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Computer Solves 120-Year-Old Biology Problem That Had Scientists Stumped

"The invention of models to explain what nature is doing is the most creative thing scientists do... this is the heart and soul of the scientific enterprise," says Levin. "None of us could have come up with this model; we as a field have failed to do so after over a century of effort. This problem, and our approach, is nearly universal. It can be used with anything, where functional data exist but the underlying mechanism is hard to guess."

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The author writes: “Essentially, the computer was guessing how a worm's genes connect together, and simulating a new theory each time - if the end results were closer to data obtained in the real world, it took another step in that direction; if not, it changed course. After three days, the software came up with a core genetic network code that matched all of the hundreds of actual experiments in its database.” 

 I wonder about this level of creativity and scientific automation. Could a quantum computer do this faster? Years of programming led to the computer solving this 120-year-old problem in 3 days. Could a quantum computer do this in minutes? The issue is that the computer used the ability to create and research hypotheses. It matched its "ideas" against the closest executed experiments.
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The author writes: “Essentially, the computer was guessing how a worm's genes connect together, and simulating a new theory each time - if the end results were closer to data obtained in the real world, it took another step in that direction; if not, it changed course. After three days, the software came up with a core genetic network code that matched all of the hundreds of actual experiments in its database.” 

I wonder about this level of creativity and scientific automation. Could a quantum computer do this faster? Years of programming led to the computer solving this 120-year-old problem in 3 days. Could a quantum computer do this in minutes? The issue is that the computer used the ability to create and research hypotheses. It matched its "ideas" against the closest executed experiments. 
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Robots are infiltrating the growth statistics

Robots are infiltrating the growth statistics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

New evidence begins to shed some light on the macroeconomic role of automation in the economy. In a new paper from London’s Center for Economic Research, George Graetz and Guy Michaels of Uppsala University and the London School of Economics, respectively, find that industrial robots have been a substantial driver of labor productivity and economic growth. Graetz and Michaels employ new data from the International Federation of Robotics to analyze the use of industrial robots across 14 industries in 17 countries between 1993 and 2007. Overall, they conclude that the use of robots within manufacturing raised the annual growth of labor productivity and GDP by 0.36 and 0.37 percentage points, respectively. That might not seem like a lot but it represents 10 percent of total GDP growth and 16 percent of labor productivity growth. Making that even more astounding is the fact that during the study’s time period robots achieved that impact while accounting for just 2.25 percent of the total assets of the industries studied.

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GM's Super Cruise Puts (Almost) Autonomous Cars On The Road By 2020

GM's Super Cruise Puts (Almost) Autonomous Cars On The Road By 2020 | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Hot on the heels of last week's announcement that Nissan would bring autonomous cars to showrooms within seven years comes word from General Motors that it plans to offer its own lineup of autonomous cars by the year 2020.
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Super Cruise!

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Could Dutch Computer Scientist Wil van der Aalst Save U.S. Healthcare 600 Billion Dollars?

Could Dutch Computer Scientist Wil van der Aalst Save U.S. Healthcare 600 Billion Dollars? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Industry leaders claim robots will create, not kill, American jobs

Industry leaders claim robots will create, not kill, American jobs | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Companies are convening on the Automate 2013 conference in Chicago to discuss robotics, automation, and what it all means for the future of industry. Some reports of late have expressed concern...
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"However, the IFR says that the US is behind European and Asian countries in employing manufacturing robots." This statement generates a few questions.

1) What comparisons can we make among US, European and Asian economies? 

2) What is the comparison in prices of the varous products manufactured by robots in the European and Asian countries? 

3) Is it really anxiety that has held back American company buying of robotic automation? Is it politics? What else could it be holding back American companies?

 

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What's slowing the use of robots in the ag industry? | The Robot Report - tracking news about the business of robotics

Two traditional qualifyers for farmers buying new equipment are flexibility and return on investment. Precision agriculture isn't just rhetoric; it's real-time intelligence flowing into analytics software that transforms that flow into meaningful, practical information that farm managers can react to quickly. That data -- and that process -- have costs and, for the last few years, farmers have been stretched because commodity prices are down. But changes effecting labor, water, commodity prices and politics are speeding up the need for significant automation in the already heavily automated agriculture industry while technological improvements are speeding up, particularly in the areas of vision systems, perception and grasping.

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Artificial Intelligence to make lawyers redundant | Machines Like Us

Artificial Intelligence to make lawyers redundant | Machines Like Us | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Ipselex, a secretive Hong Kong artificial intelligence company, today announced the launch of its web platform.
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excerpt: "Ipselex, a secretive Hong Kong artificial intelligence company, today announced the launch of its web platform. The platform offers API-like access to a brain in the cloud that has taught itself to understand and make predictions about patents and patent applications."

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Driverless 'pod' cars to take to British streets from 2017 - Telegraph

Driverless 'pod' cars to take to British streets from 2017 - Telegraph | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
From 2017 car passengers in Milton Keynes will be able to take a trip and read emails or a newspaper rather than watch the road in a 'pod' driverless car
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Hoping they make that deadline with a safe product and service. Also, I'm wondering if their data might be valuable to companies like amusement parks. 

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33rd Square: Technology Killing Middle Class Jobs

33rd Square: Technology Killing Middle Class Jobs | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Income the five years since the great recession engulfed the world, and the impact is clear. Millions of middle-class jobs have vanished.
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