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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World Karen Hao MIT Technology Review "Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve. Physicists 3D Print a Boat That Could Sail Down a Human Hair John Biggs Gizmodo "Researchers at Leiden University have 3D printed the smallest boat in the world: a 30-micrometer copy of Benchy the tug boat, a well-known 3D printer test object. This boat is so small, it could float down the interior of a human hair. The 3D-printed boat is part of an exploration of microswimmers, microscopic organisms or objects that can move through liquids." Record-Smashing Hybrid Drone Stays Airborne for a Crazy 10 Hours, 14 Minutes Luke Dormehl Digital Trends "i'HYBRiX is an innovation, inspired by hybrid cars, that combines the best of both technologies,' a spokesperson for Quaternium told Digital Trends, referring to the drone's clever gasoline and battery-electric hybrid power system.

These 5 applications prove that AI is changing the world


For the last few years, the name AI is knocking us every day as a part of our life. A smartphone in your hand is also equipped with AI to enhance your experience. Even a selfie is also processed with AI to improve the quality of the image. Big data and AI together are impacting our lives by using our smallest details with our concern to provide us better results. We are being used to such small yet useful applications of AI but there are few applications we may have never imagined to be true this soon.

The best smart outdoor security cameras of 2020

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera performed beautifully in all of our tests. Touting a 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video with high-def resolution, Arlo's Pro 4 offers a wider range of view and higher video quality than the Nest Cam Outdoor, our previous No. 1 pick, and is our new recommendation for the best outdoor smart security camera. Arlo's video quality is just as clear at night as it is during the day thanks to the camera's color night vision output. It also has a built-in spotlight that illuminates when motion is detected and a smart siren that can be triggered remotely or automatically. We found the installation process to be fairly uncomplicated, though a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection is required for setup. There are no wires to fiddle with, as this camera includes a mount that can easily be screwed in on the exterior of your home. Before you place it, we suggest giving it a good charge right out of the box using the included magnetic charging cable.

Test Drive: Can the 2021 Polestar 2 electric sedan outshine Tesla?

FOX News

The Polestar 2 is the first all-electric car from Polestar, a new brand owned by Volvo. Fox News Autos Gary Gastelu takes it for a spin. Well, let's go ahead and add one more, anyway. It's called Polestar and it's a little different than the rest because it's a standalone subsidiary of Volvo, so comes to the table with some experience. The name originally belonged to a Swedish outfit called Polestar Racing that built competition Volvos and modified the company's sedate street cars into high performance machines.

Introducing Bean Machine


The final part of my Life series is still in the works but I need to interrupt that series with some exciting news. I will likely do a whole series on Bean Machine later on this autumn, but for today let me just give you the brief overview should you not want to go through the paper. As the paper's title says, Bean Machine is a Probabilistic Programming Language (PPL). For a detailed introduction to PPLs you should read my "Fixing Random" series, where I show how we could greatly improve support for analysis of randomness in .NET by both adding types to the base class library and by adding language features to a language like C#. If you don't want to read that 40 post introduction, here's the TLDR.

Watch Boston Dynamics' Spot robot explore Chernobyl


Boston Dynamics' Spot robot is expanding to its resume every day, and the quadruped can add nuclear power plant exploration and radiation monitoring to the list. Engineers from the University of Bristol recently tested Spot around the Exclusion Zone territory of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The Exclusion Zone covers approximately a 1,000-square-mile area in Ukraine surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where radioactive contamination is highest and public access and inhabitation are restricted. According to the State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management, this is the first time Spot has been tested there. Spot helped create a 3D map of the distribution of nuclear radiation around the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

Sensors driven by machine learning sniff-out gas leaks fast – IAM Network


A new study confirms the success of a natural-gas leak-detection tool pioneered by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists that uses sensors and machine learning to locate leak points at oil and gas fields, promising new automatic, affordable sampling across vast natural gas infrastructure. "Our automated leak location system finds gas leaks fast, including small ones from failing infrastructure, and lowers cost as current methods to fix gas leaks are labor intensive, expensive and slow," said Manvendra Dubey, the lead Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and coauthor of the new study. "Our sensors outperformed competing techniques in sensitivity to detecting methane and ethane. In addition, our neural network can be coupled to any sensor, which makes our tool very powerful and will enable market penetration." The Autonomous, Low-cost, Fast Leak Detection System (ALFaLDS) was developed to discover accidental releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and won a 2019 R&D 100 award.

Ramadori credits the ability "to scale quickly" for global interest in Brainbox AI - Energy Manager


October 28, 2020 – "It has been a wild year," says Montreal-based Brainbox AI's president, Sam Ramadori. When the company launched in May 2019, it had just shy of 20 people, and worked on six development buildings totalling half a million square feet. "Today, we're in over 30 million, and with the commitment here, getting us over 40 million installed square feet." The commitment to which Ramadori is referring is that of AMP Capital in Australia, which is set to roll out Brainbox AI's energy-saving AI technology--which promises a reduction of carbon footprint by 20-40% and 15-20% in energy spend--across its entire managed real estate portfolio of central business district (CBD) office buildings, retail shopping centres and logistics facilities. Six AMP Capital-managed buildings across Australia are already trialling the technology, which will then be rolled out across the entire portfolio of over 40 buildings in Australia and New Zealand by Q1 2021. "We have a very young team, of very highly-capable technical folks, and they're all driven, not only by the truly autonomous solution, but we can really make a strong impact on climate change… but the only way to do that is to be able to scale quickly," said Ramadori, referring to the solution's ease of deployment.

Sony expects sensor business to not recover from Huawei sanctions until FY22


Sony on Wednesday announced it has cut the FY20 profit outlook for its sensor business by 38% to ¥81 billion due to the United States banning Sony from supplying chips to Huawei. In August, the United States issued sanctions that ban Huawei from procuring chips made by foreign manufacturers using US technology, like Sony. Due to this impact, CFO Hiroki Totoki anticipates the sensor business will not make a full recovery in profitability until the fiscal year ended March 2023. "We expect that it will take a long time for other customers to follow the trend to higher-functionality and larger die-sized smartphone cameras that the Chinese customer was leading. Thus, we expect the substantial recovery of profitability driven by these high value-added products to take place in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023," Totoki said during the results presentation. Despite the hit to Sony's sensor business, the company has raised its annual profit outlook as it expects its gaming business to grow following the launch of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) next month.

Can Artificial Intelligence Save the Regulatory State?


The Department of Justice recently sued Google for allegedly monopolizing the market for search engines. The Department's complaint alleges that Google took numerous actions well before 2010 that formed part of the claimed antitrust violations. I have no comment about the merits. What I do want to call attention to, however, are the dates: a lawsuit beginning in 2020 to try to correct the market consequences of actions that began more than 10 years ago. The revolution that some scholars call "regulating by robot" is already underway.