Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed

They call it artificial intelligence not because the intelligence is somehow fake. It’s real intelligence, but it’s still made by humans. That means AI as a power tool that can add speed, efficiency, insight and accuracy to a researcher’s work has many limitations. It’s only as good as the methods and data it has been Read more about Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed[…]

New research finds it depends on what consumers are saying and what the ads are doing

INFORMS Journal Marketing Science New Study Key Takeaways: “Word-of-mouth” is not always a substitute for advertising. When consumers learn about products from other consumers, businesses should increase advertising spending to prove their product is high-quality. When all consumers share their experiences, a high-quality business may be better served by reducing its advertising spending. As more Read more about New research finds it depends on what consumers are saying and what the ads are doing[…]

Novel design and strategic use of materials for wearable biosensors

In recent years, the use of wearable sensing devices has become a part of people’s everyday lives. Devices such as smart watches, for example, can be used to monitor physical fitness functions such as heart rate, sleep and exercise. But advances in technology have opened many more possibilities for monitoring patient health. Sensors can now Read more about Novel design and strategic use of materials for wearable biosensors[…]

Seawater air-conditioning as an alternative cooling solution

Month-on-month, year-on-year, the world continues to experience record high temperatures. In response to this and exacerbated by a growing global population, it is expected that air-conditioning demand will continue to rise. A new IIASA-led study explored the pros and cons of seawater air-conditioning as an alternative cooling solution. Conventional air-conditioning (AC) is the most common Read more about Seawater air-conditioning as an alternative cooling solution[…]

A new device to more efficiently process information

The development of a new method to make non-volatile computer memory may have unlocked a problem that has been holding back machine learning and has the potential to revolutionize technologies like voice recognition, image processing and autonomous driving. A team from Sandia National Laboratories, working with collaborators from the University of Michigan, published a paper Read more about A new device to more efficiently process information[…]

How important is internet connectivity for researchers

Fast and reliable internet access is fundamental for research and development activity around the world. Seamless connectivity is a privilege we often take for granted. But in developing nations, technological limitations can become stumbling blocks to efficient communication and cause significant disadvantages. Pete Goldsmith, director of the Soybean Innovation Lab at University of Illinois, works Read more about How important is internet connectivity for researchers[…]

A new ultrafast camera “see” more like humans do

In his quest to bring ever-faster cameras to the world, Caltech’s Lihong Wang has developed technology that can reach blistering speeds of 70 trillion frames per second, fast enough to see light travel. Just like the camera in your cell phone, though, it can only produce flat images. Now, Wang’s lab has gone a step Read more about A new ultrafast camera “see” more like humans do[…]

Artificial Intelligence enables ‘injured’ robot to self-repair

Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise pain and to self-repair when damaged. The system has AI-enabled sensor nodes to process and respond to ‘pain’ arising from pressure exerted by a physical force. The system also Read more about Artificial Intelligence enables ‘injured’ robot to self-repair[…]

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Assessing the health implications of autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are the wave of the future in the automobile industry, and there’s extensive discussion about the impacts on transportation, society, the economy and the environment. However, less attention has been focused on the potential health impacts of self-driving vehicles. Texas A&M University researchers have developed a conceptual model to identify these health Read more about Assessing the health implications of autonomous vehicles[…]

SME funding from ERDF – currently under the auditors’ microscope

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched a new audit to examine whether EU funding for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is helping to make them more competitive and future-proof. The auditors will assess whether the European Commission’s support from the European regional development fund (ERDF) is ensuring lasting competitive gains for start-ups Read more about SME funding from ERDF – currently under the auditors’ microscope[…]

Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings

The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will enhance the quality of life for people living in and using the Read more about Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings[…]

New fire-resistant glass

The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen and Hörmann, a family-owned company, have developed a new type of fire-resistant glass that holds up under even extreme heat and ported this glazing from the beaker to the production line within four years. No more toxic acrylamide, around 85 percent less process Read more about New fire-resistant glass[…]