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Chatbots are losing steam, think instead about workbots

June 17th, 2017 at 2:58 am » Comments Off

It’s no secret that chatbots are growing in popularity. From Facebook’s ecommerce bots for consumers to a plethora of customer service tools that now rely on chatbots to interface with customers, it’s clear that consumer chatbots have hit mainstream. Even Apple is expanding its commitment to chat technology with the release of Business Chat at […]



Craig Venter’s ‘digital-to-biological converter’ is based on real science

June 16th, 2017 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars. Craig Venter and Elon Musk have even discussed how printed life could help terraform Mars.



Elon Musk’s 4-step plan for colonizing Mars

June 16th, 2017 at 7:54 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk wants to launch a million people to Mars in the event some apocalyptic disaster eventually ruins Earth. And he wants it to be somewhat affordable — $200,000 or less per person. To that end, the SpaceX CEO outlined his plan to colonize Mars on September 27, including how his Interplanetary Transport System of […]



Dubai sets its sights on 3D printing 25% of its new construction by 2030

June 15th, 2017 at 5:37 am » Comments Off

Starting as a niche technology, 3D printing has been around for a long time. And talk of how this technology could transform the construction industry, largely theoretical, has long circulated, too. But now, thanks to young entrepreneurs Chris Kelsey and Fernando De los Rios, we can expect to see 3D printing robots on building sites […]



This paint works as a liquid electrical wire

June 13th, 2017 at 5:24 am » Comments Off

Traditional electrical wires have had a good run since their development. But what if you could just slap some paint on a surface to create the circuit you’re after? Thanks to one London-based company, Bare Conductive, you can.



Germany developing a self-learning robot hand

June 13th, 2017 at 4:52 am » Comments Off

Researchers at Bielefeld University have developed a grasp system with robot hands that autonomously familiarizes itself with novel objects. The new system works without previously knowing the characteristics of objects, such as pieces of fruit or tools. It was developed as part of the large-scale research project Famula at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive […]



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 […]



Intel predicts a $7 trillion economy for self-driving vehicles

June 10th, 2017 at 7:21 am » Comments Off

The race to be the first to deploy autonomous vehicles is on among carmakers, emerging startups, and tech giants. Amid this constant news cycle of deals and drama, the purpose of all of it can get lost — or at least a bit muddied. What exactly are these companies racing for?



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.



Razer’s three-screen laptop is paradigm-shifting

June 10th, 2017 at 6:44 am » Comments Off

  Razer is taking the bold step of not just doubling, but outright tripling the number of screens on a laptop. This is Project Valerie, a super bizarre concept from a company known for making very nice, very expensive gaming hardware.



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