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IST lab receives software designed to mirror how humans think and act

IST lab receives software designed to mirror how humans think and act | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it

The Applied Cognitive Science Lab at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently was gifted copies of a commercial agent development software product that is designed to create more realistic models that reflect how emotion and physical factors affect human decision making and behavior.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an extremely fascinating field which computer scientists have been toying with for decades. All throughout this time however, authorities were stuck trying to develop a machine that emulates human thought. At its core, computers follow algorithms set by the programmer to complete a task. Computers are not conscious, nor do they 'think' or act the same way humans do. That is, until now. A major breakthrough has occurred where members of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) have received specialised development software that changes the game of AI as we know it. This new software, unlike anything seen before, realistic models advanced AI that more effectively emulate human decision making and behaviour.

 

Where can this technology take us in the future? Within the next 5-10 years, this advancement could see it's way into countless scenarios: anywhere from military applications, vehicle navigation or even in household applications.

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Rainwater used to generate electricity

Rainwater used to generate electricity | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
When we complain about the rain, other people will often say Yeah, but it's good for the plants. Well, thanks to a microturbine-based system created by th...
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Complaining about the weather? A new breakthrough in renewable energy technology will give you a reason not to.

Three young inventors have crafted a system nicknamed 'Pluvia' which uses rainwater to generate electricity. The system utilises runoff from rain on rooftops to activate a microturbine. This turbine then generates small amounts of power, enough to be used to power lights within a household and other small appliances.

 

This is big news for the world. The students' new goal is to increase the power of the system, generating more electricity. If this goal is achieved, this new piece of technology has the potential to rival or even surpass the contemporary renewable methods of the present.

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Epson goes beyond "Minority Report" with smart glasses and gesture control

Epson goes beyond "Minority Report" with smart glasses and gesture control | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
Epson is one of many competitors offering Google Glass-like augmented reality spectacles, but now the company is showing off the ability to combine its smar...
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From Google Glass to Android smart-watches, wearable computing is undoubtedly the hottest new technology trend of late. Amongst all the competition, one contender stands out from the rest: Epson Moverio BT-200. This new product is a combination of Glass and Leap motion, bringing an immersive visual experience with interactive gestural computing. Users have the ability to utilise gyo-based movement technology and move objects in a virtualised environment.

 

This technology marks the beginning of a entirely new interactive medium. The developer believes the practical applications of the prototype are endless.

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Google unveils the Android Wear platform: Google Now on your wrist

Google unveils the Android Wear platform: Google Now on your wrist | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
We knew that Google was cooking up a version of Android designed specifically for wearables, and today the company followed through. Android Wear is a Googl...
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Internet giant Google is experimenting with the future of wearable computing yet again, and the future is looking bright. A new smart-watch capable of running a full Android operating system includes having access to all of Google's services such as Now and Search. Samsung's Galaxy Gear wearable has been on the market already for some time now, however the product was heavily criticised for lacking many core user functions.

This product and others like it has the potential to change to world because of its productive ambitions that will aid us in day to day life.

The watch boasts getting directions to your next destination and receiving on-the-go traffic updates directly to your wrist. Really, the opportunities are endless. Now how 'handy' is that?

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IBM shows off quantum computing advances, says practical qubit computers are close

IBM shows off quantum computing advances, says practical qubit computers are close | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
Quantum scientists at IBM Research have announced major advances in quantum computing that should accelerate the creation of real, affordable, practical quantum computers.
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IBM scientists have been hard at work researching practical quantum computing and how it will change our future.

Due to a breakthrough in making qubits (units of quantum information) remain in more stable states, success rates in conducting logic problems have sky rocketed to more practical percentages. Due to this, a future where quantum computing has a practical use in everyday data processing looks evermore prominent.

 

Within the next ten years, this quantum processing can be seen being implemented into chemistry and physics lab environments to aid the development of science research.

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Eat Your 3D Prints

Eat Your 3D Prints | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
They're almost too pretty to put in your mouth.
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Don't you just love science-fiction; worlds where food can simply be 'created'? What was once thought to be impossible looks to be more possible by the day. Welcome to the year 2014, where 3D printing can be tinkered with to print edible designs. Sugar 3D printing is a new trend in the booming printing market, in which engineers have discovered a way to construct complex hexagonal structures of different colours and shapes to have 'taste'. This is done by shaping individual grains of sugar and cocoa powder into what we see as the finished product.

