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How Robotics Is Helping Military Veterans With Prosthetics

International Business Times

Today, it is ironic to consider a company that specializes in prosthetic limbs building parts for the war machine that unfortunately increases demand on companies making prosthetic limbs. Indeed, the tragedy of war has pushed prosthetics researchers to work ever harder to help service members and veterans who have lost limbs. As a biomedical engineer specializing in prosthetics, I've reviewed grant proposals seeking funding from the VA to research prosthetic limbs for several years. Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development funds were used to develop the Seattle Foot.


Press Release - Imec demonstrates self-learning neuromorphic chip that composes music

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Antwerp (Belgium) – May 16, 2017 – Today, at the imec technology forum (ITF2017), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, demonstrated the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip. The Imec Technology Forum (ITF) is imec's series of internationally acclaimed events with a clear focus on the technologies that will drive groundbreaking innovation in healthcare, smart cities and mobility, ICT, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut"), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).


Cutting H-1B Visas Endangers Scientific Progress For Everyone

WIRED

Harrison Brody is a PhD student in neuroscience at Yale University and a member of Yale Science Diplomats. While the government caps the number of new H-1B visas awarded to the private sector at 85,000 visas annually, the number of H-1Bs granted to academic and non-profit research institutions is currently unrestricted, demonstrating just how important an unlimited source of international talent is for scientific discovery and innovation. Most importantly, Americans should remember why US colleges and universities are protected from the H-1B visa cap in the first place: Ensuring academic institutions have unlimited access to a global pool of talent is a major driving force for scientific innovation and economic growth at home. Harrison Brody is a PhD student in neuroscience at Yale University and a member of Yale Science Diplomats.


Why South Korea has the highest concentration of robots in the world

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Humanoid robots are more than just sci-fi novelties in South Korea, which holds the top spot for the world's highest robot density – beating out China, Japan, Germany and the United States. Robot density refers to the ratio of industrial robots to employees. To maintain its lead, the South Korean government has committed $450 million to robotics over the next five years. 'The Highs' is a series which looks at countries that rank the highest in certain categories – for better or worse.


The artificial intelligence boom is here. Here's how it could change the world around us.

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The Google Translate App's ability to translate text from photos comes out of deep learning techniques. She trains the software-based mind of that "robot" with famous texts like the Harry Potter book series, then introduces clips of movies and entire movie scripts based on those books. Though this kind of research is still in its early stages, combining that information helps robots learn new concepts and process the real world. To prove her case, Fidler showed a movie clip that robots automatically matched to text from the Harry Potter series.


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Los Angeles Times

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season, with five to nine hurricanes -- two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or stronger. The weakness or absence of storm-suppressing El Niño climate conditions, combined with above-normal ocean surface temperatures and average or weaker vertical wind shear across the Caribbean and Atlantic Coast are factors pointing to an active hurricane season, said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. They expect that three named storms will make landfall in the U.S. April's Tropical Storm Arlene was a rare preseason storm, but it was also an indication of an active season ahead, Friedman said Thursday during a news conference at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md. In the 25 years since Category 5 Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, forecasting accuracy has improved 65%, said Mary Erickson, deputy director at the National Weather Service.


Demystifying Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

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A WBS Professor of Practice, Mark is an Experienced Professional Consultant with a track record in top 1000 Companies in over 20 countries and across multi public, private and start-up sectors. An IT professional having 20 years experience with a solid academic foundation (BEng in Computer Systems Engineering, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and an MBA specialising in Business Transformation and Mergers & Acquisitions from Warwick and WBS) combined with an extensive business and management experience across multiple industries (Investment Banking, Retail Ecommerce and Supply Chain, Multi-media Asset Protection / Network Security). An experienced Global Development Manager, delivering multiple projects with a multi-region development team. Felix has designed and built enterprise-level document imaging systems for multi-national companies (such as BP); dental x-ray and intra-oral video imaging systems for a company with a global client-base; a fingerprint recognition system (which won an award from the British Government) and various other systems including an enterprise-level system for a Fortune 500 educational conglomerate.


Will Artificial Intelligence transform the customer journey for Financial Services firms?

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With the advent of artificial intelligence driving change across many industries, how are Financial Services firms harnessing this technology? And on that basis, there's now a renewed focus on how new technologies can automate repeatable processes, enhance compliance audit trails without impacting customer experience, and even make interactions between staff internally and staff to customers smoother by providing responses to queries without direct human intervention. This means that the customer journey can have a renewed focus on it, as deploying AI at key points of highly regulated processes will mean that critical requirements for regulatory compliance can be fulfilled accurately and confidently by removing the [human] margin for error. Whilst industries such as Automotive have adopted robotics and AI into the manufacturing process, Financial Services is beginning to follow suit – robotic process automation, or RPA, is beginning to automate the multitude of repeatable processes across banking; for example, if a customer requests a change of address, the many legacy systems means it can often require updates to 6 or more records from the CRM system.


Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system, which would likely kill project

Los Angeles Times

A prototype of the earthquake early warning system gave researchers in San Francisco about eight seconds of warning before shaking began. A prototype of the earthquake early warning system gave researchers in San Francisco about eight seconds of warning before shaking began. President Trump's budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast, which if enacted would likely kill the long-planned effort. The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for critical tsunami-monitoring stations in oceans and reduce funds for a next-generation weather forecasting system.


Draft bill gives the government power to control your drone

Engadget

Remotely piloted aircraft can also be a force for good, like in Africa where drones are being used to stop poaching. New draft legislation from the Trump administration would authorize the government to track, take control of, and destroy drones that the government thinks pose a threat to specially designated areas. The draft bill is part of the National Defense Authorization Act and contains some sweeping language around what the government could do in these specially designated areas. It also includes language allowing officials to "redirect, disable, disrupt control of, exercise control of, seize, or confiscate" the aircraft as well as any cargo attached.