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A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them into artificial brains. One day, this new technology could underpin advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that may become part of our everyday life, from transportation to medicine.   Researchers at the US National Institute
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A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them into artificial brains. One day, this new technology could underpin advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that may become part of our everyday life, from transportation to medicine.   Researchers at the US National Institute
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For years, researchers have known that carbon, when arranged in a certain way, can be very strong. Case in point: graphene. Graphene, which was heretofore, the strongest material known to man, is made from an extremely thin sheet of carbon atoms arranged in two dimensions.   But there’s one drawback: while notable for its thinness and unique
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For years, researchers have known that carbon, when arranged in a certain way, can be very strong. Case in point: graphene. Graphene, which was heretofore, the strongest material known to man, is made from an extremely thin sheet of carbon atoms arranged in two dimensions.   But there’s one drawback: while notable for its thinness and unique
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You know that smartphone batteries can be pretty dangerous things, right? Like, with all the fuss about those exploding Samsungs a little while back, surely people got the message that these unpredictable and potentially incendiary components aren’t something to mess around with?   Well, in case you forgot about all that hoopla, maybe this insane
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You know that smartphone batteries can be pretty dangerous things, right? Like, with all the fuss about those exploding Samsungs a little while back, surely people got the message that these unpredictable and potentially incendiary components aren’t something to mess around with?   Well, in case you forgot about all that hoopla, maybe this insane
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Facebook has invented a new unit of time: The ‘flick’, equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second – larger than a nanosecond, and smaller than a microsecond. It’s short for ‘frame tick’, hinting at its cinematic origins, writes original inventor Christopher Horvath on GitHub.   As for why Facebook needs a new unit of time,
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Facebook has invented a new unit of time: The ‘flick’, equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second – larger than a nanosecond, and smaller than a microsecond. It’s short for ‘frame tick’, hinting at its cinematic origins, writes original inventor Christopher Horvath on GitHub.   As for why Facebook needs a new unit of time,
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Ever since technological advancements made drones possible, people have warned of the potential dangers of weaponised UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), which could effectively become murderous slaughterbots we need to defend ourselves against.   Now, it looks like those fears have become a reality. The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked
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This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of US$17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch.   Perhaps because of its complicated technical design, zealous community of
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The brain is really little more than a collection of electrical signals. If we can learn to catalogue those then, in theory, you could upload someone’s mind into a computer, allowing them to live forever as a digital form of consciousness, just like in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.   But it’s not just science
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Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online.   In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of one of their AIs to generate disturbingly realistic images of completely
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company, which was founded to create tunnels for an underground transportation system in Los Angeles, has released a map illustrating a proposed network for those tunnels. The Boring Company was inspired by Musk’s frustrations with LA’s notoriously congested traffic. Operating beneath Interstate 105, the tunnels would hold large electric skates that could
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