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Using Artificial Intelligence in Diagnosing Drug Addiction

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Artificial intelligence is defined as “a branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like humans.” This specific field of technology has fascinated people for decades, due to it being showcased in numerous science fiction Hollywood movies. Nevertheless, with the way technology has advanced through the years, the use of AI, as artificial intelligence is usually called, is becoming increasingly common in human-machine interactions. (more…)


Artificial Intelligence: News From around the World that You Should Think On

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We’ve had many movies and books that regard artificial intelligence with much fear. From the ever popular Terminator series to the Geth in Mass Effect, AI has always seemed like it would pose a big threat to us. While it may be a scary concept, it doesn’t stop us from developing real AI. During these times of fast technological advancement, true AI is becoming a reality. So, how are we doing this exactly? Well, like we do with all difficult matters, scientists and engineers have been taking their time as they build a thinking machine. Here are some of the most important developments in the field of AI and robotics. (more…)


Marijuana Detection in Airport through Modern Machines

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Despite the legalization of marijuana in certain states, it is still considered illegal in many other states and in several countries outside the US. Therefore, airports still employ machines that can detect marijuana possession. In fact, there are more researches being funded in order to create machines that will intensify the detection of the drug.

In 2010, it is said that there are over 1,000 high tech scanning devices deployed in several airports across the US. Since the federal government does not seem to approve the legalization of marijuana any time soon, we can expect more of these scanners to be deployed as a part of the government’s efforts to crackdown marijuana use.

Staying Safe

If you possess marijuana which is used for medical purposes and you are going to airport security, it would be better to come clean. Don’t wait for these scanners to detect what you have hidden somewhere in your bag or in your body. Even though you wrap them in little baggies, you will still not escape the powerful technology employed these days.

When you are leaving from a state where marijuana is legal, you will still have no assurance of boarding. This is true especially if you are heading to a state or a country where marijuana possession and use is illegal, even for medical purposes.

Is It Worth the Price?

The effort of the government to crackdown marijuana users might seem like a good one, but is it really worth the price? Instead of spending billions of dollars in funding marijuana detection researches, the government can just legalize marijuana and tax it. By then, the government does not have to follow all these illegals as their activity will already be considered legal. Besides, in states like Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal, there is really no big problem being faced. Most of all, they should consider those who are using marijuana for medicinal purposes. They need to live like normal people. They need to travel and see the world. However, if each time they travel with their medication with them, they will be barred. It is totally unfair for them.

When traveling to certain cities, there are accessible dispensaries though. If you’re traveling to Portland for example, check out this website for a list of Portland dispensaries.


The Future of Marijuana Cultivation

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With marijuana gradually being legalized across the United States, it’s no surprise that it is one of the biggest agricultural businesses. Because of the legalization, cultivation has quickly gone from a back yard business to full on mass production.

I recently saw a video showing off what is possibly the first official cannabis production factory in Oakland, California. It’s a 60,000 sq. ft. factory, enough to house around 30,000 plants. And, astonishingly, it could produce in the region of $50 million of marijuana – every single year.

License to Thrill

A company called Gropech has built the state of the art facility. They are a non-profit business and, should their license application be approved, they have promised to create jobs and all profits will be reinvested in the area.

The facility would be able to supply medical dispensaries across the State of California and the idea is to create an aura of transparency around the business of growing marijuana.

Up until now, Californian law has been aimed mainly at retailers, forgetting about the wholesale side of the business. Because of this, a good proportion of the marijuana that is sold in dispensaries comes from environments that are not regulated and are often not too clean either, unlike this Portland dispensary where strict testing takes place. If the facility is given the go-ahead, it will change the face of the supply side forever.

Building for the Future

To ensure that the facility was top of the range, Gropech hired mechanical and electrical engineers, along with horticulturists, to ensure that laboratory-quality conditions were met in an environmentally friendly way.

All efforts have been geared towards lessening problems that affect the cultivation of marijuana and will aim to use solar energy and reduce the amount of wastewater down to zero.

Growing indoors presents more of a challenge than growing outdoors. Lighting has to be correct, along with the heat and water. Mold and bugs are prevalent in indoor environments and, if pesticides have to be used, these are passed on to the medical marijuana user – which isn’t too healthy.

If the facility gets its permit, it will be a huge day for the medical marijuana industry.


The Easy Way to Take Your Hit

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Weed-psd44099We all know that smoking is bad for you; we know it kills people and so many people say the same thing about marijuana smoking. The truth is, there have never been any recorded deaths form marijuana use – ever.

