Virtual reality workspaces boost stress and reduce productivity

Virtual reality - Remote working

Working a day job in the metaverse is harder on workers than continuing in reality. Meta and a number of other virtual reality companies have been pouring investments into creating VR work environments. The claim is that they provide a distraction-free space in which people can be more productive. They have stated that virtual reality workspaces cut out the distractions and stresses associated with a real, in-person environment. That said, researchers recently determined that these metaverse-based working environments are not only more frustrating and overwhelming than a traditional brick-and-mortar workspace,…

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Artificial intelligence robot sailed Mayflower boat across the Atlantic

Artificial Intelligence - AI and automation power the Mayflower Autonomous Ship - IBM Technology YouTube

The AI powered ship was crewless and followed the historic journey of the original Mayflower. A boat called the Mayflower powered by an artificial intelligence robot has recreated the original sailing ship’s 1620 journey across the Atlantic. The heads of the project were confident that the AI would accurately sail along the 400-year-old route. The ship didn’t have a crew and will sail autonomously the entire way, steered only by artificial intelligence. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) successfully travelling along a 2,700-mile route from Plymouth, UK to Halifax, Canada, arriving…

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Artificial intelligence used to develop an enzyme to quickly break down plastic waste

Artificial intelligence - University of Texas at Austin

The goal of the research is to help the world overcome its growing struggle with plastic trash. Artificial intelligence is playing a considerable role in conducting research into the technology being sought to help overcome the plastic waste crisis around the world. The AI has been used to help develop an enzyme that will break plastic down in weeks, not years. Plastics are used for everything from kids’ toys, toothbrushes, toiletries and food packaging, among many other things. Due to the cost of recycling, among other factors, only a tiny…

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Artificial intelligence used to produce clean biofuel with algae

Artificial intelligence - biofuel - clean energy

The AI was used to grow algae that could be used in a process for making sustainable energy. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have used artificial intelligence to use algae for producing biofuel that could be used as a source of sustainable energy. The researchers also used algae to 3D print leaves that can produce oxygen for Mars explorations. The scientists are hoping to continue to use the artificial intelligence to produce a more economical and greener source of fuel for various forms of transportation including jet aircraft. The research…

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NJ AG reviewing state facial recognition technology policy

Facial recognition technology - Policies

The policing tool has undergone extensive criticism in the state, calling it racist and inaccurate. The use of facial recognition technology is undergoing a substantial review in New Jersey, as the Attorney General considers the arguments of supporters and critics of its use in law enforcement. There are two vocal sides to the argument regarding the use of this tech in policework. Facial recognition technology supporters say that it is helpful in law enforcement because it can help to spot people who have been reported missing, or criminals who have…

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