Artificial Intelligence of the Day: Cleverbot Writes a Screenplay
This short film by Chris Wilson follows a plot that was written with help from the artificial intelligence application Cleverbot.
In which Cleverbot is basically a crowd-sourced version of SHRDLU.
And also really really hilarious.
Largest ever solar sail could launch in 2014.
NASA are preparing the final design for a massive 13,000 square foot solar sail, which could launch as early as next year. When collapsed, the sail is the size of a dishwasher and weighs just 70 pounds. Once in space the unit will unfurl and catch sunlight, or more importantly a combination of photons and solar gasses being ejected from the sun, which will very slowly act to speed up the sail and push it out to a point about 3,000,000 kilometres out from Earth.
Once proven, solar sail technology could enable a host of versatile space missions, including flying an advanced space-weather warning system to more quickly and accurately alert satellite operators and utilities on Earth of geomagnetic storms caused by coronal mass ejections from the sun. The technology also could provide an economical solution to removing some of the more than 8,000 pieces of orbital launch debris ringing the planet; conduct station-keeping operations, or hover at high latitudes above Earth for communications and observation; and could drive a variety of propellantless, deep-space exploration and supply ferrying missions.
Solar sail technology has a wonderful idea: it uses the (quantum mechanical) principle that photons can ‘push’ matter, but on a much, much larger scale than what the average undergraduate sees in a physics lab, usually about the photoelectric effect.
While I’m sceptical about their prospective launch date (nothing in space science ever runs on time….ever) I’m excited they’re finally starting to tackle this for development.
(No, you’re right, this has little to do with robots or computers or society.)
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Wow it’s been some time since I’ve posted. Terrible!
I think I’m going to try to be on tumblr once a day. Even if it’s only to reblog art of robots and mechanical men! I have six courses and ~30h of work a week but I’m pretty sure I can commit to 20 minutes a day of tumblring.
I am concerned about the growing use of drones by Federal and local authorities to spy on Americans here at home,” he said Wednesday. “We make a tragic mistake thinking that merely giving up more and more of our privacy will make us safer. It will not. Security and liberty are both essential in a free society, and we cannot forsake one for the other.
I’m really sorry in advance to anybody reading this! I work very early tomorrow so I have to get to bed tonight, but I’ll fix the font sizes the second I can. There’s no way that’s easy to read for long posts.