Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music – IEEE Spectrum


Being a fan of the marimba, an avid music lover and interested in robots I have to share this article with you that appeared in IEEE Spectrum. 

Georgia Tech’s Shimon has analyzed thousands of songs and millions of music clips and can now compose completely original music

Source: Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music – IEEE Spectrum

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Why NotPetya Kept Me Awake (& You Should Worry Too) | tisiphone.net


NotPetya may not have been the most sophisticated malware ever written. However, it was exceptionally effective due to the authors’ savvy exploitation of common security misconceptions and th…

Source: Why NotPetya Kept Me Awake (& You Should Worry Too) | tisiphone.net

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First Map-Based Car Navigation System Debuted 14 Years Before GPS – IEEE – The Institute


36 years ago, released in 1981, Honda’s Electro Gyrocator is now an IEEE Milestone

Source: First Map-Based Car Navigation System Debuted 14 Years Before GPS – IEEE – The Institute

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Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires – IEEE Spectrum


You know that I take a fancy in robots. Mostly we talk about those who are flying. But here is one that is high-strung:

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The creators of Tarzan the robot explain how it works and its potential applications

Source: Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires – IEEE Spectrum

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This Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes From Rigid to Flexible When It Crashes – IEEE Spectrum


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For a biologist it is always interesting to hear about technical designs that have been created according to solutions found in nature. Especially when the innovation comes from Switzerland.

Inspiration for this design came from insect wings:

Source: This Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes From Rigid to Flexible When It Crashes – IEEE Spectrum

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Exhale and Drink Up! [Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol]


Source: Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol

And you thought that small molecule organic chemistry was already researched far and widely. What a surprise to find a catalyst with the capability to turn CO2 into C2H5OH.

Read the full article here: https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/18/researchers-accidentally-turn-carbon-dioxide-into-ethanol/

This would have very interesting industrial applications and could potentially partly solve the issue of Global Warming by “recycling” CO2.

Well who knows–one day we might even have a small gadget which turns the air we exhale into the liquid to spice up our drinks . . .

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Frightening!–Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway


 

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Car driven into the ditch controlled remotely. Picture from Wired article

A Wired journalist volunteered as a test dummy as hackers took complete control of his car remotely from a laptop:

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | WIRED.

When will we learn that security is not some frosting you can add to the top of the cake after making it. Security has to be architected in from the beginning!

This story clearly shows how deadly important cooperation between all trades in making a car became. It had been already difficult when the first anti-block breaks came into cars. The mechanical engineers did not trust the electronic guys (as I was told by a colleague in 1978 who came from the car manufacturing industry).

I just hope the car industry wakes up and acts before driving mom and pop cars into lakes becomes a large scale internet game.

Read the full article on Wired here.

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