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The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness"

The New Yorker

I never met Ursula K. Le Guin, who died on January 22, 2018, at the age of eighty-eight, in Portland, Oregon, her home for many years. And yet we became good friends during the last two months of her life, entirely by way of e-mail. I inaugurated the correspondence on November 21, 2017, and she replied on November 24th. One of the things I like least about being very old is the unreliability of my energy. Working at poetry or a story is, always has been, the job I want to be doing, the work that keeps me steady and content.


Council Post: The Role Of AI In Carbon Reduction And Increased Efficiency For Energy

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AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond Limits, the leader in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Our world has reached a point where society recognizes the planet is under stress, with energy and technology sectors at the forefront of this reckoning. Microsoft, in association with PwC, revealed the urgency of the challenges currently facing our planet, reporting that 91% of people don't live in standard air quality-controlled areas, 60% of biodiversity has been lost since 1970, and greenhouse gases are at their highest levels in 3 million years. To get ahead of these challenges, we must reduce carbon footprints. AI will play a crucial role in supporting the energy industry's goals of achieving a more efficient, connected and sustainable future.


How AI Has Already Revolutionised the Online Gaming Industry

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Artificial Intelligence already influences many parts of modern life. Simple formulas and complex AI systems work away without us even knowing. That is already the case in video gaming and has been for decades. Game developers have used artificial intelligence in numerous ways since the advent of this technology. Pathfinding is used to find a way from Point A and Point B like the ghosts in Pac-Man. Finite State Machines transform those same ghosts from chasers to fleers in-game.


A VR film/game with AI characters can be different every time you watch or play – MIT Technology Review

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The square-faced, three-legged alien shoves and jostles to get at the enormous plant taking over its tiny planet. But each bite just makes the forbidden fruit grow bigger. Suddenly the plant's weight flips the whole sphere upside down and all the little creatures drop into space. Reach in and catch one! Agence, a short interactive VR film from Toronto-based studio Transitional Forms and the National Film Board of Canada, won't be breaking any box office records.


Using AI to help understand the evolution of young stars and their planets

AIHub

A stellar flare is a sudden flash of increased brightness on a star. Young stars are prone to these flares which can incinerate everything around them, including the atmospheres of nearby planets starting to form. Finding out how often young stars erupt can help scientists understand where to look for habitable planets. But until now, searching for these flares involved poring over thousands of measurements of star brightness variations, called'light curves', by eye. Now, an international team of scientists based in Australia and the USA have used machine learning to make the search faster and more effective.


Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first

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Scientists have trained a neural network on a supercomputer to simulate how hydrogen turns into a metal, an experiment impossible to reproduce physically on Earth. Under extreme pressures and high enough temperatures – such as in the cores of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – hydrogen enters a strange phase. The electrons normally bound to its nuclei are free to move, and they collectively whiz around to conduct electricity, a common property in metals. The physics behind the process is difficult to study. Attempting to replicate the conditions inside those planet cores here on Earth is pointless – the sheer amount of energy required is impractical.


The Rise of the Planet of the AI

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I am just another Tech writer having conversational texture and conversional ability in writing. Humans never got chill and will never get. Constantly striving to reach the future faster, we made AI. Artificial Intelligence is the product of Human Intelligence. It is a wide branch of computer science that works in the development of machines, which can perform tasks associated with human intelligence.


Artificial Intelligence Helps Understand the Evolution of Young Stars and Their Planets

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They taught a type of artificial intelligence called a neural network to detect the telltale light patterns of a stellar flare, then asked it to check the light …


Top 7 COOLEST Technology Innovations Inspired by Nature

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Whenever we hear the words ''innovation'' or ''creativity'', we tend to typically think of technology, R&D labs, cutting-edge corporations, and prestigious academic institutions. Despite the ingenuity and engineering ability humans have demonstrated over the past millennia, time and again, we fall short of ''creativity'' when compared to mother nature. The examples of how insights from nature can improve, inspire and innovate technology are endless. One of the ambitious project Artificial Photosynthesis happened in 2016, when an artificial leaf split water into hydrogen and oxygen, combined with a modified bacteria, converted hydrogen into liquid fuel ten times as efficiently as plants. Out of the hundreds of such nature inspired innovations, we thought it would be interesting to round up a few awe-inspiring examples.


Intel Powers First Satellite with AI on Board

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As ubiquitous as artificial intelligence has become in modern life -- from boosting our understanding of the cosmos to surfacing entertaining videos on your phone -- AI hasn't yet found its way into orbit. That is until Sept. 2, when an experimental satellite about the size of a cereal box was ejected from a rocket's dispenser along with 45 other similarly small satellites. The satellite, named PhiSat-1, is now soaring at over 17,000 mph (27,500 kmh) in sun-synchronous orbit about 329 miles (530 km) overhead. PhiSat-1 contains a new hyperspectral-thermal camera and onboard AI processing thanks to an Intel Movidius Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) -- the same chip inside many smart cameras and even a $99 selfie drone here on Earth. PhiSat-1 is actually one of a pair of satellites on a mission to monitor polar ice and soil moisture, while also testing intersatellite communication systems in order to create a future network of federated satellites.