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AI: Autonomous Helicopters teach themselves to Fly Stunts

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Finally someone has adapted human learning approaches and used them within AI.

Called “apprenticeship learning” and build into AI Algorithms by Stanford University students, they created an autonomous helicopter system that learns to fly stunts by watching human pilots.

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Science: Water on Mars

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No this is not a continuation of or “April’s Fools post”, Nasa today “officially released” information that they found water on Mars.

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Climate Change: Canada we’re coming

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Risk advisory firm Maplecroft has published a “Climate Change Risk Report” looking into the vulnerability of 168 countries to the impact of climate change. The study does not review the severity of the threats in general, but instead evaluates the ability of each of the countries to adapt and withstand potential change.

The report includes a vulnerability index and comparable country scorecards with risk indices, risk indicators, maps and graphics.

Not unsurprising the developed nations with…

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CNCI – A new cybersecurity program

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It’s G.W. Bush’s single largest request for funds in the 2009 intelligence budget and its a “highly classified, multiyear, multibillion-dollar project“.

It goes by the name CNCI aka “Cyber Initiative” and the director National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, calls it a pro-active measure to protect the US Government computing infrastructure and in the future potentially also the computing environments of (US) private entities.

While the secrecy surrounding the program does not even provide specific funding figures or a breakdown, the House Intelligence committee in its report on the program “recognizes” that “…it will be imperative that the government also take into account the interest and concerns of private citizens, the US information technology industry, and other elements of the private sector…“.

They call it a public-private partnership and outlined how the oversight should happen by a panel of lawmakers, executive branch officials and some private sector representatives. And the House has already approved 90% of the requested budget.

So far so good, sounds all nice and positive – a fresh start, “unlike any model currently existing“, well, well, well if your memory in that branch of IT goes back long enough (10 years+) then you will say together with us: Nice words but we have heard them before and when we acted within the scheme we got heavily burned and a bunch of gov. crooks around the world filled their pockets with Billions of Dollars.

So if its a “fresh start” back up your words with actions!

Demonstrate that you have learned from the past mistakes and…

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Space: Gaja calling

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f “Contact” with Jodie Foster was your kind of movie then you should have a look at the real-life version of sounds and noises recorded in space.

Watch the video for the sounds Gaja sends out into space that might be heard by other “aliens” on their planets…

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Data Visualization: Virtual Worlds

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Marketing research company K Zero has published some interesting diagrams on virtual worlds. The first visualizes the virtual worlds by registered accounts and their development since 2003. It also includes some virtual worlds currently in development.

The second diagram shows the involvement of companies and their brands within these virtual worlds.

While the diagrams are very informative we are missing…

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