‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car hailed by experts

(The Guardian)-  A futuristic family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid has been hailed as “the future” as the annual World Solar Challenge wrapped up in Australia.

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Field of machines:

Researchers grow crop using only automation

Drones, tractors cultivate barley from 2 1/2 acres

(CNN) – A farm in the United Kingdom is the first in the world to successfully plant, tend and harvest a crop without a single person ever setting foot in the field, according to researchers and developers involved in the project.

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Brazil opens mammoth Amazon reserve twice the size of New Jersey to mining

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Aerial view of a manganese mine, Serra do Navio, north of Macapa, State of Amapa, Brazil.

The Brazilian government has dismantled an Amazonian national reserve bigger than the size of Norway and has opened the area up for mining.

A decree from President Michel Temer published Wednesday abolished the protected status of the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca), which is split between the Northern Brazilian states of Amapa and Para.

The 46,450 square kilometre reserve is more than twice the size of New Jersey State and is thought to be rich in minerals such as copper and gold.

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Artificial intelligence is coming to medicine — don’t be afraid


AUGUST 18, 2017

A man moves his finger toward SVH (Servo Electric 5 Finger Gripping Hand) automated hand made by Schunk during the 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid on November 19, 2014. The conference theme “Humans and Robots Face-to-Face” confirms the growing interest in the field of human-humanoid interaction and cooperation, especially during daily life activities in real environments. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Automation could replace one-third of U.S. jobs within 15 years. Oxford and Yale experts recently predicted that artificial intelligence could outperform humans in a variety of tasks by 2045, ranging from writing novels to performing surgery and driving vehicles. A little human rage would be a natural response to such unsettling news.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing us to the precipice of an enormous societal shift. We are collectively worrying about what it will mean for people. As a doctor, I’m naturally drawn to thinking about AI’s impact on the practice of medicine. I’ve decided to welcome the coming revolution, believing that it offers a wonderful opportunity for increases in productivity that will transform health care to benefit everyone.

Groundbreaking AI models have bested humans in complex reasoning games, like the recent victory of Google’s AlphaGo AI over the human Go champ. What does that mean for medicine?

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Reverence for Robots

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

MORIYA, Japan (AP) — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo.

Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation.

The machines do all the heavy lifting at this plant run by Asahi Breweries, Japan’s top brewer. The human job is to make sure the machines do the work right, and to check on the quality the sensors are monitoring.

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Facebook Shuts Down AI System After Bots Create Language Humans Can’t Understand

Indo-Asian News Service, 31 July 2017

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was limited, the social media company has reportedly shut down one of its AI systems because “things got out of hand.” The AI bots created their own language, from the scratch and without human input, forcing Facebook to shut down the AI system. The AI bots’ step of creating and communicating with the new language defied the provided codes.

According to a report in Tech Times on Sunday, “The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created.”

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Linde says Praxair merger process on track

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The planned $74 billion merger of German industrial gases group Linde (LING.DE) and U.S. peer Praxair (PX.N) is on course, with regulators expected to finish reviewing offer documents by mid-August, Linde said as it published financial results on Friday.

“We remain on track to complete these tasks and expect to close the transaction by the second half of next year,” Linde Chief Financial Officer Sven Schneider told analysts during a conference call but was otherwise tight-lipped on what progress preparations for the transaction were making.

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Scientists are creating a cell phone battery that charges instantly

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Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering are working on a special material that will one day provide the capacity for instant battery charging. This is made possible by super-conductive two-dimensional MXene material.

The quest for a better battery has been ongoing since Alessandro Volta created the first one over 200 years ago. Now scientists at Drexel are perfecting the concept.

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Great Artifacts of Computer History

This website was something we stumbled upon when searching for an obsolete computer that someone needed serviced.  It outlines some popular computers from the Computer Stone Age including my personal favorite, the IBM 5100 (thanks, John Titor).



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Half of American jobs are at risk from automation, new study suggests

The American workforce is under tremendous pressure, with change coming on multiple fronts. That uncertainty is leading to political and social turbulence, a new research paper suggests.

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One in four American jobs are at risk of being shipped overseas in the coming years and about half could be replaced by automation, according to Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

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