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Is The Scientific Method In Danger? https://lnkd.in/brpKQMP
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Hats off to the NASA JPL Juno team for a successful orbital insertion burn. Juno, welcome to Jupiter! It is a true human achievement to be able to toss a spacecraft nearly 539 million miles into space and place it into a stable orbit around the first and largest planet in our solar system.
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They keep getting better and better. ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer http://tcrn.ch/28Ynouu via @techcrunch
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Here is an interesting article on an intelligent robot named "Pepper" that can sense emotions.  The manufacture, SoftBank Robotics Corp, announced that it is offering 1,000 units of its "Pepper" robot for sale following a $236M round of funding from Alibaba and Foxconn.  While Pepper can sense emotions in other people by reading facial expressions, it can also generate its own emotions.  Pepper's emotions are modeled after human emotions that are based on hormone response and external stimuli.  Pepper uses a camera, touch sensors, accelerometer, and other sensors with a neural network to artificially generate emotions.  SoftBank has termed the neural network as an "endocrine-type multi-layer neural network".  The cost is 198,000 yen ($1609 USD).  The website for purchase of the robot and its associated developer program is only in Japanese, which is unfortunate (unless you happen to be able to read Japanese). 
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Very insightful article from Shivon Zilis on machine intelligence and companies operating in the space.  The article is from Dec 14 but is still very relevant.  The article points to many potential opportunities for the careful tech investor.  Shivon highlights the potentially concerning trend of intellectuals moving out of academia to corporate labs.  This includes the AI and MI greats like NYU professors Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus, University of Toronto’s Geoffrey Hinton, and Stanford's Andrew Ng.

http://goo.gl/fYIo1O
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A machine agent named Ellie, can detect PTSD as well as a human therapist. She does this, not by analyzing what you are saying but how you are saying it. Things like tone, intonation, facial movements, eye movements, and body language. She even appears to get people to open up better than human therapists. Soldiers interviewed said that when they talk with a therapist about what troubles them, they can sense subtle emotions felt by the therapist that inhibits what they share. Ellie has no emotions (or judgement) so they open up to her.  http://goo.gl/nFXPAA
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#IO2015 confirms existence of "Project Brillo" and announces Weave, the IoT protocol for everything.  BTW, its compatible with Nest...might we see Nest as an intelligent IoT hub in the near future?
https://goo.gl/plgNl3
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IBM Watson makes breakthrough in conversational speech transcription, raising machine accuracy to an 8% word error rate, closing the gap between humans and computers.  Humans are currently capable of achieving a 4% word error rate.  This problem is more difficult that you may realize.  See the news item and paper at https://goo.gl/yMlwbH
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Google cars were involved in 11 minor accidents in 1.7M miles and all of them were the result of human failure. This is not unexpected. Whats more interesting is the larger issues @riptair brings up touching many aspects of human and intelligent machine interactions.  For example, "...whether on-board computers would require programing to encourage taking evasion action that is designed to kill the least number of people, yet which might nonetheless result in a machine making deliberate choices to crash into a car with fewer occupants". Very interesting questions. http://goo.gl/MA8ohj
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