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Jan 18, 2020

Apple’s Latest AI Acquisition Is A Glimpse Into Future Devices

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Apple has reportedly paid $200 million to acquire Seattle-based artificial intelligence company, which specialises in edge-based AI.

The purchase is one of many for Apple, which has become adept at vacuuming up tech startups, but it also gives us a glimpse into the company’s thinking when it comes to future devices.’s work on hyper-efficient, low-power AI that doesn’t require powerful processing or a connection to the cloud (processing locally on-device instead), neatly slots into a few areas Apple is currently working on.

Jan 18, 2020

These Amazing Drone Images Will Change Your Perspective Of Our Earth

Posted by in categories: drones, education

A drone has become a welcomed addition to cinematography in recent years. With brand new ways to see the world, they provide us with new viewpoints deemed impossible only a few years ago. We can already see their impact when used in documentaries and recreational films: most new movies rely on the standard drone overhead shot used for establishing the scene and aesthetic.

Here are some of the coolest drone shots that have been posted online. Some of these explore views that have never been captured on film before, making for some amazing ways to see the world.

These two got close and personal to some pretty wild beasts in California. The girls were part of a documentary that explored the relationship between sharks and humans when they traveled on a paddleboard to see them.

Jan 18, 2020

Bees Absolutely Love Cannabis and It Could Help Restore Their Populations

Posted by in category: futurism


(TMU) — Bees are major fans of hemp and a recent study has found that the taller the hemp plants are the larger the number of bees that will flock to it.

Jan 18, 2020

Deepfake video: It takes AI to beat AI

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, food, robotics/AI

Anyone with a modicum of skill can create deepfake videos using artificial intelligence, but experts suggest that AI may also be the solution that allows rapid and accurate identification and detection.

By now, most of us have shared a few chuckles over AI-generated deepfake videos, like those in which the face of comedian and impressionist Bill Hader gradually takes on the likenesses of Tom Cruise, Seth Rogen, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as he imitates the celebrities. We’ve seen actor Ryan Reynolds’ mug superimposed over Gene Wilder’s in the 1971 classic film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” We’ve even marveled over businessman Elon Musk being turned into a baby.

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Jan 18, 2020

How the Ginkgo biloba achieves near-immortality

Posted by in category: life extension

Jan 18, 2020

Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Styrofoam or copper—both materials have very different properties with regard to their ability to conduct heat. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the University of Bayreuth have now jointly developed and characterized a novel, extremely thin and transparent material that has different thermal conduction properties depending on the direction. While it can conduct heat extremely well in one direction, it shows good thermal insulation in the other direction.

Thermal insulation and thermal conduction play a crucial role in our everyday lives—from computer processors, where it is important to dissipate heat as quickly as possible, to houses, where good insulation is essential for energy costs. Often extremely light, such as polystyrene are used for insulation, while heavy such as metals are used for heat dissipation. A newly developed material, which scientists at the MPI-P have jointly developed and characterized with the University of Bayreuth, can now combine both properties.

The material consists of alternating layers of wafer-thin glass plates between which individual polymer chains are inserted. “In principle, our material produced in this way corresponds to the principle of double glazing,” says Markus Retsch, Professor at the University of Bayreuth. “It only shows the difference that we not only have two layers, but hundreds.”

Jan 18, 2020

This new military laser weapon can make voices from thin air

Posted by in category: military

The weapon sounds like a ghostly radio.

Jan 18, 2020

How To Hack A Human Brain | VICE on HBO

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience

Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. There is an emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body, hardwire them to our brains, and allow us to not only overcome disadvantages or injury but open up entirely new avenues of human experience.

VICE’s Thomas Morton got an inside look at what might be the next evolutionary step for humankind.

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Jan 18, 2020

Not sure how old this video is

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, information science, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Not sure how old this video is. But, Very impressive if it is able to grab random objects at these speeds; although i suspect it needed a lot of training before.

This handy #roboticarm can be trained to catch practically anything. 🤖 💪

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Jan 18, 2020

Functional brain architecture is associated with the rate of tau accumulation in Alzheimer’s disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Tau accumulation is associated with disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. Here the authors use resting state fMRI and tau-PET to demonstrate that baseline connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease is associated with tau spreading.