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Artist. Smart-ass. Big-picture-curious. Not always in that order.
Artist. Smart-ass. Big-picture-curious. Not always in that order.

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Kessler estimates the loss of 105 beds at Two Rivers is well over 10 percent of the psychiatric beds in the community. It's a loss that's lacking outrage from the community.

"And so if you told someone they would lose 10 percent of the oncology beds in our community or 10 percent of the hospital beds for some community hospitals, that would get their attention immediately. So that would absolutely raise red flags to policy makers," he said.

Experts said this will also flood the metro's jails with people who should be getting mental health help.
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Researchers have taught a robot dog to overcome one of the toughest challenges for a four-legged droid: how to get back up after a fall. In a paper published in the Science Robotics journal, its Swiss creators describe how they trained a neural network in a computer simulation to make the ultimate guard bot. Then they went and kicked the canine around in real life (because that's what researchers do) to see if their technique worked. It did.

#FidoFriday
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The gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. And for as long as there's been money to be made wagering on them, people have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge on the house. In 2019, as gaming has moved from bookies and casinos into the digital realm, gamblers are beginning to use modern computing techniques, especially AI and machine learning (ML), to increase their odds of winning. The house doesn’t always win.
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After AMD released its seven-nanometer Radeon VII graphics card, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang responded by essentially trashing it. But he should be worried: According to a CES performance tease, the AMD’s Radeon VII actually beat NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 in several tasks. It also bested the RTX 2080 when playing Strange Brigade and other titles, especially at 4K resolution.

NVIDIA notably attacked AMD's lack of (NVIDIA-exclusive) features like ray tracing, G-SYNC and AI-powered DLSS anti-aliasing. However, these features aren’t yet the killer apps NVIDIA needs them to be -- if AMD keeps pushing the chip-design envelope, the next couple of years could get rough for its rival.
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Ford is taking steps to future-proof its business by developing not just a hybrid, but a fully electric pickup truck. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, has announced at an event in Detroit that the automaker is electrifying the F-series. The company has been working on a hybrid version of the F-150 since 2015, but this is a completely different project. Unfortunately, Farley didn't confirm which particular model is going to get the EV treatment.

It wouldn't come as a surprise if Ford is also making a pure electric version of the F-150, though, seeing as it is one of the most recognizable and best-selling American vehicles. The iconic pickup accounts for around a third of the automaker's sales in the US and has a long history behind it, dating back to 1975. It's the perfect model for this project, which feels like a natural development following Ford's investments in the EV market.
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Microsoft is putting its massive balance sheet to good use by pledging $500 million to help address the housing crisis in the greater Seattle area. According to The New York Times, it's the most ambitious effort by a tech company to solve housing and homelessness issues brought about by inequality in regions where the tech industry is concentrated. Seattle, as you know, also serves as home to Amazon. The booming tech sector in the city and its surrounding areas has driven up costs of living so much, a lot of people -- including individuals the city needs, such as teachers, nurses and first responders -- are getting priced out.
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The folks at CERN have unveiled preliminary designs for a project named Future Circular Collider (FCC). Based on current plans, it will make the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) look tiny in comparison: The designs are calling for a massive particle accelerator 100 km or 62 miles around. Gian Francesco Giudice, the head of CERN's theory department, explained that the project is such a huge leap from the LHC that it's "like planning a trip not to Mars, but to Uranus."
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Sensors play a crucial role in the Internet of Things, but there's one glaring limitation: they need a battery or some other conspicuous power source to run. Soon, however, they might only have to pluck energy from the air. Wiliot has shown off a Bluetooth sensor tag that gathers energy from ambient radio frequencies, whether it's Bluetooth, cellular or WiFi. All the ARM-based chip needs is a basic antenna printed on paper or plastic -- after that, it can transmit info like weight and temperature without any kind of battery involved.
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The sweeping legislation is aimed at making public data released by the government easier to access via smartphones and other electronic devices. It essentially requires that federal agencies publish any "non-sensitive" info in a "machine-readable" format (meaning in a file type that a phone or laptop can process, rather than a raw data dump).
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