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Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals

December 5th, 2016 at 7:16 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features. The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by assessing their eyes, nose and mouth.



AI to compose an original Rembrandt painting

December 1st, 2016 at 9:58 pm » Comments Off

Earlier this year there was an unprecedented collaboration between ING, Microsoft and TU Delft, with the willing participation of Dutch museums Mauritshuis and Rembrandthuis, to teach an artificial intelligence to paint a Rembrandt.



How we teach our kids in a world of constant change

November 22nd, 2016 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Here in L.A., it’s kind of insane that a great kindergarten requires a competitive application and tuitions that exceed most colleges.



Limiting Children’s Screen Time: We Were Wrong

October 25th, 2016 at 6:54 am » Comments Off

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.



Westworld-style sex with robots: When will it happen – and is it really a good idea?

October 8th, 2016 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

  Would you have sex with a robot? An impromptu poll of colleagues and friends drew answers ranging from “yes, but only if it was a fully sentient, consenting robot” to “yes, but only if it wasn’t a sentient robot” to “yes, if I could program it and specify exactly what I wanted…no unexpected exploratory penetration, please”. […]



The Pot-Belly of Ignorance

October 7th, 2016 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates. Increasingly, we’re filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are […]



Donesurfing: A new sport takes flight

September 20th, 2016 at 6:09 am » Comments Off

 A brand new sport has been created specifically due to new technology: Dronesurfing. A professional cinematographic company called Freefly used a drone, the Freefly Alta 8, on a day with minimal waves to help pull their boarder across the water. While the drone does have a 20-pound maximum cargo limit, it is able to pull a person across the water […]



Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

  First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports. Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience. The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN […]



Cinematic VR Challenge shows how Virtual Reality will transform film

September 12th, 2016 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

  As the sun set over the Olympic Mountains on a warm and muggy Sunday, I trekked from the manicured suburbia of Sammamish, Wash., to Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton district, where an eclectic home, known as the Bird House, sits among low-hanging branches at the end of a quiet street. The Bird House belongs to musician Perry […]



Your child’s name sets them up for success — or failure

September 9th, 2016 at 6:25 am » Comments Off

What’s in a name? Potentially your child’s future. A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.



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