technology News for August 23 2017

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Technology – The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

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Direct Wafer manufacturing for the solar industry: 1366 Technologies

The silicon wafer is the most expensive part of a solar module, representing nearly 40% of its cost. 1366 Technologies has invented a breakthrough in solar photovoltaics manufacturing called the Direct Wafer® process. It cuts the cost of the standard, silicon wafer by more than half and slashes the energy needed to produce the wafer by more than 60%..
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The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point. The Amazon Echo, a voice-driven cylindrical computer that sits on a table top and answers to the name Alexa, can call up music tracks and radio stations, tell jokes, answer trivia questions and control smart appliances; even before Christmas it was already resident in about 4% of American households. Voice assistants are proliferating in smartphones, too: Apple’s Siri handles over 2bn commands a week, and 20% of Google searches on Android-powered handsets in America are input by voice. Simple though it may seem, voice has the power to transform computing, by providing a natural means of interaction. Windows, icons and menus, and then touchscreens, were welcomed as more intuitive ways to deal with computers than entering complex keyboard commands. Being able to talk to computers abolishes the need for the abstraction of a “User interface” at all. Just as mobile phones were more than existing phones without wires, and cars were more than carriages without horses, so computers without screens and keyboards have the potential to be more useful, powerful and ubiquitous than people can imagine today. Computers’ new ability to recognise almost anyone’s speech dependably without training is the latest manifestation of the power of “Deep learning”, an artificial-intelligence technique in which a software system is trained using millions of examples, usually culled from the internet. Computers must be able to understand context in order to maintain a coherent conversation about something, rather than just responding to simple, one-off voice commands, as they mostly do today. Consumers and regulators also have a role to play in determining how voice computing develops. Consumers will adopt voice computing even if such issues remain unresolved. In many situations voice is far more convenient and natural than any other means of communication. It can extend the power of computing to people unable, for one reason or another, to use screens and keyboards. The arrival of the touchscreen was the last big shift in the way humans interact with computers.
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Chemistry | Michigan Technological University

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Technology | Successful Farming – Agriculture

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