The Military's Artificial Intelligence
Miller-McCune reports that, "Using artificial intelligence and the graphics techniques behind 'Avatar,' a USC institute creates 'virtual humans' and interactive immersions that train American soldiers."
Miller-McCune reports that, "Using artificial intelligence and the graphics techniques behind 'Avatar,' a USC institute creates 'virtual humans' and interactive immersions that train American soldiers...Most of the institute’s funding comes from the Army; in bureaucratese, it’s a university-affiliated research center, and it has an annual budget in the low tens of millions of dollars and a staff of more than 100. The bulk of its training simulations are aimed at the skills soldiers will need, from training through deployment, and the services they will require on return. But the institute’s research has also spawned applications that seem likely to have civilian appeal, from a 'virtual patient' who helps doctors, psychological clinicians and social workers learn diagnostic skills to National Science Foundation-funded, twin-sister 'virtual museum guides' who answer questions for visitors to a Boston science museum."
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Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
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On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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