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Scientists create internet connected biodegradable PAPER, which collects data without e-waste

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Researchers in Japan have created a new kind of biodegradable, internet-connected piece of paper that's just one millimeter thick. Called nanopaper, the team believes it could change the way a wide variety of data is collected in nature. The project was developed at Osaka University's Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) by a team of scientists led by doctoral researcher Takaaki Kasuga. The nanopaper is just one-1,000th the thickness of pulp paper and it has a smooth surface that's similar to plastic in texture, according to a report in The Asahi Shimbun. In spite of its feel, the nanopaper is designed to be biodegradable and have a minimal impact on the environment and not require any expensive maintenance.


Dagen McDowell blasts 'talking heads' as 'tools for Putin' over disputed Russian election interference reports

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"The Five" discussed the media reaction to reports on Russia's involvement or prospective involvement in the 2020 presidential election Monday, with particular focus on cable news channels CNN and MSNBC. "In terms of these talking heads on TV, the makeup-wearing misery mongers, you're never, ever, ever going to hear them apologize for getting it wrong literally for the last four years," Fox Business Network's Dagen McDowell said. "Because in their in their arrogance and insecurity, they'll never be able to admit that they are tools for Putin and also fools." A U.S. intelligence official told Fox News Sunday that contrary to numerous recent media reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia is making a specific "play" to boost President Trump's reelection bid. The official added that top election security official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts earlier this month, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue.


Sony patents new motion sensing controller that hints at new PlayStation VR headset

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This month, Sony filed a new patent for a virtual reality game controller that will support motion controls and have sensors that can automatically detect the player's finger position when they grip it. The patent doesn't indicate what game console or device it's intended to work with, but says only that it will work with a'home-use game machine' that'detects movement of a user's hand.' The large candy bar-shaped device will have a thin strip on the back that will be used to detect exact finger position. A patent filed in Japan shows a possible new design for Sony's next VR motion controller, with a sensor strip that tracks individual finger movement and position The patent, which was published in Japanese and roughly translated by Google, says the sensors will not just detect finger position but the'bending and stretching of each finger,' suggesting it might let game designers use specific finger movements as a way to control a game. The front of the controller has a traditional joystick surrounded by four face buttons, according to a report on Upload VR.


Watch: Robot that can feel pain invented by scientists

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A future in which androids look and feel so much like humans that they start to believe they are actually alive - as depicted in the film Blade Runner - may soon be reality. Scientists in Japan have invented a robot that can'feel' pain and is programmed to visibly wince when an electric charge is applied to its synthetic skin. The team from Osaka University is hoping that coding pain sensors into machines will help them develop empathy to human suffering, so they can act as more compassionate companions. For lead researcher Prof Minoru Asada, who is also President of the Robotics Society of Japan, the question of whether robots could one day seem human is almost irrelevant. "In Japan we believe all inanimate objects have a soul, so a metal robot is no different from a human in that respect, there are less boundaries between humans and objects," he said.


Google backs six artificial intelligence-based research projects – Details

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up the next phase of technological advances. Riding the AI wave, Google has started six AI-based research projects in India. These projects would focus on addressing social, humanitarian and environmental challenges in sectors such as healthcare, education, disaster prevention and conversation. Google Research India, based in Bengaluru, will provide funding and computational resources besides supporting the efforts with expertise in computer vision, natural language processing, and other deep learning techniques, says Manish Gupta, director of Google Research Team in India. The research team will focus on two pillars: First, advancing fundamental computer science and AI research by building a strong team and partnering with the research community across the country and secondly, applying this research to tackle big problems in fields such as healthcare, agriculture and education while also using it to make apps and services more helpful.


Artificial intelligence skills crucial for companies: Survey - Times of India

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BENGALURU: Tech upskilling in areas like artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), digital marketing and design thinking is crucial for boosting organisational performance, a survey by skilling platform Great Learning has found. The survey was conducted among 307 companies and 25% of all respondents believe equipping AI and machine learning skills is the goto skill for upgradation. In light of the growing digitisation of all aspects of business, digital marketing was seen as the second-most crucial tech skill required for companies to thrive in today's increasingly digital world. Around 19% respondents believe digital marketing skills are imperative for companies to grow. "The technology skill gap among employees is one of the biggest challenges that organisations in India are beset with. While it is encouraging to see that a majority of companies are aware of the need for upskilling, the time to act is now," Hari Krishnan Nair, co-founder of Great Learning, said.


A Complete Guide To Data Science Career Path

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India is rising and shining bright when it comes to adopting new and emerging technologies. Enterprises from almost all major industry verticals are hiring data science experts to help them garner actionable insights from big data. The analytics sector has witnessed a sharp increase in demand for highly-skilled professionals who understand both the business world as well as the tech world. Organisations today are on a constant lookout for such professionals who can fill this ever-growing dearth in talent. The stark reality, however, is that there is a lot of confusion regarding this profession among aspiring professionals.


Not all AI is alike

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A few weeks ago at Davos, US executives warned that China may be winning the so-called AI race with Europe. In another recent article, Bloomberg pointed out that countries are rushing to not be left behind. The author also correctly pointed out that there's still a long way to go before AI will be commercially viable. In its vision for AI, launched last December, the European Commission has described its concerns with the position of AI in this race, which some have claimed Europe already lost. In my opinion, speaking of a'race' is both wrong and dangerous to begin with.


Artificial Intelligence Marketing is the AIM of Advertisers in 2020

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Artificial Intelligence Marketing (AIM) provides superior solutions to bridge the gap between analytics and execution. It is the process of going through massive piles of data to originate positive results. As per the courtesy of Forbes, retailers invested around 5.9 billion US dollars on AIM. North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific are mainly using this type of digital marketing and advertising. Likewise, remote health monitoring, wearable AR, IoT kitchen appliances, and brain-sensing gadgets lie under the game-changing innovations.


Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

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John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. BOSTON -- Did an artificial intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?