Mali: Altus Strategies Announces Increase In Resources For The Diba Gold Project

Gold resources from the Diba project in Mali have increased, now totaling more than 400,000 ounces in the indicated and inferred categories. This is what Altus Strategies, the asset holder, said on Monday, adding that these figures will soon be improved thanks to new drilling.

In Mali, the mining company Altus Strategies released a new resource estimate for the Diba gold project on Monday. Made by the engineering company Mining Plus as part of the prefeasibility study for the project, this update indicates a 637% increase in resources classified as "inferred".

The latter went from 32,500 ounces of gold to 5.4 million tonnes of resources grading 1.06 g / t of gold, or 187,000 ounces. At the same time, resources classified in the "indicated" category are now 4.8 million tonnes grading 1.39 g / t gold, or 217,000 ounces.

"There is significant exploration potential for new discoveries at Diba, with seven priority prospects still to be systematically tested by drilli…

Astronauts adopt Mozilla voice technology to control lunar robots

Technology: The text-to-speech engine will allow astronauts to find their hands free to perform complex tasks.

Mozilla’s Deep Speech learning engine leaves planet Earth to help astronauts. This week Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser, revealed a new project with the German Aerospace Center, also known as Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), to integrate Mozilla's voice technology into the lunar robotics.

Astronauts adopt Mozilla voice technology to control lunar robots

Robots are often used in space applications to increase the capabilities of astronauts who work on tasks including maintenance, repair, carrying out experiments, and collecting samples. While robots are also being considered for mining on the surface of the Moon, for now, they are useful in helping astronauts.

But the challenge that astronauts face in space is to effectively control the robots while performing tasks that require the use of their hands. According to Mozilla, the Deep Speech automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine and the speech-to-text device make it possible “to control the voice of robots when astronauts have their hands busy”.

“Deep Speech is composed of two main subsystems: an acoustic model and a decoder. The acoustic model is a deep neural network that receives audio input characteristics, and produces character probabilities. The decoder uses a beam finder algorithm to transform the probabilities of characters into text transcripts which are then returned by the system. "

The German space agency is working hard to integrate Deep Speech, and the organization also plans to contribute to the Mozilla project - potentially through tests, speech examples and recordings that could improve the accuracy of the program. It is not yet known which robots will receive the voice recognition upgrade. But DLR was responsible for the design of a robotic mobile unit, Rollin ’Justin, created to test collaboration between astronauts and robots on difficult terrain.

The DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics also conducts research on the performance of robotics using the European Multipurpose End to End Robotic Network (METERON) on the International Space Station. In 2015, DLR launched the SpaceBot Cup, a robotics competition bringing together 10 German universities and research centers, to create robots capable of mapping difficult terrain, collecting samples and going to a base without using the GPS positioning.