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MIT’s New Robot Taught Itself to Pick Things Up the Way People Do

"Back in 2016, somewhere in a Google-owned warehouse, more than a dozen robotic arms sat for hours quietly grasping objects of various shapes and sizes. For hours on end, they taught themselves how to pick up and hold the items appropriately—mimicking the way a baby gradually learns to use its hands.

Now, scientists from MIT have made a new breakthrough in machine learning: their new system can not only teach itself to see and identify objects, but also understand how best to manipulate them..."
https://singularityhub.com/2018/09/18/mits-new-robot-taught-itself-to-pick-things-up-the-way-people-do/

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What Even is Blockchain? Trust Machine, a New Documentary, Has Answers

"The full-length trailer for the first blockchain-funded, blockchain-distributed, and blockchain-focused documentary, Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, is here. Directed by filmmaker Alex Winter, produced by Futurism Studios and SingularDTV, and narrated by Rosario Dawson, Trust Machine is a far-reaching documentary film on the worldwide growth of the decentralization movement..."

https://futurism.com/trust-machine-blockchain-trailer/

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #science #design #singularity #engineering #robots #automation #AI #artificialintelligence #economy #finance #universalbasicincome #basicincome #money #UBI #blockchain #fintech #iota #ethereum #bitcoin #eth #btc #iot #tangle #beyondblockchain
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A New Contest Is Looking For AI That Can Fix How We Get Our News

"Digital media has seen better days. Russian bots run free while overtly-biased and misleading news drowns out real journalism on social media. Some believe artificial intelligence might be able fix it.
The problem? They’re not quite sure how. A new contest is looking for submissions from engineers, scientists, journalists, and the like to submit their ideas.

The AI Ethics Initiative, a research organization dedicated to developing AI that helps people, launched an open challenge for new ways that AI might be able to improve media..."

https://futurism.com/contest-ai-news-media/

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Decentralized microgridding can provide 90% of a neighborhood’s energy needs, Study finds

“The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water.” A new report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralised sharing of energy at the local level between multiple households. The new approach could even..."
http://www.impactlab.net/2018/09/16/decentralized-microgridding-can-provide-90-or-a-neighborhoods-energy-needs-study-finds/

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Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a flexible electric van from the future

It"s battery-electric platform can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
The advent of battery-electric “skateboards,” powertrain platforms that can accommodate a bunch of different bodies on top, means that vehicles can become even more versatile than they already are. Mercedes-Benz has applied this thinking to its vans to create the wild Vision Urbanetic concept.

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled the Vision Urbanetic, a battery-electric, autonomous van that Mercedes believes will contribute to a whole new segment of mobility that’s efficient, comfortable and sustainable — and, of course, capacious, being a part-time van and all..."
http://www.impactlab.net/2018/09/15/mercedes-benz-vision-urbanetic-is-a-flexible-electric-van-from-the-future/

#future = #REALnews #selfdrivingcars #autonomousvehicles #robots #tech #innovation #science #design #singularity #engineering #automation #AI #artificialintelligence #cars #sustainability #climatechange #electriccars #electricvehicles #evs
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You Might Live in a 3D Printed House Some Day

"A mother and her three children huddle inside a tent as the rain beats thunderously outside. The water slowly seeps in and forms a pool around their feet, soaking their beds. Their home is a tarp and dirt floors. When the sun beats down, the tent is stifling. When it rains, the water rises so high they have to sleep standing up. This isn’t the world’s worst camping trip. This is how thousands of displaced people in Haiti, El Salvador and Pakistan live. Now, an alternative could be on its way.

