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Robo Olympians? Olympics schedule packed with bots, AI, VR and more


After being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Olympics schedule is in full swing, albeit without spectators in the stands. Aside from featuring top athletic competition from nations around the globe, the quadrennial event is also showcasing several cutting-edge innovations ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to virtual reality training solutions, carrying on a tradition of Olympic tech innovation history. "The Olympic Games have always been a catalyst and showcase for innovation, and when Tokyo last hosted the event, in 1964, it saw satellites used to relay live pictures to a global audience for the first time, as well as the debuts of close-pickup microphones and slow-motion replays," reads a portion of an Olympic blog post. Historically, human beings have traditionally located, chased down and seized game balls during Olympic competitions. But at the 2020 games, spectators may catch a glimpse of a few bots retrieving these spheres and other equipment during gameplay.

Intel expands AI career education program to 18 community colleges


The program aims to prepare community college students for careers tapping AI skills. Intel said Tuesday it's expanding a program that aims to educate tomorrow's engineers and technologists on the intricacies of artificial intelligence and help them find jobs in their chosen field. The AI for Workforce Program offers students courses on data collection, computer vision, AI model training, coding, the societal impacts and ethics of AI technology. Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate or associate degree in artificial intelligence. The program began as a collaboration with an Arizona community college but is being expanded to 18 community colleges in 11 states through a partnership with Dell Technologies, which will provide guidance on how best to configure AI labs for teaching in-person, hybrid and online students.

New AI tool calculates materials' stress and strain based on photos


Isaac Newton may have met his match. For centuries, engineers have relied on physical laws -- developed by Newton and others -- to understand the stresses and strains on the materials they work with. But solving those equations can be a computational slog, especially for complex materials. MIT researchers have developed a technique to quickly determine certain properties of a material, like stress and strain, based on an image of the material showing its internal structure. The approach could one day eliminate the need for arduous physics-based calculations, instead relying on computer vision and machine learning to generate estimates in real time.

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Pentagon May be Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Events "Days in Advance"


General Glen VanHerck, Commander of NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), recently conducted a series of tests that delves into the precognitive abilities of AI. Called the Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 (GIDE 3), it basically consists of global sensor networks, artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and cloud computing resources in the aim to achieve information dominance as well as decision-making superiority. VanHerck claimed that the machine learning and artificial intelligence can detect changes, while parameters are set where it will trip an alert to give you the awareness to go take another sensor such as GEOINT on-satellite capability to take a closer look at what might be ongoing in a specific location. This means VanHerck is able to see events days in advance, creating decision space, and potentially posturing forces to create deterrence options to provide that to the secretary or even the president. And I'm talking not minutes and hours, I'm talking days," said General Glen VanHerck, Commander of NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Guinness World Records has recognized Forpheus as the "first robot…

Launch of the SandLabs Project


The SandLabs Team currently consists of Wyatt Walsh and Ryan Epprecht. Having met in high school, this dynamic duo has a rich history together and each member brings a rich set of experiences and skills to the team. Navigate to their various profiles if you are interested in learning more about Wyatt or Ryan. SandLabs aims to explore the blockchain domain via a data scientific lens to generate new insights and make helpful contributions to the BlockchainxData communities and beyond. The initial focus of our work will be data collection, extraction, and processing high-quality data for future use.

Researchers Utilize GPS and AI in Cars to Identify Potential Alzheimer Cases


Recently, researchers have been able to combine GPS with AI to detect early-onset Alzheimer's in drivers which a high degree of accuracy. Why is detecting Alzheimer's early important, what did the researchers achieve, and how does it demonstrate the importance of AI in medical diagnosis? There are very few individuals who enjoy arranging doctor appointments, having blood taken, and waiting for results. Despite the unpleasantness of such experiences, getting diagnosed as early as possible for diseases provides the best chance for treatment and survival. For example, many millions around the world still die as a result of perfectly treatable conditions such as prostate and breast cancer, and this is due to a lack of awareness and desire to get tested. Alzheimer's is a particularly nasty disease for a multitude of reasons.

Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious - Facts So Romantic


Last year, the cover of New Scientist ran the headline, "Is the Universe Conscious?" Mathematician and physicist Johannes Kleiner, at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Germany, told author Michael Brooks that a mathematically precise definition of consciousness could mean that the cosmos is suffused with subjective experience. "This could be the beginning of a scientific revolution," Kleiner said, referring to research he and others have been conducting. Kleiner and his colleagues are focused on the Integrated Information Theory of consciousness, one of the more prominent theories of consciousness today. As Kleiner notes, IIT (as the theory is known) is thoroughly panpsychist because all integrated information has at least one bit of consciousness.

Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Africa, 2021


This webinar series will be hosted by the International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) and supported by UNESCO and Knowledge 4 All Foundation, to present the Fellowship to develop datasets and strengthen capacities and innovation potential for Low Resource African Languages project that is composed of research in natural language processing, open dataset creation and publishing, and the development of an interface between policy and technology sphere. The project delivered three main components from research in natural language processing, dataset creation, and policy creation: 1. Fellowship for African AI researchers focused on African languages, based on previously IDRC and Knowledge 4 All Foundation funded work on language datasets. This work contributes to a roadmap for better integration of African languages on digital platforms in aid of lowering the barrier for African participation in the digital economy, 2. Improvement of the representation of AI research carried out on African languages by creating resources for a variety of NLP tasks and in a variety of African languages that will enable good, data-driven results in AI research, 3. Attract an African community of native speakers as contributors of language resources and language technology tools to adopt and support Masakhane NLP, a platform for sharing, maintaining and making use of language resources and tools; establishing widely agreed benchmarks for NLP tasks and stimulating competition between methods and systems, 4. Be used as a model case to inform African evidence-based policymaking concerning Artificial Intelligence and will be included in UNESCO’s AI Decision maker’s Essential to inform policymakers. Find more information at IRCAI Webinar Series

Amazon's 'New World' wants you to walk miles to see your friends

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Last weekend, I logged on again, and Andrea and I played with another friend who was starting the game and had spawned in First Light as well. This made the game more bearable for Andrea; she now had a buddy to do quests with, which is the point of an MMO. I started to do faction quests to level up and increase my standing with the Marauders, my chosen allegiance, which involved killing sheep, skinning them and venturing to some mines. After I completed these quests, I received the same quests again. In the beta, at least, it didn't feel as though there was much for me to do.