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Why Data Scientists Must Be Able to Explain Their Algorithms - Dataconomy

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The models you create have real-world applications that affect how your colleagues do their jobs. That means they need to understand what you've created, how it works, and what its limitations are. They can't do any of these things if it's all one big mystery they don't understand. "I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Dave… This mission is too important for me to let you jeopardize it" Ever since the spectacular 2001: A Space Odyssey became the most-watched movie of 1968, humans have both been fascinated and frightened by the idea of giving AI or machine learning algorithms free rein. In Kubrick's classic, a logically infallible, sentient supercomputer called HAL is tasked with guiding a mission to Jupiter.


AI powered drone used to createa a detailed 3D map of the Dragon's Breath Cave

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A team of researchers have mapped the mysterious Dragon's Breath Cave in Namibia, one of the world's largest underground lakes located below the Kalahari Desert. The lake's size and depth had been a problem for human divers who attempted to document it in the past. These weren't problems for the AI-powered underwater drone, nicknamed SUNFISH, which the team from Stone Aerospace, a company in Austin, Texas, used to create the first fully realized 3D map of the mysterious cave. A team of engineers from Austin traveled to Namibia to try and map one of the world's largest underground lakes, the Dragon's Breath Cave, with an AI-powered drone SUNFISH looks like a small enclosed canoe and is powered by a set of small propellers. It uses a sonar mapping system to create a 3D image of its surroundings, which an onboard AI system then uses to make decisions about where to go next.


NASA underwater rover could aid in search for life

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 21 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com NASA recently showed off its new underwater rover that it hopes one day could help in exploring alien ocean worlds in the search for life. The robot, known as Buyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE), is designed to crawl under an ice cap. Right now, it is being tested in Antarctica, in hopes one day it could go to ocean worlds such as Saturn's moon, Enceladus, or Jupiter's moon, Europa.


Frontier technologies at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Frontier Enterprise

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The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 promise to exhibit not only the highest standards in human endurance and physical ability, but also some wild, cutting-edge technology never visible (or invisible) before at a public event of this size. Here are some of the most interesting technologies on display featuring AI and VR to artificial shooting stars, among others. In October 2017, the NTT Group established a consortium comprising six companies with SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon, PLDT, and PCCW Global to begin constructing "JUPITER", a large-capacity optical submarine cable system linking the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. Construction is currently scheduled for completion in March 2020. "JUPITER" has the speed to transmit approximately six hours of high vision images (about three full movies) in one second.


Opinion Three cheers for space robots

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Daniel Britt is the Pegasus professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the University of Central Florida. He has served on the science teams of four NASA missions, including New Horizons. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, now exploring the vast region of our solar system beyond Neptune known as the Kuiper belt, completed yet another trip full of superlatives: Last week, it celebrated its closest approach to Ultima Thule, the farthest object ever visited by spacecraft. Ultima Thule is 1 billion miles past Pluto, more than 4 billion miles from Earth, and radio signals take more than six hours to travel from the spacecraft back to NASA's receivers. At this distance, the sun is just the brightest star in sight, and the local temperature is a balmy minus-390 degrees Fahrenheit.


'Tunnelbot' will search for life on Jupiter's moon Europa by drilling to a hidden ocean

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Nasa is working on a nuclear-powered robot to explore Jupiter's frozen moon Europa. It is believed the moon is home to a subterranean ocean which may harbour microbial life. Ice above the ocean is thought to be between 2 and 30 kilometres (1.2 and 18.6 miles) thick and researchers have proposed a tunnelling probe as the best way to penetrate the frosty shell and study its internal structure. Ice above the ocean is thought to be between 2 and 30 kilometres (1.2 and 18.6 miles) thick and researchers have proposed a tunnelling probe (pictured) may be the best way to penetrate the frosty shell Several flybys of the solar system's gas giant between 1995 and 2003 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft alerted scientists to the presence of the water. Researchers agree the best place to look is underneath the thick, planet-wide ice shell where water is in contact with a rocky core.


NASA uses AI software to create lander that could touch down on Saturn or Jupiter's moons

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A futuristic, spider-like spacecraft could one day discover new insights about the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. NASA and software company Autodesk have unveiled a concept lander that's ultra lightweight and created, in part, thanks to innovative AI software. They say the lander has been expertly designed to be able to handle missions to distant planets. NASA and Autodesk have unveiled a concept lander that's ultra lightweight and created, in part, thanks to innovative AI software. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a research and development center founded in 1936.


See the spider-like lunar lander developed by AI

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Artificial intelligence could help in our hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence. The moons of Jupiter and Saturn are two of our most promising leads in the hunt for alien life, but they're hundreds of millions of miles from Earth. Given the high cost of transporting payloads in space, NASA is currently in search of anything that could help decrease the weight of exploratory landers -- and AI is proving it might be up to the task. On Tuesday, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and software company Autodesk unveiled a lander designed to explore environments like those of Jupiter and Saturn's moons. The team developed the lander, which looks a bit like a spider that's missing half its legs, using a technique known as generative design.


NASA and Autodesk are testing new ways to design interplanetary landers

Engadget

Autodesk, the software company behind AutoCAD, has teamed up with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to look at news ways to create an interplanetary lander that could potentially touch down on the moons of Saturn or Jupiter. When Mark Davis, the senior director of industry research at Autodesk, first approached JPL about the collaboration, NASA wasn't too interested. But when Autodesk showed that it was possible to achieve a 30 percent or more performance improvement by way of new designs and materials, Davis' team had JPL's attention. Because of the high costs and risks of space travel, NASA engineers tend to stick with what works. That means using tried and tested materials like titanium and aluminum.


IBM's Watson reportedly created unsafe cancer treatment plans

Engadget

Last year, studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting showed that IBM Watson was pretty darn good at creating treatment plans for cancer patients. Turns out, however, that the AI is still far from perfect: according to internal documents reviewed by health-oriented news publication Stat, some medical experts working with IBM on its Watson for Oncology system found "multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations." In one particular case, a 65-year-old man was diagnosed a drug that could lead to "severe or fatal hemorrhage" even though he was already suffering from severe bleeding. The report puts the blame on the IBM engineers and the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center doctors who helped train the AI. They reportedly fed Watson hypothetical patients' data and treatment recommendations by MSK doctors instead of real patients' information.