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Humans not needed …Inflection point?

A Google team has published a paper on Nature describing the new generation of AlphaGo. Well, the very name of the new generation is significant: AlphaGo Zero.  One would have expected that the new generation would have been named “Old + 1”, yet they decided to start from scratch and …

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An antenna for the brain

Wireless communications is about translating an electrical signal flowing in a wire into an electromagnetic signal that can travel through the air. This is done using an antenna. Of course it has to be done twice, once to convert the electrical signal into an electromagnetic wave propagating in the air …

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See and Spray Technology

John Deere, one of the largest maker of agricultural machines, was criticised in the last years for the introduction of technologies in their agricultural machines because the farmers could no longer fix problems by themselves, as they have always used to do, but had to call in specialised assistance. Now …

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Leveraging on bacteria to build sensors

Living beings are amazing builders: they build themselves in many ways, mixing organic and inorganic substances to create constructions that are extremely well suited to fit and operate in a given environment. More than that: they do that using very little energy, far less than what we would use with …

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Networked Intelligence makes cars safer

Work is accelerating on increasing the autonomy of cars, aiming at self driving cars in the next decade, and in their cooperation to increase safety. This latter goal, although self evident, is much more complex that it would seem. Imagine two cars, one following the other. It is evident that …

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Virtual Reality for flies and mice

Brains are amazing, and I mean all brains, not just the human one. As little as 5000 neurones are sufficient to a fruitfly to control its flight, a feat that requires millions of software code lines and a huge amount of power in a commercial aircraft. Scientists, researchers and engineers …

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A different sort of molecular computer

Molecular computers are using molecules to perform some computations. You cannot expect them to tell you how much 2+2 would be, unless you are happy with a result such as: “well there is a good probability that it makes 4 but of course it can also be 5 or 3 …

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