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Law firms will soon be filled with robot lawyers

July 26th, 2016 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

It may be time to start rewriting lawyer jokes. Smart, time-saving computers are quickly elevating the profession.



Uber parking lot patrol robot is cheaper than a security guard

July 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Uber drivers at the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble. This robot will be putting a few people out of a job soon.



Hidden “anti-crime” mics are proliferating on US public transit

July 21st, 2016 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

New Jersey public transit was recently forced to remove the bugs it had installed on its light rail system after a public outcry, however Baltimore’s buses and subways remain under audio surveillance. All the while in Oakland, cops have hid mics around bus-shelters near the courthouses to capture audio of defendants and their lawyers discussing their cases.



USDA predicts global food insecurity will drop to 6% of world population

July 19th, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Given projections for lower food prices and rising incomes, food security for the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this demand-oriented framework is expected to improve through 2026. The share of the population that is food insecure is projected to fall from 17 percent in 2016 to 6 percent in 2026. The number of […]



Fewer software companies are starting up than anytime in last five years

July 8th, 2016 at 3:33 pm » Comments Off

It’s never been so easy to start a company. There’s rarely been more money in venture capital. However, last year we saw the fewest number of new software-as-a-service companies founded since 2011. This year is on track to be even worse.



AI assistant can diagnose breast cancer with near perfect accuracy

July 1st, 2016 at 2:20 pm » Comments Off

Physicians are pretty good at detecting breast cancer. However, they certainly aren’t perfect. Human pathologists can accurately identify the disease with 96 percent accuracy by reviewing breast biopsy samples, without even coming in contact with the patient. That’s an extremely impressive rate, given that cancer misdiagnosis can occur up to 28 percent of the time, according to […]



Weaponized drone swarms will meet 60-kilowatt laser

June 30th, 2016 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Drones are fantastic as a hobby, however these small unmanned aerial vehicles pose a significant security threat when they fall into the wrong hands. A single weaponized drone is bad enough, but drone swarms are a security nightmare for military officials. Drones are difficult to spot when approaching, tough to follow on radar, and cannot be […]



This is how the U.S. Patent Office screwed up

June 30th, 2016 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

What was once a haven for innovation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by “patent trolls.” Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them?



Ethereum developers are hacking the hacker that hacked it

June 29th, 2016 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Hacking is most certainly a two way street. The developers behind Ethereum launched an assault on an anonymous hacker that stole at least $89 million through its network.



Virtual power plants

June 29th, 2016 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

By using software to unify solar panels and battery storage, we can create a single, flexible resource that utilities can use to supply the grid. Look and see what New York utility Consolidated Edison is launching this summer.



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