Debating IBM’s Artificial Intelligence – BBC Click

Computer scientists around the world are working on ways to make artificial intelligence indistinguishable from humans – with varying degrees of success. One way this is being tested is in debates between people and computers. This week IBM’s AI system was on stage at Cambridge University and Jen Copestake was in the audience to see the results.

Nanotechnology 2.0

Nanotechnology may one day allow the molecular fabrication of many products from basic raw materials. This video by futurist Christopher Barnatt explains current “top down” nanotechnologies, as well as potential future “bottom-up” innovations in molecular self-assembly.

Introduction: What is Nanotechnology?

The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) is the Pratt School of Engineering’s core facility that enables materials, devices, and integrated systems research at Duke University in a variety of fields that include nanotechnology, biomaterials and biomedical engineering, information sciences, optoelectronics, sensor technology, and renewable energy. SMIF is housed in the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS). The facility consists of 7,000 square feet of clean room fabrication space, and nearly 3,000 square feet of specialized laboratory space for characterization and imaging equipment. SMIF is part of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) in partnership with similar facilities at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The RTNN is one of 16 organizations nationwide that comprise the National Science Foundation sponsored National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program.

Futures: an arts-science collaboration exploring Quantum Technology & Virtual Reality

Kilter Theatre company in collaboration with researchers from the University of Bristol explore the cutting-edge worlds of quantum and virtual reality.

We learned how quantum science is moving from the theoretical to the real, and is set to change the world! Working with the people at the forefront of this science, we unlocked ethical conversations about the future of quantum, and found new ways to communicate its importance to the world.

As immersive technologies like virtual reality look set to become part of our everyday existence, we explored the ethics and societal issues of this cutting-edge science. We devised new ways of communicating developments in the technology, and of harnessing conversations around ethics, philosophy, and the human experience.

The project culminated in a series of workshops and micro-performances in summer 2019, designed to provoke an ethical conundrum for the future and share cutting-edge research with the public.

Are Solid State Batteries About To Change The World?

As the world becomes more electrified, the race is on to build cheaper, longer-lasting, more energy-dense batteries. One of the most promising technologies in this space is the solid state battery, developed by an absolute legend in the battery world, one of the inventors of the lithium ion battery and recent Nobel Prize winner John B. Goodenough.