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The next big leap in space travel will use hypersonic planes

October 18th, 2019 at 12:13 am » Comments Off

Scramjets capable of flying at Mach 15 will make it easier and cheaper to send spacecraft and people into orbit, says hypersonics expert Michael Smart. Sending satellites, spacecraft and humans into space is an expensive business. If humanity wants to venture further across the Solar System, we need ways of reducing the cost. Perhaps the […]



‘Quantum Apocalypse’: How ultra-powerful computers could cripple governments and effectively break the internet

October 12th, 2019 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

  A new era of computing could bring about a ‘quantum apocalypse’ ‘Our modern systems of finance, commerce, communication, transportation, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare will for all intents and purposes cease to function,’ cyber security expert warns A new era of unfathomably fast computers is just a few years away, with quantum computers set […]



Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality

October 10th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality EPFL scientists have developed a soft artificial skin that provides haptic feedback and—thanks to a sophisticated self-sensing mechanism—has the potential to instantaneously adapt to a wearer’s movements. Applications for the new technology range from medical rehabilitation to virtual reality. Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance […]



100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice

September 26th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

For all your royalty-free photo needs It’s getting easier and easier to use AI to generate convincing-looking, yet entirely fake, pictures of people. Now, one company wants to find a use for these photos, by offering a resource of 100,000 AI-generated faces to anyone that can use them — royalty free. Many of the images […]



A breakthrough for A.I. technology: Passing an 8th-grade science test

September 16th, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

SAN FRANCISCO — Four years ago, more than 700 computer scientists competed in a contest to build artificial intelligence that could pass an eighth-grade science test. There was $80,000 in prize money on the line. They all flunked. Even the most sophisticated system couldn’t do better than 60 percent on the test. A.I. couldn’t match […]



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