Biotech, Gaming, Nanotech, VR

The Power of VR as an ‘Empathy Machine’ and Office Holodeck

Virtual reality has a long history in science fiction. From the Lawnmower Man to the Matrix, the idea of VR has inspired artists and gamers alike. But it’s only very recently that the technology has moved out of the lab and into people’s homes. Since the 2012 Oculus Kickstarter, VR has become a driving passion for technophiles and developers around the world. In 2016, the first consumer devices became mainstream, and now the only questions seem to be how quickly it will improve, who will adopt it, and what applications will prove the most revolutionary? Barry Pousman is one of the field’s leading innovators and a big believer in VR’s transformative potential. Pousman began working in the VR field as a founding member of the United Nations' VR initiative an...

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AI, Biotech, Gaming, Nanotech, Robotics

Why It Matters That Human Poker Pros Are Getting Trounced By an AI

Image: Carnegie Mellon UniversityWe’re at the halfway point of the epic 20-day, 150,000-hand “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” Texas Hold’em Poker tournament, and a machine named Libratus is trouncing a quartet of professional human players. Should the machine maintain its substantial lead—currently at $701,242—it will be considered a major milestone in the history of AI. Here’s why.Given the early results, it appears that we’ll soon be able to add Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker (HUNL) to the list of games where AI has surpassed the best humans—a growing list that includes Othello, chess, checkers, Jeopardy!, and as we witnessed last year, Go. Unlike chess and Go, however, this popular version of poker involves bluffing, hidden cards, and imperfect informatio...

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Biotech, Gaming, Nanotech

Why the Latest AI Wave Will Gain Momentum in the Coming Year

It can read lips and create new food recipes. It can win at chess, Jeopardy and the game Go. Every major technology company appears to be integrating it into how they organize and operate their business. And it seems like just about every new app in existence claims its software uses some sort of machine learning to make life even better. Artificial intelligence is splashed across headlines like never before. The AI revolution is here, and the most obvious question to ask as 2016 draws to an end is: what’s next? We recently asked this question. Hendler is director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and one of the developers of the semantic web. He recently co-wrote, with Alice M. Mulvehill, the book Social Machines: The Coming Coll...

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AI, Biotech, Gaming, Nanotech, Robotics, VR

A Sneak Peak Inside Magic Leap: Remaking the World Around Us

Magic Leap has raised $1.4 billion in venture capital and hopes to make mixed reality our new reality. The technology could revolutionize not only gaming, but also medicine, business, and countless other fields.VIA futurism.com

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AI, Gaming, Robotics

Tiny Flying Robots Are Being Built To Pollinate Crops Instead Of Real Bees

A RoboBee is a flying robot that is the size of a bee.VIA businessinsider.com

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