The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (5/05)

Mg20627585.700-1_300 Army of smartphone chips could emulate the human brain

Steve Furber, a professor of computer engineering at the University of Manchester, is attempting to model the synaptic weights and coordinated votage spikes of the human brain in a 1-billion-neuron silicon brain system called Spinnaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture). The chips, under construction in Taiwan, contain 20 ARM processor cores, each modelling 1000 neurons. With 20,000 neurons per chip, 50,000 chips will be needed to reach the target of 1 billion neurons. His first goal is to teach it how to control a robotic arm, before working towards a design to control a humanoid. A robot controller with even a dash of brain-like properties should be much better at tasks like image recognition, navigation and decision-making,


Google Taps Employees to Crowdsource New Ventures

Google unveiled its strategy for its year-old venture-capital-funding arm Monday: Follow the tips from Google employees to find companies worth investing in that also need help from Google’s immense computing power in the hopes of making billions down the road. Google Ventures plans to invest $100 million a year in startups, following on nine initial investments in 2009, ranging from an electric vehicle manufacturer to a company finding ways to bring product-placement ads to online images.

Nazis fascism "No One Tells Me To Shut Up!": Cool Graphics From the American Labor Movement

These stunning posters capture both the history of the American labor movement and the history of the USA during it's WW11 and post-war empire period.

539w Did YouTube Help Nab the Times Square Bomber?

Federal agents have made an arrest in the Times Square bombing attempt. And YouTube may have provided some clues to the investigators. Faisal Shahzad was attempting to board a plane for Dubai when he was apprehended at New York’s JFK airport. Law enforcement officials believe the Connecticut resident recently bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was rigged with explosives and fertilizer and left smoldering in Times Square. One “clue in the investigation is a video posted online early Sunday morning by persons in Connecticut, who may have been involved in the bomb attempt and are being sought by law enforcement,” ABC News reports. The video, features the voice of Qari Hussain Mehsud, the “Pakistani Taliban master trainer of suicide bombers,” according to the Long War Journal. The clip congratulates fellow Muslims for the “jaw-breaking blow to Satan’s USA.” “The attack a revenge” for the slaying of extremist leaders in Iraq and Pakistan, the video continues, and is a response to “the recent rain of drone attacks.”

Future1 Google Invests in App that Predicts the Future

Google Ventures has just invested an undisclosed amount in Recorded Future, a company that is working to accurately predict the future. As its name implies, the web application uses a wealth of quantifiable data from the past and present to forecast trends and predict outcomes. It likely has around the same level of accuracy, give or take, as a weather report. Recorded Future offers alerts on topics such as financial markets, geopolitical news, industry changes, public figures, technology and information security. The app can be customized to return results for an individual or other topic, as well.


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