Tech News (11 – 17 Jun 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to AI System-On-Chip, Quantum Computing, Turning a Single Photo into A Video, AI Model – Virus Spread, Computers Predicting People’s Tastes in Art, Miniature Robots, Combining Classical and Quantum Computing, Bruisable Artificial Skin

Note: I do not write/own any of the tech news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. The content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.


1. AI System-On-Chip Runs on Solar Power

Source: Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology – CSEM

11 Jun 2021

Engineers have developed an integrated circuit that can carry out complicated artificial-intelligence operations like face, voice, and gesture recognition, and cardiac monitoring. Powered by either a tiny battery or a solar panel, it processes data at the edge and can be configured for use in just about any type of application.


2. New Combination of Materials Provides Progress Toward Quantum Computing

Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

14 Jun 2021

Researchers have demonstrated how, when the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) materials they make are stacked in a particular geometry, the interaction that occurs between particles gives researchers more control over the devices’ properties. Specifically, the interaction between electrons becomes so strong that they form a new structure known as a correlated insulating state. They say this is an important step toward developing quantum emitters needed for future quantum simulation and computing.


3. Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo into A Video

Source: University of Washington

14 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed a deep learning method that can do just that: If given a single photo of a waterfall, the system creates a video showing that water cascading down. The team’s method can animate any flowing material, including smoke and clouds. This technique produces a short video that loops seamlessly, giving the impression of endless movement.

Original written by: Sarah McQuate


4. New AI Model Helps Understand Virus Spread from Animals to Humans

Source: University of Gothenburg

15 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed a new model that applies artificial intelligence to carbohydrates, which improves the understanding of the infection process and could help predict which viruses are likely to spread from animals to humans.

Original written by: Ulrika Ernström


5. Computers Predict People’s Tastes in Art

Source: California Institute of Technology

15 Jun 2021

A new study shows that a simple computer program can accurately predict which paintings a person will like. The new study utilized Amazon’s crowdsourcing platform Mechanical Turk to enlist more than 1,500 volunteers to rate paintings in the genres of impressionism, cubism, abstract, and color field. The volunteers’ answers were fed into a computer program and then, after this training period, the computer could predict the volunteers’ art preferences much better than would happen by chance.

Original written by: Whitney Clavin


6. Highly Manoeuvrable Miniature Robots Controlled by Magnetic Fields

Source: Nanyang Technological University

15 Jun 2021

A team of scientists has developed millimetre-sized robots that can be controlled using magnetic fields to perform highly manoeuvrable and dexterous manipulations. This could pave the way to possible future applications in biomedicine and manufacturing.


7. Combining Classical and Quantum Computing Opens Door to New Discoveries

Source: University of Waterloo

16 Jun 2021

Researchers have discovered a new and more efficient computing method for pairing the reliability of a classical computer with the strength of a quantum system. This new computing method opens the door to different algorithms and experiments that bring quantum researchers closer to near-term applications and discoveries of the technology.


8. Bruisable Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthetics, Robots Sense Injuries  

Source: American Chemical Society

17 Jun 2021

When someone bumps their elbow against a wall, they not only feel pain but also might experience bruising. Robots and prosthetic limbs don’t have these warning signs, which could lead to further injury. Now, researchers have developed an artificial skin that senses force through ionic signals and also changes color from yellow to a bruise-like purple, providing a visual cue that damage has occurred.


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