The Future Machines of the Year 2100


In the year 1900, the world was in the midst of a machine revolution. As electrical power became more ubiquitous, tasks once done by hand were now completed quickly and efficiently by machine. Sewing machines replaced needle and thread. Tractors replaced hoes. Typewriters replaced pens. Automobiles ...

The Scientific Alliance


A variety of headlines appear in the Scottish papers this morning, including new research on beating cancer and how the PM alleges that bullying on social media is a threat to democracy. The UK front pages cover calls for a pardon for suffragettes and reaction to Trump's comment on the NHS among other issues.

Undergrads gain experience in energy sector with MITEI member companies

MIT News

MIT undergraduates who interned with MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) member companies in summer 2017 had the chance to work abroad on a wide range of energy projects, from analyzing fuel additives to evaluating how new technologies might transform energy markets. Along the way, the interns -- all par...

How artificial intelligence will improve O&M


Artificial intelligence is being applied to almost every industry in efforts to improve operations and trim costs. Here's how early efforts are already benefitting the wind industry. The world is entering the early stages of a technology revolution called artificial intelligence (AI). It is showing an impact in many different fields such as image recognition, fraud detection, and self-driving cars, to name a few. Machine learning techniques have resulted in remarkable performance improvements in each field to which it has been applied.

How to Design Beacons for Humanity's Afterlife


Let's say we had a way to distribute beacons around our solar system (or beyond) that could survive for billions of years, recording what our civilization has achieved. What should they be like? It's easy to come up with what I consider to be sophomoric answers. But in reality I think this is a deep--and in some ways unsolvable--philosophical problem, that's connected to fundamental issues about knowledge, communication and meaning. Still, a friend of mine recently started a serious effort to build little quartz disks and have them hitch rides on spacecraft, to be deposited around the solar system.

Vision from radio, data from light


Two indoor phenomena that we take for granted every day are indoor lighting and radio waves. We depend on light to move around a room and avoid obstacles. Radio waves power the wireless communications that deliver data to our devices via Wi-Fi and other standards. Over the past few years, though, research has been developing on how these ubiquitous presences can increasingly play in the other's traditional park -- using light for data transmission and radio for object detection. In a broader sense, this has been going on for decades.

Officials mull applications of artificial intelligence in Dubai


Artificial intelligence will be the main focus of this year's World Government Summit as Dubai aims to transform itself into the most digitally-savvy city. Beyond smart cities, AI is seen as a key pillar in providing services across the board. "Every phone will be like a personal computer," said Hussain Lootah, director general at the emirate's municipality. "Providing it in hardware and robotics will maintain the city's landscape too – we plant 70 million flowers every year but AI will help save us a lot of time. We will also have'smart canes' for the elderly and disabled."

Do Humans Have The Capacity For Safe Artificial Intelligence (AI)?


Advances in superconducting materials and more efficient passive photovoltaic or other renewable energy sources coupled with real world locomotion will limit the ability to control AI in its myriad potential deployments. Self-driving cars are a self-contained, albeit enormously complex task, but represent just a sliver of the overall movement negotiation handled by a human under self-power or controlling another vehicle. The negotiation of movement into learned models is a function of morphology. Much as Darwin's theory of natural selection applies, this is a basic outgrowth of a competitive human environment where an AI would be designed to be the "best" at what is supposed to do. This doesn't mean explicit kill logic will be present.

Nissan's Brain Wave Project Could Help You Drive by Reading Your Mind


As I sit down in Nissan's simulator, I prepare myself for the fact that a cohort of researchers could scrutinize my skills as a wheelman with more rigor than the most aggravating backseat driver. And, I accept that this process involves wearing what looks like a too-small, sideways bicycle helmet, which holds 11 electrodes poking through my hair. "For each corner, there'll be an evaluation of your driving smoothness," says Lucian Gheorghe, the Nissan researcher in charge of this rig. Gheorghe is interested in motor related potentials, a specific pattern of activity the brain creates as it prepares to move a limb. It takes half a second for the body to translate that signal to the wave of an arm or kick of a leg, and Nissan wants to exploit the gap.

Apple's park takes root landscaping inside the $5bn HQ

Daily Mail

Apple's spaceship is getting its finishing touches. The latest drone video of the $5bn HQ have revealed the final landscaping touches being made to the huge campus. It shows the landscaping that has transformed the giant building site into a lush green park. The drone footage reveals the incredible landscaping inside the giant ring to turn it into a park. Apple Park contains over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.