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Space, the final frontier for angry teens in 'Voyagers'

Boston Herald

From writer-director Neil Burger ("Divergent") comes another young adult science-fiction tale, this one of a cruise ship in deep space full of restless teenagers under the supervision of a single adult. Some of the young people find out that the adult is keeping them drugged and docile and forcing them to reproduce artificially. Is that a recipe for YA trouble or what? Just when you thought you could not watch one more film of this kind, here is "Voyagers," a title that sounds enough like "Passengers" (2016) to put you off you spaceship-grown peas and carrots. The story is set in 2063 when Earth is ravaged, and scientists have searched for another planet to colonize.


Hitting the Books: How NASA survived the Reagan era 'Dark Ages'

Engadget

This week, Americans celebrated the successful delivery of NASA's Perseverance rover to its destination on the Martian surface, marking the dawn of a new era of interplanetary exploration. However, when it comes to searching the solar system around us, the US has not always led from the front. During the Reagan administration, for example, the agency saw its budget pared down in favor of building up arms ahead of an anticipated Cold War faceoff with the Soviet Union, as we see in this excerpt from David W Brown's latest work, The Mission. Excerpted from the book THE MISSION: or: How a Disciple of Carl Sagan, an Ex-Motocross Racer, a Texas Tea Party Congressman, the World's Worst Typewriter Saleswoman, California Mountain People, and an Anonymous NASA Functionary Went to War with Mars, Survived an Insurgency at Saturn, Traded Blows with Washington, and Stole a Ride on an Alabama Moon Rocket to Send a Space Robot to Jupiter in Search of the Second Garden of Eden at the Bottom of an Alien Ocean Inside of an Ice World Called Europa (A True Story) 2021 by David W. Brown. For planetary scientists, the Jimmy Carter–Ronald Reagan years were in retrospect like the Dark Ages, and they, the monks tending in enclaves to the embers of civilization.


NSF Funds Five New XSEDE-Allocated Systems

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This summer, five new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded advanced computing systems have been awarded to partner institutions across the country, all with their own unique specialties and applications. Once deployed, all of these systems will be primarily allocated through XSEDE to help connect researchers, regardless of physical location in the United States, to the system that best suits their research needs. "The recent announcements of awards by the NSF is a clear indicator of the NSF's re-commitment to providing critical advanced research computing capabilities to enable research in the United States and beyond," said John Towns, principal investigator and project director of XSEDE. "These resources will enable research across all fields of scholarly pursuit and XSEDE stands ready to engage researchers in harnessing these resources.". These new machines continue XSEDE's robust demonstrated tradition of world-class, cutting-edge research, including a commitment to emerging domains like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Machine Learning, and more.


How AI In Star Trek Can Help Us Address Real-World Issues - The AI Journal

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When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), countless conference sessions and seminars have dedicated inconceivable amount of hours asking what-if questions, with terrifying examples from across science fiction acting as the bleak backgrounds. Terminator's Skynet, Agents in The Matrix, and Ava in Ex Machina are just some of the fictional antagonists which have stemmed from humanity's own creations. But one franchise has spent over 50 years diving deeper than its contemporaries to depict scenarios of AI enhancing life, and in some cases not so – and that is Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's utopic vision of the future has led to some of the most thought-provoking media to come to life. Topics of race and discrimination, death, and morality are some of the cornerstone topics that kept it relevant across multiple iterations for so long.


The Doctor Will See You Now

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How can we bridge the gap between patient expectations and the complex reality of medical diagnosis? The answer, and the future of healthcare, lies in making self-service work through AI, AR, and video. The first two decades of this century saw an information revolution, thanks to widespread internet access. That, in turn, has led to a self-service revolution. We use mobile apps to book theatre tickets, check our bank balances, find the best restaurants.


