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Nano Neural Networks

Current neural networks are software constructs that run on computing devices. A new approach suggests the possibility of building neural networks into hardware using the structure of nanomaterials. AI implications: Engineer’s model lays groundwork for machine-learning device – [sciencedaily.com] In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer […]

1879 – Hahn – bio

Otto Hahn was born in Germany in 1879 and is considered to be the ‘father’ of nuclear chemistry. Hahn worked in the area of radiochemistry, at the time a new field that involved the study of radioactivity. He discovered several radioactive isotopes. He was nominated many times for Nobel prizes in both the fields of […]

Ceramic Aerogel Composite

Atomic layer deposition grows thin film layers of materials using sequential exposure of a substrate to gas molecules. Researchers at Purdue University are using a graphene aerogel substrate and depositing thin layers of aluminum oxide ceramic to create a new material that is light, elastic, strong, conductive, and offers thermal insulation. This has excellent potential […]

Education in the Future

In the early days of human history, education was the process of passing on knowledge from one individual to another in an informal and usually ad hoc arrangement. Then we learned to document knowledge and it became possible to distribute the learning of knowledge and formalize the process into the teacher and school paradigm. Over […]

“SUPERSAPIENS – The Rise of the Mind” (a film)

SUPERSAPIENS – the Rise of the Mind – [youtube.com] Supersapiens – The Rise of the Mind – [terramater.at] Synopsis As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, we face an astonishing question: are we witnessing the rise of a new human species? Humanity is facing a turning point — the next evolution […]

The Advent of the Mobile Lounge

As self driving cars become more commonplace, our emphasis will change from driving experience to riding experience. If the vehicle can get us where we want to go safely and efficiently, we’ll begin to think more about how we travel. We can do more and more things without leaving home. That’s a good thing because […]

Detecting Intelligence

Intelligence is a complex concept and can be difficult to define. How we define it will determine how we go about attempting to detect it. If we use a simplistic definition that only includes computation speed and accuracy and amount of information, we will use those factors to determine whether or not we have detected […]

Raspberry PI Aircraft ID and Amazon Echo Interface

The article below describes a project using a Raspberry PI and a radio receiver dongle to pick up aircraft related information broadcasts and use that to identify nearby passing aircraft traffic. It then makes the information available using an Alexa skill and voice queries. TEACHING ALEXA TO SPOT AIRPLANES – [nicksypteras.com] This was actually a […]

Low Energy Bluetooth Mesh Networks

Bluetooth is a short range wireless standard used to connect devices that are close to each other. Mesh networking allows many devices to connect to each other using multi-path delivery and ad hoc topologies. The new bluetooth mesh standard is expected to apply directly to the area known as “internet of things” (IOT) where it […]

Exponential Change is Here

Legacy | Future of Everything with Jason Silva | Singularity University – [youtube.com] Futurists and entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil created Singularity University to communicate the implications of exponential technological progress. Humans are only wired to think about change linearly, but exponential change is here, and the impact of exponential technological change will be […]