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The first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant will help even more people FaceTime and listen to music

August 5th, 2017 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

Apple does pretty well when it comes to accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The tech giant offers more than 50 models of hearing devices that, when linked to an iPhone, introduce a host of useful settings not available to the basic iPhone user. 



AI will help us download meeting notes to our brains by 2030

July 14th, 2017 at 9:18 pm » Comments Off

The internet is overflowing with tips on how to hack your health. From increasing cognitive function by drinking butter-spiked coffee to tracking sleep, stress, and activity levels with increasingly sophisticated fitness wearables, ours is a culture obsessed with optimizing performance. Combining this ethos with recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it’s practically inevitable that the next […]



Beyond the five senses

July 10th, 2017 at 1:53 am » Comments Off

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?



Frighteningly accurate ‘mind reading’ A.I. is able to scan brains and guess what you’re thinking

June 29th, 2017 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

From medical applications like helping dermatologists diagnose skin cancer to teaching robots to get a better grip on the world around them, deep learning neural networks can carry out some pretty impressive tasks. Could mind reading be among them?



What do mega-trends mean for schooling?

June 22nd, 2017 at 7:27 am » Comments Off

Greg Whitby:  I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2017 Edutech conference in Sydney recently. The conference is a ‘finger on the pulse’ on what is happening in schooling and the trends that are shaping the educational landscape. Interesting isn’t it that we live at a time where we have moved on from talking […]



Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with incredible accuracy

June 11th, 2017 at 8:11 pm » Comments Off

When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity to ask “what can I do?” while there’s still a […]



When AI improves human performance instead of replacing it

June 10th, 2017 at 7:00 am » Comments Off

It’s not about artificial intelligence (AI) taking over — it’s about AI improving human performance, a new study by Yale University researchers has shown.



Chinese poetry scholars are ‘disgusted’ by a new book written by A.I. bot

June 8th, 2017 at 12:02 pm » Comments Off

There are 139 Chinese poems in the new book “The Sunlight that Lost the Glass Window,” and the fact they’re all written by one artificially intelligent bot doesn’t make local scholars too pleased. “It disgusted me with its slippery tone and rhythm,” poet Yu Jian told local newspaper China Youth Daily, according to the South […]



A.I and the Road to Superintelligence

May 31st, 2017 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

“We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.” -Vernor Vinge If you’re like me, you used to think Artificial Intelligence was a silly sci-fi concept, but lately you’ve been hearing it mentioned by serious people, and you don’t really quite get it. Here’s why it’s so incredibly important.



Walt Mossberg’s thoughts on the disappearing computer

May 28th, 2017 at 6:57 am » Comments Off

Walt Mossberg:  This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech […]



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