March 11, 2011, is a day that Japan will not soon forget. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the country’s east coast triggered a powerful tsunami that ripped through east Japan, splintering homes, schools, and businesses and killing 15,800 people. Today, nearly five years later, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is still responding to the incident. It recently acquired an SGI supercomputer to help researchers make faster headway.
Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re sitting in a restaurant across the table from your significant other, about to start a romantic dinner. As you gaze into each other’s eyes, you wonder how it can possibly be true that as well as not eating, your sweetheart does not – cannot – love you. Impossible, you think, as you squeeze its synthetic hand. Could this be the future of Valentine’s Day for some?
Regardless of your industry, the marketplace is continually evolving. The reason, increasingly, is the evolution of disruptive technology. The enhancement of current technology and the development of new technological innovations will undeniably transform how new businesses are established, and how existing businesses compete. Adapting quickly will be essential, so here’s the top six we think you should be prepared for.
Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice. Do you take the traditional path with human medical staff, where long-term trials have shown a 90 percent chance they will save your child’s life? Or do you choose the robotic track, tended to by technical specialists and robots, but where similar long-term trials have shown that your child has a 95 percent chance?
The development of “mind-controlled” bionic devices moved another step closer with the publication of a paper describing how a tiny, 3cm-long stent containing 12 electrodes could one day help people living with spinal cord injury to walk with the power of thought. The device, called the stentrode, is inserted into the jugular vein in the neck and pushed up the vein until it reaches the brain’s motor cortex.
Deep learning has created a resurgence of interest in neural networks and application to everything from Internet search to self-driving cars. Results show better-than-human accuracy on real-world tasks that include speech and facial recognition. Fueled by modern massively parallel computing technology, it is now possible to train very complex multi-layer neural network architectures on large data sets to an acceptable degree of accuracy.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said schools need to offer every student hands-on computer science classes to be better prepared for the workforce. President Obama is right: the next generation of learners will require a high level of fluency with modes of thinking in which computers act as interactive partners. The question is: how best to make sure they acquire that thinking?
Researchers designed a computer program capable of beating a top Go player — an important threshold in development of AI. It stresses once more that humans aren’t at the center of the universe, and human cognition isn’t the pinnacle of intelligence. As an AI researcher, I realize how impressive it is. Yet, it’s still not a big step toward the type of AI used by the thinking machines we see in movies. For that, we need new approaches.
If you’ve ever been involved in configuring a high performance computing system for a broad range of scientific disciplines, then you know how difficult it can be to balance different user needs with budgetary realities. You have to consider everything from application performance for specific types of workloads, to what type of expertise will be needed for managing the system, to ongoing operating costs and much more.
The Islamic State destroyed a sixth-century Christian monastery in Iraq in 2014, a fact confirmed last week by studying satellite images. The cultural loss is significant and is being widely lamented. Remotely sensed images can be valuable information sources for the public, such as journalists and their readership. High-resolution imagery of places in the news have been used extensively to bring world events to doorsteps of the public.
We have built a world of largely straight lines — the houses we live in, the skyscrapers we work in and the streets we drive. Yet outside our boxes, nature teams with frilly, crenellated forms, from the fluted surfaces of lettuces and fungi to the frilled skirts of sea slugs and the gorgeous undulations of corals. These organisms are biological manifestations of what we call hyperbolic geometry, an alternative to Euclidean geometry...
Researchers from Google DeepMind have developed the first computer able to defeat a human champion at the board game Go. But why has the online giant invested millions of dollars and some of the finest minds in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research to create a computer board game player? Whereas even the best human chess players had fallen to computers by the 1990s, Go remained unbeaten. This is a truly historic breakthrough.
As there is a great need in industry and government for what is called predictive analytics, the additions to JMP Pro add advanced techniques and diagnostics/graphics to ensure that the needs of the widest possible audience are met. This is a program that may profitably be used by not only statisticians, but also scientists, technicians and business types. Now to the details...
The NAG Library is a set of mathematical and statistical algorithms used by thousands around the world for the solution of numerical problems. Every release has included numerical code contributed by “Code Contributors” who generously give their code to help others. This Q&A looks into the code contribution process by interviewing eight individuals who have contributed code in order to gain their insights into the activity.
Living things accumulate and reproduce information. That’s really the driving principle behind life, and behind evolution. But humans have invented a new method of accumulating and reproducing information. It’s digital information, and it’s growing at an astonishing speed. The number of people using the Internet is growing, as are the devices connected through the Internet of Things. Digital technology is like an organism that can evolve.