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Ford Projects A Fully Autonomous Vehicle for Ride Sharing in 2021

August 29th, 2016 at 6:37 am » Comments Off

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 – Ford today announces its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon […]



Nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

August 26th, 2016 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication ensures the optimal targeting […]



The Robot Baby Project: Amsterdam researchers create robots that can mate and reproduce

August 25th, 2016 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

One of the trademarks that distinguishes robots from humans is the ability to reproduce. This dividing between man and machine just got blurrier. Researchers in Amsterdam have created robots that can mate and spawn offspring through a process similar to human reproduction. Robots have created quite a stir in the media recently, as more and more […]



7 robots replacing farm workers around the world

August 24th, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here’s a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world.



AI’s Healing Power

August 23rd, 2016 at 6:56 am » Comments Off

Artificial intelligence originally aspired to replace doctors. Researchers imagined robots that could ask you questions, run the answers through an algorithm that would learn with experience and tell whether you had the flu or a cold. However, those promises largely failed, as artificial intelligent algorithms were too rudimentary to perform those functions.



Scientists Regrow Teeth With New Technologies

August 23rd, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

All people would prefer a 5-minute oral session that will permit our dental practitioner to regrow our organic tooth, right? This can all be extremely feasible soon thanks to the Harvard-led team that effectively utilized low-powered laser lights to coax stem cells to develop brand-new dentine – the difficult core of the tooth.



Solar Panels Will Be Your New Roof says Elon Musk

August 23rd, 2016 at 6:18 am » Comments Off

Eon Musk has confirmed the next step in the evolution of sustainable energy: Rather than adding solar panels to an existing roof, the panels will BE the roof. What seems like an obvious progression for this technology is actually a unique move in the market.



Ray Kurzweil: Radical Life Extension Will Be Better Than You Think

August 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am » Comments Off

According to Ray Kurzweil, we’re approaching a time when humans will begin to radically extend their lifespans. This sounds good on the surface, but will we have enough resources to support everyone? And won’t living indefinitely get boring eventually? Not so much, Kurzweil says.



‘Straddling bus’ soars over cars in China

August 19th, 2016 at 6:27 am » Comments Off

China’s long-awaited ‘straddling bus’ received its inaugural test run in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province this week. The Transit Elevated Bus, to give it its official title, is designed to help combat gridlock by letting passengers soar over the tops of cars on the increasingly-congested roads of China’s major cities.



‘Neural Dust’ Could Monitor Your Brain Wirelessly

August 18th, 2016 at 7:04 am » Comments Off

Science fiction that features wires connecting brains to computers might now be obsolete. Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, could serve as “neural dust” that can one day scan and stimulate brain cells. Such research could one day help lead to next-generation brain-machine interfaces for controlling prosthetics, exoskeletons and robots, as […]



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