Detecting Skin

Detecting Skin

Cameras that have functionalities like thermal imaging and night vision have been around for a while, assisting search and rescue missions and surveillance reconnaissance. But these can have a high false-positive rate when searching for humans specifically. So researchers took this issue on and have now developed a camera that detects melanin and water presence together, leading users to a much higher success rate in identifying people.

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AI Beats Human at Go

AI Beats Human at Go

AlphaGo, Google’s artificially intelligent computer program, beat a professional human Go player last October in 4 out of 5 matches. Go is a very complex board game to master and has been around since the 1000s. The game requires the players to think ahead a few moves and consider what the opponent might or might not do. Tasks that involve a lot of decision-making or snap decisions have typically been difficult for computers to achieve. AlphaGo is helping to break that barrier.

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Invisibility Cloaks

Invisibility Cloaks

The Rochester Cloak is the next step in developing an invisibility cloak. It uses ordinary lens to bend light around an object, making it appear invisible. In the past, limitations of “invisibility devices” were that you had to stay in one place for it to work. Move the slightest bit and you saw both the object and the invisibility device itself, which defeats the whole purpose. This device, however, does not have that problem.

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