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Gmail can now autocomplete entire emails with a new feature called Smart Compose — here’s how to turn it on

May 18th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

One of the best announcements that came out of this year’s Google I/O was a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose, which can autocomplete entire emails for you. Unlike many of the other announcements from Google I/O, Gmail Smart Compose can actually be switched on and used right now. It’s all part of the new […]



Should software engineers care about ethics

May 7th, 2018 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

It’s time for engineers to hold themselves accountable. In his essay, “Design’s Lost Generation,” Mike Monteiro describes how he shocked a crowd of designers at a San Francisco tech conference by suggesting design — like medicine, law, and even driving — should be regulated:



Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

April 11th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud. The system consists of a wearable device and an associated computing system. Electrodes in the device pick up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations — saying […]



The new internet from space

March 31st, 2018 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

If they make it through regulatory approvals and meet financial projections, the new satellites will create new industries A new era of global communications is on the launch pad. Eleven companies have applied to the Federal Communications Commission and other telecom regulators to beam broadband internet from clouds of more than 15,000 new satellites. Not […]



A new AI breakthrough will soon make it much easier to communicate with anyone in the world

March 20th, 2018 at 7:06 am » Comments Off

Machines are getting much better at the jobs we humans normally do. As any translator will tell you, transforming the words from one language into another is a task that draws on an enormous reservoir of training, experience, and art.



How Did Astronaut DNA Become ‘Fake News’?

March 18th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign. “After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the Today show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, “has not returned to […]



The Moon is set to get its own mobile phone network

March 4th, 2018 at 3:41 pm » Comments Off

The moon, shown here in a 1992 image captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, is set to get its own mobile phone network.



Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

February 26th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.



Alien AI text messages are the ultimate Pandora’s Box, say scientists

February 14th, 2018 at 9:52 pm » Comments Off

What if first contact with extraterrestrial life isn’t a UFO landing in the middle of Central Park, but rather just a message sent across the stars? What might be hidden inside that alien communication?



A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

February 5th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The Chinese “Micius” satellite has successfully set up the world’s most secure video conference, using quantum cryptography to connect scientists in Europe and China for an unhackable, intercontinental chat.



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