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Synaptic Transistor Learns While it Computes,brain-inspired device looks toward highly efficient and fast parallel computing.

Synaptic Transistor Learns While it Computes,brain-inspired device looks toward highly efficient and fast parallel computing. | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new brain inspired device, which learns while it computes, could take parallel computing into a new era of ultra efficient high performance.

It doesn’t take a Watson to realize that even the world’s best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and energy-intensive machines.

Our brains have upwards of 86 billion neurons, connected by synapses that not only complete myriad logic circuits; they continuously adapt to stimuli, strengthening some connections while weakening others. We call that process learning, and it enables the kind of rapid, highly efficient computational processes that put Siri and Blue Gene to shame.

Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have now created a new type of transistor that mimics the behavior of a synapse. The novel device simultaneously modulates the flow of information in a circuit and physically adapts to changing signals.

Exploiting unusual properties in modern materials, the synaptic transistor could mark the beginning of a new kind of artificial intelligence: one embedded not in smart algorithms but in the very architecture of a computer. The findings appear in Nature Communications.


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SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars | The virtual life | Scoop.it
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) to send hundreds of people to Mars to colonize the Red Planet.
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The Great A.I. Awakening

The Great A.I. Awakening | The virtual life | Scoop.it
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
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New theory of gravity might explain dark matter

New theory of gravity might explain dark matter | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new theory of gravity might explain the curious motions of stars in galaxies. Emergent gravity, as the new theory is called, predicts the exact same deviation of motions that is usually explained by invoking dark matter
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Mystery of Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved

Mystery of Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved | The virtual life | Scoop.it

Over the centuries, theories have abounded over the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle where more than 75 planes and hundreds of ships are said to have disappeared. Scientists may now have an answer.

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“ANA AVATAR” selected as a top-prize concept at XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit | KurzweilAI

“ANA AVATAR” selected as a top-prize concept at XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(credit: ANA) A concept for remote-controlled “avatar” humanoid robots, presented by ANA, Japan’s largest airline, was named one of the three “top
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Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield.
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Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star - Pale Red Dot campaign reveals Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri

Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star - Pale Red Dot campaign reveals Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri | The virtual life | Scoop.it
ESO, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
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Life may have emerged not once, but many times on Earth

Life may have emerged not once, but many times on Earth | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Far from being a miracle that happened just once in 4 billion years, life's beginnings could have been so commonplace that it began many times over
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Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction

Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This company can help humans win the race against artificial intelligence by putting a chip in their heads.
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Scientists discover light could exist in a previously unknown form

Scientists discover light could exist in a previously unknown form | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both.
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New Dwarf Planet Discovered Far Beyond Pluto's Orbit

New Dwarf Planet Discovered Far Beyond Pluto's Orbit | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The newfound object 2015 RR245 takes about 700 years to orbit the sun.
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Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It)

Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It) | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or the cloud as Google backs a tiny British startup with its massive computing infrastructure.
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It may not feel like anything to be an alien | KurzweilAI

It may not feel like anything to be an alien | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An alien message in Arrival movie (dredit: Paramount Pictures) By Susan Schneider Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe.
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For the first time, researchers reveal a causal link between RNA splicing and aging

For the first time, researchers reveal a causal link between RNA splicing and aging | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Aging is a key risk factor for a variety of devastating, chronic diseases, yet the biological factors that influence when and how rapidly cells deteriorate over time remain largely unknown. Now, for the first time, a researc
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Pain-free vaccine nanopatch wins scientist CSL Young Florey Medal

Pain-free vaccine nanopatch wins scientist CSL Young Florey Medal | The virtual life | Scoop.it
University of Queensland professor Mark Kendall is awarded one of the nation's highest science honours for his pioneering work on pain-free vaccines that can be administered without a needle.
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The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it?

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace.
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An international group of scientists wants you to join Asgardia - the first space nation

An international group of scientists wants you to join Asgardia - the first space nation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Protectors of Earth, unite! 
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‘Star in a jar’ could lead to limitless fusion energy | KurzweilAI

‘Star in a jar’ could lead to limitless fusion energy | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A test cell for the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade with tokamak in the center. (credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications) Physicists
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An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules

An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595” in a
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Physicists propose method for braiding light

Physicists propose method for braiding light | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Physicists have proposed a way to braid three beams of light by guiding the beams along swirling, vortex-shaped defects in the optical medium through which the beams travel. The braided light would have an unusua
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New study suggests we might have spotted a fifth force of nature

New study suggests we might have spotted a fifth force of nature | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Universe works in mysterious ways.
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Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A team of astronomers think the torrid and toxic world was once a cozy home for potential life
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IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device

IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device | The virtual life | Scoop.it
IBM scientists have created randomly spiking neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. This demonstration marks a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient, ultra-dense integrate
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Scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water

Scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it.
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