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September 29th, 2016 at 6:36 am

Google’s New Translator Works Almost as Well as Humans

A jump in the fluency of Google’s language software will help efforts to make chatbots less lame.

Google’s latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

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September 29th, 2016 at 6:29 am

Machine Learning: What Companies Get Wrong

People want it—but don’t understand it.

If you had to pick a tech industry buzzword for 2016, “machine learning” would be a good choice. Every other company, it seems, is packing the phrase into their pitches, and it’s having an effect.

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September 29th, 2016 at 6:26 am

Nanotech bandage: Healing wounds in days

Egyptian researchers have developed a bandage embedded with nanoparticles for the treatment of wounds using the anti-epilepsy drug Phenytoin, known for its capacity to treat skin injuries.

The bandage can heal wounds in a few days, after just one application to soft tissue. Wounds normally take several days to a few weeks to heal completely, and some may only heal after several months or up to two years.

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September 28th, 2016 at 6:44 am

Uber plans self-flying drone taxis

If you summon an Uber in 10 years’ time, you will probably get a car that drives itself. But then again, you may not be travelling in a car at all.

The taxi-hailing app is working on technology that would allow airborne passenger drones to fly its users short distances around cities, it has emerged, raising the prospect of a future in which skylines are dotted with Uber aircraft shuttling commuters back and forth.

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September 28th, 2016 at 6:37 am

Six Global Banks Lead Standardizing Global Payments via Blockchain

Starting a modern payments network underpinned by Ripple and supported by rules and governance for global settlement.

Ripple, which earlier this month completed a $55 million Series B financing round, has announced that a number of global banks are joining forces to establish the first interbank group for global payments based on distributed ledger (blockchain) financial technology.

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September 27th, 2016 at 6:44 am

Fuel cells about to power the drone industry

Just as their commercial use begins to spread, fuel-cell technology is improving the way drones are powered

Canadian companies are placing big bets on a better way of powering drones.

So far these stealthy units — long used by military forces for intelligence-gathering, surveillance and striking targets — have been powered by internal combustion engines or lithium polymer batteries.

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September 27th, 2016 at 6:35 am

The first pop song ever written by AI is actually pretty good

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We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.

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September 26th, 2016 at 7:21 am

The Anti-Drone Arms Race

Last week, the director of the Federal Aviation Administration reported that his department is receiving an average of 2,000 new registration requests for drones every day, and that it has registered up to some half a million drones since new rules went into effect in January. But as sales of drones have increased, so too have other more worrying numbers. The FAA also says it receives more than 100 reports per month of drones flying around airports and other forbidden places, where they could damage infrastructure or accidentally collide with the engine of a landing airplane.

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September 26th, 2016 at 6:16 am

Electric Dragster Sets Land Speed Record: 341 Mph

 

This Monday out on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, an electric vehicle broke the land speed record for EVs with a two-way average speed of 341 mph. The vehicle, called the Venturi Buckeye Bullet-3, or VBB-3, was developed and built by a team of engineers from Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles and The Ohio State University. The third iteration of the Buckeye Bullet uses two electric motors that can put out 1,500 horsepower (1,119kW) apiece, powered by eight lithium-ion battery packs.

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September 25th, 2016 at 6:46 am

Listen To A Song Written By AI and Inspired By The Beatles

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SONY CSL Research Laboratory has produced an AI-written song that sounds amazingly like the Beatles.

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