Trying to make the iPhone of AI robotics

Roobo, maker of artificial intelligence robots, raised $53 million in a Series B funding round led by Seven Seas Partners, a Chinese VC. This is in addition to the $100 million raised last year. The managing partner of Seven Seas, Jeff Xiong Minghua, who was Tencent’s CTO for eight years, will become Roobo’s new CEO. …

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Commercial AI will start sorting through ISIS intelligence data within 6 months

Within six months the US military will start using commercial AI algorithms to sort through its masses of intelligence data on the Islamic State. “We will put an algorithm into a combat zone before the end of this calendar year, and the only way to do that is with commercial partners,” said Col. Drew Cukor. …

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Spacex could launch third rocket in 9 days

SpaceX is looking to extend its soaring flight rate with a third Falcon rocket launch in nine days, as the company works off a backlog of missions that piled up after an accident 10 months ago. The company’s 39th Falcon 9 rocket is being prepared for liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at …

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Boeing claims hypersonic passenger commercial planes will be operating within ten to twenty years

Boeing has pledged to make hypersonic passengers planes a reality – and says they could be operating within a decade. ‘I think in the next decade or two you’re going to see them become a reality,’ Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC at the Paris Air Show. However, he admitted the firm still …

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Dig Once Bill would lower cost of fiber and broadband by up to 90% and has bipartisan support

Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2017 is being discussed at the The House Communications Subcommittee. President Donald Trump plans a trillion dollar infrastructure package that will almost certainly include broadband. If the US adopts a “dig once” policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade …

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Will Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s ?

Several energy analysts who are pro-solar and wind believe that they will dominate global energy and not face limitations based upon grid issues and other factors The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low cost batteries. In the USA, the residential solar market is starting to slow down after …

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China to invest $140 billion by 2020 to relocate 10 million poorest citizens and lift 70 million above poverty line

China will invest 946.3 billion yuan ($140 billion) by 2020 to relocate its poorest citizens from remote, inland regions to more developed areas, the state planner said on Monday. The mass relocation is part of a strategy to lift 10 million people out of poverty by 2020, with 2 million estimated to be moved this …

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Developing Countries, China and Advanced Countries are in a robot and automation race to lower manufacturing costs

A UN report outlines how the increasing use of industrial automation is impacting jobs in developing countries, and what strategies may help in overcoming the problem. Advanced countries, China and developing countries all have to add more automation and robots and the supporting infrastructure and education in order to enable lower manufacturing costs Key points …

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Supersoldier programs for cognitive enhancement and running speed

Scientists and engineers are working on a number of cutting-edge technologies to make US troops faster, smarter and more resilient than their normal selves. Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger and the director of the 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, said performance-enhancers that are being explored could …

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New Breed of Optical Soliton Wave Discovered

Applied scientists led by Caltech’s Kerry Vahala have discovered a new type of optical soliton wave that travels in the wake of other soliton waves, hitching a ride on and feeding off of the energy of the other wave. Solitons are localized waves that act like particles: as they travel across space, they hold their …

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