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Allowing Computers to learn from Data : Gold of 21st Century


As a Data scientist, I think that machine learning, the application and science of algorithms that can make sense of data, are the most exciting of all the fields within computer science. As a society, we are living in a time when data is abundant and we can turn this data into knowledge by using self-learning algorithms from the field of machine learning. The plethora of powerful open source algorithms that have been developed in recent years has made now our best time ever to learn more about machine learning and learn how to use them to spot patterns in data and anticipate future events was probably not the case before many useful open source libraries were created. Despite the fact that we live in an age of modern technology, there is one resource that is plenty available to anyone: a large amount of structured and unstructured data. A subfield of artificial intelligence that evolved in the second half of the 20th century was machine learning.

Elon Musk Says Tesla Humanoid Robot Will Go Into Production In 2023 - AI Summary


Almost a year later, Elon Musk talked about the robot again at the Cyber Rodeo event in Texas, this time under the Optimus Sub-Prime nickname. 'It may be hard to imagine it, but as you see Optimus' develop -- we will make sure it is safe, no terminator stuff or that kind of thing -- how it's really going to transform the world to a degree even greater than the cars. Currently, Tesla hasn't unveiled a working prototype of the robot, and it is not clear at what stage the development is at. The robot shown at the Cyber Rodeo event features the same proportions as humans: it is 5-foot-8 (172 cm) tall, 125 pounds (56 kg) heavy. In a conversation with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, Musk explained his plans further, saying that the robot will be a general focused humanoid, and that he hopes we will be able to download our brain characteristics into it, including our personality.

Build your own quantum computer with Google's latest 'simulator'


World Quantum Day was apparently yesterday, and Google feted the occasion with the launch of The Qubit Game, as spotted by 9to5Google. Created in partnership with Doublespeak games, it's a "playful journey to building a quantum computer, one qubit at a time," Google said. It also hopes the game, and World Quantum Day, will help generate some interest in the field. It's pretty straightforward (you won't need to learn any quantum entanglement math or physics) with the goal of increasing the number of Qubits while keeping them cool. The more Qubits you have, the more difficult it gets.

Innocn 27C1U 4K computer monitor review: Gorgeous, bright, quick to connect


For the past several years, my home and office setup has included twin Dell monitors with a Surface Pro or Chromebook connected to get work done. I was recently contacted about testing a new 4K monitor, and my focus was going to be on setting up a mobile device station with the monitor connected to a Samsung phone, Apple iPad, Samsung tablet, Nintendo Switch, or other mobile devices. After the monitor arrived and I set it up, I quickly replaced one of my older Dell monitors and have been thoroughly impressed with the Innocn 27C1U 4K computer monitor. It is particularly impressive when the Amazon Prime pricing is currently just $349.99. The first device I connected to the monitor was the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with Samsung DeX providing a near-PC experience when connected to a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

How MIT's robot Cheetah got its speed


While four-legged robots have garnered no end of attention over the last couple years, one surprisingly quotidian skill has been elusive for them: running. That's because running in a real-world environment is phenomenally complex. The quick pace leaves scant room for robots to encounter, recover from, and adapt to challenges (e.g., slippery surfaces, physical obstacles, or uneven terrain). As VR enters a critical adoption phase, these headsets offer a fully immersive experience. In such conditions, the robot dynamics are hard to analytically model.

Kawasaki Bex robot goat is an odd vision for travel and cargo of the future - Yanko Design


Who said that robot goats should have all the fun, especially when you can ride on a robot goat or let it carry your bags for you. Boston Dynamics' Spot robot had become quite popular in the past few years, especially when the quadruped robot got assigned tasks related to COVID-19 countermeasures. Spot has been famously or infamously labeled as a robot "dog" simply because of its four legs and smaller stature, especially compared to its larger and more nightmare-ish predecessor BigDog. For all its versatility, there are still some things it can't do, so Kawasaki took inspiration from a different animal to design a robot that could carry not only things but also people on its back. A goat is probably the last animal you'd think of as an inspiration for a human-friendly robot, especially since they're often portrayed in a negative light.

Giant 180-ton robot trucks are mining gold


A mining outfit in Australia is making a big bet on big robots. Following a recent proof of concept at a gold mine, mining contractor MACA will retrofit a fleet of 100 very large vehicles to create one of the largest autonomous heavy equipment fleets in the world. This is a pretty significant rollout and a proverbial canary in the gold mine for the sector's broader automation ambitions. With the world hungrier than ever for precious and rare earth metals, technology is increasingly called on to make mining operations more efficient and cost-effective while unlocking increasingly scarce resources. If you're in the market for a 3D printer, you'll find one here that fits your needs.

Ukraine to join NATO intel-sharing cyberdefense hub


While Ukraine is yet to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country has been accepted as a contributing participant to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited cyberdefense hub that member nations use for research, training, and exercises covering several areas, including technology, strategy, operations, and law. Although this does not make Ukraine a NATO member, it will likely tighten collaboration and allow it to gain access to NATO member nations' cyber-expertise and share its own. "Ukraine's presence in the Centre will enhance the exchange of cyber expertise, between Ukraine and CCDCOE member nations," said Colonel Jaak Tarien, Director of NATO CCDCOE. "Ukraine could bring valuable first-hand knowledge of several adversaries within the cyber domain to be used for research, exercises and training," Minister of Defence of Estonia Kalle Laanet added that Ukraine "has valuable experience from previous cyber-attacks to provide significant value to the NATO CCDCOE."

DARPA Issues Solicitation for Utility-Scale Quantum Computer Concepts - GovCon Wire


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking novel approaches to building a utility-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computer through the Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing program. "If there's an underexplored area of quantum computing showing promise for a faster breakthrough than we previously expected, we want to explore it immediately and thoroughly verify and validate the approach's viability," Joe Altepeter, US2QC program manager at DARPA's defense sciences office, said in a statement published Tuesday. The US2QC program will focus on assessing the viability of approaches to utility-scale quantum computing and its initial phase – Phase 0 – will allow participants to present a design concept of their planned quantum computer. "There's no one verification and validation program that fits all the different quantum computing approaches out there," Altepeter said. "That means we don't know what follow-on phases will look like or how long they'll be. Identifying key milestones will be unique for each project depending on how the Phase 0 validation and verification goes. If the proposed concept proves to be sound, Phase 0 could be very short. As teams meet follow-on phase milestones unique to their approach, we'll keep scaling the effort up."

Gartner: Top 10 Government Technology Trends for 2022 - Express Computer


Gartner, Inc. identified the top 10 government technology trends for 2022 that can guide public-sector leaders in accelerating digital transformation and mitigating disruption risks. "Government and public sector CIOs now need to sustain the momentum of digital acceleration after the initial chaos of the pandemic. CIOs can use these top trends to establish future-ready organisations by demonstrating how digital initiatives deliver value to diverse and evolving constituent needs, support new workforce trends, enable efficient scaling of operations and build a composable business and technology foundation," said Arthur Mickoleit, Research Director, Gartner. Government CIOs must consider the collective impact of the following 10 trends on their organisations and include them in their strategic plans for 2022 and beyond. Not doing so risks undermining the quality of government services and the capacity to deliver mission value in the long run.