A quantum understanding

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It has been a while since I posted an actual article. I feel this innovation is something that a twitter post really couldn't do justice to. Scientists at Princeton have made a dramatic leap forward in materials simulation. Traditionally when simulating materials on super computers programs must calculate the energy of an atom from scratch to determine the properties of a substance. The scratch calculation is complex and when you scale this across hundreds or thousands of atoms simulations are extremely intensive. Enter the new formula based solution from Carter and Chen. This solution avoids having to calculate the energy of each electron in a material and instead accurately predicts the kinetic energy of electrons across the entire substance. This takes the most complex repetitive portion out of the simulation…
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The inevitable forward march of the machines.

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Many scientists agree, general AI is coming. Self aware machines capable of understanding both the world around them and themselves. Will we be overtaken by these machines? "When we started thinking for you, it really became our civilization." Agent Smith - The Matrix. Both robotic scientists and Battlestar Galactica members agree that the AI is coming. While this article serves as some hype for the new Battlestar Galactica TV movie "The Plan" it also discusses some very interesting contemporary AI research along with cybernetics. While we may be overtaken by the machines we may also be able to keep up with them if we follow them in our natural evolution. Replace your brain with cyber enhanced nano-neruons? It won't be impossible forever. People are already experimenting with cybernetics, at a…
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Adrift in the silence, but now a melody from the void

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Over the last week or so I haven't seen many breakthrough bits of research that I wanted to share with Automatons Adrift. I have been reading the papers from AIIDE 2008 and some of them have been very interesting. I will share a synopsis of some of the cool ideas shared at that conference in a later post. Now there has been a song from the void. The automatons are singing, or at least trying to sing. A UK researcher has been experimenting with autonomous agents that communicate through singing and work together to improvise a song or melody. The robots currently attempt to mimic eachothers sounds and it has been scaled up to twenty robots. Further research in this field can be applied to group communication and organized planning.…
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