Beauty may well lie in the eye of the beholder, but the concept is to be tested in a January 2016 beauty contest. Robots trained by deep neural networks, will judge human contestants,on perceived “wrinkliness” and other features. Work underway by Mexican researcher David Silvera Tawil is on how easily people can identify humans from geminoid. Half the people in his study were unable to confirm the robot, causing anxiety and fear in exposure to geminoids. The generic ‘humanoid’ is applied to robots simply with the human structural shape. But if a female geminoids were to submit their photos to the AI judge robots, would algorithmic robot judges find them irresistible in contrast to the imperfect humans?
Today we are warned, IBM launches the IBM "Watson Trend" App, a new way for shoppers to understand the reasons behind the top trends of the holiday season and also predict the hottest products before they sell out. The app is available via a free download at the Apple App Store.
An extended period of lower oil prices would benefit consumers, but would trigger energy-security concerns by heightening reliance on a small number of low-cost producers, or risk a sharp rebound in price if investment falls short, says the IEA (International Energy Agency) in its 2015 edition of the flagship "World Energy Outlook" publication (WEO-2015)
As Tesla contracts for LGChem upgrade batteries, at its heels other batteries hover on the brink of emerging. Scientists at Cambridge have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery with a very high energy density, more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2,000 times, showing how several problems holding backdevice development could be solved.
It’s finally here - the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown will arrive in their time travelling DeLorean. Wearable technology, multi-channel television and the odd 1980’s Apple Macintosh in an antique shop will all come as no surprise.
Benny Czarny, founder and CEO of OPSWAT writes that every day there seems to be a new malware threat we hear about, from remotely controlling cars and medical equipment, to attacks on well-known security vendors such as Kaspersky Lab and Bitdefender. Each threat seems to be bigger and more dangerous than the last. Among this never ending stream of publicised cyber threats and attacks, here are three trends to keep an eye on.
EINS, the Network of Excellence ends its efforts after breaking new ground for the foundation of a “Science of the Internet” or, succinctly “Internet Science”. To ensure that this legacy is not wasted, the international research community must take up the torch, lighting the way for first wave of future internet scientists.
This year Graphene Week 2015 was hosted by the University of Manchester. The excercise showed Haydale, developing and commercialising enhanced graphene and nano-particulate materials, and having recently been awarded a number of research grants, totalling over £450,000. Projects relating to grants are expected to run for a period of between 18 to 24 months. And next year, the event will be hosted in Warsaw from June 13-17, 2016
The recent conduct of the banking community and the add-in Volkswagen’s ethics on CO2 software, find some suggestions for reworking the systems according to research from Gerhard Minnameier, Professor for Business Ethics and Business Education at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Interviewed in Faculty of Economics newsletter, he feels that unethical conduct by employees of financial institutions can usually be traced back to improper incentives in the internal corporate structure. Deductively ths same can probably be said for Big Business.
As Ed Vaizey urges businesses across the country to protect themselves by taking up the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, new research finds that despite a wealth of supposedly simple-to-use and on-demand cloud services now available to businesses, SMEs still struggle to make sense of their IT needs. Some 25% of SMEs polled on behalf of essensys say their IT infrastructure is simply too hard to manage.
Young Software Engineer of the Year 2015 Peeter Parna, Abertay University wins first prize for combining fluid dynamics, gaming and advanced programming and is the first student from Abertay to won the award. Marija Pinkute, who won second place (and Stem model status) studies at University of Edinburgh whose project is aimed at the automatic generation of Tweet messages for news articles. Third place was won by Damien Anderson, University of Strathclyde, for generalised Video Game playing and Lockheed Martin Software Engineering Project Award goes to Archibald ‘Sam’ Elliot, University of St Andrews, for developing a concurrency system for Idris compiler and Erlang backend.
In Scotland energy minister Jim Mather rejects new nuclear power stations in the UK as dangerous and unnecessary, yet in the USA nuclear computer best shared practices could well be emulated by other industries! In addition the first SMR (small modular reactor) has been commissioned while funding is raised for the MSRE (molten salt reactor energy technology) approach.
The authoritative "AccountingWeb" quoted Sajid Javid recently lamented a balance sheet where “company’s employees are listed as ‘liabilities’” while "far from being a liability, the greatest asset any business has is its workers.” So Richard Cassidy, EMEA technical director of Alert Logic, carefully considers the Cyber threat landscape to conclude that of cyber threat and protection, “it is effective people and processes around how the data that hardware and software creates, that will define those organisations that recover from a breach and those that don’t.”
"We produce more than 15 million meals of salmon per day in Norway. Farmed salmon is Norway's most profitable food industry and among the few examples of Norwegian food production that does not receive subsidies. It is difficult, however, to find a food that is more contentious, says Professor Marianne Lien, author of "Aquaculture and the Domestication of Fish."
Scottish solar power in a Google search retrieves seven webpage stories - latest being the issue that a small Feed In Tarriff will make future renewable energy small scale solar projects unviable. A similar Scottish wave & tidal power search offers an old story from September 2014, a Wikipedia renewable energy piece and four other tales, one being an EMEC blog on Virginia looking to Scottish marine renewables and of course an inevitable solar panel 2015 advert.
Big Data is a major factor driving knowledge discovery and innovation in our information society. However, large amounts of data can only be used efficiently if algorithms for understanding the data are available and if these algorithms can also be appropriately applied in highly scalable systems with thousands of hard drives.
The students who took part in the prestigious Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute, an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and cultural study visits exploring Scotland’s contribution to shaping the world and its place in today’s global society have migrated home.
With breaches happening on an almost daily basis, it's critical to establish rules and processes to keep your data safe and secure. The following tips, designed to help you build a sustainable path towards data security, were inspired by the FTC.
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