 6, 2024

An AI Just Learned Language Through the Eyes and Ears of a Toddler

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For the next year and a half, the camera captured snippets of his life. He crawled around the family’s pets, watched his parents cook, and cried on the front porch with grandma. All the while, the camera recorded everything he heard.

What sounds like a cute toddler home video is actually a daring concept: Can AI learn language like a child? The results could also reveal how children rapidly acquire language and concepts at an early age.

A new study in Science describes how researchers used Sam’s recordings to train an AI to understand language. With just a tiny portion of one child’s life experience over a year, the AI was able to grasp basic concepts—for example, a ball, a butterfly, or a bucket.

Feb 5, 2024

Apple Vision Pro: Everything you can do with the Digital Crown and top button

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Apple Vision Pro is the third Apple product to use a Digital Crown. Apple Watch originally introduced the dial input method before AirPods Max adapted it as a volume knob. Now the Digital Crown is taking on its third life as one of two physical controls on Apple Vision Pro. Here’s everything you can do with the Digital Crown and top button on Apple Vision Pro.

Open Home View

Press the Digital Crown.

Feb 4, 2024

How A.I. Is Remodeling the Fantasy Home

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Amid an intractable real estate crisis, fake luxury houses offer a delusion of one’s own.

Feb 3, 2024

Dubai’s latest skyscraper is attempting for a new Guinness record

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One Za’abeel’s Link is attempting to win the Guinness World Record title for the Longest Cantilevered Building.’

Dubai, the land of rapid development and an ever-evolving skyline is set to add yet another gem to its landscape.

Dubai’s newest skyscraper is the One Za’abeel, a project with the world’s longest cantilever, offering opulent urban resorts and a fitness hotel.

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Feb 3, 2024

Researchers designs robots to maintain resilient deep space habitats

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NASA has set its sights on sending human crews back to the moon and establishing a permanent base on the lunar surface. The agency wants to return to the moon, build a lunar outpost, and eventually send humans to Mars. But these missions come with risks and challenges.

As humans venture deeper into space and explore other worlds, they face daunting challenges.

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Feb 1, 2024

This robot can tidy a room without any help

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A new system helps robots navigate homes they’ve never seen before with a little help from open-source AI models.

Robots are good at certain tasks.

Jan 26, 2024

Paper page — WebVoyager: Building an End-to-End Web Agent with Large Multimodal Models

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Join the discussion on this paper page.

Jan 26, 2024

Adaptive Mobile Manipulation for Articulated Objects in the Open World

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Paper page: Deploying robots in open-ended unstructured environments such as homes has been a long-standing research problem.

Jan 24, 2024

Complex green organisms emerged a billion years ago, says new research

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Of all the organisms that photosynthesize, land plants have the most complex bodies. How did this morphology emerge? A team of scientists led by the University of Göttingen has taken a deep dive into the evolutionary history of morphological complexity in streptophytes, which include land plants and many green algae.

The team’s research allowed them to go back in time to investigate lineages that emerged long before land plants existed. Their results revise the understanding of the relationships of a group of filamentous algal land colonizers much older than land plants. Using modern gene sequencing data, researchers pinpoint the emergence of multicellularity to almost a billion years ago. The results were published in the journal Current Biology.

The study focused on Klebsormidiophyceae, a class of known for its ability to colonize diverse habitats worldwide. The team of researchers conducted extensive sampling, investigating habitats ranging from streams, rivers, and lake shores to bogs, soil, natural rocks, , acidic post-mining sites, , urban walls, and building façades.

Jan 23, 2024

The Role of Electric Aircraft in Reducing Environmental Impact

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“The key take-home from this study is that small electric aircraft can have a notably lower climate impact – up to 60 percent less – and other types of environmental impacts than equivalent fossil-fueled aircraft,” said Dr. Rickard Arvidsson.

In a time when electric cars are increasing in number around the world and contributing to a greener future, can electric aircraft do the same? This is what a recent study published in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment hopes to address as a team of researchers from the Chalmers Institute of Technology in Sweden investigated the environmental impact of an electric aircraft versus a fossil fuel-based counterpart. This study holds the potential to help better understand the pros and cons of electric aircraft while underscoring their environmental impact for both the short-and long-term.

For the study the researchers conducted a life cycle assessment of a “Pipistrel Alpha Electro” aircraft and a fossil fuel-based aircraft to determine which was more environmentally friendly. The Alpha Electro’s structure consisted of an approximately 10-meter (33-feet) wingspan and weighs 550 kg (1212 pounds) at full weight. It was powered by a 21 kWh NMC (nickel-manganese cobalt) lithium-ion battery, resulting in a 60 kW engine output. The fossil fuel-based aircraft was comprised of the same structure as the Alpha Electro aside from the gas engine and fuel tank. The goal of the study was to ascertain when the Alpha Electro obtains a “break-even” point with its gas-powered counterpart in terms of the overall environmental impact.

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