That said, there is now a new and healthier way to get your high from marijuana – vaping. Vaporizers are the latest in technology to enable smokers to get their nicotine buzz and there are now companies who make them for the herbal industry as well.

What Are They?

The most common form of vaporizer is the e-cigarette but portable devices have now been made for the use of marijuana. Vaporizers are simple devices that apply heat to liquid which then causes a vapor and that’s what you breathe in. For marijuana use, the herb is either cooked at a temperature that ensures it doesn’t combust or an oil derivative is used.

Is it Safe?

Being such a new technology, it is difficult to say just how safe it is. There is no doubt that, whether its cigarette or marijuana vaping you are after, it is safer than actually inhaling.  The cannabis vaporizer does still deliver that smoke to your lungs; it does still release (quite a bit more) cannabinoids without any waste from burning.  Smoked marijuana contains around 88% cannabinoids whereas, with vaped marijuana, that goes up to 95%.

Is it Legal?

That cannot really be answered fully as the law is still catching up with the speed at which vaping is taking off. However, in States where marijuana is now legal then there is no issue with using a vaporizer.

Where Do I Get One?

Again, in States where the drug is legal, you should be able to buy one from any marijuana accessory shop. However, possibly the best place to look is on the internet. You will get a far wider choice and every day more and more are entering the market as technology is ramped up.

I found a number of excellent ones online and I also found an excellent source of vapor accessories so that you can stock up and never be without your favorite product.


50 Years After Elisa, A Computer Passes the Turing Test

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The concept of an AI which can pass the Turing test has been the subject of science fiction and computer science research. Since the days of the first home microcomputer, the idea has become iconic and has seen several programs which have been shared among enthusiasts. One of the first iterations was called “Eliza”. The program itself used a natural speech processing system called “DOCTOR” and was written between 1964 and 1966 at MIT by Joseph Weizenbaum.

Pattern Matching

Succeeding programs built up on the pattern matching algorithms, and even users who know that it was just a program would get attached to it, feeling that it was a real person answering and giving questions. Today’s online chatterbots use basically the same algorithms. Although nowadays, chatterbots make use of sophisticated search engine connections to give better answers, and give an even better conversational experience.

Siri and Friends

Most conversations with chatterbots have been interesting and funny. The people who look up and use chatterbots know that it’s an AI program embedded in a website. The standards for today’s consumer -level AI remains to be Apple’s Siri. Whatever criticisms there are about Siri, it remains as the undisputed benchmark because it works, and it has a wide-reach when it comes to searching for relevant answers. The feedback mechanism for the site has made it possible to include comments and suggestions into the AI.

There have been competitors for the mobile-based AI market. Although there can be no direct comparison in terms of usage because of the difference in platforms, Siri is still the most user-friendly implementation so far. The other offerings for Android and Windows 8, have not come anywhere near the quality of answers from Siri. Though that may be because of the search functionality instead of the AI itself.

Conversations Going Round

Starting a conversation with an Eliza program is a trippy experience. When you think about it, it’s as much like talking to yourself while under the influence of marijuana. You know something funny is going on, but you just don’t realize that it’s the effect of the conversation. It is an innocuous exchange which usually starts with a “getting to know you” statement like “hello”. After getting a few statements in, you are slowly immersed into thinking that this program is answering on its own. Initially you may notice that it is repeating or paraphrasing the question. However, after a while you start to forget that it does not offer any original thought. Throwing this concept further and adding a search for relevant internet information, and you have Siri answering your questions. Of course, errors do occur. There is that one time that Siri was asked for the best smartphone and iPhone was not mentioned. This was later traced to an obscure search result which listed some low-volume and outdated models.

The news that a computer has passed the Turing test for AI is a welcome news. No matter what critics would think, it still takes a lot of processing power to get to that level. Serious computing power is required, and if you have that machine, you should be mining bitcoins instead.


What is the Best Provider?

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HughesNet_74_HN9000_LWhen I come home from work, I like to watch a lot of tv because I feel like I work so hard during the day that I am warranted to just go home and sit on my couch and a little television to be able to just sack out and relax. I am confused when I look at the commercials that compare satellite internet to my current cable modem. To me, it all looks the same as there are so many different internet providers. I found out that half of the providers advertising to me on tv are not even available in my local area.


Quality Check for Speakers

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Quality Check for SpeakersDifferent types of speakers have distinct compositions. A two way speaker comes with a woofer to create the lower frequencies and a tweeter to reproduce the higher frequencies. It can come with a crossover which is an electrical component that directs sounds to the drivers according to their pitch. If this part is not built into the speaker cabinet, the controls are usually found on separate sets of terminals often located at the back of the unit.

