Robot Writer Publishes Earthquake Story On LA Times

Robot Writer Publishes Earthquake Story On LA Times The world is full of firsts, and this time around, the Los Angeles Times happens to be the first newspaper in the world to publish a story concerning an earthquake which did send some TV anchors scurrying away, courtesy of a robot writer. This is made possible thanks to journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke, who managed to come up with an algorithm that is capable of generating a short article automatically each time an earthquake strikes.

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    Roboclams To Function As Smart Anchors

    Roboclams To Function As Smart AnchorsImitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the saying goes, and when it comes to the realm of science, why reinvent the wheel when nature already provides us with the relevant examples of how to run things efficiently? Want to fly? Look to the birds. Intend to explore the depths of the oceans without getting crushed by the immense pressure? Check out the ocean life there, and you’ll figure it out. Want to help a boat remain anchored in an assured manner? Ask a clam. At least, this is what MIT researchers have done, resulting in a robotic version of the clam.

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    Boy Hears For First Time Thanks To Brain Implant

    Boy Hears For First Time Thanks To Brain ImplantA brain implant in Alex Frederick’s brain has allowed the little boy to hear for the first time in his 17 months of living, thanks to the presence of a brain implant that was performed in a Boston hospital. This particular device has yet to be approved in the United States for children, but this move ought to help change the perception. In fact, it has been implanted directly into his brain so that he can hear. It was not too long ago that Alex’s parents tried for a cochlear implant, which happens to be a 40-year-old technology that relies on electrodes to stimulate auditory nerves, but the surgery was not successful. With the Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) however, a tiny antenna which has been implanted on the brainstem allows one to pick up signals from a small microphone that is worn on the ear, before relaying them back inside to the brain’s segment that is associated with interpreting sound in the form of electrical signals.

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    Robotic Prosthesis Turns Man Into Extra Skilled Drummer

    What would you do if you were to grow an extra limb? Embrace the oddity as well as advantage of it all, of course! Jason Barnes from Atlanta who had his right arm amputated from below the elbow two years back was on the receiving end of a robotic prosthetic arm, thanks to a certain Profession Weinberg, where this particular robotic arm is capable of manipulating a pair of drumsticks. The first stick will be controlled with electrical signals emitted from his upper arm muscles, while the other stick can tune in to the music being played, where it will then have an algorithm that helps it improvise on its very own beat. Not quite General Grievous in the Star Wars universe, but we’re on our way there.

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    HAWKEYE II Camera Surveillance System – Be Very Afraid

    HAWKEYE II Camera Surveillance System Be Very AfraidHow would you feel if you knew that you were being studied or your every move is being recorded? “An invasion of privacy!” is what one would most probably cry out. Well, a company known as Persistent Surveillance Systems has come up with the HAWKEYE II camera surveillance system which can be installed in light aircraft that delivers truly detailed snooping capabilities. In this particular camera system, one would find a dozen underbelly 192-megapixel cameras that have been fitted to a Cessna light aircraft, where each of these cameras will snap a new photo every single second over an area which could be eventually as large as five miles by five miles. When one is flying in the air at 10,000 to 12,000 feet, the plane’s cameras will be able to capture general snapshots of a large area, where these photos will then be sent over to ground-based operators for further analysis.

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    Skin Gun Could Heal Skin Burns Within Days

    Skin Gun Could Heal Skin Burns Within DaysMedical technology has certainly come a long way from the early days where blood-letting used to be the de facto method of treating any kind of illness. Viral and bacterial infections might be fatal at times, but majority of them require you to just pop a round of antibiotics and you should be back to tip-top shape in no time at all. Burn victims, however, have a much more difficult time, and the scars remains as well which will require an extensive amount of plastic surgery wherever possible in order to return to one’s state prior to the burn. Dr. Jorg Gerlach at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh has come up with what is called a “skin gun“, where it will spray stem cells on burns that will heal in just days afterwards.

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