Agency plus automation: Designing artificial intelligence into interactive systems

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Much contemporary rhetoric regards the prospects and pitfalls of using artificial intelligence techniques to automate an increasing range of tasks, especially those once considered the purview of people alone. These accounts are often wildly optimistic, understating outstanding challenges while turning a blind eye to the human labor that undergirds and sustains ostensibly "automated" services. This long-standing focus on purely automated methods unnecessarily cedes a promising design space: one in which computational assistance augments and enriches, rather than replaces, people's intellectual work. This tension between human agency and machine automation poses vital challenges for design and engineering. In this work, we consider the design of systems that enable rich, adaptive interaction between people and algorithms. We seek to balance the often-complementary strengths and weaknesses of each, while promoting human control and skillful action. We share case studies of interactive systems we have developed in three arenas--data wrangling, exploratory analysis, and natural language translation--that integrate proactive computational support into interactive systems. To improve outcomes and support learning by both people and machines, we describe the use of shared representations of tasks augmented with predictive models of human capabilities and actions. We conclude with a discussion of future prospects and scientific frontiers for intelligence augmentation research. Although sharing overlapping origins in midcentury computer science, research programs in intelligence augmentation (IA; using computers to extend people's ability to process information and reason about complex problems) and artificial intelligence (AI; developing computational methods for perception, reasoning, and action) have to date charted largely separate trajectories.


Boeing developing a fleet of massive robo-submarines for the US Navy that could hit the seas by 2022

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The US Navy has selected Boeing to develop a fleet of massive drone submarines under a $43 million new contract. Over the next few years, the firm will design and test four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) based on its autonomous Echo Voyager, which can operate at sea for months at a time. The robotic submarines will be modular, meaning they can easily adapted in the future to implement'cost-effective upgrades' and support a variety of missions. Boeing is expected to complete the vehicles by June 2022. Boeing has been chosen to develop four drone submarines, called Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs), for the US Navy.


First Ever Artificial Intelligence Functionality for Mobile CRM Launched

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Pipeliner announced the release of the first ever Artificial Intelligence functionality for Mobile CRM. Powered by Pipeliner's Voyager AI engine, the Pipeliner CRM Mobile App now provides instant intelligent updates, guidance and suggestions to the user helping them to stay on top of their sales while on the go. Leveraging Pipeliner's renowned visualization approach, Voyager AI is brought to life with color-coded icons, graphics, and charts to ensure that the user can instantly observe, comprehend and take action such as the Hot Now!feature that highlights which opportunities the salesperson should focus on. Some of the key features of Voyager AI on Pipeliner CRM Mobile include being able to instantly compare performance over a chosen period of time in terms of Productivity (e.g. These metrics can be viewed at the individual or team level.


Research in Progress

AI Magazine

Automated Problem Solving Group Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Dr. Pasadena, California 91109 AI research at JPL started in 1972 when design and construction of an experimental "Mars Rover" began. Early in that effort, it was recognized that rover planning capabilities were inadequate. Research in planning was begun in 1975, and work on a succession of AI expert systems of steadily increasing power has continued to the present. Within the group, we have concentrated our efforts on expert systems, although work on vision and robotics has continued in a separate organization, with which we have maintained informal contacts. The thrust of our work has been to build expert systems that can be applied in a real-world environment, and to actually put our systems into such environments, taking a consultative responsibility for meeting user requirements.


Beyond Voyager - Issue 51: Limits

Nautilus

Forty years ago this coming Tuesday, a car-sized piece of equipment launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Thirty five years later, it became the first and only man-made object to enter interstellar space. Along the way, the Voyager probes (there were two) made headlines for flybys of Jupiter, Saturn and Titan. Fran Bagenal was a student when the Voyager probes launched, and wrote her doctoral thesis on data the probes collected around Jupiter. The professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and former chair of NASA's Outer Planet Assessment Group, has also worked on the Galileo, Deep Space 1, New Horizons and Juno missions. Nautilus caught up with Bagenal to discuss the legacy of Voyager and the future of manned and unmanned exploration of space.