An Intelligence That Can See Its Own Future Created by Scientists

UC Berkeley researchers create a robot that learns by playing and can predict the future of its actions.

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Scientists Chart 27 Distinct Human Emotions on This Interactive Map

This conceptual framework is the most advanced representation of human emotions to date. 

 

Interactive map by study authors Alan S. Cowen and Dacher Keltnera, UC Berkeley.

If you took the whole spectrum of human emotion and tried to map it, what would it look like? What geometrical shape would it take? Or would it be more like a schematic? How to accurately represent this crucial aspect of our inner world has been a topic of much debate among psychologists.

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What Has Astrophysics Done For You Lately?

What happens up there directly affects life down here. From star-gazing to quantum mechanics, astronomy is one of humanity's great thruster engines of innovation.

Alex Filippenko is a

Hertz Foundation Fellow

and recipient of the prestigious Hertz Foundation Grant for graduate study in the applications of the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Where does UC Berkeley Professor Filippenko begin to explain the importance of astronomy? In this video he explores how it captures the attention of children, who then grow up to become scientists across all disciplines; and the more abstract, impractical research that eventually leads to spinoff technology that radically changes our lives. With the support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, Filippenko pursued a PhD in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.

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Smart Tech: Phones, Drones, and Interior Mapping

Exterior mapping – like GPS maps – is part of daily life, but in the coming decades prepare to have your private, interior spaces mapped to assist with future technologies.

Avideh Zakor is a

Hertz Foundation Fellow

and recipient of the prestigious Hertz Foundation Grant for graduate study in the applications of the physical, biological and engineering sciences. From helping emergency rescue teams navigate in times of crisis, says Zakhor, to boosting our comfort with Smart Homes, the future of domestic and office tech will be built on the data blueprints of our spaces. With the support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, she pursued a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

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