While Washington debates a ban on the 3D printing of guns, others are using variations of the same technology to help rebuild lives. Faced with a crippling housing crisis globally, an emerging set of non-profits and companies is increasingly developing 3D printing technology that can churn out ready-to-use construction materials to build houses faster and often at lower costs than by conventional methods. New Story, a U.S.-based non-profit is partnering with tech company ICON, to build 600 - 800 square foot homes in some of the poorest parts of the world, using a specially designed 3D printer. Also in America, companies like MarkForged and Desktop Metal are manufacturing 3D metal printers that produce construction materials – and autoparts and electronics.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the Dutch city of Eindhoven is preparing to build and rent out its first 3D printer-built houses in 2019. And back in the U.S., NASA is going one step further, seeking designs to build 3D houses on Mars. It might sound like a gimmick, but the technology can build a house in 24 hours for $4,000..."

https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/you-might-live-in-a-3d-printed-house-some-day/85818

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #science #design #3dprinting #economy #engineering #revolution #singularity #robots #manufacturing #ubi #universalbasicincome #basicincome #jobs #automation
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Scientists invent technique to create unlimited source of renewable energy

"A September 3 article published in Nature by scientists at the University of Cambridge describes a first-of-its-kind semi-artificial photosynthesis cell. The University of Cambridge team converged synthetic biology and artificial photosynthesis techniques to more readily and controllably convert the energy of sunlight into storable biofuel. Their process breaks water into hydrogen gas (H2) and oxygen gas (O2) using the biological catalysts Photosystem II and hydrogenase. Semi-artificial photosynthesis adds the tunability of various chemistry and materials science methods to achieve greater efficiencies in converting H2O to H2 and O2. This process is a major step in mass producing photosynthesis cells that only use energy from the Sun..."

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https://goo.gl/RUYW5C
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AI Weekly: Contrary to current fears, AI will create jobs and grow GDP

"In separate reports, McKinsey and Tata recently outlined the socioeconomic impacts of AI and automation over the next 10 to 12 years, with both expecting AI to contribute to GDP growth -- as much as 1.2 percent over the next 10 years -- and $13 trillion in net economic benefits could be captured over the next 12 years. These forecasts also introduce several opportunities for entrepreneurs. At a technical level, a paucity of labeled data sets, lack transparency in AI systems, and difficulty in generalizing models across domains will need to be solved. At a social level, employees will need to be retrained, and policymakers will need steady hands through the transition..."

#future = #REALnews #robots #tech #innovation #science #design #singularity #engineering #automation #AI #artificialintelligence #economy #finance #universalbasicincome #basicincome #money #UBI 

https://venturebeat.com/2018/09/07/ai-weekly-contrary-to-current-fears-ai-will-create-jobs-and-grow-gdp/?utm_campaign=Abundance%20Insider&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=65939564&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8nsM2jT4TD2TkDdbA_Gu4HTAVulU5_TY1jPkpFaS49f85p3dVCiqNp1tNTKA9kNrVKusGLKWo1IjGkKjWFpyIOd1fkug&_hsmi=65939564
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New Technique Heals Wounds With Reprogrammed Skin Cells

"In a report in the journal Nature, we describe a new technique to directly convert the cells naturally present in an open wound into new skin cells by reprogramming the wounded cells to a stem-cell-like state, in which cells revert to an earlier, more flexible state from which they can develop into different cell types..."
https://singularityhub.com/2018/09/14/new-technique-heals-wounds-with-reprogrammed-skin-cells/

#future = #REALnews #health #medicine #medtech #wellness #tech #innovation #science #design #biotech #biology #xMed #singularity #engineering #ai #artificialintelligence #robots #automation
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Tech Can Sustainably Feed Developing World Cities of the Future. Here's How

"New technologies, coupled with new business models and supportive government policies, can create more resilient urban food ecosystems in the coming decades. These tech-enabled systems can sustainably link rural, peri-urban (areas just outside cities), and urban producers and consumers, increase overall food production, and generate opportunities for new businesses and jobs..."
https://singularityhub.com/2018/09/05/tech-can-sustainably-feed-developing-world-cities-of-the-future-heres-how/

#future = #REALnews #clean #green #sustainability #energy #tech #innovation #progress #science #design #engineering #revolution #environment #solar #climatechange #ClimateAction #renewableenergy #renewables #economy #food
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