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Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighbourhood. The certainty of its extraterrestrial origin comes from an analysis that shows its orbit is […]

Rise of the machines: Will a robot take your job?

Rise of the machines: Will a robot take your job?

LONDON: A once-distant future of flying cars, household robots and talking appliances is rapidly approaching and no one is sure what to expect. Technology companies developing innovative artificial intelligence (AI) applications promise a life made easier as machines take over everyday tasks from making coffee to driving to work. People, they say, will be free […]

Potentially habitable world found just 11 light years away

Potentially habitable world found just 11 light years away

A potentially habitable world, termed Ross 128 b, has been discovered just 11 light years away. It is roughly Earth-sized and orbits its parent star once every 9.9 days. Astronomers calculate that its surface temperature could lie somewhere between –60° and 20°, making it temperate and possibly capable of supporting oceans, and life. The world […]

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google has announced another big push into artificial intelligence, unveiling a new approach to machine learning where neural networks are used to build better neural networks – essentially teaching AI to teach itself. These artificial neural networks are designed to mimic the way the brain learns, and Google says its new technology, called AutoML, can […]

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