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Artificial intelligence can now help write Wikipedia pages for overlooked scientists

August 11th, 2018 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

The tech could be used to increase the representation of women scientists on Wikipedia. Quicksilver discovers scientists who should have Wikipedia articles about them and writes a first draft. Plenty of prominent scientists have Wikipedia pages. But while checking to see if someone specific has a Wikipedia page is a quick Google search away, figuring […]



A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

August 8th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, TIME, and more, and is the bestselling author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. He […]



Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

July 30th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening to call US Immigration […]



Endangered Languages: Why do they face extinction?

July 16th, 2018 at 9:14 am » Comments Off

Portrait of a Warrior Asmat tribe in traditional headdress. By definition, endangered languages are those that are facing extinction in the future. Several languages are not being used and are replaced by languages that are widely spoken in various countries and regions. If the trends are not reversed, the next century will see a few […]



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.



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