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Drone captures rare footage of white whale calf having a frolic with mum


Researchers from Murdoch University have captured extraordinary drone footage of a rare southern right whale calf and its mother, taken off the west coast of Australia as part of their research into the mysterious aquatic mammals. Using a gamut of technologies, from suction cups with geo-tags to drones fitted with cameras, the researchers are able to monitor and track the movements of the animals, the nursing habits of female whales, their varying methods of communication sonically and physically, and the general health and condition of the southern right whale population. In a statement one of the two researchers leading the project, Professor Lars Bejder, said the research aimed to "not only to study the behavioural ecology of these amazing animals, but also to provide information to industry and management towards conservation." Rebecca Black leaves'Friday' behind with new single'The Great Divide' Beyoncé celebrates her birthday by releasing'Hold Up' music video on YouTube'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare' multiplayer trailer reveals futuristic combat

World's First AI Concert Opens the WCIT 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia


The world's top technology and business leaders gather this week in Yerevan, Armenia for the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology. WCIT is organized by the World Information Technology & Services Alliance, the Consortium of ICT associations of 83 countries representing 90 percent of the industry. Running for 40 years, the WCIT is one of the oldest and most prestigious ICT events in the world that brings together CEOs, investors, policy makers, government officials, academics, and technologists to discuss the current state of the industry as well as where it is going. This year, WCIT has focused its attention on the Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril. During the congress, held from 6 to 9 October at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex, ICT leaders will explore how information and communications technology (ICT) is transforming the world and our lives, both for better and for worse.

Japan to propose basic rules for AI research at G-7 meeting

The Japan Times

The government plans to propose basic rules for the research and development of artificial intelligence at a Group of Seven meeting of ministers in charge of information and communication technology later this month, sources said Friday. The envisioned proposal is expected to seek the establishment of eight principles, including the importance of respecting human dignity and protecting privacy when developing computer science that gives machines humanlike intelligence. Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi is expected to present the eight principles at the two-day G-7 meeting starting on April 29 in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and call for deeper discussions involving international organizations such as the OECD. Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point where Google's AI program AlphaGo was recently able to defeat a Go grandmaster for the first time. AI technologies are expected to generate an economic return of around 121 trillion in Japan by 2045, according to an estimate that the government plans to present to the G-7 meeting.

Computer Laboratory: Emotionally intelligent interfaces

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With the rapid advances in key computing technologies and the heightened user expectation of computers, the development of socially and emotionally adept technologies is becoming a necessity. This project is investigating the inference of people's mental states from facial expressions, vocal nuances, body posture and gesture, and other physiological signals, and also considering the expression of emotions by robots and cartoon avatars. Facial expressions provide an important spontaneous channel for the communication of both emotional and social displays. They are used to communicate feelings, show empathy, and acknowledge the actions of other people. In this research we investigate how facial expression information can be used as part of a wider context to make useful inferences about a user's mental state in a natural computing environment, in such a way that increases usability.

Roads of the future could harvest energy from cars to power street lights

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Roads of the future could harvest energy from cars to power street lights, detect speeding or erratic driving, and automatically weigh vehicles as they drive along. An international team of researchers from the USA, Taiwan and Spain have created a list of ten technological advances that could feature on future roads. They examined technologies already being developed such as charging lanes in Sweden and local networks that automatically warn cars of upcoming hazards. Roads are no longer merely a physical entity or solid ground, but somewhere for communication, sensing and power generation, the team claims. Other uses they considered included the harvesting of sunlight, playing music to warn of hazards and powering fleets of electric heavy goods vehicles.