Posts Tagged ‘Science’

#IBM continues to invest in #AI

July 30th, 2010 Comments off

Decades of Artificial Intelligence sitting on the bench might to be coming to an end. Two recent articles detail renewed research into neuron-based cognitive modeling which could lead to information processing technology that more closely mimics the way our brains function. This approach is not new, neural networks have been around since the 60s but research seemed to hit a brick wall, only offering limited benefits based on mathematical computation.

Why do we want computers that work like the brain? Well, one of the big advantages wetware has over its current binary counterpart is its ability to do complex pattern matching with relative ease. This ability is the foundation for vision, hearing, and some think understanding iteself, all areas where today’s computational techniques fall woefully short.

It’s good to know that big commercial organizations like IBM still have the commitment to invest in fundamental research. No doubt they’re looking to patent whatever methods come out of this work but at least they are contributing to the science. Others should follow their lead.

IBM Creates the Most Detailed Map of the Brain To Date.


Much more interesting than the #iPhone antenna hysteria

July 1st, 2010 Comments off

Blatant link-bait aside….  This is amazing..  Not likely to show up at an airport security post near you any time but the ability to look into the atoms of the world without destroying them in the process opens up whole new avenues for science.

Just not sure I’m thrilled that it’s in my back yard. Still black holes are unlikely according to sources well informed.

World’s Most Intense X-Ray Laser Takes First Shots.


A.I. is dead. Long live A.I. (SkyNet)

April 3rd, 2009 Comments off

Just when you thought A.I. was dead, or at least relegated to calculating your credit score, along comes the yeast genome sequencing robot!!  Now there’s a long way between designing an experiment to sequence yeast genes and being able to do the housework for you but this is a significant step as the experiment was designed unaided by humans.

Gizmodo – Robot Makes Autonomous Scientific Discovery for First Time – Robotic scientist.

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