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May 24, 2019

When Quantum Computing Meets AI: Smarter Digital Assistants and More

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Quantum computing’s processing power could begin to improve artificial-intelligence systems within about five years, experts and business leaders said.

For example, a quantum computer could develop AI-based digital assistants with true contextual awareness and the ability to fully understand interactions with customers, said Peter Chapman, chief executive of quantum-computing startup IonQ Inc.

“Today, people are frustrated when a digital assistant says, ‘Sorry, I couldn’t understand that,’” said Mr. Chapman, who was named CEO of the venture-capital-backed startup this week after about five years as director of engineering for Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Prime. Quantum computers “could alleviate those problems,” he said.

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May 24, 2019

Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs.

How does it work? It rewires neural messages from the brain’s motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person’s own muscles. In this video, Big Think contributor Susan Hockfield, president emerita of MIT, explains further.

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May 24, 2019

Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video of you from a single profile pic

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Even the Mona Lisa can be faked.

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May 24, 2019

Google bots shut down Baltimore officials’ ransomware-workaround Gmail accounts

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Somebody lend Baltimore $6.

Google automatically suspended accounts after detecting they were from same network.

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May 24, 2019

AI can now turn still images into moving heads

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Artificial Intelligence can now fabricate a video from still images!

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May 24, 2019

Tapping the power of AI and high-performance computing to extend evolution to superconductors

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning horses over generations to eke out fractions of a second in million-dollar races. Materials scientists have taken a page from that playbook, turning to the power of evolution and artificial selection to develop superconductors that can transmit electric current as efficiently as possible.

Perhaps counterintuitively, most applied can operate at high magnetic fields because they contain defects. The number, size, shape and position of the defects within a superconductor work together to enhance the carrying capacity in the presence of a magnetic field. Too many defects, however, can lead to blocking the electric current pathway or a breakdown of the superconducting material, so scientists need to be selective in how they incorporate defects into a material.

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers used the power of artificial intelligence and high-performance supercomputers to introduce and assess the impact of different configurations of defects on the performance of a superconductor.

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May 24, 2019

When You Eat This Mini Robot, It Crawls Around Your Organs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

This cool little robot will help doctors see the inside of your guts.

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May 23, 2019

The Government Is Serious About Creating Mind-Controlled Weapons

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, drones, genetics, government, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm, is paying scientists to invent ways to instantly read soldiers’ minds using tools like genetic engineering of the human brain, nanotechnology and infrared beams. The end goal? Thought-controlled weapons, like swarms of drones that someone sends to the skies with a single thought or the ability to beam images from one brain to another.

This week, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced that six teams will receive funding under the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program. Participants are tasked with developing technology that will provide a two-way channel for rapid and seamless communication between the human brain and machines without requiring surgery.

“Imagine someone who’s operating a drone or someone who might be analyzing a lot of data,” said Jacob Robinson, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University, who is leading one of the teams. [DARPA’s 10 Coolest Projects: From Humanoid Robots to Flying Cars].

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May 23, 2019

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday.

Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network.

In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts in the past six months. While most of these fake accounts were blocked “within minutes” of their creation, the company said this increase of “automated attacks” by bad actors meant not only that it caught more of the fake accounts, but that more of them slipped through the cracks.

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May 23, 2019

‘Spider-like senses’ could help autonomous machines see better

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Researchers are building ‘spidey senses’ into the shells of autonomous cars and drones so that they could detect and avoid objects better.

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