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6 Disruptive Technologies that will Shape Business in the Years Ahead

February 9, 2016 1:28 pm | by Charmaine Glavas and Kate Letheren, Queensland University of Technology | Comments

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.

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Would you trust your child’s health to a robot surgeon?

Robots in Healthcare could lead to a Doctorless Hospital

February 9, 2016 10:04 am | by Anjali Jaiprakash, Jonathan Roberts and Ross Crawford, Queensland University of Technology | Comments

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?

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The brain implant sends signals to anything from a bionic prosthetic limb, to a full body exoskeleton. Courtesy of Rex Bionics

How Mind-controlled Bionic Devices could help Quadriplegics Walk

February 9, 2016 9:43 am | by Clive May, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health | Comments

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.

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Rob Farber is a global technology consultant and author with an extensive background in machine-learning and a long history of working with national labs and corporations engaged in both HPC and enterprise computing.

Deep Learning Revitalizes Neural Networks to Match or Beat Humans on Complex Tasks

February 8, 2016 9:55 am | by Rob Farber | Comments

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.

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President Obama visits with students and engages in coding during the "Hour of Code" event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., December 8, 2014. Official White House Photo

Why Schools need to Introduce Computing in all Subjects

February 8, 2016 9:24 am | by Uri Wilensky, Northwestern University | Comments

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?

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Evolving our Way to Artificial Intelligence

February 5, 2016 9:57 am | by Arend Hintze, Michigan State University | Comments

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.

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Fudan University, located in Shanghai, is one of the top universities in China.

HPC Cluster Accelerates Scientific Research for 50+ Fudan University Projects

February 1, 2016 10:52 am | by Sean Thielen | Comments

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.

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Lining up potential pitfalls: nonexperts and computers may misinterpret the vertical line in this image as a natural feature rather than a result of a mosaic compilation of multiple satellite images. Google Earth, CC BY-NC

In Sea of Satellite Images, Experts' Eyes Still Needed

January 29, 2016 9:15 am | by Raechel A. Bianchetti, Michigan State University | Comments

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.

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The frilly forms of corals and sponges are biological variations of hyperbolic geometry, as seen here on the Great Barrier Reef, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Wikimedia/Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA

Corals, Crochet and the Cosmos: How Hyperbolic Geometry Pervades the Universe

January 28, 2016 10:35 am | by Margaret Wertheim, University of Melbourne | Comments

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...

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Whether we’ll see AlphaGo as a step towards Hollywood’s dreams (and nightmares) of AI agents with self-awareness, emotion and motivation remains to be seen.

Google’s Go Triumph is a Milestone for Artificial Intelligence Research

January 28, 2016 10:11 am | by Peter Cowling and Sam Devlin, University of York | Comments

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.

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John Wass is a statistician based in Chicago, IL.

JMP Pro 12: The Best Keeps Getting Better!

January 27, 2016 1:54 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

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...

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Each code donated is documented, tested, maintained and supported by NAG experts and engineered to run on different software and hardware configurations.

The Code Contributors: Still More Insights on Future-proofing Algorithmic Code with the NAG Library

January 26, 2016 4:16 pm | by NAG | Comments

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.

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Beware the digital evolution. Pixabay, CC BY

The Internet could Out-evolve Humanity

January 25, 2016 1:45 pm | by Michael Gillings; Darrell Kemp, and Martin Hilbert, University of California, Davis | Comments

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.

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 R.D. McDowall is Director, R D McDowall Limited.

Review of the Draft WHO Data Integrity Guidance Part 2: Suppliers, Training and ALCOA

January 25, 2016 1:04 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the second and last part of a review of the draft World Health Organisation guidance entitled Guidance on Good Data and Record Management Practices. In this part of the review, we will discuss the role of suppliers and service providers, staff training, good documentation practices, designing systems for data quality and addressing data reliability issues.

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Every release of the NAG Library has included numerical code contributed by professionals working in industry and academia.

The Code Contributors: Experts offer Insights on Future-proofing Algorithmic Code with the NAG Library

January 22, 2016 4:15 pm | by NAG | Comments

The NAG Library is a set of mathematical and statistical algorithms used by thousands around the world for solution of numerical problems. Every release has included numerical code contributed by professionals working in industry and academia. These esteemed “Code Contributors” generously give their code to help others gain benefit from their expert algorithms. Each code donated is then documented, tested, maintained and supported by NAG.

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