Google Creates AI Hardware with NSynth Super

Google recently created a prototype for artificial intelligence hardware in the form of a musical instrument (a synthesizer), but you won’t be seeing this product for sale. They designed it, but you have to build it if you want one. Thankfully, Google is providing the plans. Revealed on Tuesday, this instrument makes unusual sounds based on real sounds. Apparently, some people at Google wanted to create a hardware version of a software synthesizer they created last year. This software was an AI system that came out last spring called NSynth,…

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Toys R No Longer Us, Company Likely to Liquidate

The end of Toys R Us heralds the end of an era as the company plans to liquidate in the face of overwhelming competitive forces. On Wednesday, they told employees of their plans to sell or close all U.S. stores and file liquidation papers before a court hearing for Thursday afternoon. Toys R Us initially announced the closing of 182 U.S. stores in January. Going-out-of-business sales for those stores began the following month. While the last two weeks have seen reports that the company was destined for complete liquidation in…

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Global Seed Vault to Save the World One Crop at a Time

While watching the world’s issues, some are planning for humanity’s long-term future. Crops are central to society, and seed vaults around the world ensure the survival of crop diversity. At the end of February, the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard took in its millionth crop as 70,000 were added to the world’s arctic storage cube. Monday, Feb. 26 also marked the vault’s tenth anniversary. “Hitting the millionth mark is really significant,” Hannes Dempewolf, senior scientist of the Crop Trust, said. “Only a few years back I don’t think we would…

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Virtual Currency, Physical Violence

Holders of significant digital funds are being threatened with physical violence as thieves seek to rob the digitally wealthy of their cryptocurrency funds. Those with wealth have always been targeted. This is only different because of the anonymity cryptocurrency affords and the catchup game law enforcement is playing to prevent it coupled with the fact that the value of cryptocurrency has soared in the last year. Last month in Phuket, Thailand, thieves robbed a young Russian man, holding him hostage in his apartment until he logged into his computer to…

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New DNA Nanorobots Successfully Target and Destroy Cancerous Tumors

Nanorobots! Scientists have successfully used the small, autonomous robots to fight cancer. Nature Biotechnology published the paper detailing the scientific achievement on Monday. These devices are extremely small robots that function on a microscopic scale to perform small, specific jobs. “Nanoscale robots have potential as intelligent drug delivery systems that respond to molecular triggers,” Nature Biotechnology said. If the idea itself sounds exciting, the process is only more so. Scientists used DNA origami to build nanorobots that were programmed to deliver payloads in tumors. The nanorobot functions “on the outside…

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