Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising - Defense One

In such situations, better performance will bring more resources and power to fulfill that primary function more fully, faster, and at greater scale. More importantly, these systems don’t worry about costs in terms of relationships, discomfort to others, etc., unless those costs present clear barriers to more primary function. This sort of computer behavior is anti-social, not fully logical, but not entirely illogical either.

Probabilistic Graphical Models - home

A probabilistic graphical model (PGM) is a probabilistic model for which a graph denotes the conditional independence structure between random variables. They are commonly used in probability theory, statistics—particularly Bayesian statistics—and machine learning.

The Rapture of the Nerds | TIME.com

Terasem counts its Florida cottage and a solar-powered cabin in Lincoln, Vermont as its primary homes. It’s in Vermont that the Rothblatts keep a robot named BINA48. The machine is modeled after Martine’s wife, Bina, and was built to see just how precisely a robot loaded with mindfiles can resemble a living, breathing human being.

NASA’s Rupak Biswas Sees Usable Quantum Computing before End of Decade

Quantum computing has matured tremendously over the past five years. There are numerous activities around the world where researchers are exploring how to create robust qubits, automatically correct errors, have them entangled, and increase coherence time. The challenge still is to build a system with large numbers of qubits that can be harnessed effectively to solve real problems. At the same time, other groups are working on quantum algorithms and software infrastructures to make these systems usable. I think we will start seeing the impact of quantum computing in the next five years, even though it might be a decade or so before it is considered mainstream.

An iPad Mini Case with Shape Shifting Buttons Will Make Typing on a Touch Screen Much Faster | MIT Technology Review

As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type.

Scientists observe quantum superconductor-metal transition and superconducting glass | Science Codex

The article “Collapse of superconductivity in a hybrid tin–grapheme Josephson junction array’” (authors: Zheng Han, Adrien Allain, Hadi Arjmandi-Tash,Konstantin Tikhonov, Mikhail Feigelman, Benjamin Sacépé,Vincent Bouchiat, published in Nature Physics on March 30, 2014, DOI:10.1038/NPHYS2929) presents the results of the first experimental study of the graphene-based quantum phase transition of the “superconductor-to-metal” type, i.e. transformation of the system’s ground state from superconducting to metallic, upon changing the electron concentration in graphene sheet.

Consul - HashiCorp

Today we announce Consul, a solution for service discovery and configuration. Consul is completely distributed, highly available, and scales to thousands of nodes and services across multiple datacenters.

The PourOver Book · PourOver

PourOver is a library for simple, fast filtering and sorting of large collections – think 100,000s of items – in the browser. It allows you to build data-exploration apps and archives that run at 60fps, that don’t have to to wait for a database call to render query results.

The New Linode Cloud: SSDs, Double RAM & much more

Linodes are now SSD. This is not a hybrid solution – it’s fully native SSD servers using battery-backed hardware RAID. No spinning rust! And, no consumer SSDs either – we’re using only reliable, insanely fast, datacenter-grade SSDs that won’t slow down over time. These suckers are not cheap.

OpenShift Origin - geard

geard is a command-line client and agent for integrating and linking Docker containers into systemd across multiple hosts.

GearD: The Intersection of PaaS, Docker and Project Atomic | Openshift Blog

That’s all changed with systemd. It not only starts and stops processes but does lots of the low level integration with other Linux subsystems that the PaaS used to do. SELinux and cgroups are setup out of the gate with API’s to change them easily. It also keeps track of those processes to keep them running and even start them on-demand if needed. All this is handled at the heart of operating system which makes it as efficient as possible. Now we can throw away the workarounds in the PaaS that we’ve been doing for years and depend directly on the operating system.

If the new line of research is correct, then the story of time’s arrow begins with the quantum mechanical idea that, deep down, nature is inherently uncertain. An elementary particle lacks definite physical properties and is defined only by probabilities of being in various states. For example, at a particular moment, a particle might have a 50 percent chance of spinning clockwise and a 50 percent chance of spinning counterclockwise. An experimentally tested theorem by the Northern Irish physicist John Bell says there is no “true” state of the particle; the probabilities are the only reality that can be ascribed to it.

Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation

#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans - O'Reilly Radar

Long before we get to fully autonomous devices, there are many “halfway house” applications that are really Internet of Things applications in waiting, which use humans for one or more parts of the entire system. When you understand that the general pattern of #IoTH applications is not just sensor network actuator but various combinations of human network actuator or sensor network, you will broaden the possibilities for interfaces and business models.

Future Nokia phones could send quantum-coded texts - tech - 16 April 2014 - New Scientist

Now, an international team led by Anthony Laing at the University of Bristol, UK, has shrunk the quantum encoder by splitting the traditional system in two. A large “server”, which could one day be about the size of a case of beer, would contain the bulky elements like a laser and a single-photon generator.

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