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Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

December 16, 2014

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Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence on every aspect of how people work, live, and play.

This effort, called the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) is the brainchild of computer scientist and Stanford alumnus Eric Horvitz. As former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence,… read more

Stanford University open flow standard

March 2, 2009

Stanfor­d computer scientist Nick McKeow­n and colleagues have developed a standard called OpenFlow that essentially opens up the Internet to researchers, allowing them to define data flows using software — a sort of “software-defined networking.”

This software-based access allows computer scientists to inexpensively and easily test new switching and routing protocols.

Stanford University’s president predicts the death of the lecture hall as university education moves online

May 31, 2012

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Stanford University recently explored offering online courses to a larger audience with a programming class for iPhone applications, first available in 2009, that has been downloaded more than one million times.

This past fall, more than 100 000 students around the world took three engineering classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and Introduction to Databases.

Stanford president John L. Hennessy says that’s just the beginning. In fact,… read more

Stanford’s ‘autonomous’ helicopters teach themselves to fly

September 2, 2008

Stanford computer scientists have developed an AI system that enables robotic helicopters to teach themselves to fly difficult stunts by watching other helicopters perform the same maneuvers.

The result is an autonomous helicopter than can perform a complete airshow of complex tricks on its own.

There is interest in using autonomous helicopters to search for land mines in war-torn areas or to map out the hot spots of… read more

Stanford’s free ‘Intro to AI’ course

August 4, 2011

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Stanford University’s CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Fall quarter 2011 is now available, for free, Stanford has announced.

You can take this online course from professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm.

This is more than just downloading materials and following along with a live stream; you’re… read more

Stanford’s free online iPhone & iPad course is baaack — with peer-to-peer help

June 20, 2012

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Stanford’s popular free iPhone and iPad apps online course opens June 25 with a new feature: help and inspiration 24×7 via Piazza, a peer-to-peer social learning site — a first for Stanford online courses and on iTunes U.

Whazzit: your questions are answered by course instructors (“course captains”) and by fellow online learners.

When: June 25 to Aug. 27. Registration opens June 19 and ends July 6.… read more

Stanford’s New Driverless Car

June 18, 2007

A computer-controlled car named Junior is Stanford University’s official entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge, a race in which an autonomous car must navigate city streets, obey traffic laws, avoid obstructions, and, crucially, drive well among other cars in traffic.

Stanford’s new surfing robot opens ocean to exploration

New robotic sensors expand the possibilities, and new iPhone/iPad app brings sharks into your living room
August 27, 2012

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Cue the Jaws theme music….

Stanford marine biologists have launched the ”Wave Glider” robot, which probing the Pacific Ocean off the California coast to provide researchers with near real-time data of sharks and other animals.

The Blue Serengeti Initiative, as the effort is called, picks up where the decade-long Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project left off. TOPP, an international collaboration among 75 scientists, involved tagging thousands of… read more

Stanford’s robotic Audi to brave Pikes Peak without a driver

February 4, 2010

A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) plans to race an autonomous vehicle up the 14,000-foot Pikes Peak without a driver at race speeds, something never done before.

The Audi TTS, nicknamed Shelley, knows exactly where she is on the road by using a differential GPS. Unlike a standard GPS system, hers corrects for interference in the atmosphere, showing the cars position on… read more

Star crust is 10 billion times stronger than steel

April 15, 2009

The crust of neutron stars is 10 billion times stronger than steel, according to new simulations by Los Alamos National Laboratory. That makes the surface of these ultra-dense stars tough enough to support long-lived bulges that could produce gravitational waves detectable by experiments on Earth.

Star ripped apart by unknown black hole

Scientists record signal as distant black hole consumes star
August 4, 2012

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Astronomers think they have seen a star being ripped to pieces by a previously unknown black hole (see ‘The awakening of a cosmic monster‘), says Nature News.

The astronomers saw a pulse of X-rays that rose and fell in intensity every 200 seconds. The team thinks that the oscillation is coming from the last bits of the star, which are making their final orbits before being sucked… read more

Star supply dwindling

August 12, 2003

Star formation is now 30 times slower than it was 6 billion years ago, a University of Edinburgh team has found. More stars are fizzling out than are being born.

Star survey reaches 70 sextillion

July 22, 2003

The total number of stars in the known universe visible with modern telescopes is 7 x 10^22, according to a study by Australian astronomers.

The actual number of stars could be infinite, said Dr. Simon Driver, speaking at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union meeting in Sydney. The universe is so big, light from the other side of the universe “hasn’t reached us yet.”

Star Trek HoloDeck 1.0 — HoloVizio 3D Makes Its Debut

June 10, 2008

Researchers with the EU-funded COHERENT project have developed the HoloVizio, a 3-D screen that can present realistic, animated 3-D images simultaneously to an unlimited number of freely moving viewers.

Viewers can walk around the screen in a wide field of view, seeing the objects and shadows moving continuously as in the normal perspective. It is even possible to look behind the objects; hidden details appear, while others disappear.… read more

Star Trek-like invisible shield discovered 7200 miles above Earth that blocks ‘killer electrons’

December 1, 2014

Scientists have discovered an invisible shield about 7,200 miles above Earth (credit: Andy Kale/University of Alberta)

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks “killer electrons,” which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites, and degrade space systems during intense solar storms.

The barrier to the particle motion was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped rings above Earth — an inner… read more

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