Advertisement Editor’s Picks 'Marine Skin' Wearable Tracks Animals Under the Sea The Cautionary Tale of "No More Woof," a Crowdfunded Gadget to Read Your Dog's Thoughts Cosmonauts Prepare to Bring the 'Internet of Animals' Online Pig farmers want human diners to bite into the delicious pork they produce, not for swine to bite each other. (Yes, it happens.) Now, using 3D cameras and machine-vision algorithms, scientists are developing a way to automatically detect when a pig might be about to chomp down on another pig. Pigs have an unfortunate habit of biting one another’s tails. Infections from these bites can render up to 30 percent of a pig farm’s swine unfit for human consumption. Docking, or cutting, pig tails can reduce such biting but does not eliminate it, and the routine use of docking is banned in the European Union. There are a wide range of potential triggers for outbreaks of tail biting—among them genetics, diet, … [Read more...] about Scottish Farmers Test Machine Vision to Manage Pig Pugnacity
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Replacing a cluster installed in 2012, Princeton’s new flagship computer, TIGER, arrived quietly on campus in March and was put through months of routine testing and debugging before being officially unveiled in late May. Several tours and a reception were held at the High-Performance Computing Research Center (HPCRC) on the Forrestal Campus during Reunions. At close to six times the power of its predecessor, TIGER is funded by the University provost, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) and several University schools and departments. TIGER represents “Princeton University’s mission to advance learning through scholarship and research of unsurpassed quality,” said Jay Dominick, vice president for information technology and the University’s chief information officer. “Computation has become an indispensable tool in accomplishing that mission,” Dominick said. “With the newest … [Read more...] about Princeton Research Computing Introduces Newest TIGER Supercomputer
Earlier this week Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich took to the stage at CES in Las Vegas to unveil the company’s new 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip, heralding it as “a step towards quantum supremacy”.The new chip, Krzanich said, is “a major breakthrough for quantum computing” and comes just two months after Intel announced it had fabricated a 17-qubit test-chip. Named Tangle Lake – after a chain of lakes in Alaska, “a nod to the extreme cold temperatures and the entangled state qubits require to function” the accompanying press release said – the chip represents a milestone towards Intel’s ambition to build a complete quantum computing system “from architecture to algorithms to control electronics”. Krzanich proclaimed quantum computing’s potential to tackle “life changing, complex problems”, noting use cases in drug development, the discovery of new materials, financial modeling and … [Read more...] about Intel fabricates 49-qubit test chip for partner QuTech
Some say the touchscreen, as a direct contact method, is the last input paradigm mankind has reached on the quest for interaction with our gadgets, and, at least for the foreseable future, that seems to be true, barring the leaps and bounds currently underway in voice and gesture navigation. Of course, we'd rather prefer an even more direct connection like mind control, but more on that later. Others mention that the iPhone was invented almost by accident, as Steve Jobs was actually looking for a more natural way that humans would interact with his Mac computers, without the keyboard and mouse intermediaries, or what was essentially meant to be a largish tablet of sorts at the time. The touchscreen scenario looked promising, and when the engineers first showed him what they did with capacitive multitouch, scrolling, pinching and the like, he immediately recognized this is more suitable of an input method for his dream personal computer and communication gear you'd always carry with … [Read more...] about Beyond the touchscreen: voice, gestures, mind control?
The next time you fly into Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport, look out the window and see if you can spot what's missing. The answer? A 160 feet high tower. That’s what airport officials at the airport say would have been necessary for them to be able to safely control the movement of planes on the ground, taxiing to and from gates and runways at the recently expanded airport. That would be doing things the old fashioned way, by line-of-sight—aka looking at the planes. Instead of an elevated perch, ground controllers at FLL have an even better view from inside a nearby squat, building. “They have no windows in their building,” says Mike Nonnemacher, the chief operating officer for Broward Country Aviation Department, which controls FLL airport. “It’s all done by radar, and augmented by a system of CCTV and infrared cameras.” A new computer system takes the data from those cameras, and other sensors, and stitches it together into one giant … [Read more...] about In Florida, Airport Ground Traffic Controllers Trade the Tower for a Screen-Stuffed Room