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Submission + - White House: Small satellites bring "Moore's Law" into space (

coondoggie writes: The White House recently revealed a number of program that it says will help drive the use of smallsats even further. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced what it called the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative, which basically brings together National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and other Federal agencies, to promote and support government and private use of small satellites for remote sensing, communications, science, and the exploration of space.

Submission + - Your robot doctor overlords will see you now (

coondoggie writes: Seems the days of the annual trip to your doctor’s office may be fading in favor of a virtual healthcare provider. At least if you follow the research presented by Gartner this week which predicted by 2025, 50% of the population will rely on what it called virtual personal health assistants (VPHAs) for primary care, finding them more responsive and accurate than their human counterparts.

Submission + - Microsoft speech recognition tech understands a conversation as well a human (

coondoggie writes: Microsoft researchers say they have created a speech recognition system that understands human conversation as well as the average person does. In a paper published this week the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research group said its speech recognition system had attained “human parity” and made fewer errors than a human professional transcriptionist.

Submission + - President Obama targets nasty space weather response with Executive Order (

coondoggie writes: President Barack Obama today issued an Executive Order that defines what the nation’s response should be to a catastrophic space weather event that takes out large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation.

Submission + - Feds want to set a trail for future AI advances (

coondoggie writes: Will future developments in the realm of Artificial Intelligence be like the wild west or a more controlled situation? The real answer is probably somewhere in the middle but the government at least would like to see more measured research and development.
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The White House today issued report on future directions for AI called Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. In it, the report comes to several conclusions – some obvious and some perhaps less so. For example, it accepts that AI technologies will continue to grow in sophistication and ubiquity, thanks to AI R&D investments by government and industry.

Submission + - Cisco Talos: Spam at levels not seen since 2010 (

coondoggie writes: Spam is back in a big way – levels that have not been seen since 201o in fact. That’s according to a blog post today form Cisco Talos that stated the main culprit of the increase is largely the handiwork of the Necurs botnet, stated the blog’s author Jaeson Schultz.

Submission + - Small, low flying drones the target of newfangled DARPA defense system (

coondoggie writes: DARPA said it envisions its Aerial Dragnet program will develop technologies to deliver persistent, wide-area surveillance of all low flying unmanned aircraft via a network of surveillance nodes. These nodes would offer coverage, say of a neighborhood-sized urban area, perhaps mounted on long-endurance unmanned aircraft.

Submission + - Cisco and Apple moves make iPhone and iPad integral part of enterprise network (

coondoggie writes: The Cisco and Apple partnership has yielded a ton of new business features that include improved Wi-Fi connectivity, business app prioritization capabilities and the tighter integration of voice for collaboration – all via the today’s release of iOS 10 for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Submission + - Researchers sport system to pull rare earth materials from used hard drives (

coondoggie writes: Open and easy access to rare earth materials — which are critical parts of electronics in everything from cars to computers — is still more a dream than reality. One of the ways to address that anxiety is to harvest and reuse such material from used electronic components – in particular computer hard drives.

Submission + - 1,650lb 3D printed aircraft tool sets Guinness World Record (

coondoggie writes: A 17.5 foot long, 5.5 foot wide and 1.5 foot tall the 3D printed aircraft design tool has earned the title of largest solid 3D printed item by Guinness World Records.
The 1,650 lb. apparatus known as a trim-and-drill tool is comparable in length to a large sport utility vehicle and will ultimately be tested for use in building the Boeing 777X passenger jet. Basically the tool will be used to secure the jet’s composite wing skin for drilling and machining before assembly according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) who developed the tool.

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