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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules

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A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council. Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:26 pm

The death of car ownership?

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Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Man Vs Machine: Bricklaying robot can place 1,000 bricks an hour

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Almost as old as human civilization itself, building houses of brick has been perfected over the millennia.  Placing over 700 bricks an hour, the fastest human bricklayers are pretty fast.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Google’s AI has dreams that are amazing and disturbing

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Was once famously asked by American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.  And the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. Dog-headed knights atop horses, or camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes is what they dream of.

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:16 pm

A Hologram you can touch made with superfast lasers

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Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with The Castle of the Carpathians and ever since the halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms, nd how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Tokyo hosts first Robot wedding

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Two robots, Frois and Yukirin, married this past weekend in Tokyo, even sealing their union with a kiss.   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:22 pm

The purpose of living is ‘to live forever’, according to Google’s artificial-intelligence bot

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Google released last week a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.  The researchers programmed an advance type of “chatbot” that can learn how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialog.   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Are API’s for the human genome coming soon?

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory geneticist Gholson Lyon, recently pointed out in an article about Apple’s DNA-related ambitions that we don’t yet have a “killer app to interact with [our DNA] quickly and easily.   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Audi made synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum

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Audi researchers have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical:  Without using any petroleum whatsoever, they’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline.   Continue Reading »

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July 1st, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Would an algorithm hire better than a human?

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It seems that one of the least likely jobs to be automated would be hiring and recruiting.  Computers lack the human skills that the process needs, like making conversation and reading social cues.   Continue Reading »

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