October 07, 2014

4:09 PM | Rethinking The Turing Test
How Can I Help You? In the 2013 film, Elysium, critical jobs have been outsourced to intractible, inadequate machines, like this automated customer service rep. Image Courtesy of Elysium: The Art of the Film © 2013 Tristar Pictures At a competition in June, a chatbot named Eugene duped a group of human judges into believing it was a Ukrainian teenager. The judges hailed it as the first time a machine passed the Turing Test—that hallowed measure of […]

October 06, 2014

1:51 PM | The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet
Altaeros' Buoyant Air Turbine Last year, Altaeros tested a prototype of the turbine at a height of 500 feet in Maine, where it flew in 45mph winds. courtesy Altaeros Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner's emergency ramp, or something you'd tie behind a boat and cling to desperately while bumping across the surface of a lake. But the […]
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