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AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros

June 14, 2010

The Arizona Financial Text system (AZFinText) ingests large quantities of financial news stories (in initial tests, from Yahoo Finance) along with minute-by-minute stock price data, and then uses the former to figure out how to predict the latter.

Then it buys, or shorts, every stock it believes will move more than 1% of its current price in the next 20 minutes — and it never holds a stock for… read more

AI to Assist Alzheimer’s Patients

June 25, 2002

The Activity Compass, a Palm handheld with a GPS receiver and wireless modem, will memorize an Alzheimer’s patient’s daily routine and offer him directions when he becomes lost or confused.

AI to predict Sun’s next attack on Earth

December 20, 2011

Solar flares

Piet Martens of Montana State University and colleagues have developed 15 programs that use data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and image-processing techniques such as contour or edge recognition to automatically identify features on the sun’s surface.

To make the process generic, Martens’ team is using techniques developed to identify breast tumors. This involves splitting a 1.6-million-pixel image into 1024 blocks. For each block, the software… read more

AI tutor, college degrees planned for Udacity online courses: Sebastian Thrun

July 20, 2013

Sebastian Thrun

Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says Udacity is planning to develop AI “that sits there, watches you learn, and helps you pick the right learning venue or task, so you’re more effective and have more pleasure,” he told MIT Technology Review. It should be available in at least a year, he said.

Thrun also said San Jose State University is offering coreread more

AI will eventually drive healthcare, but not anytime soon

January 26, 2012

A merging of artificial intelligence and healthcare is tougher than many realize because of the search space problem (complexity) and the good data (validity) problem.

“Eventually, people will get better care from AI,” says medical AI programmer . “For now, we should keep the algorithms focused on the data that we know is good and keep the doctors focused on the patients. We should be… read more

AI-based ‘Previewseek’ search engine launched

August 2, 2005

Previewseek Limited has launched an AI-based search engine,

Its AI algorithms improve searching, the company claims. It “understands” the meanings of words, distinguishes between unbiased and commercial content, and generates visual “previews” of search result pages.

The site is at

AIBO robots able to send images to cell phones

July 17, 2003

A system enabling Sony Corp’s AIBO robot pets to transmit images to mobile phones is being demonstrated at “Wireless Japan 2003.” It could be used for security purposes, enabling users to operate “house-sitting” AIBO robots from outside.

Aim to create ‘sensitive’ PCs

March 24, 2003

Computers that can recognize and understand human emotions could be about to move a step nearer.

Aiming to Learn as We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself

October 5, 2010

A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University — supported by grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Google, and tapping into a research supercomputing cluster provided by Yahoo — has been fine-tuning a computer system that is trying to master semantics by learning more like a human.

The computer was primed by the researchers with some basic knowledge in various categories and set loose on the… read more

Air Force Seeks Bush’s Approval for Space Weapons Programs

May 18, 2005

A new Air Force strategy, Global Strike, calls for a military space plane carrying precision-guided weapons armed with a half-ton of munitions.

The “common aero vehicle” could strike from halfway around the world in 45 minutes.

The “Rods From God” space program aims to hurl cylinders of tungsten, titanium or uranium from the edge of space to destroy targets on the ground.

A third program would bounce… read more

Air Force Treating Wounds With Lasers and Nanotech

May 10, 2010

The Air Force is funding scientists who are using lasers to seal up wounds at a molecular level.

The process would replace the sutures and staples traditionally used to repair wounded skin. A patient’s wound would be coated in a dye, then exposed to green light for 2-3 minutes. The dye absorbs the light and catalyzes molecular bonds between the tissue’s collagen.

The bonds instantly create a seal… read more

Air Force Wants Neuroweapons to Overwhelm Enemy Minds

November 4, 2010

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing revamped a call for research proposals examining “Advances in Bioscience for Airmen Performance.” It’s a six-year, $49 million effort to deploy extreme neuroscience and biotechnology in the service of warfare.

One suggested research thrust is to use “external stimulant technology to enable the airman to maintain focus on aerospace tasks and to receive and… read more

Air guitarists’ rock dreams come true

November 29, 2005

The Virtual Air Guitar project, developed at Helsinki University of Technology, uses a computer to monitor the hand movements of a “player.” The system adds riffs and licks to match mid-air finger work.

Air Storage Is Explored for Energy

August 27, 2008

Energy Storage and Power, a new company, plans to use wind turbines to produce compressed air that can be stored underground or in tanks and released later to power generators during peak hours.

Airborne Laser lets rip on first target

December 16, 2008

Airborn laser battles with aircraft patrolling the skies, zapping missiles, aircraft or even satellites in low Earth orbit with invisible, ultrapowerful laser beams may become a reality soon, with the successful test of the Airborne Laser (ABL), developed by aerospace firms Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

(Jim Shryne/USAF)

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