An abstract visualization of the neuromorphic Recursive Cortical Network (credit: Vicarious) Vicarious FPC Inc, an artificial intelligence company that uses the computational principles of the brain to build software that can think and learn like a...
Inflatable robot arm (credit: iRobot) DARPA has just approved for public release a video of this awesome project: a fully controllable robot arm that can be inflated and deflated like a balloon, IEEE Spectrum Automaton reports.
The Holtec HI-SMUR 140 light water reactor was presented in 2011. (26 pages) It will be factory mass produced. Holtec, through its subsidiary, SMR L.L.C., is one of four finalists in the running for a $452 million grant from the U.S.
Although the economy continues to slowly recover, many small businesses are still struggling to survive. Startups are facing the same challenge of staying afloat long enough to begin to turn a profit and without access to accredited investors, which represents roughly 1 percent of the U.S. population, loans from banks may be the only option. In 2009, U.S. banks posted the sharpest decline in private lending since 1942. Unfortunately in this scenario, entrepreneurs are often limited to accredited investors and venture capitalist money, which reject 95 percent of new business plans. Due to this lack of capital and access to accredited investors, building a company from scratch in the U.S. at this time is challenging. These starving companies directly impact the unemployment rate, as small businesses generated 65 percent of new jobs over the past 17 years.
The crowdfunding industry may be the best new tool for helping to save the U.S. economy. Crowdfunding gives new power to the people by enabling anyone to make a difference by contributing money to the newest innovations, businesses, and causes. It enables the community to support the new businesses responsible for creating jobs by giving them access to funding that wasn’t available before.
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I love the irony of the thing! Advanced state of the art web enabled design and manufacturing technology used to produce a Mesopotamian era communication tool. I want to work on my solar powered GPS enabled accelerometer driven pocket sundial.
Most metals — from the steel used to build bridges and skyscrapers to the copper and gold used to form wires in microchips — are made of crystals: orderly arrays of molecules forming a perfectly repeating pattern.
New Scientist - Motor industry futurist Sheryl Connelly looks forward to the rise of megacities and self-driving cars. Nextbigfuture has been tracking the trends in cities and self-driving cars for several years.
HPCWire - Chipmaker Adapteva is sampling its 4th-generation multicore processor, known as Epiphany-IV. The 64-core chip delivers a peak performance of 100 gigaflops and draws just two watts of power, yielding a stunning 50 gigaflops/watt.
Inventor and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in artificial intelligence—the principal developer of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the first text-to-speech synthesizer, among other breakthroughs. He is also a writer who explores the future of information technology and how it is changing our word.
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr. Kurzweil and The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray discussed advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and what it means to be human. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.
"....it never truly occurred to me that Google might mean for Project Glass to record everything. EVERYTHING. Your entire life. Before we think about the implications, let’s discuss why this is completely possible.