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Contamination-seeking drones - IBM Patent 9447448.

Stay back and let the drones do the dirty work. Patent 9447448 makes cognitive drones able to inspect and decontaminate places so humans don’t have to. The drones’ on-board AI system can now collect and analyze samples so it can identify and clean up any bacteria or outbreak. So instead of turning into a zombie or a mutant or whatever, you can stay out of harm’s way.   

This is just one of the record-breaking 8,000+ patents IBM received this year. Explore the latest IBM patents. →

Netflix algorithms could help NASA identify planets that support life

  • Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough have developed a new approach to identifying stable planetary systems.
  • It’s based on the machine learning artificial intelligence Netflix uses.
  • Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to learn new functions without being programmed.
  • This is how Netflix can make scarily accurate predictions of what you’re interested in watching without you telling it.
  • Now researchers are looking to implement the same idea in the realm of astrophysics.
  • They will use previously collected data to predict a system’s stability and determine information like a planet’s mass or how elliptical its orbit is. Read more

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Driving assistants - IBM Patent 9296395

Artificial intelligence will make roads safer, by making sure drivers are focused behind the wheel. Patent 9296395 allows built-in cognitive systems to learn about conditions both inside and outside the car, and take actions if they sense your state-of-mind just isn’t where it needs to be. Whether you’re cruising, commuting or driving cross-country, cognitive will make sure you never ride alone.      

This is just one of the record-breaking 8,000+ patents IBM received this year. Explore the latest IBM patents. →


‘Potato’, Oct 2016

I posted some of these before but I decided to make a final cut of all the shots from this issue and tried to enhance them as much as possible. Tegoshi really let loose here. This is the kind of photoshoots we need. 

Thank you, Potato-san! 

8,000+ reasons to celebrate.

Here’s to another record-breaking year for IBM. Let’s count the reasons we’re raising our mugs in celebration today. 24 years as the top earner of US patents with 8,088 patents awarded in 2016—the most received by any group ever. This is all thanks to the ingenuity of 8,500 IBM inventors across 47 countries working on world-changing inventions day after day. From microbe-fighting drones to advancing quantum computing, these patents add up to some exciting innovations for 2017 and beyond.

Explore IBM’s 2016 patents →


In Japan, the artificial intelligence takeover is well underway 

  • According to the Guardian, Japanese insurance company Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is cutting costs by laying off 34 employees and replacing them with an artificial intelligence system.
  • Fukoku is banking on the transition to AI technology increasing productivity by as much as 30% because the machines will be able to calculate policyholder payouts at a much faster rate than humans.
  • If companies like Fukoku find replacing human employees with AI indeed ends up saving time and money, it could spell disaster for workers in Japan. Read more

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El próximo 24 de marzo, MediaFactory lanzará a la venta el cuarto juego de mini posters que incluye, de regalo, un mini folio o mini clear file.
La caja incluye 15 sets de 2 mini posters y un mini folio; y costará 6480 yenes. También, pueden adquirirse los sets por separado.

Tatsuya: I know Kato will do it properly, but will Tegoshi be alright? [ since 24h TV is a live broadcast]

Shige: Tegoshi? (confidently) Tegoshi will also do his best. He will!

2016.08.24 ZIP!

H: What do you think about Shige’s statement? 

M: I believe in everything Shige does”.

24h TV, Arashi ni Shiyagare

When Koyama was asked about stepping in for Takahata’s role in Shige’s drama he said:

“If a member has a problem, another member should help out, it’s natural.”

24h TV really brought out the true Member Ai.

A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are being laid off and replaced with an artificial intelligence system that can calculate payouts to policyholders.

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance believes it will increase productivity by 30% and see a return on its investment in less than two years. The firm said it would save about 140m yen (£1m) a year after the 200m yen (£1.4m) AI system is installed this month. Maintaining it will cost about 15m yen (£100k) a year.

The move is unlikely to be welcomed, however, by 34 employees who will be made redundant by the end of March.

The system is based on IBM’s Watson Explorer, which, according to the tech firm, possesses “cognitive technology that can think like a human”, enabling it to “analyse and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, images, audio and video”.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I'm a journalist writing about the upcoming show 'Riverdale' and Betty/Veronica shippers, and I keep seeing this image apparently from a comic book, with Betty waking up and saying to Veronica, "How did you get your clothes back on so fast?" The image seems to lead back to you and I wanted to confirm if this is something you edited or if it's an original panel from the comics. Please let me know!! Thanks!

It’s an original panel from the comics.  I don’t know what issue it comes from.  I didn’t scan it and don’t own the issue in question.  Anyways, good luck with your article.  I love the news media and all the important work you people do to spread facts.


La quinta entrega de la colección de posters de MediaFactory saldrá a la venta el próximo 31 de marzo. Se puede adquirir el set completo comprando la caja contenedora de 8 packs de 2 posters, cuyo costo es de 4320 yenes, o cada par por separado, por 500 yenes.
Cada poster mide 182mm x×515mm.


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