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The top 100 new technology innovations of 2022


On a cloudy Christmas morning last year, a rocket carrying the most powerful space telescope ever built blasted off from a launchpad in French Guiana. After reaching its destination in space about a month later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began sending back sparkling presents to humanity--jaw-dropping images that are revealing our universe in stunning new ways. Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year--our 35th--has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it's just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize. The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the ...

Can Australia's universities address our lagging performance in the AI race?


One of the strategies to reach this outcome is to position Australia as a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, …

India to take over Chair of Global Partnership on AI for 2022-23 - Robotics India Live


India to take over Chair of Global Partnership on AI for 2022-23. India will take over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence for 2022-23 at a meeting of the body in Tokyo on November 21, the Ministry of Electronics and IT said on Sunday. In the election to the Council Chair, India had received more than a two-thirds majority of first-preference votes while Canada and the United States of America ranked in the next two best places in the tally – so they were elected to the two additional government seats on the Steering Committee, the ministry said in a statement. Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the handover ceremony in Tokyo. "Close on the heels of assuming the presidency of G20, a league of world's largest economies, India will take over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to support responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)," the statement said.

The best live Black Friday robot vacuum deals in Australia


Black Friday was originally a U.S. tradition, but has become bigger and bigger in Australia over the past few years. Since the 1950s, shops in the U.S. have offered big discounts on their stock the day after Thanksgiving, and people would often get ahead of all their holiday shopping on this weekend. That tradition has gone global in the past decade, and now Black Friday is a global shopping event. Cyber Monday is a recent addition to the holiday weekend, as online retailers sought to offer their own take on the Black Friday goodness. But as the lines blur between commerce and e-commerce these days, Black Friday/Cyber Monday has become one connected week of deals. Black Friday 2022 technically takes place on Friday, Nov. 25, and Cyber Monday takes place on Monday, Nov. 28.

India to assume the Chair of Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence


India will take over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) from France, the outgoing Council Chair on November 21, 2022 at a meeting to be hold in Tokyo. The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the GPAI meeting. GPAI is an international initiative to support responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This development comes on the heels of assuming the presidency of G20, a league of world's largest economies. GPAI is a congregation of 25 member countries, including the US, the UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Singapore.

'Full-on robot writing': the artificial intelligence challenge facing universities

The Guardian

"Waiting in front of the lecture hall for my next class to start, and beside me two students are discussing which AI program works best for writing their essays. Is this what I'm marking? The tweet by historian Carla Ionescu late last month captures growing unease about what artificial intelligence portends for traditional university assessment. "Tell me we're not there yet." But AI has been banging on the university's gate for some time now. In 2012, computer theorist Ben Goertzel proposed what he called the "robot university student test", arguing that an AI capable of obtaining a degree in a same ways as a human should be considered conscious. Goertzel's idea – an alternative to the more famous "Turing test" – might have remained a thought experiment were it not for the successes of AIs employing natural language processing (NLP): most famously, GPT-3, the language model created by the OpenAi research laboratory. Two years ago, computer scientist Nassim Dehouche published a piece demonstrating that GPT-3 could produce credible academic writing undetectable by the usual anti-plagiarism software. "[I] found the output," Dehouche told Guardian Australia, "to be indistinguishable from an excellent undergraduate essay, both in terms of soundness and originality.

Israel, US point to Iran after drone strikes Israeli-controlled tanker off Oman's coast

FOX News

Netanyahu spoke to Fox News Digital following the release of his new memoir, "Bibi: My Story." Officials in Israel say Iran is responsible for a drone strike that hit an Israel-associated, Liberian-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Oman on Tuesday. The tanker, the Pacific Zircon, sustained minor damage to its hull with no injuries or spillage of the gas oil cargo, Israeli-controlled Eastern Pacific Shipping said Wednesday, and an Israeli official said Iran was responsible. Three maritime sources told Reuters that a drone was suspected to have attacked the tanker. An Israeli official said Iran was responsible for the attack by using a Shahed-136 drone, the type it has been supplying to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine.

Oil tanker hit by armed drone off coast of Oman: Official

Al Jazeera

An oil tanker associated with an Israeli billionaire has been struck by a bomb-carrying drone off the coast of Oman amid heightened tensions with Iran, an official has told the Associated Press. The attack happened on Tuesday night off the coast of Oman, the Middle East-based defence official said. The official spoke on Wednesday on condition of anonymity as they did not have authorisation to discuss the attack publicly. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, a British military organisation in the region monitoring shipping, told the AP: "We are aware of an incident and it's being investigated at this time." The official identified the vessel attacked as the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Pacific Zircon.

It's time to give carbon removal a chance

Al Jazeera

In 2015, I visited Fiji, Kiribati, and Tuvalu, which had just been hit by a cyclone. There, I learned a slogan -- "1.5 to stay alive" -- which refers to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for global warming that, in theory, would avoid disastrous consequences. People living on the Pacific islands are well aware of the grave threat to humanity posed by climate change. Six months later, I met these new comrades again at climate negotiations in Paris. While speaking at an event, I referred to "1.5 to stay alive".

The New Google AI Vision Categories


AI has enormous promise for improving and enriching our lives. However, serious concerns exist about its use, intrusion, and abuse. The Google AI arm revealed a variety of artificial intelligence projects it was working on, including one focused on preventing blindness. At its annual developer conference, Google unveiled 12 new AI project categories, some of which could lead to improved healthcare, others that could be used for creative purposes, and others that might be fun to play with. Google's new wildfire tracking feature is now available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and some parts of Australia.