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The future of employee monitoring

December 5th, 2016 at 7:20 pm » Comments Off

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Administration, the installation of mass surveillance equipment in cities across Europe, and disclosure of multiple massive user data leaks, people have been forced to confront the dystopian reality that big government has stepped into the role of Big Brother. What has been less discussed […]



Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals

December 5th, 2016 at 7:16 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features. The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by assessing their eyes, nose and mouth.



Scientists can remove fears from your brain

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.



Electrodes let you taste and chew in virtual reality

November 30th, 2016 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

You’re having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering. Normally, you would be disappointed, but not this time. You approach the food, stick out your tongue – and taste the flavours on display. You move your jaw to chew – and […]



The state of equity crowdfunding post-JOBS Act

November 23rd, 2016 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

From savings to banking to investing… finance is moving online. With this, we’re seeing the disruption of venture capital brought about by new laws that may change the game for how entrepreneurs can raise funding and who can invest.



London doctors have printed the world’s first 3D heart model

November 22nd, 2016 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

London doctors have made the headlines this week as they become the first medical staff ever to use a 3D printed heart model to improve surgical procedures and predict any dangers such as serious changes to a person’s heartbeat. It works by taking images from a CMR (cardiovascular magnetic resonance) scan and creating an exact […]



Facial recog defeated by paper glasses

November 14th, 2016 at 4:10 pm » Comments Off

Researchers armed with some nifty algorithms and a set of paper glasses frames have found a way to trick facial recognition systems. Users can either evade being recognized – or more interestingly, impersonate another individual – with up to at least 80 per cent success rate, the researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of […]



Driverless cars could save the UK around £14.3 billion annually

October 13th, 2016 at 5:11 am » Comments Off

  It goes without saying that preservation of life is the reason to invest in road and car safety technology, but the financial implications which fatal and non-fatal accidents have on the economy are another factor which cannot be ignored. According to Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Annual Report 2014 the total cost of prevention […]



The three biggest problems facing AI today

October 13th, 2016 at 4:55 am » Comments Off

Speaking to attendees at a deep learning conference in London last month, there was one particularly noteworthy recurring theme: humility, or at least, the need for it. While companies like Google are confidently pronouncing that we live in an “AI-first age,” with machine learning breaking new ground in areas like speech and image recognition, those at the […]



The Pot-Belly of Ignorance

October 7th, 2016 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates. Increasingly, we’re filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are […]



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