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Google’s New ‘data Echoing’ Technique Speeds Up AI Training

Posted in Software on 15th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Google Brain, Google’s AI research division, propose in a paper a technique called “data echoing,” which they say reduces the computation used by earlier pipeline stages by reusing intermediate outputs from these stages.

U.S. Proposes Barring Facebook And Other Big Tech Firms From Offering Financial Services

Posted in Business, Online on 15th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

In a sign of widening scrutiny after Facebook’s proposed Libra digital coin aroused widespread objection, the bill proposes a fine of $1 million per day for violation of such rules.

MIT Supercharges Cancer Immunotherapy With A Booster Vaccine

Posted in Medicine, Science on 14th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

The vaccine contains a fatty molecule called a lipid tail that lets the drug travel straight to the lymph nodes, and once there, the active ingredient is an antigen that sends the T cells after the cancer.

NASA Green Lights Upgrade Of Apollo Era Lunar Laser Experiment

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Each placement of a Next Generation lunar laser ranging array will greatly enhance the scientific and navigational capabilities of the retroreflector network. These additions improve the mapping capabilities important for NASA's plans to return to the Moon and by 2028 establish a sustained human presence.

Intel: New Chip Materials Will Enable Massive AI Research Gains

Posted in Business, Hardware, Software on 12th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

This burgeoning interest in “edge AI” has to an extent outpaced hardware, much of which is practically incapable of accomplishing tasks better suited to a datacenter.

Pilot Plant Demonstrates Low-cost Conversion Of CO2 Into Fuel

Posted in Business, Science on 12th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

After running a pilot plant for three years, Canadian company Carbon Engineering (CE) has broken down the costs of an air capture system and shown it can be done much more cost-effectively than previously thought.

Injected After Accidents, Nanoparticles Could Prevent Paralysis

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

It is hoped that once developed further, the technology could be incorporated into an EpiPen-like device that would be used to rapidly inject the particles as soon as possible after an injury occurs.

Google Cloud’s Andrew Moore Says AI Must Be More Accessible To Succeed

Posted in Business, Software on 11th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Non-data scientists can find the technology mysterious and intimidating. But some of the most impressive uses of AI, he says, have come when outsiders get involved with the design and development process.

Apple’s First App Development Accelerator Opens In Shanghai, China

Posted in Business, Software on 11th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Apple expects to assist accelerator participants in designing, distributing, and marketing their apps for global rather than just local appeal, as well as spotlighting its newest and most important technologies within the country.

Virgin Galactic To Become The First Space Tourism Company To Go Public

Posted in Business, Science on 9th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

$800 million investment should keep the lights on until the company turns a profit.

Space-based Gravitational-wave Detector May Detect Strange Exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

LISA could be used to identify a very strange class of planets: heavy planets orbiting binary pairs of white dwarf stars. But because of its exquisite sensitivity, LISA could potentially spot them orbiting outside our own galaxy.

Abu Dhabi Throws The Switch On World's Largest Single-site Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Abu Dhabi is claiming the title of the world's largest single-site solar project, having hit the go-button on the Noor Abu Dhabi project this week, with a reported capacity of 1.177 gigawatts