Intelligence and monitoring

CNet - by Jennifer Bisset - 08/21/2018

The magicians at MIT have come up with another solution to one of the world's science problems.

On Tuesday, MIT Media Lab shared new technology for communication from underwater to the air, a feat not previously possible.

That's because submerged submarines cannot wirelessly communicate with an airplane. The communication mediums don't match up: Submarines use sonar, while airplanes use radio signals, cellular or GPS. Sonar signals reflect off the water surface without breaking through, and radio signals don't travel well through water.

But MIT has the answer.

CNet - by Lynn La - 08/28/2018

Ultra-thin displays that can fold, flex and flap in the wind? The future of phones is heading closer to this direction.

Fortune - by Renae Reints - 08/23/2018

A ban on halogen light bulbs will go into effect in the European Union on September 1, 2018, encouraging consumers across Europe to switch over to the more energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.

Popular Science - by Kat Eschner - 08/22/2018

Take a look, it's in a book. It's reading robot.

“Are you ready to read?” the little robot asks the boy. The robot’s name is Minnie, and it’s designed to turn reading alone at home into a group activity. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison just published a small study suggesting that having Minnie around helped kids get into reading—and get more out of it.

Digital Trends - by Bruce Brown - 08/22/2018

Even if autonomous vehicles perform as well as perfect human drivers who see and react quickly and correctly to objects and events, that isn’t good enough if the sensors cannot “see.” Bad road conditions, confusing tire tracks, inclement weather, or poor visibility all can interfere with the performance of conventional sensor-based systems, according to Wavesense.

TWN - by Tristan Greene - 08/22/2018

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) just developed an AI-assisted image editing tool that automates object selection. This is the Holy Grail of selection tools.

Gizmodo - by Sidney Fussell - 08/21/2018

Under newly elected President Iván Duque, Colombia is testing remote-controlled drones designed to track and destroy coca, the crop used in cocaine production. The government has reportedly tested ten drones so far.

The drones carry payloads of glyphosate, a powerful herbicide. During early tests they’ve destroyed “hundreds of acres of coca,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Duque’s government hopes the drones will offer more precision than traditional crop-dusting methods, which rely on small planes and often harm legitimate nearby crops.

Business Insider - by Rob Price - 08/20/2018

Facebook wants to revolutionise MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans.

The social networking giant announced on Monday a new research project that aims to use artificial intelligence (AI) to make MRI scans up to ten times faster, and has been granted access to a trove of around 3 million anonymised MRI images from 10,000 clinical cases.

ZDNet - by Steve Ranger - 08/20/2018

Google is putting an artificial.intelligence system in charge of its data center cooling after the system proved it could cut energy use.

Now Google and its AI company DeepMind are taking the project further; instead of recommendations being implemented by human staff, the AI system is directly controlling cooling in the data centers that run services including Google Search, Gmail and YouTube.

New Atlas - by Ben Coxworth - 08/18/2018

At the recent Farnborough Air Show 2018, aerospace engineers from Britain's University of Central Lancashire presented what they state is the world's first graphene-skinned aircraft. Known as Juno, the 3.5 meter-wide (11.5-ft) unmanned plane could be a sign of things to come.