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It was announced earlier today that Google and NASA have formed a joint lab called “Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab” to research machine learning applications of quantum computers provided by D-Wave. From the press release:
Researchers at Google, NASA and USRA expect to use the D-Wave system to develop applications for a broad range of complex problems such as machine learning, web search, speech recognition, planning and scheduling, search for exoplanets, and support operations in mission control centers.
Although Lockheed Martin recently decided to upgrade their D-Wave system (after testing an earlier version for 2 years), there is still some skepticism from Quantum Computing experts (for example, claims that the D-Wave implementation does not provide actual speedup compared to classical computing). In any case, exciting stuff…
Total nerdfest at UBC yesterday: MiniComi (artist market & cosplay, similar to Japan’s Comiket) & International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition at the same location. I had to be there! It was a lot of fun.
Team Waterloo: By far, the best team of the event.
Seems like Domino’s Pizza was a sponsor.
Some androids showed up.
A stormtrooper as well.
Meanwhile at the MiniComi…
Holding Buck Rogers’ ray gun.
Red Power Ranger.
Artists at MiniComi.
Lots of different hair color that day. Darth Vader was enjoying himself too.
Drag race: UBC vs Waterloo
Robot watchers. Kinect was used by a couple of teams.
Concentrating. MARRT is the McMaster Autonomous Robot Race Team.
Cosplayer in Black.
Cosplayers watching the race.
Resting at the end of the day.
[From IEEE Spectrum]
Very inspiring, especially the part on Ushahidi.
From the Geospatial Revolution project website:
The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.
The mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.
Geospatial information influences nearly everything. Seamless layers of satellites, surveillance, and location-based technologies create a worldwide geographic knowledge base vital to solving myriad social and environmental problems in the interconnected global community.
Go watch it! Next episode will be available on November 2.
From the Stanford Testbed of Autonomous Rotorcraft for Multi-Agent Control (STARMAC) project.