Can San Diego's Brain Corp. become the Microsoft of self-driving robots?

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ten years ago computational neuroscientist Dr. Eugene Izhikevich walked away from a successful career in academia to co-found Brain Corp. with the ambitious goal of building artificial brains for robots. These days when the Russian-born Izhikevich lands late at San Diego International Airport, he sometimes sees the fruits of that […]

GymCam tracks exercises that wearable monitors can't

[ad_1] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a vision-based system for monitoring gym exercises. They tested it in a busy university gym, demonstrating that the system could simultaneously monitor multiple people and accurately detect and count the exercises they performed. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University Wearable sensors such as smartwatches have become a popular motivational […]

Device generates light from the cold night sky

[ad_1] In this photograph, the thermoelectric generator harnesses temperature differences to produce renewable electricity without active heat input. Here it is generating light. Credit: Aaswath Raman An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report September 12 in the journal Joule. […]

Prototype of a high-temperature heat pump for recovering industrial waste heat

[ad_1] Credit: Universitat Jaume I Scientists from the Thermal and Energy Systems Engineering research group (Istener) at the Universitat Jaume I, in collaboration with the company Rank, have developed the first functional prototype of a high-temperature heat pump for the recovery of industrial waste heat in Spain. The first experimental results of this prototype have […]

Engineers develop multimaterial fiber 'ink' for 3-D-printed devices

[ad_1] Using the 3-D printing method developed by the MIT researchers, a structure such as this model airplane wing could have both light emitters and light detectors embedded in the material, so that it could continuously detect any micro-cracks as they begin to form. Credit: Felice Frankel A new method developed by MIT researchers uses […]

Estimating people's age using convolutional neural networks

[ad_1] September 12, 2019 feature A diagram of the proposed age estimation system. Credit: Agbo-Ajala & Viriri. Over the past few years, researchers have created a growing number of machine learning (ML)-based face recognition techniques, which could have numerous interesting applications, for instance, enhancing surveillance monitoring, security control, and potentially even forensic art. In addition […]

New solution to end struggle with lofted beds

[ad_1] A Purdue University team created a lofted bed stow step to provide a safe solution for getting into and down from lofted beds. Credit: Purdue University College life requires sacrifices. In the name of space, many residence hall rooms across the country use lofted beds. Those setups can pose challenges for students in climbing […]

Canadians should watch out for dumbfakes and deepfakes

[ad_1] Dumbfakes and deepfakes are edited or altered videos. In just the past few years, the capability to produce and share these videos has increased exponentially due, in part, to artificial intelligence. These fake videos are already present in Canadian politics and are even more likely to be created and disseminated during Canada’s ongoing election […]

AI can help us fight climate change. But it has an energy problem, too

[ad_1] Data centres that store and process algorithms use a lot of energy but there is little discussion about their environmental impact. Credit: 123net/Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can help us fight climate change—but it also comes at a cost to the planet. To truly benefit from the technology’s climate […]

Turbo-charging pharmaceutical biotechnology simulations

[ad_1] Distribution of species in a stirred tank with a tilted stirrer axis. Credit: TU Graz New simulation technology developed by TU Graz is designed to make the production of biopharmaceuticals more efficient, cost-effective and comprehensible for manufacturers. Demand for biopharmaceuticals is strong: biopharmaceutical active ingredients—in other words, genetically engineered drugs—accounted for seven of the […]