Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Was once famously asked by American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick. And the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. Dog-headed knights atop horses, or camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes is what they dream of.
Google released last week a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence. The researchers programmed an advance type of “chatbot” that can learn how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialog. Continue reading… “The purpose of living is ‘to live forever’, according to Google’s artificial-intelligence bot”
Cambridge- and MIT-trained scientist and leader in facial emotion recognition technology, Rana el Kaliouby, is concerned about how computers are affecting the emotional lives of her two small children. Continue reading… “What are emotion-reading computers learning about us?”
To say that in the past few decades “everything has become computerized” and that the power and quality of our computers has increased massively has become a cliché. But what hasn’t changed much are the sizes of the interface. Continue reading… “Are floors, walls and ceilings the next interface?”
What say about a hot PC experience inside your swimming pool? Check out the ‘PC of the Swim-Rings,’ a concept shown at the Next-gen PC Design Competition.
Y-shaped nanotubes are ready-made transistors
For the first time, a research team led by Hongjie Dai, the J. G. Jackson and C. J. Wood Professor of Chemistry, has made transistors called “field-effect transistors”-a critical component of computer chips-with graphene that can operate at room temperature. Graphene is a form of carbon derived from graphite. Other graphene transistors, made with wider nanoribbons or thin films, require much lower temperatures.
“For graphene transistors, previous demonstrations of field-effect transistors were all done at liquid helium temperature, which is 4 Kelvin [-452 Fahrenheit],” said Dai, the lead investigator. His group’s work is described in a paper published online in the May 23 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.