 

This technological breakthrough then begs the question: what other substances can we use to produce edible 3D printings? At what stage can we begin to taste meats, dairy and fruits? At the rate this current technology is developing at, we shouldn't be waiting too long.

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Wireless electricity? It's here

Wireless electricity? It's here | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it

"Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached."


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Everybody complains about wires: wires for a charger, wires for a light switch, wires for a television. But what if we didn't need wires anymore?

A new technology developed by a group of tech enthusiasts has the ability to generate magnetic fields which produce an area in which appliances have the ability to be activated: completely wirelessly.

 

Opportunities for this new medium of power are endless. Researchers believe this technology can power anything from a light bulb to an electric car. Doubtlessly this tech will become evermore prominent in our lives within the next 5 to 10 years.

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This is my ideal future technology, electricity anywhere you go.
A House with no wires.

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Paralyzed woman walks again with 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton

Paralyzed woman walks again with 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it

"A 3D printed robotic exoskeleton has enabled a woman paralyzed from the waist down to walk again" 

 

 


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Human augmentation and interaction with robotics: what was once a niche industry years ago has now become a mainstream success in forwarding technology. A 3D printed exoskeleton has been made specifically to aid a handicapped woman with a severe spinal injury to walk normally again: a medical miracle performed by revolutionary technology.


This news is an excellent example of the many ways 3D printing can be practically used to change a person's life and, more specifically, change many people's lives.

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HP: We have solved 3D printing's biggest problems. Just wait until June

HP: We have solved 3D printing's biggest problems. Just wait until June | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
CEO Meg Whitman said the company will make a big announcement about its first 3D printer in June. She said it’s fast and prints at a higher quality.
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Throughout the last couple of years, the phenomenon known as 3 printing has made a great resurgence as technology has continued to advanced. Now, market giant Hewlett Packard is said to make their first announcement on its take on the tech. In addition to teasing the reveal in June 2014, HP boats that it has 'fixed 3D printing's largest issues'. Up until now, 3D printing has yet to be made available to the general consumer due to extremely slow print times and poor surface quality of the objects. However, that may very well change.

Always wanted to make your own sculpture, toy or piece of art with a few clicks of a mouse? This fantasy is slowly becoming a reality. HP and other retailers believe that consumers printing custom 3D designs will be as simple as typing in what you want on a website and being shipped your design after payment. Endless opportunities await.

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Google slashes cloud computing prices

Google slashes cloud computing prices | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
Internet search giant unveils cut price offer to combat Amazon and Microsoft.
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The war for the latest and greatest cloud service has begun.
Google, Amazon, Dropbox, Box and countless others are all striving to be your number one application for saving your files digitally. Recently internet giant Google slashed their prices on their cloud computing service 'Google Drive' to better compete against its popular competitors.

 

Competition in this industry is great for customers as it gives people freedom of choice for a preferred system. It additionally reduces prices on all services as companies strive to be the most affordable. This new move by Google also shows the rest of the tech world that cloud computing isn't going anywhere.

Based off these current trends, it is easy to establish that these online services will only continue to grow and innovate; the next 5 to 10 years bringing more options at more affordable prices.

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Quantum computers will leave Moore's Law far, far behind

Quantum computers will leave Moore's Law far, far behind | Technology Advanced - The future as we know it | Scoop.it
D-Wave Systems is moving closer all the time to commercializing its cloud quantum computing service. In the process, it is demonstrating just how fast quantum computing science is developing.
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Moore's Law: an observation which states technology that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years.

The underlying problem with Moore's Law is that the advancement of circuit technology is limited to the number of transistors used. Quantum computing means to change all this.


New found information cited in this article acts as a breakthrough in the way we perceive the future of computers. Instead of technology doubling, scientists state we should expect anything from 2 times to 5 times the growth we used to see in conventional computing advancements.


Quantum computing operates, in its simplest terms, on particles to perform calculations at incredible speeds. These speeds, according to industry experts, will surpass even the fastest technology we use today. In its current state, Quantum computing shows extraordinary potential, and within 5 to 10 years, it may very well become the greatest technological innovation to date.

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