Speakers can be set up differently according to the number of bands that the sound is split into – there are two way speakers that make use of more than two drivers for sound reproduction. The set up can include several woofers and tweeters which are divided into two bands. A full range speaker is one that utilizes just one driver to reproduce both high and low frequency sounds. Other systems come in 3 or 4 way set-ups and they come with several drivers to produce varied band frequencies.

Some enthusiasts think that having multiple bands makes for better sound reproduction but the only way that you can test this is for you to listen to two distinct set-ups using the same volume level in one room. You can generally determine which of the two speakers is better by the quality of sound that is produced in that controlled environment.

Another way to determine speaker quality is to check the feedback for specific brands. RCF is a known manufacturer of quality speakers. The company’s reputation goes back for more than six decades starting from the time that they set roots in a city in Italy. Throughout the years, they have become more popular by coming up with innovative designs and improved production methods for different audio products. Their current product line covers the range from single set-ups to bigger and more complicated projects.

Today, the company caters to a global market and has sales channels in different countries all over the globe. They maintain relationships with professional distributors who actively promote and sell their audio equipment. Speakers are one of their best selling products. The company carries a wide range of options for all kinds of systems that are used by sound rental companies, musicians, and engineers, among others. The RCF ART310A is a great example of an excellent speaker unit. It comes with a precision transducer and is housed in a cabinet that’s made from the finest materials. All speaker units pass through a team of skilled woodworkers which ensures that every speaker cabinet is properly hand finished.


Surveying the SEO Landscape in New York City

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New York SEO companiesFor those of you in New York, most people have been aspiring to take their business in front of its right audience. There are a lot opportunities in the name of SEO companies here in the city which specializes in various services of search engine optimization, web development, social media marketing, content marketing and related services. Most of these SEO companies in New York City are equipped with the latest in house technologies which are constantly updated on the Search engine optimization frontier, backed up by a professional workforce.

So, before you choose the right SEO company in New York, here is a brief write up on how to narrow down the best in the business.

Educate thyself – The best way to find an able New York SEO company which could create a successful online presence for your business is to be informed about the current trends of the market. Educate thyself on the various available SEO techniques to increase brand awareness and thereby enable a steady following for your business. This would help you to choose the company based on our needs and also avert the ignorance tag.

Set your expectations – So, educating thyself helps you set your expectations to your vendor which will help you ascertain who can handle your business in the best possible way. By doing so, you can deliver your brand’s message promptly to the SEO company, which will help you reach your audience better with your proud products.

Budget considerations – With many SEO companies available in and around New York, you can choose the best company based on your budget constraints too.

With the help of these criteria, you can narrow down on the best available companies in the city of New York. To further facilitate your search, we have provided some of the best SEO companies in New York.

Tracemedia: The number one ranked SEO Company in New York, Tracemedia has been offering top class services in Keyword research and traffic projections along with competition analysis and performance metrics. Keeping up to the name of being branded the top company, Tracemedia has overwhelming reviews from its clients on its website.

Brandz : With more than 6 years of experience, eBrandz has been pioneering in executing search engine optimization to its clients with over 6000 successful search engine marketing projects. Apart from New York, they also have offices in London, Mumbai and Singapore, thereby having a global reach.

Yellow SEO: This is one of those SEO companies which you should hit in New York, if you want to stay top with higher ranks. At Yellow SEO, you are guaranteed to make your website stand apart and help you stay up there for quite a while. Located in Manhattan, Yellow SEO specializes in Pay per click management too.

SearchTroop : This affordable SEO Company which is also a Social media agency has been helping businesses attain success in online marketing by a variety of services like Organic SEO, Social media marketing, Local internet marketing, Pay per click management and more.

Apart from these, there are so many other budding SEO companies which have made use of the New York City’s business horizons to its maximum and benefitted from it. A search on the internet would also help you in fetching a fair idea of the successful SEO companies in New York too.


Strumming Up with the G&L Tribute Legacy

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Strumming Up with the G&L Tribute Legacy

I got a new G&L Tribute Legacy based on a friendly advice. Sure glad I took it. There are 22 frets that are clearly marked and it resembles a Strat but with the G&L features mixed in. The look is quite exclusive and is very distinctive in style. It comes with standard Strat pickups which are single coil and a string through style bridge. The body looks really great and the tone is fairly resonant. I really like that the design is a blend of classic Alnico V pickups with updated details. The body of the guitar has a nice finish and looks top-caliber.

Sound

The tone is really great for the blues which is my personal favorite. It produces a smooth, warm tone and if you use it with a nice tube amp, you’ll experience a more intense sound quality that is a trademark of a G&L guitar. (more…)


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